“… But the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2: 4b (NKJV)

I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. 2 Timothy 4: 7 (NKJV)

This message is part of the series featuring the refrain “the just shall live by faith”. In the first few verses of Habakkuk 2 (v 1-3), Habakkuk realised that he needed to hear from God, and as he decided to listen, God spoke to him to correct him and set him straight. Indeed, as we focus on the Lord, His Word sets us straight.

In Habakkuk’s vision, God showed him that the souls of the proud are not upright in God’s sight, and also showed him the contrast, which is that the just (upright) are those who live by faith. Living by faith is God’s desire for His people, and it denotes a daily dependence on Jesus, Who is the source of our uprightness. In this season which is marked by global anxieties, faith can seem like a fight, but through daily dependence on Jesus, we are empowered to fight the good fight of faith (2 Timothy 4:7), and to stand when others may not be able to. Indeed, there is a race that has been set for each and every individual, and we must be careful to run our own races, instead of dabbling into other people’s lanes.

God desires for sinners to be transformed into sons (saints) of God, and desires for saints to be continually transformed as a collective body, so that the Church (Body of Christ) brings glory to God. Transformation requires faith, but it is not the kind of faith that says “I believe it, now I’m going to go do it”. Rather, it is based on God’s grace, and it is the kind of faith that says “I believe it, now Lord, I depend on You to transform me”. 

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