How crash-proof is your faith? (Due to the host companies server crashing, I have to redo today’s post. It’s terrible to write with real inspiration and then have to rewrite it many hours later and try to recall what you said.)
1 Timothy 1 v 18 This charge I entrust to you, Timothy, my child, in accordance with the prophecies previously made about you, that by them you may wage the good warfare, 19 holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith
Have you heard it said… “No pressure, no diamonds”? I am sure you know that saying, and it is one I really like. And faith is like a diamond, yo never know the quality of your faith until you have been put under real pressure. Now let me say this, that when you walk as a disciple of Jesus, you will come under pressure. Probably sooner than later! The reason for this pressure is simple – we are swimming against the tide – against what is popular. It is not very popular to be a follower of Jesus Christ. But it is not just scorn from people that will create the pressure, it is also the pressure that comes from life.
Remember that as Christian you are in a spiritual war. Paul tells us that we fight against forces which are unseen, forces in the spiritual realm, against rulers and principalities of darkness. So we have an enemy, the devil who will come against us at every turn, especially when we get closer to God.
The job of Satan is to destroy our faith, and here Paul tells Timothy about those people who have had their faith shipwrecked. It is a powerful vision, as I can just see a boat lying on the rocks in pieces. We are all going to encounter storms and some of us will be able to navigate the rough waters and avoid the rocks, while sadly others will hit the rocks from time to time. The great thing is that with God, the fight is already won. Greater is He who is in us than he ho is in the world, so we can cry out to Jesus from the rocks and he will come and rescue us.
Paul tells Timothy the secret to staying off the rocks. Firstly keep a strong faith by topping it up all the time and secondly by having a good conscience. It is important that we stay real and we do not allow our conscience to become compromised. Every time your conscience pricks you, confess, apologise, repent and turn back to God and you will never suffer ship-wrecked faith.