3-8-2016

Scriptural Truth – Will the Lord Find Faith?

“When the Son of man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). This question Jesus asked arose from a discussion of persistence in prayer. This question of the Lord is designed to provoke an evaluation of our faith. The Apostle Paul said, “Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves” (2 Corinthians 13:5). Examine means to take a very close look at every aspect of your life. The only way to ensure the Lord finds people being faithful is to follow the words of Faith, the Bible. The way we receive faith is through the hearing of God’s Word. “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17). The more of the Bible we put into our hearts and lives, the more faith we can expect to receive. For this to be true we must be doers of the Word and not hearers only (James 1:22-25).

For the Lord to find faith when he comes we must remain faithful. Jesus said, “Be faithful unto death and I will give you the crown of life” (Revelation 2:10). We must take up our cross daily and follow Jesus (Luke 9:23). Paul said, “I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me…” (Galatians 2:20). If Christ is going to find faith when he returns, individuals must faithfully follow His Word (Matthew 7:21). True faith is the one which an individual is willing to lay aside their thoughts or opinions, likes and dislikes and simply go by book, chapter and verse of God’s word. Also, one must not draw scriptures out and make them mean something they don’t or not consider the whole of the scriptures. Obedience is the only way Jesus will find faith in your life and mine. Have you truly obeyed the gospel? To become a faithful child of God you must hear God’s word (Romans 10:17), believe in Jesus as the Son of God (John 8:24), repent of past sins (Luke 13:3), confess Jesus before men (Romans 10:10) and be baptized in water for the forgiveness of your sins (Acts 2:38). Once you have obeyed the gospel, then you must live faithful until death (Revelation 2:10). May God help each of us to have faith when Christ comes! Until next week this is the Scriptural Truth Tommy O’Kelley Minister Subligna Rd. Church of Christ (706) 638-1129 or (423) 413 – 5319, email tmdok4@windstream.net or Facebook

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