• Sheryl M. Franks

Shall He Find Faith?



1. The Devils Believe and Tremble -

If you think you are going to coast into Heaven, you are believing a lie. The Bible says the devils believe in God and tremble. What is it that sets people apart from just saying you believe in God as the devils do? It's Faith! Faith in Jesus! What "he" has done for you on the cross, personally. It's the kind of faith in him that moves you to really "know" him. Having a real relationship is what it is about. To where you commit your whole self to him. Where you love him with your all. It is more than just going to a church building and just saying, yes, I believe in God or yes, I believe there is a higher being somewhere. Or yes, I believe in the big man upstairs. Many, many souls are perishing on earth and in Hell already by just claiming they believe in God, but do not have a relationship with Jesus. Some say, isn't that all you got to do, is believe? What is the kind of faith that Jesus is wanting to see when he comes? Endure to the end with

2. Keep the Faith! - I used to know someone who would say, "Keep the Faith", instead of saying goodbye. He would say that Keep the Faith. I didn't really know this person. He was an acquaintance and a friend of a friend of mine. Now I am not judging but this person didn't know Jesus and didn't want to know Jesus, but he would say, keep the faith. I would wonder why he would say that because he didn't have the true faith that matters, I mean you can say and think you are keeping the "faith", but if it isn't faith in Jesus, it's not going to matter.

3. Faith and Works? - Matthew 7: 21-23 Jesus says, "Not every one that says to me, Lord, Lord shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22. Many will say unto me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not 'prophecied (preached) in thy name? and in thy name have cast out 'devils (demons)? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23. And then will I profess unto them, I have never knew you; depart from me, ye that work iniquity. 24. Therefore whosoever hears these sayings of mine and does them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock. 25. And the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house; and it fell not; For it was founded upon a rock. 26. And every one that hears these sayings of mine, and does them not, shall be 'likened (the same as) unto a foolish man which built his house upon the sand. 27. And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, and it fell, and 'great (terrible) was the fall of it." 4. Faith that Moves You! When Jesus says, Shall I find faith on the earth when he comes, he is talking about the kind of faith in him that moves you to obey him. The faith that moves you inside to love him, to sacrifice, to please him. Faith that will move you to seek him with your heart, soul, spirit, and strength. Father God is seeking those who worship him in Spirit and in Truth. Read John chapter 4 KJV. Jesus is talking about the Faith that will make you worship him and nothing else! Jesus is talking about the Faith that will move you to endure to the end. Faith that will make you persistent! You ever heard that saying, "Have Bull Dog Faith?" A Bull Dog will hang on with everything it has in him. With all of his might. I encourage you to read Hebrews 11. Hebrews 11: 6 says, "But without Faith, it is impossible to please him. For he that comes to God must believe that he is and that he is a rewarder of them that seek him diligently seek him." Do you seek him? Do you cling to him for dear life? You know when you meet someone and fall in love, you want to know everything about that one. If you care about your relationship you want to spend time with them and know what pleases them, don't you? I hope! All the more we need to be like that with our relationship with Jesus. 5. Faith That Persists- We were reading Luke 18 earlier in that same chapter, verses 1- 8 Jesus says, "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray and not 'faint (lose heart). 2. Saying, There was in a city a judge which feared not God, neither regarded man; 3. And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, 'Avenge me (help me against) mine adversary. 4. And he would not for a while but thought within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; 5. Yet, because of this widow troubles me; I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 6. And the Lord said, Hear what the 'unjust (corrupt) judge say, 7. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cries day and night unto him, though He bears long with them? 8. I tell you that he will avenge them 'speedily (at once). Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, shall he find faith on the earth?" This widow had persistence! She had that kind of faith that pleases God! She had the kind of faith that Jesus is talking about. Faith that persists and endures to the end. Jesus says, "Because sin shall abound the love of many shall wax cold, but he that endures to the end, the same shall be saved." This widow had faith that held on until she received her miracle! She held on until she was avenged of her enemy! Even by a judge that did not fear God, nor regard man. When you have this kind of faith, you do not have to see it first or have a sign. You just know that if you keep going, keep persisting, keep asking, keep seeking, keep knocking, that door will be opened! You will get a miracle! God can make some sinner out there give you what you need! When you persist and put your faith in Jesus, that he is a God of Justice to avenge you of your enemy, Satan, you will not be disappointed! When you do not give up because you know that God is a good God and He is Faithful, you will be rewarded! When you put your Faith and Trust in Jesus he will not fail you!

6. Faith That Lifts Up Jesus!- When we look around this world today, in these times we are in, how many do you see that have the kind of faith that lifts up Jesus alone? I see a lot of churches being built. I see many souls claiming to know God. Famous celebrities are "preaching" and going to church. Maybe you know who I am talking about. That is going to be another article or blog. However, I do not see too many who are lifting up Jesus! Some I have seen speak of "faith" but leave out Jesus, and lift up themselves. I have seen some businessmen who go to church just to "network". They say it is good for their business, However, God knows our hearts and he checks our motives whether what we do is for him or ourselves. 7. A New Age - A New Faith? I was talking about something to my 30-year old daughter, recently, something about me coming from the "old" school. She said, "I" need to get real, this is a New Age we are in, Mother, and things are different now than they used to be!" She proceeded to say that "her" generation does things differently than the "old" school. I kinda muttered under my breath, yeah, and your generation is causing confusion, chaos, and disorder! I didn't say it, though! I know there may be some her age reading or listening to this, but most of the younger generation that I have seen do not have a clue about putting their faith in Jesus. and the ones I have tried to talk too, are not teachable, but are rebellious as they come! It breaks my heart! I hope and pray if you are of the younger generation that you do not get offended at what I said. My neck of the woods may be different than yours! I pray you are one of the few "teachable" ones of the younger generation. Jesus says, "Broad is the way that leads to destruction and many there be that go in thereat. Straight and Narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it." I pray you are one of the few that find life! In Jesus' name! Amen! This is why I have a blog called, "Passing On the Torch of Faith!" I am still here to Pass On the Torch of Faith to the next generation! You guys are "fighters"! But God, wants you to use that fire for him! He wants to give you the Fire of the Holy Ghost and use you for "His" Glory! He put you here for such a time as this! You are here for a reason, a purpose! God's Purpose!

8. Fight to Keep the Faith in Jesus! I have a Blog called, Passing On the Torch of Faith. A Website called, Inspirational eBooks- Home Improvement For The Times We Are In https://www.homeimprovementforthetimeswearein.com/ I have a Podcast https://podpoint.com/it-s-all-about-jesus I have a YouTube Channel (actually a couple of them). https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSVuCtzoYOD7swmVMtgtTrQ Also, books are out there! And the only reason I am saying this right now is definitely not to lift myself up, but to Give God All Of the Glory! This is why the devil hates me! This is why it takes me a while to write a blog post, or video, or podcast. I really battle with distraction! Not only that, the devil has tried to take my life many, many times. This is why I have to fight to keep my faith in Jesus! This is why Satan tries to steal my faith in Jesus! He tries! But has not succeeded! I will explain why next blog post! It is all because of JESUS! Praise God! Watch for the next blog for Part 2 of this subject. God Bless You!

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