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FAITH (What Is Faith For? Part Three)

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To continue from last article; Romans 10:9 “because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” Now the word “Lord” is translated from the Greek “kurios” meaning a person exercising absolute ownership rights (Biblos Helps Word-studies). If anyone is to be saved they must come to the conclusion that Christ is their owner and they no longer belong to themselves. They are now His bond-slaves. And since bond-slaves have no right to possessions then all of their earthy possessions are His. They must give up everything in surrender to Christ who Himself gave up everything (His life) to release everyone who believes on Him from their servitude to sin to become a servant to righteousness. This is the results of faith.

It's sad that modern teachings have made faith an object of receiving, especially for receiving wealth (possessions). This is not Biblical. Faith, however, is in God and it is for; Salvation, overcoming the world, and confidence in God to the point of surrendering and becoming obedient to Him as a bond-slave. Faith therefore is willing to live under Christ's authority as His devoted slaves for all their life.

This example of faith that Jesus gave about the bond-servant in Luke 17:7-10, however, reveals more than just servitude. It also reveals the blessings that servants receive from the Master. Although this servant did not own anything yet he had a right to use everything that was in the Master's house. He was clothed, sheltered, fed, and cared for from the wealth of the Master's house. It is not God's purpose to give wealth to believers, but they use everything in His household—giving every believer the right to use, not abuse, God's wealth. God provides His servants with finances, houses, cars, food, clothing, deliverance, healing, guidance, overcoming power, etc. that belongs to Him. These, however, are not payment for service to Him. They are given to those whom He owns.

Matthew 6:25 “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?
26 Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?
28 And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,
29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?
31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’
32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all.
33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

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