Finding yourself on a slippery slope as algorithms of the felonious underworld refute the convictions of your faith is not uncommon. Resisting the continuous spate of opposition can become gruelling.
Although heaven is on our side, we must be completely prepared and skilled with God’s tools if we want to defeat our adversary. We are aware that we are not engaged in a battle with physical opponents; instead, our struggle is spiritual, including our adversaries and our weapons.
Our faith is the backbone of our belief; however, understanding is often dimmed in the knowledge that faith is a multifaceted powerhouse of many variations and dimensions. If we are anaemic in our revelation of it, we will not be able to pilot this opulent machine full throttle.
Faith is a testament to the Bible’s varnished honesty. It holds a record of its most earnest devotees with victories to crown their most perplexing spiritual battles.
4 KEYS OF VIOLENT FAITH:
It’s a given fact that no one is immune to a faith crisis. However, when our enemy floods in violently, we must be equipped to resist him violently. A great attack needs great faith, a stubborn attack needs stubborn faith, but a violent enemy requires violent faith.
1. It can be seen:
In Mark 2:1-12 we read the story of four men with violent roof-ripping faith. A crowd barricaded Jesus, and the only way to reach Him was through the roof. Taking action is what activates faith, just like these four men. Even though faith is a spiritual force, it becomes visible when you use it.
2. It does not stop until a breakthrough comes:
Faith starts with grace. Noah was a man of obedience and righteousness, one of the most significant faith preachers of all time. He was rewarded and vindicated for his obedience by never veering from God's instruction, as seen in Genesis 6:1-8.
3. It attracts God’s attention:
When Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus, it was a prayer. It was a prayer conduit for violent faith to flush through. People with violent faith have a specific sound that echoes through eternity when expressed. It is a sound that will command bones to come together and cause God to pass many to locate you — Mark 10:46-47; 2 Chronicles 16:9.
4. It will change your garments:
When Bartimaeus found himself in Jesus’ company, he threw off the garment that framed him as a blind man. He knew by faith that he would no longer have use for it. Violent faith will cause you to take dirty garments off and wear royal robes — Mark 10:50; Zechariah 3:1-5.
Even if times get hard and the journey is rugged, keep reminding yourself that you are operating from the winner’s side. God never has and never will lose a battle. Hold on until you get your testimony!
HOW TO EXERCISE VIOLENT FAITH:
Then He spoke a parable to them, that men always ought to pray and not lose heart, saying: “There was in a certain city a judge who did not fear God nor regard man. Now there was a widow in that city; and she came to him, saying, ‘Get justice for me from my adversary.’ And he would not for a while; but afterward he said within himself, ‘Though I do not fear God nor regard man, 5 yet because this widow troubles me I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.” Then the Lord said, “Hear what the unjust Judge said. And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” - Luke 18:1-8 (NKJV)
- Never lose heart:
In this parable, we learn of an underprivileged widow who persists in nagging a corrupt influential person (the Judge) for justice. Her desperation is at a point of no return. Jesus uses her tenacity to teach us that we should pray and never lose heart. He encourages us to persevere in our faith against all odds.
2. Be consistent:
The word "weary" here means being beaten repeatedly until you are black and blue. The Judge felt like a boxer, repeatedly beaten until he was so exhausted that he gave in to the widow's plea because she was so consistent and tenacious in her pursuit of justice.
Her tenacity and persistence were violent faith on display. This type of faith will break through any barrier or limitation. It is a memorial before God that He cannot pass by until answered.
3. Stand firm on His Word:
God is the author and finisher of our faith, and as long as you stand firm on His word through faith, no word He has spoken over you will return to Him void. You cannot back down when a battle line is drawn, and everything seems to be rising against you. You must maintain your grounding.
4. Be faithful in these consistencies:
- Consistent in prayer.
- Consistent in the Word.
- Consistent in Seeking God.
- Consistent in your faith.
- Creation is eagerly awaiting the revealing of God's children. It is waiting for a generation to emerge with a ferocious faith that will stand its ground and not stagger in the face of any evil opposition from the enemy.
JESUS LOOKS AT YOUR FAITH, NOT YOUR PROBLEM.