Obtaining promises

‘Who through faith…obtained promises.’ Hebrews 11:33 Suggested Further Reading: Matthew 7:7–11 There are three ways of ‘obtaining the promise.’ Many of them only need the outstretched hand to grasp them; you may go with believing faith at once and take the promise—‘Ask and ye shall receive.’ There are many of the promises so readily attainable, that if you are in Christ you may see them fulfilled by simply believing them. Believe them to be Continue Reading

Faith omnipotent

‘Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth.’ Mark 9:23 Suggested Further Reading: Romans 4:13–22 Faith studies what the promise is—an emanation of divine grace, an overflowing of the great heart of God; and faith says, ‘My God could not have given this promise, except from love and grace; therefore it is quite certain that this promise will be fulfilled.’ Then faith thinks, ‘Who gave this Continue Reading

A single eye and simple faith

“The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light. But if thine eye be evil, thy whole body shall be full of darkness.” Matthew 6:22,23 Suggested Further Reading: Philippians 3:17-21 God will say to thee, “Take no thought for the morrow, be careful for nothing;” Mammon will say to thee, “Look ahead, be careful for everything;” and when God says to thee, “Give of thy substance to Continue Reading

A feast for faith

‘This also cometh forth from the Lord of hosts, which is wonderful in counsel, and excellent in working.’ Isaiah 28:29 Suggested Further Reading: Exodus 35:30–36:2 We are to ascribe the thoughtful, inventive mind, and the dexterous, clever hand, to him who is the great Instructor of man. We trace directly to God the marvellous philosophy of Newton, and the skill of Watt and Stephenson, because the very slightest consideration shows us that Continue Reading

Faith

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 Suggested Further Reading: Hebrews 3:12-4: 2 I may know a thing, and yet not believe it. Therefore assent must go with faith: that is to say, what we know we must also agree with, as being most certainly the will of God. Now, with faith, it is necessary that I should not only read the Scriptures and understand them, but that I should receive them in my soul as being the very truth Continue Reading

Questions answered: What is faith like?

Hebrews 11:1 Faith means believing in and obeying God, which requires relying on what we cannot see—God’s promises, provisions and concern for us. An inner attitude alone does not define faith, though. For faith to be present, action is required. Faith proves itself by obedience to the Lord. The writer of Hebrews expressed faith in two directions: faith toward future things (what we hope for) and faith toward invisible things (what we do Continue Reading

The warrant of faith

‘And this is his commandment, That we should believe on the name of his Son Jesus Christ.’ 1 John 3:23 Suggested Further Reading: Acts 16:16–34 If we heartily trust our soul with Christ, our sins, through his blood, are forgiven, and his righteousness is imputed to us. The mere knowledge of these facts will not, however, save us, unless we really and truly trust our souls in the Redeemer’s hands. Faith must act in this wise: ‘I believe that Continue Reading

Faith

“Without faith it is impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6 Suggested Further Reading: Hebrews 3:12-4: 2 I may know a thing, and yet not believe it. Therefore assent must go with faith: that is to say, what we know we must also agree with, as being most certainly the will of God. Now, with faith, it is necessary that I should not only read the Scriptures and understand them, but that I should receive them in my soul as being the very truth Continue Reading

Do they see Jesus?

Col. 1:27 Christ in you, the hope of glory. Col. 2:5 Beholding…..the steadfastness of your faith in Christ. Dannecker, a celebrated sculptor, spent eight years making a statue of Jesus. After having spent two years on it he brought a little child into his studio and said, “My dear, who is that?” The little girl looked up at the wonderful work and replied, “It is a great man.” The sculptor was smitten with disappointment. He said to Continue Reading

The price of precious things

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ. There are sometimes rare and beautiful wares brought into the markets that are invoiced at almost fabulous rates. Ignorant people wonder why they are priced so high. The simple reason is that they cost so much to procure. That luxurious article Continue Reading