Gene Benjamin II
About THE Faith – by Jim Searcy
About THE Faith
by Jim Searcy
Dear Friends –
“Defender of THE Faith” has been one of the official titles of the British monarchs since the parliament of England conferred the title “Defender of THE Faith” upon Henry the VIII in 1544. Now that it is near the end of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, there is much talk abou Prince Charles, who was born the heir apparent. He does not want the title of Defender of THE Faith. Charles wants the title of Defender of Faith. That means he wants to defend any and all faiths AGAINST THE FAITH. It may be that Charles will be passed over for Harry according to this scripture –
Dan 11:21 And in his estate shall stand up a vile person, to whom they shall not give the honour of the kingdom: but he shall come in peaceably, and obtain the kingdom by flatteries.
Nevertheless, he IS THE Antichrist and the “Defender of Faith” title, to defend any and all faiths from THE Faith, that title is as antichrist as it can be.
If you do not know the ID of THE Antichrist from the scriptures, I recommend this link and two audio files to you,
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find FAITH on the earth?
As a man believes, so is he. To the many saints scattered abroad today, who feel like a lone sparrow on the rooftop, I would say BELIEVE what God has said in the More Sure Word of the KJV Holy Bible to the end. Even if all men go astray and you are left the only one faithful, trust the More Sure Word and praise God in your loneliness, and difficult circumstances NO MATTER WHAT. For He is WORTHY, and KNOWS when we are making a sacrifice of praise.
ONLY God alone can make any man to be a true a believer. Our part is to accept or reject His power to begin and follow through on His plan for our eternal good regardless of our present or short term circumstances. He picked us. He loved us first. He sent His only begotten Son to prove this to those who would truly believe. Corrie Ten Boom, from her deep perspective of experience, of even the circumstances of Hitler’s death camps, said – If all things are possible with God, then all things are possible to him who believes in Him.
We must believe ALL of the Word of God from Gen 1:1-Rev 22:21. Because, if one only believes what they like in the gospel, and rejects what they do not like, it is not THE gospel that is believed. In fact they really believe only in themselves. Such are NOT believers. It is very easy to misunderstand what the New Testament means by believers and most seem to prove that to everyone but themselves. It is not that we believe Jesus Christ can do all things, or that we believe in a plan of salvation. It is that we believe Him, whose Name is called the Word of God. To a real believer, whatever happens we will cleave and hold on to the fact that His Word is true. Those who just believe He will make things right, without KNOWING what is written in the more sure word of the KJV, will lose confidence when we see things go wrong.
May I say why it is so hard for most to REALLY and truly believe? It is because it is so hard to obey unless we have truly seen and understood what Jesus accomplished on the Cross of Calvary. 1 John 3:8 explains it explicitly – He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
No one can go to hell or heaven for me or you. No one can believe for me or you. No one can either open or close heaven or hell for me or you. Truly no one can drive, or force me or you to either believe or not believe. It is a personal mater of CHOICE for each and every one of us. People CHOOSE to believe what they want to believe to be true. Without the more sure word of God there simply is no other possibility. The greatest proof of Christianity for others is not how far a man can logically analyze his reasons for believing, but how far in actual fact he will stake his life on his belief.
For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he. No man ever believes with a true and saving faith unless God inclines his heart. The unbelieving mind would not be convinced by any proof, and the worshiping heart needs no proof for he KNOWS The Truth, the One whose Name is called the Word of God. We can prove our faith by our dedication to it, that fullness of determination to DO what God said, just because God said so. There is no other way that TRULY honors God as God. Any belief that does not command the one who holds to that belief, is not real belief, it is at best a pseudo belief, and more often than not, hypocritical phony baloney. We never know how much we really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life or death to us.
We are all going to be tested in the Great Tribulation antichrist war on the SAINTS. There is no such thing as the pre-trib lala land escapism proclaimed by the false teachers who would make merchandise of the souls of men. A Christian who walks by faith accepts all circumstances from God. He knows by faith that Romans 8:28 is true and will always be true, and as Job said in Job 13:5, though He slay me, yet will I trust in him. He will even thank God and make the sacrifice of praise when everything goes bad. He will thank God whether he feels like it or not.
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find FAITH on the earth?
What a man accomplishes depends on what he believes. For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he, Prov 23:7. What I believe about God is the most important thing about me, and what I know about God is the most important things I know. We need to know some things and not just think we know them. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know. 1 Cor 8:2 We KNOW the same way that the LORD taught us, as He withstood Satan – It is written, It is written, It is written, in the More Sure Word of God. That is how we KNOW and not just think we know. PROVE ALL THINGS. The absolute truth of the Word of God, in context, rightly divided, by the Holy Spirit of Truth is how we KNOW and can PROVE what the truth is, and that TRUTH by the One Same Spirit of Truth will be confirmed by other BELIEVERS.
A real Believer who walks by faith accepts all circumstances from God. He knows to thank God when everything goes good, or when everything seems to be disastrous. Believers can and will thank God whether he feels like it or not. The Faith in the One True God can and will survive any head on collision with the truth, because the one and only true faith is based upon the One Who IS the Truth, whose Name is called the Word of God. Any faith that can not deal logically, realistically, objectively, and honestly with the truth, can not be the ONE TRUE Faith. Any faith that can not stand the test of truth is not worth having. One really can not trust a faith which has not been tested.
The Gospel is so simple that a child can believe it. In truth we must become as a child to receive The Gospel. Most accept what Christ has done without knowing how it works. It is also a certainty that one can not know how the work of the Lord Jesus Christ does destroy the works of the devil, until he has received the truth of THE Gospel. And if any man think that he knoweth any thing, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know.
A man who has faith must be prepared not only to be a martyr, but to be a fool. Yes, the world will call believers in THE Faith, fools. Yet it is a saying of true wisdom to know one is not a fool to give up that which he can not keep, to gain that which he can not lose. Faith works by love, and perfect love which produces that faith which will endure, and casts out all other fear, because it has learned the Fear of God. There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love. 1 John 4:18
Why did James say by the inspiration of the Spirit of Truth that faith without works is dead? Because it is a dead and powerless faith, that would even worship Yeshua as the Son of God, even making a profession of faith in Him as the Savior of the world, while that same one would blaspheme Him by the evidence in one’s daily life that He is powerless to do things IN and through us. Those works He does in us, chiefly by empowering us to say NO to self, and the pleasures of sin, are the proof of our faith, to ourselves, and the antichrist world which hates the one true Faith. We should all be able to see that a faith that does nothing is dead, and in truth can not be called The Faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, who is the life. To be sure the works do not save us; but, just as sure, is the reality that the works are the proof of that saving faith.
As strange as the GJiGT oil station work and calling may seem to others, there is reason for us to press on with that work and calling as long as the Lord makes it possible. It is a work of faith and obedience that FEW believe honors God. Yes, very few indeed believe it to be a work which God is pleased for them to sustain. I believe the LORD called and sent us to this strange work of providing the salt, and light, of sound doctrine, in a time marked as one where men will not endure sound doctrine. Yes, we do have doubts arising from lack, from many enemies, and uncertainties from being hung this far out on the limb. Yet, there remains an abiding great joy, and peace, in believing we are doing what He called and sent us to do. I hope the fact that we are still standing, and alive to report His glorious sustaining empowerment can encourage others in overcoming the fear of taking a big step of faith. One can not cross a chasm with even two or three small jumps. Either one will be successful on that one big jump over the chasm or they will fail and fall. To be sure, the masses would be delighted if we did fall; but, if God is for you, who can really be successful against you.
Doubt is not necessarily the opposite of faith, and not even always the enemy of faith. Honest doubt, as long as we are not in contradiction of the more sure word which we do know, is often found to be an element of faith. Eternal life begins with faith. Eternal life simply continues after death of our mortal bodies. Every man lives by faith. Few live by THE Faith. Yes, non believers live by faith in natural laws. Cold is the absence of heat, and darkness is the absence of light. Evil is the absence of God. However, the few who are Saints, the redeemed repentant sinners, live by THE Faith in God. THE Faith makes a way beyond death. The Faith can provide light even in thick gross darkness.
Faith is not the absence of reason, but in fact is the highest act of reason. Faith does not mean believing without evidence. It means believing in realities that go beyond the senses. Strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil. The things that are seen are temporal, temporary, and will soon pass away. The things that are not seen are eternal.
There is a higher reality than what we can see, or hear, or touch. The highest of realities is the more sure Word of God, KNOWING God said so. Believers can and do rely on a different and more sure sort of evidence.
Real living faith knows that everything, all that is done today, will make a difference one hundred years from now, IF, it is ALL from Him, to Him, and through Him. IF what ever we do, in word or deed, is done in submission to His Lordship, for His glory, then it does and will make a difference a hundred years from now.
We can never achieve fulfillment unless He is leading and empowering, and we have made the choice that what we do is for His glory. Genuine fulfillment only happens when we have chosen SUBMISSION to His Lordship. Until we have learned to be satisfied with our fellowship with God, until we can KNOW that he is our rock and our fortress, peace and fulfillment is simply out of reach. This is especially true in these last days as we see the antichrist war on the Saints to be more real every day. Otherwise, it makes no difference where we are in this whole world, we will be restless and without peace. There is no place to run; but thanks be to God, we have a place to hide. God made us for Himself, for His praise, for His delight, for His glory. Isa 43:7 – for I have created him for my glory, I have formed him; yea, I have made him. Rev 4:11 – for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created. Isa 42:8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images. (That includes the graven images of the self-idolatry images of the Purpose Driven Churches of self-idolatry.) Isa 43:21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall show forth my praise.
Isaiah chapters 43 and 44 is a good read today, any day, and even every day. If you have not read Isaiah 43 and 44 this week or last week, JUST DO IT NOW.
And in nothing terrified by your adversaries: which is to them an evident token of perdition, but to you of salvation, and that of God. But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness. For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem. Pray Psalm 83 every day. Only be very strong and of good courage. Stay IN the Word.
From Chittim, Isa 23:1,
Shalom & Simcha, Jim Searcy
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