Chapter 13: The Victory

February 2, 2007

“We should not present our petitions to God to prove whether He will fulfill His word, but because He will fulfill it; not to prove that He loves us, but because He loves us.” DA120

“Faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan’s counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God’s promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression. … It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted.” DA121

Many of you know already my strong conviction that faith has less to do with feeling than with the power of God’s word. If I were a spiritual nutritionist, I would require all my clients to add to their diet a careful exploration of Biblical faith; it’s intrinsic connection with the Word and with Righteousness.

It is not a mistake that John makes a big deal about Jesus actually being “The Word.” He begins his gospel and 1st John with this concept. Paul begins Hebrews with this concept, and it is scattered throughout Romans. James applies the concept. And Jesus clearly teaches that His word is different than man’s word. Since the very beginning, God spoke, and it was. Finally, in Revelation, the rider on the white horse, is “The Word of God.” Now what does that have to do with my level of feeling?

Today in Christianity, presumption (largely based on feelings) is easily confused with faith (largely based on the Word of Power). Every effort should be made to understand the difference because this is the key between victory and defeat. But it’s not a humdrum or arduous task. Understanding faith is understanding the Word became flesh is understanding Jesus. It dosn’t get any better.

“Christ’s victory was as complete as had been the failure of Adam.” DA123

Faith is a large subject to cover in one blog post, but I would love to discuss it in greater detail with anyone who finds this intriguing or confusing. Cheerio, Seth


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