The moment someone chooses to take one step to follow God, that’s where the real challenge of faith steps in too. Are you sure you know what you are doing? Are you going to be able to go through everything that is in your way? Every day becomes a challenge for you whether be physical or spiritual.
For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he. Luke 7:28.
Jesus Christ testified how John was the greatest prophet born of women, but yet even him; he needed to fight for his faith.
How can you testify what you have not witnessed? How can you witness what you have not seen? Even John Baptist testified about who Jesus Christ was before he came to meet and to be baptized by him:
I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire. Luke 3:16
John spoke of Christ that he saw in the Spirit, and no doubt was found in him. “I am the voice of one crying in the wilderness, Make straight the Way of the Lord.” John 1:7. He knew who he was, and what mission he had to accomplish which was to prepare the way for Jesus Christ. After the accomplishment of his mission, he found himself in prison, and the flesh began to be weakened. Doubts entered in him, and the faith was shaken to a stand where he sent two of his disciples to Jesus Christ to ask him if he was the one that should come or if they should look for another? In few words, he was challenged with what he saw with his own eyes compared to what he had seen in the spirit.
His faith was now put to the test. The response of Jesus Christ to John’s disciples spoke more to John’s faith, to remind his spirit what Jesus came to do.
Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached. Luke 7:22
John was revealed about Christ both in the spirit and the flesh at the time of Jesus Christ on earth. His biggest fight was to continue to walk in that revelation of Jesus Christ in the spirit even though he saw him in the flesh. The fight has it’s existence because the spirit can not walk together with the flesh as it is written:
For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. Galatians 5:17.
Because of the weakness of the flesh, John could no longer see the glory of the son of God in Jesus Christ as before. He began to be worried if what he believed was true.
If the one that is the greatest of those who are born of women fought to stay in the faith, how about all men who are lesser than him? This meditation touched me a lot to see that it is easy for us to believe in Jesus Christ through the spirit because we do not have any references of Christ in the flesh save what we read in the four books of the gospel. I have come to understand that no matter how great of a testimony that you may have from God here on earth, you still have to fight for your faith because it will always remind you that you are in the battle every day of your life. As the spirit and the flesh are contrary to one to another, so faith and doubt are too. Doubts come only to question your faith, and to challenge your belief.
THIS DEVOTIONAL WAS SUCH A BLESSING TO ME AND WAS WRITTEN BY RUTH
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