The 1970’s in American culture were turbulent times.
Our nation was turned upside down by long-haired hippies, half-naked flower children, pot and psychedelic drugs. Woodstock, wildly painted Volkswagens mini-buses, outrageous, anti-establishment bumper stickers, war protests, and free love rocked the nation. “Make love, not war” was the mantra of the counter-culture crowd.
Some of my more mature readers (notice I didn’t say old) were, for a nostalgic moment, mentally and emotionally transported back to the 70’s, weren’t you?”
Thankfully I was born-again into God’s Kingdom on October 6, 1972. I surrendered my heart to Christ. He mercifully, graciously saved me, forgiving my sin and giving me the free gift of eternal life. An additional benefit to salvation through faith in Jesus rescued me from the lost, crazy cultural nightmare surrounding me!
Not to be outdone by the anti-Christian spirit sweeping the nation which seemed to be ripping the seams of our country apart, God countered by sending a spiritual/moral awakening and revival. The Maranatha movement was at the forefront of a return to faith in Jesus Christ. Multitudes of flower children became children of the Living God.
Christian themed bumper stickers held old cars together, if you know what I mean. “Ready for the Rapture?’. “Jesus is coming again!”. My father-in-law, who had never been a hippie (he proudly served America as a thirty-five year, decorated veteran of WWII, senior chief in the United States Navy) had this plastered on his bumper “Damn is not God’s last name!” I like that one.
One of my personal favorites was “keep the faith”. Keeping the faith is biblical.
In Hebrews 10:22-25, believers in Christ are exhorted to encourage one another as they await Jesus’ return. Phrases like “full assurance of faith”, “confession of our hope without wavering”, and “stimulating one another to love and good deeds” suggests keeping the faith. The body of Christ is to be an encouraging, inspiring, bunch of faith cheerleaders!
In encourage you to do a word study of the word “keep”. Those of us who profess Christ are to keep the faith, keep ourselves in the love of God, keep the commandments, keep the Word, keep ourselves morally pure, keep ourselves unspotted by the world, and keep looking for the Lord’s glorious return!
Keeping the faith means to keep on keeping on, following Jesus while we live on earth.
Keeping The Faith To The End
- Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Hebrews 12:1 instructs us to keep our faith focused on “Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith”. Keeping the faith is about beginning and finishing in faith in the King of Kings and Lord of Lords.
- Confess your personal faith. Study scripture. Know the Word. Speak it. Declare it over your life situations. Keeping the faith means speaking, writing what you believe.
- Feed your faith. Starve your doubts. Daily feast on the Word. “Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God.” Romans 10:17. God’s Word and the Holy Spirit build faith.
- Encourage fellow Christians to keep the faith. Christians around the world are in this faith walk together. We all walk by faith, not by sight. All of us need to encourage each other to keep faith and stay strong in the Lord no matter what we are going through.
- Share your faith with the lost. What good is our Christian faith if we keep it to ourselves while lost souls die in their unbelief and spend eternity in hell? My faith, your faith, isn’t just about you or me…. its about us sharing Jesus with all who don’t know Him. I believe keeping the faith means I stay faithful to be Christ’s witness to a hurting world that has lost its way. (Acts 1:8, II peter 3:9), John 3:16).
My fellow Christian, be on guard. Alert. Watchful. Steadfast. Keep your faith strong, solely, sincerely, and wholly focused on the Lord. The Bible says there will be people in the last days who will fall away from the faith (Hebrews 6:6). I cannot even begin to imagine doing that because Jesus is my life. My faith is in Him alone. But some will do so to their peril. Don’t be one of them.
The Apostle Paul made a personal, inspiring “keep the faith” statement: “For this reason I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.” (II Timothy 1:12).
Paul indeed believed to the end. In II Timothy 4:7, facing the executioner’s sword, Paul boldly, confidently declared “I HAVE FOUGHT THE GOOD FIGHE, I HAVE FINISHED THE COURSE, I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH.” Paul kept the faith to the very end of his earthly life!
A “crown of righteousness” awaited Paul. Jesus Himself would award it to Him, and to all, including you and me, who “love His appearing.” II Timothy 4:8. I can hardly wait!
Keep the faith. It is the only thing worth keeping in the light of eternity.
“Yet with respect to the promise of God, Abraham did not waver in unbelief, but grew strong in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully assured that what He had promised he was able to perform. Therefore, also, it was reckoned to him as righteousness.”
“For I am confident of this very thing that He who began a good work in you will perfect, complete it until the day of Christ Jesus.”
A Word For Your Week:
Keep your faith in the Faithful One.