How to keep a vibrant faith

How do we live a consistent vibrant faith? To be vibrant means to be full of energy and enthusiasm. The etymology for the word, enthusiasm, is instructive. It’s directly from Late Latin enthusiasmus, from Greek enthousiasmos, meaning: “divine inspiration”…from enthousiazein to “be inspired…be rapt, be in ecstasy.” In other words, to be filled with the fullness of God (Eph.3:19) and His joy! (John 15:11).

This question of maintaining a vibrant faith is what Peter addresses, as I continue where I left off last time. In “Walking out our redemption,” we saw that while we’re saved once by grace through faith, our redemption is ongoing. Peter tells us we’re given the Holy Spirit to walk out this redemption—our transformation—so that we can experience all the promises of God meant for us.  And everything we need to do this is already resident in us because Holy Spirit lives in us!

Here’s how Peter continues with this theme:

10 For this reason, beloved ones, be eager to confirm and validate that God has invited you to salvation and claimed you as his own. If you do these things, you will never stumble. 11 As a result, the kingdom’s gates will open wide to you as God choreographs your triumphant entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus the Messiah. (2 Pet 1:10 TPT*)

“For this reason….” Peter is making a conclusion that we looked at last time, from verses 5-9. He’s saying that when we accept the invitation into this transformation process with Holy Spirit, we confirm and validate our salvation.

I’ve shared this Bill Johnson quote before: “A man who has an encounter is never at the mercy of a man with an argument.” By “adding to our faith” through this cooperative process with God, we encounter His love and are changed in the process! And these encounters are critical to our confidence in Him in more ways than just our personal transformation.

For instance, I’ve had scoffers and atheists ask me how I know God is real. That’s easy. My changed life! This is a picture of me in 1978. I was a 22 year-old musician living in Austin Texas. I wasn’t at the end of my rope, like some say in their testimonies; I was actually enjoying my life immensely. But I knew I was a spiritual orphan. And when God invited me into His life, I jumped right in! However, one thing that hasn’t changed in 42 years—there’s not a religious bone in my body! That’s because I wasn’t changed by religion (or fear) but by an intimate relationship with a God called Love. He has met me personally in so many transformational ways it’s beyond doubt for me.

We’re called to accept this invitation and cooperate with the Spirit in us. And Peter says If you do these things, you will never stumble.” As we “add to our faith,” or allow these fruits of the Spirit already resident in us to become manifest in our lives, God reveals Himself to us in a greater way, thus He becomes more real to us. This is the basis of my confidence and my constant source and supply of vibrant faith.

On that note, I will end with a song by Jonathan Helser that’s been a favorite of mine for many years, simply called, “Abba.” This song is significant to me because it really explains  how God the Father has become “Dear Papa” to me.

“You’re more real than
The ground I’m standing on
You’re more real than
The wind in my lungs

Your thoughts define me
You’re inside me
You’re my reality

Abba, I belong to You”

This particular version of the song is also my favorite because Jonathan explains the inspiration behind it, setting it up for us to express our hearts to our Abba Father. I hope you enjoy it, and that you have confirmed God’s invitation to you to experience Him, for He’s more real than the ground you’re standing on.

* All emphasis added.

About Mel Wild

God's favorite (and so are you), a son and a father, happily married to the same beautiful woman for 41 years. We have three incredible adult children. My passion is pursuing the Father's heart in Christ and giving it away to others. My favorite pastime is being iconoclastic and trailblazing the depths of God's grace. I'm also senior pastor of Cornerstone Church in Wisconsin.
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7 Responses to How to keep a vibrant faith

  1. Carmen says:

    Imagination’s a wonderful – and powerful – thing, isn’t it Mel? 😉

    • Mel Wild says:

      Carmen, I’m not sure why you’re wasting your time on a site like this, other than to troll, perhaps. But your snarky quips aside, yes, imagination is a powerful thing, but I can’t imagine being “poofed” into existence from nothing, and continuing to exist, without any non contingent force to maintain my existence. I couldn’t embrace such an incoherent ontology in my wildest imagination. Anyway, enjoy your purposeless and meaningless nihilism, if that’s what you want. 😉

      • Carmen says:

        I’ll leave it to readers to decide who is being snarky. 🙂

        • Mel Wild says:

          I probably shouldn’t have responded to you at all. But I can fix that. My readers aren’t going to see any more of your little quips, Carmen. I have a policy where I don’t waste my time, nor do I waste my reader’s time, with atheist trolls anymore. You can read why in my post, “Moving on…” if you want. It doesn’t matter to me if you don’t. But I do wish you the best.

  2. Well said, Mel! I like how you stressed that word “confidence,” or maybe it just jumped out at me because it’s been jumping out at me in the Bible lately. I like how you said, “And these encounters are critical to our confidence in Him in more ways than just our personal transformation.” It takes just a mustard seed of faith, just a tiny drop of trust and God can build on that. He will begin to reveal Himself to you, if you’re willing to see Him.

    Cool song, too! I sometimes says God is more real than this conversation we’re having right now. I don’t really have the words to describe it, but in comparison to Him the world we live in is strangely dim. I once dreamed of heaven as being a courtyard with giant coffee fountain in the middle of it. A bit funny, I’m not sure it’s literal coffee but coffee symbolizes that feeling of being awake, alert, and alive.

    • Mel Wild says:

      “I once dreamed of heaven as being a courtyard with giant coffee fountain in the middle of it.”

      Coffee fountain sounds like heaven to me! 🙂 God is more real to me that most things that we take for granted, too. Funny story about conversations, many years ago I was so mad at God (I was very spiritually immature then) that I told Him I wasn’t going to talk to Him anymore…no more praying, nothing. Well, that conversation went on for about a year. LOL! He just listened graciously to my rants until I eventually gave up. I actually think I sensed Him nodding His head a few times. 🙂

      • LOL! Yep, I hear you. I spent a good amount of time explaining to God that He didn’t exist. He was so gracious, so patient, and He answered all my questions. I also remember sensing Him nodding His head a few times.

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