Holdfast To Your Faith
It also in other word can mean , keep your faith.
I can speak of two Faiths now.
We have the
And the “GIFT OF FAITH”
The initial or basic faith is the faith, that every Christian believes the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ.
With this, your mind is persuaded about the good news, the truth and the promises of the word of God in a good doctrine and also the love.
You have to keep it so that you will not leave it.
Your faith in Christ should also be based on;
His death and His resurection
1 Peter 1:21
Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
His promises for us about the reward
Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
His second coming
2 Peter 1:16
For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his majesty.
The Love of the Father
For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
And all the good doctrines in teachings for the believers
Faith in Persecution, hope and perseverance.
You have to keep that faith.
You have to keep the faith that no one will take this good things you’ve received by grace from the Father through His Son.
Keep it. There are many people that they couldn’t keep their faith and they fell from the grace of God.
You have to keep it to the end.
And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.
You have to be spirited or vibrant.
You have to keep the first love.
Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,
And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?
John the Baptist couldn’t keep the faith when he was passing through persecution
He lost hope and doubted.
But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
You shouldn’t be offended, keep the faith and the first love till our Lord Jesus Christ appears.
So when they had dined, Jesus saith to Simon Peter, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me more than these? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my lambs.
He saith to him again the second time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? He saith unto him, Yea, Lord; thou knowest that I love thee. He saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
He saith unto him the third time, Simon, son of Jonas, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he said unto him the third time, Lovest thou me? And he said unto him, Lord, thou knowest all things; thou knowest that I love thee. Jesus saith unto him, Feed my sheep.
The disciples denied Jesus Christ by going back to do what they were doing at first.
They couldn’t keep the word that Jesus Christ gave them, which is the promise and also prophecy.
About His resurrection.
They were all offended because they doubted.
There are many people that are not keeping the faith because they are saying Christ has kept long and for that matter, He is not coming.
But and if that evil servant shall say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming;
And shall begin to smite his fellowservants, and to eat and drink with the drunken;
The lord of that servant shall come in a day when he looketh not for him, and in an hour that he is not aware of,
And shall cut him asunder, and appoint him his portion with the hypocrites: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
So please wherever you are, keep the faith and Becareful or take heed.
Do not let anyone bring to you a wrong doctrine
Holdfast to your faith
Do not let persecution, tribulation and all what you are passing through take you out of the love through the faith.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?
For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Keep the faith and the right doctrine
God richly bless you and keep you till the end in Jesus name.
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