Word of the Month

To remain healthy in faith

July 2001

We have not yet seen God, but have experienced him a thousand times in our walk of faith. Apostle John writes that "it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is" (1 John 3:2, NKJV). Our hearts will be filled with unimaginable joy and bliss as never before experienced the first time we see God's majesty. Today, it is still important that we believe in the promised return of Christ, faithfully follow the ambassadors of the Son of God, and utilize the time in order to become worthy and prepared to enter into the glory of God when the Lord takes his own home.

The Bible states that not all have faith (cf. 2 Thessalonians 3:2). On the other hand, the Bible tells us that without faith it is impossible to please God, "for he who comes to God must believe that He is..." (cf. Hebrews 11:6, NKJV). This is why we must carefully watch that our faith remains healthy.

The importance that the Lord attached to faith can be seen when Jesus healed the sick: faith was always a prerequisite. This was the case for the Centurion, who came to Jesus and pleaded with him for his servant who was lying at home paralyzed, dreadfully tormented. When the Lord agreed to go see the servant, the Centurion explained that this would not be necessary: "speak a word, and my servant will be healed!" Jesus was amazed and answered: "I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel!" and added "Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you." And the servant was healed that same hour (cf. Matthew 8:5-13, NKJV). What can we learn from this? When somebody is lame, they can barely move. This also applies to our soul. What keeps our soul in motion? Our living faith! Many people distance themselves from God, and this condition limits their mobility, while sin creates lameness.

We want to remain spiritually healthy! This requires an unshakeable faith. If we have such a faith, then the Lord can also say to us: as you have believed, so let it be done for you. Then we make experiences of faith that give us security, we encounter the grace and help of the Lord again and again, we recognize the signs of the time, listen for God's voice and understand him in his activity.

A hundred devils cannot take away that which we have experienced in faith and a thousand mockers cannot shake our certainty. Because faith strengthens and fortifies our resistance, it can move mountains. The decisive point is that this faith will lead us into eternal fellowship with God.

(Excerpt from a divine service of the Chief Apostle)