What is the object of your faith? Romans 5 deals with this subject.
Peace with God Through Faith
5 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we[a] have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith[b] into this grace in which we stand, and we[c] rejoice[d] in hope of the glory of God. 3 Not only that, but we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, 4 and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, 5 and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.
6 For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. 7 For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— 8 but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. 9 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the wrath of God. 10 For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by his life. 11 More than that, we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received reconciliation.
Death in Adam, Life in Christ
12 Therefore, just as sin came into the world through one man, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men[e] because all sinned— 13 for sin indeed was in the world before the law was given, but sin is not counted where there is no law. 14 Yet death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over those whose sinning was not like the transgression of Adam, who was a type of the one who was to come.
15 But the free gift is not like the trespass. For if many died through one man’s trespass, much more have the grace of God and the free gift by the grace of that one man Jesus Christ abounded for many. 16 And the free gift is not like the result of that one man’s sin. For the judgment following one trespass brought condemnation, but the free gift following many trespasses brought justification. 17 For if, because of one man’s trespass, death reigned through that one man, much more will those who receive the abundance of grace and the free gift of righteousness reign in life through the one man Jesus Christ.
18 Therefore, as one trespass[f] led to condemnation for all men, so one act of righteousness[g] leads to justification and life for all men. 19 For as by the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, so by the one man’s obedience the many will be made righteous. 20 Now the law came in to increase the trespass, but where sin increased, grace abounded all the more, 21 so that, as sin reigned in death, grace also might reign through righteousness leading to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.
To me the word of faith movement or “positive confession” movement is so dangerous to the church. When I was working as a hair stylist I heard several stories of people leaving the Christian Center because they had a family member who died from cancer and the pastor told them it was because their faith was not strong enough. This sounds like something from the horse and buggy days. This is what comes of having faith in faith. I’m sure many of you have stories you could tell on that subject. It’s the same with wealth. The name it and claim it preachers are wealthy not because of their faith but because they are at the top of the ponzi scheme. They get money from their supporters but you seldom see any rich supporters. I wonder why?
Jesus Christ came to earth to save us from eternal hell not to give us a comfortable life here on earth. As for me and my family, we are only visiting this earth. It’s not our home and I’m not comfortable here. I’m longing for the day I will go home to be with the Lord. I believe in living each day of my life to honor God. For me that is living a life that is pleasing to God. I pray that as you start this new year you too will live your life as unto the Lord. Not your best life now as some books say. I’m always in prayer for all of you. dtbrents