Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you…John 15:4-7 (KJV)
Many seem to struggle with faith today because of their experiences. Prayers that haven’t received answers or times in their lives when they expected something to have happened and it didn’t happen. Some through their ‘disappointing’ experiences have become hardened in their hearts, offended at God or even doubt his existence. Some others just coast along doing ‘religious’ stuff because of their circle of association or because of some obligation to believe in God.
I wish to state from the scriptures above that the working of faith should be a fruit of intimate relationship with God and not a means of getting something from him.The scripture lays an emphasis firstly on intimacy (abiding) with God, his words, his personality and character. God implores us to seek Him firstly for who he is and not for what we can get from him.
Sometime preachers could be in an error of advertising God as a means for which people can get anything they need rather than introducing his person and value of relationship with Him. This is often the main reason why many turn away from God when they think they are not getting what they want from him when they expect to get it. Will share more on faith and patience.
When we read through Hebrews 11, we see people who did great things based on their knowledge of who God is. They did great exploits because they knew God. These were people who dared to say that if for any reason, their needs weren’t met, they were unmoved by their faith in God.
True faith is a fruit of abiding in Christ. It is a fruit of an unshakable knowledge that GOD exist and that his character, judgement and supremacy are worth trusting with our own lives. My prayer is that we truly and passionately follow after God for who he is and then shall we begin to see our faith produce even more visible results. God Bless You.