"And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him."Hebrews 11:6

Clearly we can see from Scriptures the importance of living by faith. 

"Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith." Galatians 3:11

"For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith." Romans 1:17

“But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.” Hebrews 10:38

This morning I was anxious about a few personal concerns related to family and work.  What popped into my spirit was “whatever is not from faith is sin.” I recalled something the Lord had spoken to me several years ago about the sin of unbelief. “Whatever does not proceed from faith is sin…” (Romans 4:23 KJV)

I began to ponder the thought that you rarely hear preaching or teaching concerning sin anymore. Oh, when there is blatant and grave sins within the Church we hear about it on the news and social media, yet what about the little foxes that spoil the vine. The little things we may be confronted with each day that can steal our peace, rob us of our joy and ruin our relationships with others and God. Song of Solomon or the Song of Songs chapter 2:15 reads, “Catch for us the foxes, the little foxes that ruin the vineyards, our vineyards that are in bloom.” I understand that church people don’t like to hear preaching or teaching on sin and that we should not live….sin conscientiousness I also understand that we need to be aware of the little foxes, the sins of omission and commission that we often overlook.

In my post yesterday I wrote about being connected to the True Vine. In John 15:1 Jesus said of Himself, “I am the true vine” and in verse 5 He says, “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.

We are the branches, and as believers we are to bear fruit, the fruit of the Spirit in Galatians 5:22-23 (AMP)  These verses give us a vivid picture of the  what the Christian life should be as the Lord intended.

Many Christians are careful about committing blatant fleshly sins such as adultery, fornication...etc. What about the little foxes that can ruin the vineyard? The sins of the flesh that aren't so obvious like complaining, gossiping, judging others, bad language…  Think of heart sins, the secret sins, lip sins, or behaviour sins like jealousy, pride and impurity or a lying tongue, a critical tongue or a tale-bearing tongue or sins that we commit when we act in such a way unbecoming of who we are in Christ - when we are unkind, thoughtless or harsh in our treatment of others that hinder the fruit of the Spirit in our lives.  When we operate this way we open doors that will hinder our faith.

Scripture also speaks of six things the Lord hates...haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a person who stirs up conflict in the community. Proverbs 6:16-19  Galatians 5:19-21 mentions several more sins to be on our guard against: Galatians 5:19-21

Sin is deceitful and hardens your heart! We are so easily duped, when we think sin is not that serious.  "See to it, brothers and sisters, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. 13 But encourage one another daily, as long as it is called “Today,” so that none of you may be hardened by sin’s deceitfulness." Hebrews 3:12-13  Paul warns them they need to be “on guard” against an evil heart of unbelief.

I believe some of the little foxes we need to guard against in this season are complaining, gossiping, judging others, hatred, anger, pride,  discord, jealousy, selfish ambition... The world is growing darker.  As believer we must represent the light in a dark world. "If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them." James 4:17faithart

Living by faith requires that one's soul is correctly positioned with God. "Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: but the just shall live by his faith." Habakkuk 2:4 (KJV)  Although this verse is referring to the pride...I believe we must ask the Lord to search our hearts and reveal anything that is offensive to Him. It doesn't feel good, but it frees us to live in freedom. "Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting."
Psalm 139:23-24

In 2016, I wrote a few posts about the soul and having a cluttered soul.  At the beginning of a new year many decide that they are going to get physically healthy, but what is also necessary is getting spiritually healthy… 

"But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ." 1 Corinthians 15:57

Stepping into a new realm, believing in the supernatural and operating in the gifts of the Holy Spirit requires another level of faith. I hope to post more on this because it is crucial to living a life of faith!

Many Blessings!

 

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green