Recovering our Faith: When all seems lost, God is Able!
Crisis can lead to loss of faith or growth of faith, or sometimes both. Have you suffered a loss that brought about a crisis of faith?
What do we do when faith seems to have let us down… God hasn’t answered our prayers like we wanted … and the pain is immense?
One thing I do know is that we are not alone if we are having a crisis of faith.
*Hagar – (Genesis 21:17) “God has heard…”
*Elijah – (1 Kings 19:4, 9-10)
*Peter – denied Christ and then went back to an old way of life for a season.
When all seems lost, can God really restore our faith?
1. What I Learned About Faith from Revelation
The Devil is At Work (Revelation 2:9-11)
I know your affliction and your poverty, even though you are rich. I know the slander on the part of those who say that they are Jews and are not, but are a synagogue of Satan. Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life. Let anyone who has an ear listen to what the Spirit is saying to the churches. Whoever conquers will not be harmed by the second death.- Revelation 2:9-11
God affirms that there will be some severe troubles ahead for the Christians. Satan has his work that afflicts and imprisons us. When hurt we tend to blame. Don’t blame God for what Satan is doing! Satan hates us and works against us at every opportunity. God promises the faithful…
*You will be tested -Be faithful until death
*Receive the crown of life
*Conquerers escape the second death
God Knows Your Affliction (Revelation 2:2-14)
And to the angel of the church in Pergamum write: These are the words of him who has the sharp two-edged sword: “I know where you are living, where Satan’s throne is. Yet you are holding fast to my name, and you did not deny your faith in me even in the days of Antipas my witness, my faithful one, who was killed among you, where Satan lives. – Revelation 2:12-14
God knows what you are going through. The purpose of support groups – being around others who know. Your tears have not escaped him. He knows your efforts to cling on to His promises. He knows you can make it.
God Helps Us Conquer Evil
Through Justice. Revelation 13:9-11 Let anyone who has an ear listen: If you are to be taken captive, into captivity you go; if you kill with the sword,with the sword you must be killed. Here is a call for the endurance and faith of the saints.
Through Promises. Revelation 14:12-13 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and hold fast to the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who from now on die in the Lord.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them.”
Jesus is Still King (Revelation 1:4-6)
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace from him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven spirits who are before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.To him who loves us and freed us from our sins by his blood, and made us to be a kingdom, priests serving his God and Father, to him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. ~Revelation 1:4-6
2. How Can I Recover My Faith After Crisis?
I don’t know everything, but God does. Proverbs 3:5-6 says, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own insight. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.”
Faith is deliberate confidence in the character of God whose ways you may not understand at the time. — Oswald Chambers
Pray often & Think Right.
Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. …and the God of peace will be with you. – Philippians 4:6-9
God Walks through Dark Valleys. A favorite Psalm says, “Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff—they comfort me” (Psalm 23:4).
I will have nothing to do with a God who cares only occasionally. I need a God who is with us always, everywhere, in the deepest depths as well as the highest heights. It is when things go wrong, when good things do not happen, when our prayers seem to have been lost, that God is most present. We do not need the sheltering wings when things go smoothly. We are closest to God in the darkness, stumbling along blindly. –Madeleine L’Engle
Believing Jesus brings peace. John 14:1 reminds us, “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.”
Oh, how great peace and quietness would he possess who should cut off all vain anxiety and place all his confidence in God. –Thomas A. Kempis
Following Jesus brings healing. Isaiah 53:5 tells us of the Suffering Servant, “But he was wounded for our transgressions, crushed for our iniquities; upon him was the punishment that made us whole, and by his bruises we are healed.” Whatever healing we need, Jesus is the one who can supply it.
We are empowered to Stand in Faith.
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power. Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm. Stand therefore, and fasten the belt of truth around your waist, and put on the breastplate of righteousness. As shoes for your feet put on whatever will make you ready to proclaim the gospel of peace. With all of these, take the shield of faith, with which you will be able to quench all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Pray in the Spirit at all times in every prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert and always persevere in supplication for all the saints. – Ephesians 6:10-18
We wait. 2 Peter 3:13 reminds us, “But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness is at home.”
We Embrace New Life.
Do you not know that all of us who have been baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we have been buried with him by baptism into death, so that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have been united with him in a death like his, we will certainly be united with him in a resurrection like his. -Romans 6:3-5
“Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened” — Charles Spurgeon
I’m praying that your recovery time will be spent leaning on God until your faith grows strong and hope is restored.