Faith is of God. God is a faith God. Without faith it is impossible to please Him. Faith is a law. God's laws work. They were designed to workâ€"not fail. Whether others believe or don't believe will not stop God's laws from working.
The Faith of God Does Not Fail
Faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17).
The Word of God is incorruptible seed. A natural seed will sometimes fail: God's Word never fails. Many times people fail to apply the Word of God. We can cause faith to fail to produce. Let's say it this way: True faith is a supernatural seed; it won't fail, but we can cause a failure in spite of the seed. Our action or reaction can stop the productivity of the seed. The seed (faith) does not always determine the outcome. Although we have faith, evidently it is possible for it to fail to produce the desired results. We see this possibility of failure many times.
"And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold satan has desired to have-you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for you, that your faith will fail not." Luke 22:31-32
Notice, it does NOT say, "God has desired to sift you," but "Satan has desired to sift you." The Greek word translated desired means demanded. Satan had demanded to have Peter that he might sift him as wheat. So often people think God is doing the testing and trying, so they just bow down to it, try to be humble, and bear the trial. They suffer whatever comes their way because they believe it is God perfecting them.
For example, You know the Bible says, â€œAll things work together for good." Yes, Paul did say that in Romans 8:28, but let us keep it in the context of what Paul was teaching. "Likewise the Spirit also help our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. And he that searcheth the hearts know what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:26-28).
Paul said after you have prayed in the spirit, then you know that all things you prayed about by interceding in the spirit will work together for good.
The greatest enemy of faith, the most subtle and the most devastating, is the lack of knowledge of the Word of God. To believe the devil's lie that, "It is God that is putting us through trials and tests:" will neutralize our faith. Through religious tradition devil has blinded the minds of people to what the Word says. Christ said, "SATAN HAS DESIRED TO ... SIFT YOU."
James 1:2 says, "... count it all joy when you fall into temptations." Notice, he said, "when you fall into temptations," not when you walk into them with your eyes open. Some folks have walked into them with their eyes wide open! This verse is often misquoted as, "The trying of your faith perfects it." But the Word says, "The trying of your faith works patience."
Patience is a spiritual force that l support our faith like a pier under a bridge. Devil tries that which we call "faith" to see if it is true faith, or if it is mental assent. The force of patience can undergird our faith and cause us to be constantâ€"holding the same confession through the trial devil brought.
The Devil is Out to Destroy Faith
Peter said, "... think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: But rejoice, inasmuch as you are partakers of Christ's sufferings ...." (1 Peter 4:12-13)
No, it's not strange that these things happen. Devil is not out to perfect your faith. If the trying of our faith perfected it, we would all have it made. Our faith would be perfect. I don't know anyone who hasn't had plenty of trials or tests!
I'll admit that if we win out with your faith, we will be stronger. If we will put our faith into action through the Word, we will come out with a determination to not let Devil win another battle. But that is not what Satan designed it to do. He designed the trial to put us under, not over.
Trials are a design of Satan. If we believe that God sends trials, that is a devastating blow to faith. If God is doing it, certainly you don't want to resist God. For instance, in the area of sickness, if it's God's will for us to be sick, why go to a doctor and try to get out of God's will?
It is God's Will that We Will Be Well
"Beloved, I wish above all things that you may prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospers." (3 John 2)
God wants us to heal, and He will go any way we choose: through doctors, through the Word, or both. But, if you fall for devils lie, our faith is in neutral. We cannot use our faith to get rid of something we believe God gave us.
The devil is not the finisher of our faith, and if trials and tests perfected faith, Satan would be the finisher of it. Hebrews 12:2 declares that Christ is the author and finisher of our faith.