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Faith of the Son of God
3/14/2016 12:00:01 AM by: Dr. Ron Susek

Faith of the Son of God
 
by Ron Susek
©Golden Quill Publications
 
I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 (KJV)
 
     Entering the arena of intercession is like boarding an airplane. While you fly by faith, you also fly by the faith of the pilot.
     For example, years ago, I was aboard a jet that undulated like a bird with a broken wing. The pilots, expecting to crash, fought hard, and finally wrestled the plane back to the Detroit airport. We landed amid fire trucks and ambulances lining the runway.
     The incident was so intense that for some time I could not fly. Then a friend paid for me to take flying lessons. Learning the facts about what makes an airplane fly restored my faith. I have flown comfortably ever since.
     Despite my faith in flying, however, I also fly by the faith of the pilot. He goes through a check list before every flight, and only departs when he is certain everything is working properly. I trust his judgment.
     Suppose, however, that midflight, he bursts through the cockpit door screaming, "I'm scared. I don't think we can make it!" All of my faith just flew out the window. As long as the pilot's faith in the plane is good, so is mine. When his faith fails . . . whoa!
     On one occasion, Jesus' disciples could not deliver a boy from a violent, unclean spirit. Desperate, the father approached Jesus, who said, "All things are possible for the one who believes." The father famously replied, "I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!" (Mark 9:23-24).
     The man had a measure of faith based upon his knowledge of God. Then, he asked Jesus to give him something that he could not gain on his own--the faith of the Son of God. He was not asking Jesus to teach him about faith, he was asking to be given faith. He knew God could "fly the plane," but the turbulence of his son's plight demanded a faith that only Jesus--the Captain of our faith--could impart.
     The King James Version (KJV) is used for our text because twice it correctly uses the preposition of, showing that Jesus gives and builds His faith in us. Read the verse carefully, "Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. "Some translators use the word in, but the word of properly conveys the idea that just as Jesus empowers us with His life, so He empowers us with His faith.
     It is appropriate, then, to ask, as did the father of the demonically troubled son--help me overcome my unbelief. In other words, implant in me the very faith of the Son of God. Here is a prayer to consider.
 
Dear heavenly Father, I know you are in command of all things. I am faced with a crisis beyond my control. Give to me the faith of the Captain of my faith, that I may glorify You as He did. I pray in Jesus name, Amen.  
 
Immanuel God is with you,
Your friend,
Ron
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