Can a believer fall away?

“It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift,  who have shared in the Holy Spirit, who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming  age and who have fallen away, to be brought back to repentance, to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.”

Hebrews 6:4-6

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my personal reflection on the above passage from the Book of Hebrews.

 Can one who has believed and been saved fall away and be lost? Are believers still susceptible of falling away and, of being lost?

The above passage is a warning, that yes, it is possible. It spoke of believers who have fallen away and of the impossibility of they, being brought back again to God. But what do we mean of falling away? This we ought to know so that we would be aware of the snare of the devil, who will taunt us to fall away. 

Falling away simply means apostasy or the rejection of Christ, the rejection of the Word of God by one who has been a believer or a Christian, these are believers who have consciously or voluntarily abandoned their faith in God. 

Falling away also includes backsliding, which happens when a person who has been converted, lapses or drifts away or  turns away from God in order to pursue his/her own desire. It is drifting away little by little,  and, if it escalates, it will lead to apostasy. If you think this would not happen to you, be warned, or you fall. 

But what causes believers to lose their faith? Some because of betrayal of their churches, or through bitterness from their faith leaders or faith family, for others it may be due to multiple tragedies that happen in their lives that led them to question God’s promise of love for them. 

Remember, that we are all human and, therefore, are all vulnerable, and we are indeed in a spiritual war with the a deceptive enemy who would use any and all means for us to fall away from God, thus stay on guard always.  Stay with God’s truth with thankful hearts, affirm God’s goodness and always thank Him for His blessings  and never doubt on God’s goodness even in the midst of our trials. 

I walk my faith with Jesus now under a strong conviction, that He is the truly son of God who died for my sins, who is my shepherd and my protector in this life’s journey. This will stand and this is enough for me. 

We can protect our faith from the shipwreck, through the word of God and through the Holy Spirit. 

God be with us all. 

Of God’s mercy and believers’ faith..

“Lord, have mercy on my son,” he said. “He has seizures and is  suffering greatly. He often falls into the fire or into the water. I brought him to your disciples, but they could not heal him.”

Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of the boy, and he was healed at that moment.

 Then the disciples came to Jesus in private and asked, “Why couldn’t we drive it out?”

 He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”

Matthew 17: 15-16, 18-20

Peace and good to all.

If I may share my insights on the above gospel of our Lord.

There are two things that the above gospel is telling us. Mercy, which we need to ask from Jesus and faith in Him. 

Have you noticed how those who wanted healing from Jesus, whether for himself, for a member of his family or member of a workforce, come to Jesus? They, in all humility asked Him to have mercy on them, to save them. And, whether it be physical healing or spiritual, through their faith and trust in the mighty power of Jesus as the ultimate healer, they were all healed. 

But do we all understand what God’s mercy is? Can we just ask for God’s mercy when we ask and pray for something but continue to oppress or take advantage of others or continue to steal or live a sinful life? I don’t think so. For God’s mercy is equivalent to forgiveness which means that we ought to have a repentant heart first. Remember that God is merciful and forgiving to those who repent. 

We all have different issues in life, it can be health, spiritual,  financial, psychological, being broken hearted, addictions etc., even this pandemic is one of those. We all need mercy from Jesus. We can be like the man in the gospel, fall before Jesus and say: “Lord have mercy.” 

On faith. We can all say for sure that we have faith in Jesus. But do we really have that one true powerful faith in Jesus that is absent of any doubt at all? Faith is easy to say but to have that for real in your heart, without any doubt at all, with full of trust in Jesus, is I think some of us or most if not all of us, still lack 

With constant communication with Jesus and by building a strong relationship with Him, as it deepens, I believe we will all have it. Faith is believing in the promises and the power of Jesus without any spot of doubt at all and with by the grace of God, we will have it, in Jesus name.