From the moment I first met Jesus and asked Him to take over my life, I have had a strong faith that has keep me grounded during times of grief, anxiety, stress and life changes.
I realized early on that my gifting was ‘the gift of faith’ and I have never doubted. At one time during a prophetic conference I was told I have a Wigglesworth faith.
Then I came across the fiction book, A SKELETON IN GOD’S CLOSET, by Paul L. Maier. In short, it is the story of archeologists in the holy land finding what seems to be the skeleton of Jesus Christ. All the surrounding features passed the date tests and the following years of research and documentation pointed to this being a fact.
I have to honestly admit that as every scientific test and research project came back positive, I began to question if this really could happen. Every detail was so precise. In my innermost being, I knew it was fiction and yet I began to wonder if this really could happen. For just an instant or two my faith wavered and it showed to me how easily a person’s faith can be shaken.
Of course, it was a fiction story, but the feelings that had risen up in my were frightening. That’s why there are verses like; Cling to your faith in Christ and keep your conscience clear. I Timothy 1:19. Fight the good fight for the true faith; I Timothy 6:12. Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him and be strong in your faith. I Peter 5:8-9.
It is so easy to skim over familiar verses like that believing that our faith is unshakable. But we must read and digest every word, roll them over in our minds, think about them daily because we never know when the enemy of our soul is going to shake our thought world with something as commonplace as a fiction story.