The other day, I was trying to decide what my topic was going to be for my ﬁrst bulletin. With so many great topics to do from the scriptures, it was a tough decision. As I was scrolling around on Facebook (I know what you’re thinking — not the best place to get inspiration for a topic, but please keep reading), and I came across a post from one of our members. She posted, “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve.” It really got me thinking about a couple of points.
First, that even though Facebook and other social media websites get quite a bit of negative comments, it can be a great tool for Christians to spread the gospel! How many of us ONLY have Christian friends on our proﬁles? Not many of us and there is nothing wrong with that. We should be posting scriptures and posting sermons for others to hear. Paul says in Romans 10:17, “For faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” I am glad to see Christians using this avenue to spread the gospel to everyone as we are commanded. In Matthew 28:19-20, the Scriptures read, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” I know I need to be doing more of that. Let me challenge all who are on social media to post at least one scripture a day and post sermons every week!
Second, this quote made me think about the point that she was trying to make. Faith is powerful and in order to build up our faith, we must read and study our Bibles daily. Faith and belief in our God and Father and our Savior Jesus Christ is the sustenance we need to survive. In 1 Corinthians 3:2, Paul says, “I gave you milk to drink, not solid food; for you were not yet able to receive it.” The Hebrew writer said in Hebrews 5:14, “But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.” And Peter said in 1 Peter 2:2, “Like newborn babies, long for the pure milk of the word, so that by it you may grow in respect to salvation.” New Christians, just like infants, start with the milk, and as we mature in the word, we are able to handle the meat. That needs to be the goal of every Christian.
Faith is also a protection against all of the evil and corruption in this world. In Ephesians 6:16, Paul states, “… taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the ﬂaming arrows of the evil one.” This world continues to be a horrible place. People are just doing what they feel is right and not relying on the word of God. Timothy sends this warning in 2 Timothy 4:3-4: “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but wanting to have their ears tickled, they will accumulate for themselves teachers in accordance to their own desires, and will turn away their ears from the truth and will turn aside to myths.”
As we continue through this week and throughout our lives, don’t ever think that your faith is strong enough that you can neglect Bible reading or that you have learned everything there is to know. We will never learn everything and every time we pick up our Bible and read, we learn something, which increases our faith.