Focused Faith

By David Wilkerson
[May 19, 1931 – April 27, 2011]
Jesus prayed to the Father: “All mine are thine, and thine are mine; I am
glorified in them” (John 17:10). “The love wherewith thou hast loved me may be
in them, and I in them” (verse 26).

Jesus makes it very clear: When we are one with Him, we enjoy the very same
love of the Father that He enjoys. God delights in us as much as He does in His
own Son.

The Bible also tells us God is our Father, just as He is Christ‘s Father. Jesus
testified: “I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your
God” (John 20:17).

So, how hard are you striving to please God? Do you go through seasons in which
you feel you are delighting Him? And do you have “low” seasons when you feel you
are displeasing Him?

Beloved, you have to put facts ahead of your feelings. And the fact is, God’s
pleasure in you has nothing to do with your strivings, intensity, good
intentions or actions. No, it all has to do with your faith.

I believe God wants us to have what I call a “focused faith” that says, “All
your faith may be focused on the principle that if you wish to stand holy
before God, you must come to Him in Christ.”

The writer of Hebrews warns against having “. . . an evil heart of unbelief, in
departing from the living God” (Hebrews 3:12). This is an issue of faith! When
we move away from the foundational doctrine of being accepted by God through
Christ, we are turning back to the law, the flesh and spiritual bondage!

“We which have believed do enter into rest . . . For he that is entered into
his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his” (4:3,
10). Scripture makes it clear: The evidence of faith is rest.

The only way to bring your striving, sweating, troubled soul into peace is to
convince yourself, “I am in Christ and I am accepted by God. He delights in me,
regardless of whether I am up or down. No matter how I feel, I know my position
in Christ—that I am seated with Him in heavenly places!”

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