Not losing faith in these end times
In Luke 18:8, Jesus said:
“I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of Man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?”
Through such a question, the Lord indicated that He would return to a world where faith would have been severely attacked.
The concern expressed by Jesus does make sense, especially in light of all the events we are witnessing.
It is easy to have one’s faith shaken in the midst of food price increases, high cost of living, international conflicts, global health crisis and so forth…
In Matthew 24, Jesus predicted that some serious bad events would precede his return.
Paul in 2 thessalonians 2:1-3 wrote the following:
“Now, dear brothers and sisters, let us clarify some things about the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and how we will be gathered to meet him. Don’t be so easily shaken or alarmed by those who say that the day of the Lord has already begun. Don’t believe them, even if they claim to have had a spiritual vision, a revelation, or a letter supposedly from us. Don’t be fooled by what they say. For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed—the one who brings destruction.”
The great rebellion mentioned in the above passage is described in other versions as a ‘falling-away’ from the faith or an apostasy.
The term apostasy refers to an abandonment or renunciation of faith.
In other words, there will be a time when people will renounce their faith and rebel against God before the return of the Lord.
Based on what is written in the Bible, one can only conclude that people will resign from the faith after experiencing all the bad events Jesus predicted in Matthew 24.
In light of knowing such information, we can conclude that your faith must remain a top priority in these last days because the enemy will target it.
Faith has different levels. There can be big faith, and there can be small faith. Even Jesus, sometimes complained to his disciples by saying: “O you of little faith… (ref. Matthew 8:26)”
Faith can grow to higher levels and unfortunately, faith can also be lost and it can be reduced.
Firstly,one of the reasons why faith can be reduced or lost is found in deception. In other words, an expectation that did not come to pass.
In these end times, many Christians have been wrongly taught to believe that the Church will be removed from earth before the bad events mentioned in Matthew 24 and before the arrival of the Antichrist.
However, as those bad events unfold, many Christians will grow disappointed at God and they will rebel against Him.
This is why I encourage you not to be wrongly taught on subjects related to the end times, so that you will not believe something that is not written in the Scriptures.
Secondly, many Chrsitians will fall away from the faith because they would have never learned how to use their faith to find solutions and responses in end time crises. This is why I encourage you to start exercising your faith in mastering areas such as prosperity, health, finances. Why those areas?
Because those areas are the fields that the enemy will utilize to pressurize many Christians into giving up on God. You need to learn the principles of honor and stewardship now while the world is not yet in a deep crisis so that during a deeper crisis, you will be steps ahead.
Faith comes hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17)
You need to exercise and practice your faith now so that during more difficult times, your faith muscles will be able to sustain opposition.
Thirdly, many people will QUIT the faith for fear of dying. Since we, Christians, are going into eternity with God, none of us should be afraid of death, even when threatened by Antichrist. Death is a passage to eternity.
But people with no faith or little faith cannot believe that death will lead to eternity. For this reason, they will take the mark of the beast.
Keep the faith.