You gotta stay in the faith! You gotta have a strong faith! KEEP PRAYING IN FAITH!!!....
You've probably heard these phrases dozens of times, right?
Now as you're reading this, God's gonna blow your mind. I'm gonna go through some scriptures about what faith is.
Faith is trust (πίστη in Greek). Listen to this:
Ephesians 2:8 - For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; [it is] the gift of God.
I want you to understand that faith is NOT some kind of act! It's NOT some muscle-fight where you have to pump out faith - it doesn't work like that!! Faith is trusting and believing that you're God's child, and that He'll provide for you! It's OKAY for you to watch TV after you've prayed to Him. It's okay to relax, it's okay if you don't read the Bible 3 chapters a day! It's OKAY if you don't pray one hour each day!! HE STILL LOVES YOU!
Wow! By His loving grace, You've been saved THROUGH faith, e.g, through trusting Him and not yourself. It's His gift to you! Isn't that wonderful? Most of Paul's letter to Rome talks about saved by grace and not by deeds.
But why, then, do you try to "fight" for your salvation, when it is ONLY through Him that we can be saved?
Listen up. No matter what you do... No, I don't think you heard me; NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO, it will NEVER EVER change the fact that Jesus has saved you!
"Robert . . . There's a problem!!", you'll probably say. James 2:20 - "But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?"
Faith without deeds and works is dead, such says James in his letter. But doesn't that contradict what Paul wrote about grace through grace? No it doesn't.
Notice that it says "faith without works is dead". Is this a commandment? Does God's Word here COMMAND you to do works, so that you can be saved?? NO!! Listen to me clearly, this is NOT a commandment! It's merely a statement.
James is saying that if you're truly changed, you'll be doing good works for the Lord.
If you're not doing any good works, you might want to think about if Jesus truly has changed you. Just believe Him, believe His word. Trust Him, let the Holy Spirit come in, then you will be changed and NOT by yourself, but by Him!
It's important that you know that ONLY through Jesus you can be saved! TRUST in Him, believe what He did for you!!! The Holy Spirit will come and He'll reveal areas in your life that you need to repent from!
Don't do things you feel you have to! Jesus came to set us free, not to enslave us in the law (or in your inner "must-do-such" law)! Trust Him alone! Only He can save you! You can't save yourself, I PROMISE you that!
God bless you dearly! I hope and pray that you may be changed through trusting Him :)