FEATURE: Having a steadfast, immovable faith in Christ
The bank you see pictured in this video is about 15 seconds from annihilation, as the foreboding clouds of an F5 tornado (the edge of which can be seen moving in from the left) mercilessly descend upon its hopeless victim.

Although the full fury of the F5 hasn't hit, the bank is already being dismantled—as a wall assembly can be seen above the structure being sucked into the tornado's under-belly.

Surely this video clip (click on photo to view) vividly provides a frightening reminder of the need to take immediate shelter.

But please take note of the little tree (see arrow) in the front yard of the bank, to the right side of the video.

This tree—within the next 5 seconds—will be bent forcefully toward the ground, and yet appears (in the final dark clips) to completely survive the wrath of this humbling beast of nature.

The bank will be destroyed; the tree will remain.

Is there a spiritual lesson that can be gleaned?

Most certainly so—and a very important one indeed.

The staying power of true faith

The little tree in the above video is a great example of true, non-hypocritical Christian faith.

When times are "fair"—it's easy for anyone to call himself a child of God.

But when storms come along—even the full venting of this world's evil cannot dislodge the deeply rooted faith.

David described the child of God as having the deep faith of a tree, planted by the water:
Blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of mockers. But his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither. Whatever he does prospers.
(Psalm 1:1-3)

The necessity of a strong faith

Our faith must be strong, with roots of knowledge deeply implanted in God's word, so that when the tribulations of life come along—no matter how violent to our lives—our faith in Christ, and obedience to Him, remain strong and steadfast.

Paul wrote:
Therefore, just as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, continue to walk in him, firmly rooted and built up in Him, established in the faith—just as you were taught—and overflowing with thankfulness.
(Colossians 2:6-7)
Finally, Paul described the faith of the Christian as follows:
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always giving yourself fully to the work of the Lord—because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:58)

Faith in the strongest storms

The Hebrew writer described true, solid faith—one that remains faithful to the point of death.

He wrote this about our beloved Christian ancestors of the first century AD:
...[They] were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might obtain a better resurrection.
Some experienced mocking and flogging; others were chained and imprisoned.
They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were put to death with the sword.
They went about in sheepskins and goatskins.
They were destitute, persecuted and mistreated.
The world was not worthy of them, yet they wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
All of them were commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised—because
God had planned something better for us
, so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

(Hebrews 11:35-40)
Please notice the list of what our ancestors endured, because of their faith:
  • tortured and refused to be released
  • mocked
  • flogged
  • stoned
  • sawed in two
  • murdered by the sword
  • destitute
  • persecuted and mistreated
  • wandered in deserts and mountains
  • hid in caves and holes in the ground
No man earns his salvation; but genuine faith is demonstrable in our reaction to persecution.

We are encouraged because of their faith to be as they were.

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