“Then answered Jesus and said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, (“Verily, verily,.” (Of a truth), signifying that what ever Jesus was stating was the absolute truth.)
“The Son can do nothing of himself,(This stating that Jesus could do nothing without the Fathers power and blessings.) but what he seeth the Father do: for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise. (We also can only do what we have seen Jesus do, as He, with the Fathers acts.)
And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him,(to wit, this conjoined faith in Christ, must be accomplished with the total belief in all of Gods word along with action upon it.) the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
Choosing only the passages within the Gospel to build a faith based society or church is contrary to what we have been taught. Even in the toughest of times we still must have charity toward one another. We cannot choose just the passages of scripture that are agreeable to us, or just the ones that make us happy. For we must all accept the bitter with the sweet. We cannot change what Christianity is all about, we cannot accept false doctrine to make others feel happy.
We see many today that are falling away from the absolute truth of what faith is all about.
Many churches are getting away from truth in Christ, and are building a system of religious faith. Religious faith, as a foundation, cannot, and will not, surpass the truth that without faith in Christ we cannot do anything.
Why is this becoming an option for many?
People are tired of the standard faith in all of Gods words.
They are choosing to stand with a religious faith, or as Paul stated;
“Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck:.”
To make a shipwreck concerning faith, is to apostatize from the love, profession and practice of divine truth which had been embraced.
To fall off; to apostatize; to turn gradually from the faith and practice of Christianity. Jer 3. Hosea 4.
God departs from men, when he abandons them to their own sinful inclinations, or ceases to bestow on them his favor. Hosea 9.
Only threw Gods favor shall our prayers be answered.
This is not contrary to what Jesus stated about asking anything in His name, but acknowledges it threw the total word of God.
The Lord will not answer a prayer if it adds to a believers troubles.
To understand what I have said, lets read an example.
“Of such an one will I glory: yet of myself I will not glory, but in mine infirmities.
For though I would desire to glory, I shall not be a fool; for I will say the truth: but now I forbear, lest any man should think of me above that which he seeth me to be, or that he heareth of me.
And lest I should be exalted above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet me, lest I should be exalted above measure.
For this thing I besought the Lord thrice, that it might depart from me.
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.”
We make our faith shipwrecked by ignoring what we have been taught about faith in the name of Christ. For faith without works is dead being alone. Faith must come from the belief in Jesus Christ and with also faith in His name.
Setting up a faith only based religion, hoping for relief from financial burdens, and other things that we may consume upon our selves is not true religion, but a misguided faith. Remember that having faith in Christ is also having faith in all of Gods words.
As stated here;
“For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.”
And the Lord stated to the children of Israel;
“Also, thou son of man, the children of thy people still are talking against thee by the walls and in the doors of the houses, and speak one to another, every one to his brother, saying, Come, I pray you, and hear what is the word that cometh forth from the Lord.
And they come unto thee as the people cometh, and they sit before thee as my people, and they hear thy words, but they will not do them: for with their mouth they shew much love, but their heart goeth after their covetousness.
And, lo, thou art unto them as a very lovely song of one that hath a pleasant voice, and can play well on an instrument: for they hear thy words, but they do them not.
And when this cometh to pass, (lo, it will come,) then shall they know that a prophet hath been among them.”
There is nothing wrong with prayer for burden removal, but if we are all in the faith only based religion, we have made ourselves as the world, looking for wealth and prosperity. Singing a pretty song is not true religion neither does it add advantage to ones faith.
We all suffer at one time or another.
The Bible is clear that we must not only be a hearer of the word but a doer also.
What advantage does a man with only faith have over the total concept of Gods word? Nothing.
We are taught that with our afflictions not to be surprised but that another believer also is suffering these same afflictions.
Therefore we believe,
“Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you:
But rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when his glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy.”
“And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.”
What shall we do then, stop praying for deliverance? No, we pray because we believe. We must pray according to Gods will for us as this, “Lord deliver me from these trials and financial burdens, but not as I will but let thy will be done. Your humble servant, in Jesus name I pray. Amen.”
John 5:19 Mat 21:22 John 15:5 1Ti 1:19 Luke 9:25 1Ti 6:5 Eze 33:30 -33, Luke 9:25 1Ti 6:3-5 2Co 12:5-10 1Pe 4:12-13 Dan 11:35