A Steadfast Faith
Deuteronomy 31: 8 The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged."
We live in a faithless world. There is little to trust; little to believe in. The promises of the world are empty and hollow. The cumulative effect can weigh against our spirit, even as Christians. But while we are called to live in the world, we are not called to be of the world.
Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is--his good, pleasing and perfect will. Romans 12: 2
But the patterns of this world can still seep into our lives. They can still taint our thinking and if pervasive enough, can shake our faith. But the key verse above serves as a reminder from God Himself for why we should have the faith we do and why we need to hold onto that faith, even in the harshest of storms. True faith does not need to know more than what God is currently showing us. True faith does not see, or feel, or hear. It is not sensory in nature. It just believes. It just trusts. True faith sees only the next step God wants us to take and then takes it regardless of how we feel, what we see, or how we think. That is a renewed mind. The world wants to see proof. The world demands discussion and debate. The world asks "why." There is no debate in faith because faith is the answer to the question why.
Working backwards in the verse we see that God is very well aware what the primary two tools the enemy will use to shake your faith are; fear and discouragement. When we are afraid, we lose sight of God. When God is on the throne of our lives there can be no fear:
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love. 1John 4:18
God is perfect love and when He is on the throne of our lives He drives out fear. Sound overly simplistic? Most Biblical truths are. It is man that makes things more difficult than they need to be. Over-analysis leads to paralysis. Not only that but we can be assured that when we fear, that fear is of the enemy because it is not of God: