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Jesus saith unto her, Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see the glory of God? (John 11:40).
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (Heb. 10:35, 36).
Through all God’s dealings with men there is one unwavering law: “by faith,” “by faith,” “by faith.” “Said I not unto thee, that, if thou wouldest believe, thou shouldest see,” is the Savior’s gentle reproach to those who would work and walk by sight. And God’s order and ordination in this life of faith must ever be, “believe that you may see; believe that you may have.” “Let us kneel our way through life,” said the old saint, “for our knees are Heaven’s knockers.” This is but another way of putting the same fact that “asking” of God is so much more potent than “doing” by man, because it results in “doing” by God.—Northcote Deck.
“Believing, ye shall receive.” The faith-heroes of old “through faith . . . obtained promises,” and there is no new way of obtaining them. Is it any wonder that, when we stagger at any promise of God through unbelief, we do not receive it? Not that faith merits the answer, or in any way earns it or works it out, but God has made believing a condition of receiving, and the Giver has a sovereign right to choose His own terms of gift.—Frances Ridley Havergal.
Now learn to hold on by faith for just what you need, and the deeper the need the faster hold on! Oh, if I had only done so more persistently through life, instead of letting the sense of my own weakness dishearten my faith, what a different experience mine would have been. Ah, there is no teaching like experience! You try and learn wisdom by mine. Be a bold believer, and the more you feel your own need, the closer cling to Him as your all and in all, able to magnify His grace where sin hath abounded, and His strength where there is no might.
Remember it is the blood that cleanses the soul. Works meet for repentance is one thing; the faith that heals is another; both are indispensable. The little child or the vilest sinner who dares trust for a full salvation, gets it, while the most careful, principled, and determined disciple who doubts, misses it. God cannot help it; He is bound to give or withhold according to our faith. It is not arbitrary on His part. In the very nature of the case, it is the only line on which He can meet us. I believe if He could have saved us in an easier way, He would have done so, but there was no other way.—Catherine Booth.
Entering a new year, David Livingstone wrote in his diary the prayer that it might be “a year of great believing.” This ought to be the overmastering desire of every one of us as we cross the threshold of another year.—Selected.
Faith is the grasping of Almighty power;
The hand of man laid on the arm of God;
The grand and blessed hour
In which the things impossible to me
Become the possible, O Lord, through Thee.
—Anna E. Hamilton.
The great things which the Bible says of faith, it says of it only because it is the channel, the medium, the condition, by and on which the real power, which is Jesus Christ Himself, acts upon us. It is not the window, but the sunshine that floods this building with light. It is not the opened hand, but the gift laid in it that enriches the pauper. It is not the poor leaden pipe but the water that flows through it that fills the cistern. . . . It is not your faith, but the Christ Whom your faith brings into your heart and conscience, that purges the one and makes the other void of offence toward God and man. —Alexander Maclaren.
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