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God’s Word: The Basis of Preserved Faith

“How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” (Psalm 119:9-11)

No true believer will ever lose his salvation. Regardless of how many slips and falls he may go through in the faith, not a single one of them will be deemed total and final. Having been secured forever by the person and work of Christ, there is now nothing and no one that can separate us from Him. You see, God did not just save us, but also guaranteed that He will preserve us until the end. And the very instrument He will use to preserve us is a faith that is grounded on His Word.

As Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:5, we are preserved through faith. God continually works out our faith to form and grow in us an unshakeable confidence that God will fulfill all of the promises He gave to us and all of the plans He made for us. This faith does not stop at an unshakable confidence. It also results to a life of obedience. The more that our faith grows, we do not just become more convinced of God’s purposes, but we also become more obedient to God’s requirements. That is how God uses faith to preserve us.

But what is the foundation of this faith that gives us confidence in God and grows our obedience to God? We live in a fallen world where both sin and suffering constantly attempt to distract us and ensnare us, and if we are to be honest, it is more than easy to give in to our dire circumstances. In God’s sovereignty, He knew that in order to have an unwavering and steadfast faith, we would need a reliable basis for that faith. And that reliable basis is none other than His Word.

God’s Word reveals to us who God is in all His beautiful and perfect attributes. God’s Word shows us undeniable evidences of how He faithfully works all things for our good and His glory. God’s Word gives us direction on how we are to live our lives in accordance to God’s ways. And because these are the things that God’s Word does for us, it is crystal clear then, that God’s Word is foundational to finding our confidence in God and cultivating obedience to God. God’s Word and faith are inextricably linked to each other. We cannot separate the two. Both must co-exist to exist at all. After all, how can we be both confident in God and obedient to God if we do not know Him, His works, and His commandments, according to the primary place where He has revealed all of these?

It is no wonder then that the psalmist of these verses exhorts us to guard ourselves according to God’s Word and to store in our hearts God’s Word. Because when God’s Word is truly the objective and only standard by which we live, it will cause us to respond not according to the flesh, but to respond in faith - no matter what the situation is. More so, the presence and centrality of God’s Word in our lives determine the genuineness and growth of our faith. We cannot expect our faith to be genuine if God’s Word is absent in our lives. And we also cannot expect our faith to grow if God’s Word is not central in our lives.

Dear believer, our knowledge and application of God’s Word is part and parcel of our faith. Yes, the instrument that God uses to preserve us is faith. But this faith is not a superficial kind of faith, it is a faith grounded on His Word - His Word that is perfect and true. As we become firmly fixed on His Word, our faith perseveres through time and trial - all because God is actively and sovereignly preserving the faith He has given us first.

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