It seems as if very often in my walk with God I get asked by skeptical believers how I can have such strong faith in something that I cannot physically see. My initial reaction to them is always that I don’t have to SEE something that I can FEEL and HEAR so strongly. But then I have to remember that those who have yet to receive the Holy Spirit are probably unable to feel Him and hear Him. It’s something that comes along with putting your faith in Jesus Christ.
Romans 14:1 NLT says: “Accept other believers who are weak in faith, and don’t argue with them about what they think is right or wrong.”
This verse really strikes a chord with me, because I definitely find myself getting defensive with those who are weak in faith. I think because I just want everybody to feel the goodness of God, and it really upsets me when they don’t. Especially when it’s people who are close to me.
There is actually a lot of great scripture in the book of Romans pertaining to this subject. My writings almost always come from the New King James Version of the Bible, but for this particular post I definitely favored the New Living Translation.
Romans 10:9-13 NLT tells us that: “If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in Him will never be disgraced.” Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on Him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
It’s a pretty simple concept. In order to be saved, you just have to openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. It doesn’t matter who you are. Trust in Him and His promises. Everyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. So, my advice to skeptical believers is to call out to the Lord. He is actually waiting for you to do that. Just believe that He is there. Make a conscious effort to grow your relationship with Him, and then just watch His goodness unfold right before your eyes.
If you go to the first chapter in Romans, it says: “For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in His sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.” Romans 1:16-17 NLT
Romans 10:4 NLT says: “For Christ has already accomplished the purpose for which the law was given. As a result, all who believe in Him are made right with God.”
Romans 10:17 NKJV says: “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
And Romans 10:17 NLT says: “So faith comes from hearing, that is, hearing the Good News about Christ.”
The “law” means the standards by which we should be living. Those who believe in Christ and His word are made right with God. Those who hear the Gospel and the word of God will build their faith.
2 Corinthians 5:7 NKJV says: “For we walk by faith, not by sight.”
And 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT says: “For we live by believing and not by seeing.”
There is SO much power in believing! There is SO much power in walking through your life by faith and not by what you see.
Hebrews 11:1 NLT says: “Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.”
And Hebrews 11:6 NLT says: “And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him.”
In John 20:29 NLT, Jesus says to one of His disciples: “You believe because you have seen Me. Blessed are those who believe without seeing Me.”
The Lord is always waiting patiently for you: “The Lord isn’t really being slow about His promise, as some people think. No, He is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to be destroyed, but wants everyone to repent.” 2 Peter 3:9 NLT
Check out this amazing promise in 2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NLT: “That is why we never give up. Though our bodies are dying, our spirits are being renewed every day. For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever! So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.”
Having faith in what you cannot see is eternal. As we’re growing older in our bodies, our spirits are being made new every day. Everything you see in this world on a daily basis is temporary, but your faith in God will never end. And that is why we don’t ever give up. Your troubles here won’t last for long. There is something so much greater waiting for you. Something that is going to last forever; The eternal Kingdom of God.
I am going to leave you with this final verse:
“My flesh and my heart fail; But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.” Psalms 73:26 NKJV
God bless you all.