Jan Mikael (7 March 2011)
"Faith is an Invitation more than a Command - by David Wilkerson !"

 


Dearly Beloved:

FAITH IS AN INVITATION MORE THAN A COMMAND.

Yes, faith is indeed a command. It is written, "The just
shall live by faith." Likewise, we're told that without
faith it is impossible to please God. "If any man draw back,
I will have no pleasure in him" (Hebrews 10:38).

I shudder when I think of the terror and dangers of
unbelief. Unbelief leads to a bottomless pit of fear,
anguish and discouragement. And the consequences of unbelief
are horrendous. It begins with fearing what we cannot see.
One fear today leads to two fears tomorrow, then three. Fear
eventually becomes a mire of uncontrollable anguish and
despair.

More and more I see that unbelief ends up in hopelessness.
It leads to a wilderness of confusion and emptiness.
Therefore, unbelief is not an option - and it is no small
issue with God. On the contrary, unbelief is a matter of
life and death. It will lead to fearing everything, present
and future. And fear is torment.

All God's children are enduring afflictions and troubles of
various kinds. It is heartrending to hear of the painful
things the righteous are now suffering. My family is also
being severely tried and tested. Some who face overwhelming
and frightful sufferings, both physical and spiritual, are
losing heart. If you are going through the refining fires, I
have a word for you.

FAITH IS ALSO AN INVITATION TO PARTAKE OF THE GREAT GOODNESS
OF THE LORD.

I refer you to one of the most encouraging promises in all
of God's Word. Let this promise sink deep into your soul:
"Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for
them that fear thee; which thou hast wrought for them that
trust in thee before the sons of men! Thou shalt hide them
in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou
shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of
tongues" (Psalm 31:19-20).

Here is great encouragement to us to hold steadfast in our
faith. God has given us a bold, glorious promise. He says,
"Trust me before men, and I will open my storehouse of great
goodness and pour it on you. I will hide you in the secret
of my presence. I will not allow strife to overwhelm you."

Some may say, "We ought not to trust God to obtain goodness
from him." Not so! It is also written, "Cast not away
therefore your confidence, for it has a great recompense of
reward" (Hebrews 10:35). "He that cometh to God must believe
that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that
diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6). We must believe that
God is a rewarder. And the rewards of faith are spiritual
goodnesses, such as strength, peace and calm in the storm.

Oh, beloved, God rejoices in our faith. He waits to give us
hope and to open our eyes to his loving care. The decision
is ours to make, even this moment. It is within our power to
choose to trust God in our present and future trials. The
choice is either the wilderness of despair or the smile of
the Lord and an open heaven.

God help us all to hold fast our faith. Do not give up. We
are too close to the end of the race.

"Thou art my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from
trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of
deliverance. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way
which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye" (Psalm
32:7-8).
Thank you for remembering our ministry worldwide to the
poor, the needy, the widowed and fatherless. For information
on these efforts and others, go to: www.worldchallenge.org.

In Christ,
DAVID WILKERSON