As Christians, we know how important Faith is. It lies at the heart of the Christian life. According to the Bible, “We walk by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7).
But evidently, not all faith is the same. In his short epistle, Jude writes that we should build ourselves up on our most Holy Faith (Jude 20). I believe this phrase, “most holy faith,” is one we see while reading but may not seriously think about what it means. That’s what I want to address in this post.
First, let’s talk look at a few verses that refer to the kind of faith that falls short of what the Lord wants us to have:
Faith that wavers. Whenever we pray to God and make a request to Him, we must be steadfast in what we believe. We waver when we are not steadfast. We believe for a while and then we have doubts. James writes, “Let not that man think that he shall receive anything of the Lord” (James 1:7, KJV).
Faith that quits. In Christ, it’s not how we start that counts but how we finish. Several places in the Scriptures convey the possibility of someone starting out in faith but failing to keep faith until the end. This is a matter of eternal consequences. “For we have become partakers of Christ, IF we hold fast the beginning of our assurance firm until the end” (Hebrews 3:14, NASB).
Faith without works. The Bible refers to this kind of faith as dead faith (James 2:20). This is an interesting dynamic. Some believers who have genuine faith in God are not motivated to do anything for the Kingdom. In his epistle, James uses the example of brother who lacks food (verse 15). It’s not enough to merely say to him that you will pray for God to bless him with food when you are situated to give him of your own abundance but you choose not to.
Fundamentals to Building Yourself up on Your Most Holy Faith
Let’s think about the term most holy faith. We know what the word holy means. It refers to something that’s sacred or acceptable to God. The three points above reflect aspects of faith that are not acceptable to God. Here are two essentials building blocks for us to realize the right kind of faith.
1. Jude writes that we should build ourselves up on our most holy faith, “praying in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). Grammatically, this does not necessarily mean that praying in the Holy Spirit is the means to reaching the goal. But at the least, we should be praying as we build up ourselves.
I certainly believe that praying—in the Holy Spirit—is vital to properly cultivating our faith. This kind of prayer is not to limited speaking in other tongues. Anytime we pray in the realm of the Spirit we are praying in the Spirit.
2. We can’t overemphasize how important the Word of God is in helping us realize our most holy faith. As we hear and study the Word of God with an open heart, it deepens our faith so we won’t waver. Moreover, the Word of God safeguards us from misguided faith. The Word is also the sure fire way for us to know the will of God so we can be confident about what we believe.
These two spiritual disciplines—praying in the Holy Spirit and inclining our heart to the Word of God– are foundational to growing in our most holy faith.
So many things in this world are warring against our faith in God. Jesus went as far as saying, “When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8). His words underscore the importance of us building ourselves up on our most holy faith.
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