Faith Can Fail

  • Luke 22:31-32 “Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.”
  • 1 Timothy 1:19 … holding on to faith and a good conscience, which some have rejected and so have suffered shipwreck with regard to the faith.
  • Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.

Jesus prayed that Peter’s faith would not fail so obviously it can fail. He also identifies who is the enemy to our faith – Satan. You are dealing with an enemy who wants nothing more than to destroy you (John 10:10), therefore, be vigilant and alert to the enemy’s schemes (Ephesians 6:10-13).

How to avoid failing faith:
  1. Spend time in the Word daily and put it in your heart. When something is well rooted, it will stand up under pressure.
  2. Be aware of Satan’s tactics. The reference to failing faith involves him. Satan tries to steal, kill and destroy so take authority over the flaming arrows he sends your way. In Luke 10:19, Jesus gives you authority to overcome all the power of the enemy and says that nothing will harm you.
  3. Know who you are in Christ. You are a son or daughter of Almighty God and Jesus is your Savior and Lord. Jesus has defeated the enemy already and you need only to enforce the victory over your circumstances.
  4. Use your armor as described in Ephesians 6 (see the category Spiritual Armor and Weapons) to fight the devil’s schemes. The sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God, is the offensive weapon available to you, so use it well. You are not fighting flesh and blood but rulers, authorities, and powers of this dark world.
  5. Don’t allow circumstances to change the Word or you’ll be defeated by the enemy. He’ll bring fear, doubt, or unbelief. Take every thought captive and make it obedient to Christ (2 Corinthians 10:5).

Call to action:
Is there something you don’t have the faith for at this time? If so, get into the Word right away. Find the scriptures related to your situation and ask God for insight, in Jesus’ Name (John 16:23-24).  Once you read something in the Word that belongs to you, refuse to let the circumstances in your life change what the Word of God promises you, even if it takes time to obtain the answer to your prayer.