Preserved by Faith
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son” (Hebrews 11:17). The spiritual realm and the physical realm both operate according to certain laws and principles. Fire or heat will raise the temperature of the water and will cause it to boil and produce steam. Stress and physical exertion will raise our heart rate, raspatory rate, and blood pressure. Our human bodies are made up of very complex immune systems designed to defend us against bacteria, viruses and parasites that try to invade our bodies and destroy our health each and every day.
In a similar fashion, in the spiritual realm, our spirit is protected by our faith. As Christians, we must realize that when we are tempted, face trials or difficulties, or encounter attacks by the enemy, our faith activates our spiritual immune systems to defend and protect us. The key to having a high concentration of faith and a strong spiritual immune system is the Word of God. Think of it like this, the Word of God produces “faith cells.” Failure to plant God’s Word in your heart and mind reduces your number of faith cells. Small amounts of the Word result in a low level of faith cells. In contrast, high doses of the Word produce high levels of faith cells. Our faith cells operate like the white blood cells in our bodies. They identify and then eliminate spiritual attacks either by attacking them directly or by engulfing them and then causing them to flee.
Dear friends, we must develop a habit of studying and meditating on God’s Word and spending regular time in prayer to build up and preserve a high level of “faith cells” and a healthy spiritual immune system. Ask God to diagnose the strength of your spiritual health today. Spend time in prayer and feed on God’s Word daily to ensure your faith is ready to face the endless assault of the enemy.
Grace and peace always,