Rosualdo is just an ordinary person with an extraordinary God, who wants to spread God’s words and love through writing articles and poems.
Hebrews 11:1 defined faith as “confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Faith is a significant thing in man’s response to God’s grace of salvation (Ephesians 2:8) (John 3:16). It is essential in the justification of sinners (Galatians 2:16). It is necessary for conquering worry and fear (Matthew 6:30) (Matthew 8:26). It is important in the healing of disease (Mark 5:34). It is vital in receiving or granting answers of prayer or request (Matthew 21:22) (Matthew 15:28). It is crucial to man’s spiritual living and relationship with God (2 Corinthians 5:7).
Faith can be distinguished in the degree of its size, as little (Matthew 14:31) or as great one (Matthew 15:28). There is faith that is weak and there is a strong one (Romans 14:1-23). The apostles ask the Lord to increase their faith (Luke 17:5). Aside from its importance in salvation and justification, faith is popularly known that can move mountains (Matthew 17:20) (1 Corinthians 13:2) which signifies the power it possesses to overcome obstacles and difficulties. But even though how great and strong our faith is, there is a possibility that it can fail, cease to function, or be lost (Luke 22:32). When Jesus asked his disciples, where is your faith? (Luke 8:25), it implies that their faith is not working and it is lost. Faith empowers a Christian life but it can be lost or fail along the way when it undergoes a test (1 Peter 1:7) (James 1:3). When our faith is lost or ceases to function, we can regain it through the following ways.
What Are The Effective Ways To Regain The Lost Faith?
1. Reconnect it to its origin
Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your flesh and blood will be your heir. ” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars —if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.”Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:4-6 NIV)
Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ. (Romans 10:17 NIV)
Faith did not exist without roots. God called Abraham out from his country, his people, and his father’s household to the land he will give to him and, promise to bless and make him a great nation, and he will be a blessing to the peoples of the earth (Genesis 12:1-3). Abraham thinks that it was a servant in his household will inherit his estate since he is childless (Genesis 15:2-3). But the word of the Lord came and assure him that his heir will be a son from his flesh and blood and his offspring will be countless as stars in the sky. God credited it to him as righteousness because he believes in the Lord. Abraham’s faith originates from the word of God.
The word of God is the origin and the source of faith. It is the beginning of trust and confidence. It is the lineage of all Christian faith. Paul declared that faith comes from hearing God’s message or words proclaimed by his servants. Faith is the product coming from the word of God. Faith is the response of the soul to God's words and promises. When the word of God is proclaimed, faith will reign in the lives of all responding and believing souls.
Faith is lost when there is no connection to its origin, just like an internet connection is lost when it is not connected to the source of connection. Christian faith is lost because Christians are no longer connected to God’s word. When testing of faith comes, some faith wavers and is lost. Worry, fear, and doubt will extinguish the burning power of faith. It eats Abraham’s faith. Abraham’s faith is tested when famine devoured the land of Canaan and it was lost because he went down to Egypt (Genesis 12:10). God expose his half-truth strategy regarding his wife Sarai out of fear of death and got expelled out of Egypt (Genesis 12:17-20). Faith is detached if the origin is not attached.
When we reconnect our lost faith to God’s word, its origin, we can regain the flaming power of our faith. Abraham regains his lost faith when he reconnects it to God’s word and promises that God will bless him on the land where God appointed him to live (Genesis 13). The word of God will restore the energy and power of faith needed to continue the journey of life. God’s word will continue to guide dark and gloomy paths (Psalm 119:105). A believer must believe that God is faithful to his promise and never give way to any doubt, fear, or worries in life (Matthew 6:25-34) (Isaiah 41:10). Lost faith is regained or recovered if it reconnected to its origin.
2. Repoint it to its object
My eyes are ever on the LORD, for only he will release my feet from the snare. (Psalm 25:15 NIV)
As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master,
as the eyes of a female slave look to the hand of her mistress,
so our eyes look to the LORD our God,
till he shows us his mercy. (Psalm 123:2 NIV)
fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer, and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him, he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Hebrews 12:2 NIV)
Faith did not exist without an object. A master is the object of a slave’s faith, and a father is the object of a son’s faith. The ultimate object of faith is God. The Psalmists express God as the object of their faith when their eyes are pointing to the Lord. God is the creator, provider, protector, and savior, and all creations depend on him as the object of their faith. Christian faith is founded in Jesus, and the author of the book of Hebrews urged believers to fix their eyes on Jesus as the object of their saving faith.
Faith is lost when it is pointed at the wrong object. Some faith is derailed from its rightful object, the Lord. Peter walks on the water with faith looked and pointing at Jesus but when the wind blows he was afraid, begins to sink, and cried out for help. Jesus saved him and said, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” ( Matthew 14:29-31). Peter’s faith was lost because it is shifted on fear. Some Christian faith is diverted by fear (Luke 8: 24-25), abducted by worry (Matthew 6:25-34), and taken away by the love of money and worldly passions (1 Timothy 6: 9-10). Faith is lost when it is pointed to self, power, success, and pride (2 Chronicles 26:16). It will fail when it is pointed at men (Psalm 146:3). It will vanish if it is pointed to wealth or money (Matthew 6:24). Faith ceases to function when the object is no longer God.
When we repoint our lost faith in God, its legitimate object, we can restore the operating power of our faith in our day-to-day battle. Trust, dependence and hope must be pointed on God alone, not on the created beings and things. He is an omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent God. Wrong objects of faith not just cause a detached status but will bring troubles to anyone who diverts it from God. Lost faith is regained or retrieved if it is repointed to its object.
3. Reunite it to its work
In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead. (James 2:17, 26 NIV)
Through him, we received grace and apostleship to call all the Gentiles to the obedience that comes from faith for his name’s sake. (Romans 1:5 NIV)
Faith did not exist without works. The heroes of faith in the old testament are mentioned in Hebrews chapter 11 and the disciples of Jesus Christ exhibit faith with works or actions. Works are tied to genuine faith, for works prove that there is faith. Works validate the functionality and activeness of faith. James tells the believers that faith not supported or without deeds is dead. It is not a functional faith if it does not have work. Faith must have obedience to determine if it is a living faith, not a dead one. Paul received the grace and the apostleship to call all Gentiles to obedience coming from faith for the sake of Christ’s name. If there is faith, there is obedience.
Faith is lost when it ceases to act the designated works appointed to be done. Christian faith disappears because it divorces from obedience. God and his words, the object and origin of faith, have something for anyone to accomplish for those who possess the faith. When faith is alienated and separated from obedience or works it will be lost. Fulfilling the Great Commission is a sign of faith in action as the Honor Rolls of Faith in Hebrews chapter 11 has done to show that their faith is working not dying or lost. Faith is lost when it is not working or functioning. When faith breaks ties with obedience it will be lost.
When we reunite our lost faith to its work, we can get back the working power of our faith to continue its operation to obey the will and plan of God. Obedience will certainly accomplish the desired works God wants us to do. It will not only confirm and prove the genuineness of faith, but it will also please God. Obedience will determine the strength and power of faith as it undergoes a test, a strong blowing, and beating of stormwind (Matthew 7:24-27). The sermon on the mount end with the conclusion of hearing Jesus’ words whether to put it into practice or just ignore it and the results of the test prove the faith as displayed by the wise and foolish builder. When faith is tied back to obedience it will back to life and vitality. Lost faith is regained or repossessed when it is reunited to its work or obedience.
4. Returned it to its memory
I will remember the deeds of the LORD;
yes, I will remember your miracles of long ago.
I will consider all your works
and meditate on all your mighty deeds. (Psalm 77:11-12 NIV)
I remember the days of long ago;
I meditate on all your works
and consider what your hands have done. (Psalm 143:5 NIV)
When you have eaten and are satisfied, praise the LORD your God for the good land he has given you. Be careful that you do not forget the LORD your God, failing to observe his commands, his laws, and his decrees that I am giving you this day. Otherwise, when you eat and are satisfied when you build fine houses and settle down, and when your herds and flocks grow large and your silver and gold increase and all you have is multiplied, then your heart will become proud and you will forget the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery. (Deuteronomy 8:10-14 NIV)
Faith did not exist apart from its memory. When faith is tested, memories of the past can be an essential factor to bring the lost and dying faith back to life. In the painful and difficult times of life, doubt, anxiety, and fear will destroy the faith. Sufferings will extinguish the fire of faith, injecting the mind and heart with troubles. But when we consider, ponder, and remember God and his mighty deeds and works, we can redeem the lost faith. The psalmists both remember and ponder the Lord and his past powerful works in times of distress to bring back or to keep their faith alive. God’s love and faithfulness never fail, and believers who lost their faith must remember God and his mighty deeds to restore their faith.
Another faith extinguisher capable to ruin the faith is prosperity. Pain can cause fear and worry that cuts man’s dependence on God by making his own an effort to overcome the crisis of life. Prosperity also chops man’s trust and reliance on God. Prosperity can cause spiritual amnesia. Moses warned Israel when they will live on the land promised by God, when their wealth increase and prosperity dwells with them, that their heart will not become proud or they will forget the Lord. Prosperity’s pride blinds a man from the works of God and will possess the credit that belongs to God ( Deuteronomy 8:17). A Christian must trust and depend on the Lord for we can do nothing apart from him (John 15:5). When faith is lost cause by prosperity, a believer can redeem his lost faith by remembering the Lord and his deeds and turning away from pride.
Faith is lost when it abandons its memory, the Lord, and his deeds. Israel lost their faith in God because they forget God despite the repeated warning from God never to forget and forsake him. The Christian faith is lost because it forgets the Lord and his works. When faith forsakes to its memory it will be lost or cease to operate. Christians should never let the pain and prosperity kill their trust and dependence on God to keep their faith on fire. Memories of God and his mighty deeds should be treasured to keep the faith burning.
When we return our lost faith to its memory, we can regain the burning fire of our faith. It will rekindle and revive the fire of faith to stand any test and trials of life. Remembering God and his mighty works in our lives will bring courage and strength to face the present, and hope to face the future. When faith returned to God and God’s works, it will recover its vigor and power. Lost faith is regained and reclaimed when it is returned to its memory.
Faith is important in man’s relationship with God and should be kept and never be lost. But when it is lost due to several factors, a believer can still regain it. Regaining the lost faith is crucial to the believer's life for it is needed in their day-to-day battle. Christians should remember that faith working and powering them has an origin, an object, a works to accomplish, and a memory to be treasured to keep the fire of their faith burning, operating, and functioning.
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