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UNWAVERING FAITH

The faith of Christian lawyer HORATIO GATES SPAFFORD, author of  “It is well with my soul” is as strong as that of Job who lost all and yet did not forsake God. He was even asked to curse God but he refused  in the spirit of God owns “my life and whatsoever he does with it I will neither query Him nor swear against Him.” When his three friends began to blame him, expressing their thought that spoke of Job’s possible hidden sin; he ignored them including his wife’s suggestion that Job should curse God and die apparently because of the serious agony he was experiencing. Job took it stoically but at a time wished he were dead and put an end to the excruciating pain and sorrow. He still anchored his faith in Jehovah.

All is well that ends well. God allowed Satan to lay his hand on Job and got to a point God had to uphold His instruction earlier on, that Job’s life was not to be tampered with. God had Job’s health restored, his loss was replenished many folds more than it was before the test of his faith, and he was commissioned to pray for his friends who had sort of ‘blasphemed’ in the way they judged an innocent man like Job. The chain of disaster and misfortune that HORATIO suffered was enough to make a weak believer or non believer to commit suicide. It was like he hung on to the thread of faith that his redeemer lives.  History puts it that so many rich people committed suicide during the Great Depression of the 1930s The millionaires that woke up to find their wealth had literally flown away resorted to ‘end it all’ via suicide. In other words, Trust in God was amongst people of ages gone by and we in our contemporary society find it hard to change our orientation. Can anyone fault the faith the three young Hebrews  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego showed in bluntly refusing to worship the king’s gold image. Even though it incurred them the wrath of King Nebuchadnezzar, but did not bulge and insisted on their stand of not disobeying the God of Israel. In the king’s consternation, he said only three men were thrown into the fiery furnace but he was seeing four people  and the forth person looked liked the son of God. WHO TOLD HIM .OR SHOWED HIM THE FOURTH PERSON WAS THE SON OF MAN?

There are more examples of disciples that showed faithfulness during persecution like the records in Acts 5:40-42, Romans 8: 17-18, 2Corinthians 4: 10-11, Hebrew 11: 24-25 (The faith of Moses)

Armor of Faith

YAHWEH is the strentgh of the Israelites in battles.

YAHWEH is the strentgh of the Israelites in battles.

Armor generally refers to protective or defensive gear consisting of shield or buckler and helmet as well. They are meant to cover head and face and chest or torso mainly against arrow, spear club or any other offensive weapons. The concept of armor of faith is metaphorical when used to describe protective or defensive gear against non-physical but spiritual warfare. God or YAHWEH was the source of defence for the Jews Isaiah 57: 17. They are god’s people but to receive God’s protection they need to trigger it off by their faith in and obedience to the laws of God. Whenever they drift off from faith and worship of YAHWEH they fall prey to their enemies that were all over around them. Strong faith and obedience  to God made the walls of Jericho to fall without any physical weapon of war. 

In the New Testament the emphasis is on spiritual warfare that requires the strong armor of God to defend believers. They are constantly being attacked by the devil and its cohorts already defeated on the cross by Christ. To be on God’s winning side, believers must always put on the full armor of God made up of truth, righteousness, the gospel of peace, faith, salvation and better still the sword of the spirit which is the Word of God Ephesians 6: 14-18, James 4: 7, Matthew 4: 1-11 and 1 Peter 5: 8-9.

Paul in Ephesians 6: 11-13 declared: “Put on the armor of God so that you may take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the power of the dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground and after you have done everything, to stand”. In view of the foregoing, Warren W. Wiersbe wrote “The Christian life is not a playground; it is a battlefield”.