Hmmm… Keep the Faith, A Cliché or a Way of Life?

With my pondering complete on the topic, “Keep the Faith”, I can confidently answer the title question with, yes, for some “Keep the Faith” is a cliché, but for others it is a way of life.

There is no doubt clichés exist in the Christian world. How many times have you said or heard,

  • “I’ll pray for you.”
  • “Praise the Lord!”
  • “Amen!”
  • “I am burdened for you.”
  • “I’m just being a good steward.”
  • “We are of one mind.”

Does the overuse of such words or phrases minimize the truth they contain? No! However, the environment surrounding them does. If a complete trust or confidence in the Creator is lacking, then such words are meaningless, for without faith we do not have life. (Habakkuk 2:4; Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11; Philippians 3:8-11; Hebrews 10:37-38)

Faith requires action and is pleasing to God. (James 2:12-18; Hebrews 11:6)

  • Abigail and Esther kept the faith while intervening for their people.
  • Stephen kept the faith while being stoned to death.
  • John kept the faith while in exile.
  • Peter kept the faith while in prison chains.
  • Mother Teresa kept the faith while meeting the needs of the poor in Calcutta.
  • Jim Elliott and Nate Saint kept the faith while taking the gospel to the tribes in Ecuador.

Each nourished a complete trust in God by spending time with Him in prayer and Bible study, quietly waiting for Him to speak and doing what He asked of them. They kept the faith! They did not give up hope! They did not quit in the face of adversity! They stayed the course!

For those who are confident in Who God is and His promises, “Keep the Faith” is not a cliché, it is a way of life! It is a battle cry to persevere in the fight for sharing the story of the One who died on the cross for you and me. (1 Corinthians 15:1-4, 2 Timothy 4:2-8)

In the words of my Pastor, “We are not defending the Alamo; the Alamo fell! We are defending the Faith and the Calvary is on its way!”

KEEP THE FAITH!

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33 thoughts on “Hmmm… Keep the Faith, A Cliché or a Way of Life?

  1. Amen! (squared) …the faith once delivered to the Saints! I agree, “Faith is a way of life.” I would make a negative statement regarding the other option, but I don’t know how you make the squiggly line over the E. Faith is in fact not optional for believers, for without it there is no relationship between God and man, nor can we find any other means to be pleasing to our God. The other side of the equation is of course ‘what does faith look like when it is our way of life?’ The conclusion the Bible gives us is that faith is evidenced by works. Bonhoeffer concluded that faith and disobedience can’t dwell in the same home. “Those who are faithfull will also be obedient. Those who are obedient will be the faithful.” Good message for probing our hearts with, good friend. God bless.

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  2. This reminds me of two expressions I don’t like; that’s “a leap of faith” or “blind faith”. I don’t associate faith with either “a leap” or ” as blind”. I believe and that knowing IS my faith.
    Yes I agree that “Keeping the faith” is definitely a not a cliche but a way of life.

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    • Thank you for another challenging comment! Challenging what we believe and why is what I love about blogging. If I may play devil’s advocate for a minute… Since we cannot know everything God knows, is being obedient to His direction without knowing all the details and what if’s considered a blind leap of faith?
      Keep the Faith!

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      • Faith is taking a step and trusting God in the process. Sometimes God wants us to take a step to see what we’ll do, but He never allows anything to happen that isn’t supposed to happen. Their may be many paths to what God wants…but rest assured, Jesus as at the heart of all of them because He is the only way. Regardless, faith IS the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things NOT seen….so if there is evidence of things that are NOT seen, one would be blind visually and emotionally to all of the details. So, leaping blindly with our physical eyes, but eyes wide open in the Spirit! For without faith it is impossible to please God.

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      • Thank you, Lyn, wanted to respond in kind (started and cancel reply twice because the Holy Spirit clarified that i was really tried & needed a nap more – but Awesome-Wow *** the “pondering” & memories & the emotions in Scripture & spiritual memory bank envoked by this Hmmm … & all the responses is a blessing & one i’m sure will continue as i haven’t finished reading all the comments … Thank you, Thank you! to one and all who share! Briefly, for me my first awesome leap of faith, was hearing His call to go overseas on my 1st mission trip, i resisted, gave my excuses & continued to hear “unless you forsake mother, brother, sister (all) you are not my child” ; all financial & physical excuses were rebuked, and although the mission trip didn’t take place on 9/11/01; (therefore i went from OH to mom’s in SC since time was already sched. off) in 2/11/02 i gained brothers & sisters beyond measure fulfillment of the scripture … all scales were removed – i Gained All & can live in “Yes, Lord” i can … follow Abraham’s example of willingness to offer all that I have to You, holding nothing back and trusting in Your character and in Your promises.” -Genesis 22:2-12,16. All because i know I AM is able – i don’t need to know – i can Trust an Unknown future to a Known God – i can do all things through You & live in Proverbs (my action vrs.)3:5-6 & Cols. 3:1-2. Live in Fruits of Spirit : Gal. 5:19-23 & John 15:8. State the Purpose of my life: daily to Love You completely, love myself correctly & to love other compassionately: in Matt.6:33, Matt. 22:37,39, i Cor.13:4-7 & participate in Your Great Commission: Matt.4:19, Matt.28:19-20, Acts 1:8. The details may be still be “blind” but the equipper is all Power & i know Romans 8:28-29 is Truth. (ok, so it’s not brief; but it’s not me it’s me in You) I love you, Papa!!!

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    • Evidence, if used correctly, can build faith. It can help confirm that, given our belief that the Bible is true, we can view the world through biblical glasses and make sense of what we observe. But evidences are often not neutral; they are interpreted by our worldviews. The Bible actually has something to say about the correct use of evidence. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith, we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.” Faith is not a blind system in the teeth of evidence. And remember that the apostle Paul says that even faith is “not of yourselves; it is the gift of God” Ephesians 2:8

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