Faithfulness to God doesn’t just mean a willingness to lose everything for his sake. Scripture says we can give our body to be burned at the stake as a testimony, but without love in our heart it would all be in vain.
Some think of faithfulness as simply obtaining victory over sinful habits. Others think of it as doing good deeds. Still others think of it as being deeply spiritual, constantly in prayer or reading the scriptures. But none of these things can ever make us faithful to God. You may ask, “What about all my efforts to remain pure? My sanctified service to the Lord? My crying out to him in prayer? Aren’t those considered faithfulness?”
All of these wonderful things are commanded by God’s Word, and we will do them if we are faithful. But in themselves they do not constitute faithfulness.
Faithfulness to God is impossible unless it springs from a trusting, believing heart. You may say, “But I do all these things with that kind of heart.”
This is true when life is moving along smoothly. But as our trials increase and our battles grow more intense, our flesh can grow weary. That’s when true faithfulness is put to the test. Fears or doubts may begin to creep in. It is then that some Christians lose their childlike abandonment to the Lord, the very thing that sustained them before. Soon their hearts are filled with caution and questioning.
I want to share with you how you can be faithful to God and hold fast to your confidence, especially in these troubling days.
Recognize Satan’s lies and refuse to listen to them.
Every Christian has to remind himself daily, “I have an enemy who is out to destroy me. Satan is a liar, a deceiver and a seducer.” Jesus warned of our enemy, “The devil…was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it” (John 8:44).
Christ has exposed to us the instigator of every deceptive falsehood. And he warns that in the last days Satan will increase his efforts to accuse us. “The great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world…for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night” (Revelation 12:9-10).
The devil’s lies are meant to cast doubt in our minds, disrupting our confidence in God’s saving power. He spews forth lies as a flood, “cast out of (Satan’s) mouth water as a flood after the woman [the church], that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood” (12:15). And he reserves these lies for those whose hearts are set firmly on Christ.
By David Wilkerson