Note: I was rummaging through some old papers and I came across the copy of a letter that I wrote to a dear friend some 10 years ago. I would like to share it with you because it may be needful for someone reading it or maybe a friend. By the way, my friend Bill has a great relationship with the Lord and he is rereading his letter because he receives these daily messages. He has also given me permission to publish this correspondence.
Thanks for your note. I am glad you understand that I have your best interest at heart and I am not trying to be some super saint who is pure as the driven snow. I think brothers in the Lord should give each other feed back. I would hope that you would minister to me if you see something in my life that would not glorify our Lord. I am open to that, and in fact I would be grateful for it. We cannot always see ourselves as others see us.
When we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we can be assured that we will spend eternity with Him in Heaven. However, we still have a few years to live out here on planet earth. The question is how are we to live it? Romans 1:17 says that “the just shall live by faith.” You and I are the just because we have been justified by the sacrificial and substitutional death of Jesus Christ. Romans 5:9 tells us “much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” (Note: you can think of the word justified as “just as sin never happened”.)
To me, living by faith means we are overcomers receiving the promises of God –redeemed from the curse of the law, redeemed from poverty and redeemed from spiritual death. (Gal. 3:13, Deut. 28) Two things are necessary in order to live this overcoming life.
The first is FAITH. While all Christians have been given a measure of faith, there are degrees of faith. Romans 4:19 tells us that Abraham was not weak in faith when God promised him a son although he was 100 years old and his wife’s womb was dead. So it is evident to me that there is strong faith and weak faith. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.(Romans 10:17) If you are not regularly into the Word of God, you are missing the first ingredient of an overcoming life.
The second ingredient to receiving the promises of God and thus being able to be victorious on this earth is to live the lifestyle God prescribes for you in His word. We can talk that talk, but if we don’t walk that walk, our confessions of faith and prayers will go unheeded. Psalm 66:18 warns us that “If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear.”
Bill, I eagerly ask you to return to your First Love. Get into the Word and spend more time in prayer and start enjoying that overcoming life once again.