DON'T EVER FAINT
by Tony Alamo
In Luke 18, verse one, Jesus “spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought ALWAYS TO PRAY, and not to faint.” In other words, what Jesus is saying is don’t ever give up, don’t ever quit. So many millions have quit short of the victory and lost their victory, their reward.1
In verse two, Jesus continues His parable: “There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:2-8).
Will His people, when He returns, be praying and not quitting, not giving up until they are avenged of their adversaries by our God? When Esau came from the field and he was FAINT, he gave up, selling his birthright for a bowl of pottage (Gen. 25:31). “And Jacob said [to Esau], Sell me this day thy birthright. And Esau said, Behold, I am at the point to die: and what profit shall this birthright do to me? And Jacob said, Swear to me this day; and he sware unto him: and he sold his birthright unto Jacob. Then Jacob gave Esau bread and pottage of lentiles; and he did eat and drink, and rose up, and went his way: thus Esau despised his birthright” (Gen. 25:31-34). He fainted, losing his place in the line of the Messiah, and the heritage, and his soul-for food!2 Don’t faint! Pray and don’t ever faint. “Pray always” (Luke 21:36).3 “Pray without ceasing [without stopping],” and the Father will avenge you, His elect, speedily (Luke 18:7-8, I Thes. 5:17).
“When thou goest out to battle against thine enemies, and seest horses, and chariots, and a people more than thou, be not afraid of them: for the LORD THY GOD is with thee, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt. And it shall be, when ye are come nigh unto the battle, that the priest shall approach and speak unto the people, And shall say unto them, Hear, O Israel, ye approach this day unto battle against your enemies: let not your hearts FAINT, fear not, and do not tremble, neither be ye terrified because of them; For the Lord your God is He that goeth with you, to fight for you against your enemies, to save you” (Deut. 20:1-4).
In Joshua 2:8-11, Rahab, the harlot, “came up unto them [the Hebrew spies] upon the roof; And she said unto the men, I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land FAINT because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red sea for you [for the Jews, which are God’s chosen people], when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did unto the two kings of the Amorites, that were on the other side Jordan, Sihon and Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. And as soon as we had heard these things, our hearts did melt, neither did there remain any more courage in any man, because of you [Israel]: for the Lord your God, He is God in Heaven above, and in earth beneath.”
The spies made a deal with Rahab, and when Israel took Jericho, they kept their part of the bargain. They kept her and her father’s house alive, and her mother and her brethren, and her sisters, and all that they had, and delivered their lives from death (Josh. 2:12-14, 6:22-23).
It is written in Matthew 1:5 that Rahab became the wife of Salmon, the son of Nahshon, and the mother of Boaz, Jesse’s grandfather. Suspicion arose that Salmon may have been one of the two spies whose life she saved, and that gratitude for such a great benefit led to a much more tender passion and obliterated the memory of any past disgrace attached to her name. Whether this is true or not, we do not know; however, it is certain, on the authority of the Gospel of Matthew, that a woman named Rahab became the mother of the line from which sprang King David, and eventually JESUS THE CHRIST. That the Rahab mentioned by Matthew is Rahab the harlot is as certain as that David in the genealogy is the same person as David in the books of Samuel.
Don’t faint. Keep the Word, keep the commandments.4 “[We] ought always to pray!” (Luke 18:1). God will avenge His elect speedily. However, “If thou faint in the day of adversity, thy strength is small” (Prov. 24:10).
You are loved by God. He will save you if you sincerely pray this prayer unto Him:
My Lord and my God, have mercy upon my soul, a sinner. 1 I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of the Living God. 2 I believe that He died on the cross and shed His precious blood for the forgiveness of all my sins. 3 I believe that God raised Jesus from the dead by the power of the Holy Spirit 4 and that He sits on the right hand of God at this moment, hearing my confession of sin and this prayer. 5 I open up the door of my heart and I invite You into my heart, Lord Jesus. 6 Wash all of my filthy sins away in the precious blood that You shed in my place on the cross at Calvary. 7 You will not turn me away, Lord Jesus, You will forgive my sins and save my soul. I know because Your Word, the Bible says so. 8 Your Word says that You will turn no one away, and that includes me. 9 Therefore, I know that You have heard me, and I know that You have answered me, and I know that I am saved. 10 And I thank You, Lord Jesus, for saving my soul, and I will show my thankfulness by doing as You command and sin no more. 11
You've just completed the first step in a series of five steps which are necessary to receive salvation. Your second step is to deny yourself and take up the cross daily for the purpose of mortifying your flesh, that is, for putting to death your own will, your soulful self, and the world with all of its lusts. All these must be baptized into the watery death of Christ.
Step three is your resurrection from the satanic life of Adam unto the sinless life of Christ. Step four is your ascension into a position of authority to reign for God with Christ on earth, and the fifth step is to reign for God in Christ on earth to the end for the purpose of bringing about the kingdom of Heaven on earth. You must learn the Word of God, then submit yourselves one to another and do what the Word says, so that the
church and the world may see evidence of your submission to God's Word, His order, and His authority in and by you.
Praise the Lord. May God bless and reward you abundantly.
Yours in the wonderful name of Jesus,
Pastor Tony Alamo
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Don't Ever Faint footnotes:
1. Matt. 25:14-30, II Tim. 4:7-8, Heb. 10:35, II John 1:8 return
2. Matt. 16:24-26, Phlp. 3:18-19 return
3. I Chron. 16:11, Psa. 34:1, Prov. 3:5-6, Luke 21:36, Acts 6:4, Rom. 12:12, Eph. 6:18, Phlp. 4:6, Col. 4:2, I Tim. 2:1, 8, Heb. 4:15-16, 13:15, James 5:16, Jude 20-21 return
4. Ex. 15:25-26, 20:5-6, Lev. 22:31, Deut. 4:2-10, 11:1, Eccl. 12:13-14, Matt. 19:17-21, John 14:15-21, 15:10, I Cor. 7:19, I John 2:3-5, 3:24, 5:2-3, Rev. 12:17, 14:12 return
1. Psa. 51:5, Rom. 3:10-12, 23 return
2. Matt. 26:63-64, 27:54, Luke 1:30-33, John 9:35-37, Rom. 1:3-4 return
3. Acts 4:12, 20:28, Rom. 3:25, I John 1:7, Rev. 5:9 return
4. Psa. 16:9-10, Matt. 28:5-7, Mark 16:9, 12, 14, John 2:19, 21, 10:17-18, 11:25, Acts 2:24, 3:15, Rom. 8:11, I Cor. 15:3-7 return
5. Luke 22:69, Acts 2:25-36, Heb. 10:12-13 return
6. I Cor. 3:16, Rev. 3:20 return
7. Eph. 2:13-22, Heb. 9:22, 13:12, 20-21, I John 1:7, Rev. 1:5, 7:14 return
8. Matt. 26:28, Acts 2:21, 4:12, Eph. 1:7, Col. 1:14 return
9. Matt. 21:22, John 6:35, 37-40, Rom. 10:13 return
10. Heb. 11:6 return
11. John 5:14, 8:11, Rom. 6:4, I Cor. 15:10, Rev. 7:14, 22:14 return