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We have the “assurance” of salvation when we “trust” Jesus with our lives, that’s it.  Once we trust Jesus, He, our great Heavenly Physician, will perfectly heal and restore us, thus our assurance is in Jesus, not in ourselves or our future. Salvation is Now!1John 5:11-13,   1 John 3:2,   John 17:3

 

 

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Jesus Is Most Precious

 

When we understand this aspect of righteous by faith, the abiding in Christ aspect of sanctification and obedience, Jesus will become even more precious to us.  His victory in the flesh becomes our victory over temptation when we by faith ask Him to live out His victory in us.  When tempted we must learn to immediately turn to Christ, and let Him manifest His obedience in and through us over what ever temptation we are facing.

Our victory has already been obtained by Christ 2000 years ago.  That is why He became a man and lived a perfectly obedient life overcoming all temptation (Hebrews 4:15, 1Peter 2:21-22).  By faith in Christ we have His justifying righteousness covering us.  By faith in Christ we have His sanctifying righteous obedience lived out in and through us.  These are two precious aspects of righteousness by faith.  Both are Christ’s righteousness.  His justifying righteousness is imputed to us.  His sanctifying righteousness is imparted to us.  We receive both by faith.  When we understand these two aspects of righteousness by faith we will see that it is Jesus from beginning to end in our Christian experience.  Then all man’s boasting will be laid in the dust.

 

This is why the apostle Paul wrote:

 

“That no flesh should glory in his presence.  But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: that, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.” 1Corinthians 1:29-31

 

You see, we are to receive everything from Christ just as the branch receives everything it needs from the vine.  Christ is to be our wisdom, our righteousness, our sanctification and our redemption. If we stay continually connected to Him through the baptism of the Holy Spirit, daily feeding on His Word, and moment-by-moment prayer we will receive these blessings from Him; not by working to receive them, but by believing we have them.

 

“For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” 1John 5:4

 

Jesus paid it all.  Jesus did it all.  Our part is to simply believe.  When we experience the righteousness that comes by faith then all the glory goes to Christ and none to ourselves.  That is why in God’s kingdom all crowns will be cast at Jesus’ feet.

 

 The Faith Struggle

 

In order to experience continual, unbroken abiding in Christ and Christ abiding in us there must be continual 100% surrender to God’s will.  God may lead you into an experience where this is not easy.  The challenge may seem too difficult.  At such times it is important to remember that you are in the situation by God’s leading.

 

Christ’s Example

 

Christ’s experience in the Garden of Gethsemane after sharing the Passover with His disciples and instituting the communion service was such an occasion.  Throughout His life Christ had obeyed His heavenly Father implicitly by allowing the Father to manifest Himself through Him.  John wrote of Jesus:

 

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.” John 1:14

 

Jesus allowed the Father to manifest His glory throughout His life.  He had never turned away from following the truth of God’s Word or the way the Father led Him.  Now in the garden He faced the most difficult challenge of following the Father’s will.  Three times He prayed that the “cup” of suffering be taken from Him and each time He yielded to the will of the Father (Matthew 26:39-44).

The Father understood the struggle Jesus was going through, but He could not remove it.   It was all in His divine will for the events to transpire.  Jesus knew He was being led by His Father.  The will of His Father was clear to Him.  Therefore, He willingly submitted even though the submission was very difficult at that moment.

In prayer Christ gained the victory over the crisis of the cross He was facing.  Once the victory was gained in prayer His obedience unto death was assured.

When we face such times of crisis under God’s leading it is essential we follow Christ’s example.   In prayer we will find the strength and courage to move forward in faith as we continue to abide in Christ knowing that He will see us through, and will manifest Himself in and through us all the way to victory.

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9 thoughts on “The Faith Struggle

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  2. Wayne, thank you so much for this post. It is one that I really needed today. I do pray everyday that God will continue to give me the strength and courage to move forward in faith also, and I try and continue to abide in Him so that He will see me through and will manifest in me and through me all the way to victory!! I can’t wait to see you all again soon, for I know that Christ our Lord is coming soon to take us all home. But until then, I so look forward to reading your blog! Thank you again brother for your continued blessing to me. I love you and can’t wait til we are ALL together in God’s wonderful house!

    • God bless you Christy!!
      What a wonderful day that will be–all together in God’s wonderful house!! Praise God!
      And yes Jesus is about to come!! Revelation 22:20

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