Weak In: to be deficient; to lack; not firmly or factually grounded; wanting in translation.
The Faith: a firm belief; something that is believed with strong convictions.
The first thing that would like to mention, about the Subject at hand, is that in order to be Strong in the Faith One must Exercise (Read, Meditate and Study) Daily by using the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible because Faith is an Action Word.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 10:17 wrote, Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
In order to Hear the Word of God “YHWY” the Bible it is necessary that someone Read the Word of God, the Bible and then, implement that which they have Read and Heard into Action in their daily life.
Another thought to consider, regarding this Scripture here in Romans 10:17, is that Jesus is the Word of God and Jesus is the Word Made flesh therefore, Jesus is the Faith. Praise His Holy Name!
In St. John 1:14 the Apostle Paul wrote, The Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld His Glory, the Glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father,) full of Grace and Truth.
Jesus is the Living Embodiment of the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible in that He ALWAYS Said and Did that which He Saw and Heard from His Father.
The Life that Jesus Lived, in the flesh, shows mankind how to Live a Righteous Life according to the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible.
One thing we need to Remember here is that the Only Written Word that was Available during the time in which Jesus and His Disciples Walked this Earth is what we now know as the Old Testament, the Books of the Bible From Genesis through Malachi.
That which is Written in these Books of the Bible are what a lot of folks contend was done away with when Jesus died on the Cross. If that were true then, Jesus and His Disciples would not have Adhered to them.
Since Jesus is our Example, for Living a Righteous Life then, we to must Adhere to that which is Written in the Books of the Law and the Prophets; in what is Referred to as the Old Testament with the Exclusion of the Law of Sacrifice and the Law of Circumcision.
We read in Hebrews 11:6, Without faith “without the Word” it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.
Since Faith comes by Hearing and True Hearing is Doing the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible; it is Impossible to Walk in Faith without the Written Word of the of God, the Bible.
A True Believer is one that Lives their life by Doing that which is Written in Gods’ Holy Word, the Bible.
If we are one that Diligently Seeks the Lord then, we are one that Reads, Meditates and Studies the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible from Genesis 1:1 through Revelation 22:21.
The Apostle John in St. John 1:1-4 wrote, In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. *The same was in the beginning with God. *All things were made by Him; and without Him was not any thing made that was made. **In Him was life; and the life was the light of men.
What is that "Word" that was in the Beginning with God? The Answer to this question can be given in one word, “Jesus.” Jesus is the One that said, “Let US Make man in Our Own Image.” Jesus is that Light that came into the world to Give the Light of Life to whomsoever is willing to Accept Him as their Lord and Saviour. Praise His Holy Name!
In Hebrews 11:1 we read, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Now Faith is "Today Faith" because Jesus is the Same yesterday, today and forevermore. "Now Faith" is Right Living (Righteousness) according to the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible and we have been given Evidence of "Now Faith" by the Witness of that which was Written as a Testimony of those things that happened in times past.
The Apostle Paul in Romans 14:1-2 wrote, Him that is weak in the faith receive ye, but not to doubtful disputations. *For one believeth that he may eat all things: another, who is weak “knoweth not the Word,” eateth herbs.
What Paul is saying here is that we are to Receive those Souls (people) that are not well learned in Scripture, as one of the Saints, even though they do not have the same Knowledge and Understanding as we might have.
In 1st Timothy 4:1-3 the Apostle Paul wrote, Now the Spirit speaketh expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith “the Word,” giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; *Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; *Forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God hath created to be received with thanksgiving of them which believe and know the truth.
That which some Souls (people) are Departing from is the Written Word of the Lord; the Commandments, Laws, Precepts and Statues of the Lord.
In this day and time, some Souls (People) are listening to (adhering) Fables and Doctrines of devils and of mankind (heathen practices) more than to the Written Word of God, the Bible.
By Observing LIES and calling them Truth such as: Jesus was Born on December the 25th and that Jesus was Crucified on Friday evening; and that He Arose from the grave on Sunday Morning; and that the Apostles did away with the Observance of the Sabbath on the Seventh Day of the week and changed it to Sunday; and that it is OK for the Saints (christians) to eat anything that they desire to eat.
These things are ALL LIES and they are Predicated in and come from the Doctrines of devils and of Unholy men and women that Know not, nor Follow the Truth, as it is Written in the Word of the Lord (Bible).
The Apostle Paul in 2nd Corinthians 13:5 wrote, Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith “in the Word;” prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates (Reject of God)?
The way in which the Saints are to Examine their selves is by Looking Into the Mirror of His Word, the Bible - to check to see if they are In or Out of Step with the Truth.
When a Soul (person) refuses to comply with the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible; the Lord will Reject that Soul (person) from being one of His Children and if Rejected as a Saint then, they will also be Rejected the Right of Entering Into the Kingdom of Heaven.
In Romans 10:8-11 the Apostle Paul wrote, The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith (Truth), which we preach; *That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. *For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. *For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be ashamed.
Being Born Again in, through and by the Precious Shed Blood of Jesus is just the Beginning of being Saved. Once a Soul has been Saved (Delivered/Rescued) from sin; the old man is Buried in Water Baptism in the Name of Jesus and then, a New Life in Christ Jesus begins.
This means that the "New Born" MUST Grow in the Wisdom and Knowledge of God's “YHWH” Holy Word the Bible; they Learn of Him and Live their life according to that which He has Said and Done.
The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:8-15 wrote, And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the Gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. *So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. *For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. **But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith “the Word.” *And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
The Law that the Apostle Paul is talking about in this Scripture is the Law of Sacrifice and the Law of Circumcision (Ceremonial Laws) - that Jesus became to us; Jesus is our Circumcision; Jesus is our Sacrifice; in the Spirit and not in the Physical.
*Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: *That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. *Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man’s covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
The Saints Receive EVERY Blessing in, through and by the Precious Shed Blood of Jesus. Praise His Holy and Righteous Name Forevermore!
Like the Scribes and Pharisees of old added many laws to the Laws of God even so, mankind is endeavoring to do in this day and time.
Therefore, it is Important that every Soul (person) Knows what the Written Word of the Lord, the Bible says.
King David in Psalms 92:1-6 wrote, It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto thy name, O most High: *To show forth thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night, *Upon an instrument of ten strings, and upon the psaltery; upon the harp with a solemn sound. *For thou, LORD, hast made me glad through thy work: I will triumph in the works of thy hands. *O LORD, how great are thy works! and thy thoughts are very deep. *A brutish man knoweth not; neither doth a fool understand this.
It would be good if the Saints would seek to fashion their Worship of the Lord, even as the Prophet Daniel did in that he Prayed unto the Lord every morning, noon and night.
One of the biggest problems in the world today is a lack of Effective Communication. This is also true as related to Serving the Lord; all too many Souls (people) Worship and Serve the Lord when they can find time.
We really need to Put the Serving and Worshiping of Jesus as 'First In Our Mind' in order to have the Mind of Christ and to be Well Pleasing unto the Father.
Not only do we need to have a Prayer in our heart and mind but we need to have a Song of Praise in our heart and on our mind; because It Is Written, the Lord inhabits the praises of Israel (the Saints) Psalms 22:3.
The Apostle John in St. John 8:12 wrote, Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.
In order to Walk in Faith, it is Highly Recommended to Follow Jesus. In order to Walk in the Light, one MUST Walk in Truth; Jesus is the Way, the Truth and the Life therefore, to Do, Speak and Think like Jesus is Good and Acceptable with the Lord.
In St. John 12:35-36 the Apostle John wrote, Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he goeth. *While ye have light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light.
The Physical Presence of Jesus was the Light that the Disciples Walked in; now, we have the Written Testimony of Jesus that we can Look Into which will help us to be able to "Walk in the Light" as He is in the Light.
One thing that we need to Remember, about the Walk of Jesus, is that He Always Did that which was Written According to the Law (Commandments).
The Apostle Paul in 2nd Corinthians 4:1-4 wrote, Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not; *But have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty, not walking in craftiness, nor handling the word of God deceitfully; but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. *But if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost: **In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.
To Walk in anything, other than Truth, is to Walk in Craftiness, Deceitful and Un-Truth. In order to Manifest Truth, we MUST Walk in Truth. One might ask, “what is Truth?” The answer is: “Thy Word of Lord (the Bible) is Truth.”
The Good News is that there is still Hope; there is still Time to get it Right in order to Walk in Faith.
The god of this world (satan) has blinded, as it were, the eyes of the Souls (people) that will not Receive the Truth and Walk therein. It seems that they would rather hear, believe and do a lie than to Hear, Believe and Do the Truth.
The sad thing about this type of individual is that other Souls (people) sinners and New Born Saints may be hearing and watching them as their example - of what and what not to Do, Say and Think.
One Scripture says it like this: “If the Blind lead the blind, they both shall fall into the ditch (hell)” St. Matthew 15”14 and St. Luke 6:39.
In 1st John 4:7-8 the Apostle Paul wrote, Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. *He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love.
When we Truly Love one another as Jesus Loved us then, will we Walk in the Faith (Truth) like Jesus did.
Derwood A. Stewart, Minister
House of Prayer Sabbath Ministries