Personal Faith In Christ, Not Doubt and Fear – Mat 21

Let me get this straight, if I have faith in Christ and truely believe it, I could tell a fig tree to wither and it would be so… or I could even tell a mountain to get up and behave the way I commanded it?

Today I am pondering the faith I should have as a follower of Christ. Whenever I imagine or ponder faith, I always seem to doubt and fear the state of my life and I tend to reflect on how far I am from God.

While reading this story in Matthew I was reminded of the ‘boldness and eternal standing of Christ’ by the Holy Spirit who dwells in me. If I acknowledge my weaknesses and know sincerely that I can achieve anything through Christ who strengthens me, than the faith I require actually comes straight from Him (Christ Jesus). In my own strength I am nothing, but in Gods strength I can achieve anything. I know Christ and believe in the power of his death and resurrection, today I stand in a very different place. Where do you source your faith today? In-Christ or In-Your-Own-Strength?

“The disciples were amazed when they saw this and asked, “How did the fig tree wither so quickly?”

Then Jesus told them, “I tell you the truth, if you have faith and don’t doubt, you can do things like this and much more. You can even say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen.You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.”

– Mat 21:20-22

“The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you. And just as God raised Christ Jesus from the dead, he will give life to your mortal bodies by this same Spirit living within you.”

– Rom 8:11

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Existing, Walking, Breathing and Living at the Centre

“When we discover that our relationship to the Father is actually Christ’s relationship to His Father, it changes everything. Our souls find rest, even our vocabulary changes. No longer do we say things like, “I’m working on my relationship with the Lord.” … “I’m struggling to be a better Christian.” … “I’ll eventually get to where I want to be someday.”

If you peel back those statements to their core, you will make the startling discovery that you are at the centre of the Christian walk. These statements betray the fact that the Christian life, in your eyes, is all about your ability to be a good Christian, your walk, your testimony, your spiritual growth—you, you, you.

Discovering that God has given us His relationship to Christ causes (See “The Three Gospels” at www.ptmin.org/threegospels.htm) the entire focus of our lives to shift radically. All of our self-centered “I need to do better” language evaporates. Instead, we begin to speak about what is real in the eyes of God now. We take our place in Christ and we stand there boldly. We then live from that high mountain.

To restate it: You and I do not have a separate fellowship with God the Father. We have been called into the one unique fellowship of God’s Son (1 Cor. 1:9; 1 John 1:3). Christ’s perfect, unclouded relationship to His Father is the marvellous legacy that He has given you and me.”

Continue reading on, get ‘From Eternity To Here’ – by Frank Viola – Pages 253-254

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