As our faith, so shall it be! If we ask much, and expect much, we shall receive much. For Abraham’s faith, God promised “in blessing I will bless thee . . .” (Genesis 22:17), and that promise is just as much for your faith and my faith, as it was for Abraham and his faith.
The Gift of Faith?
"Faith is simply trusting in God --believing that He loves us (because He has promised you), and knows what is for our best good. Thus, instead of our own way, it leads us to choose His way. In place of our ignorance, it (faith) accepts His wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our lives, ourselves, are already His; faith acknowledges His ownership, and accepts its Blessing !
"That the Blessing of Abraham might come on the gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the Promise of the Spirit through faith . . . And faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of God !" Galatians & Romans
Truth, uprightness, and purity, are pointed out as secrets of life's success. It is faith that puts us in possession of these. Every good impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith receives from God the Life (of Christ as our own) that alone can produce true growth and efficiency !
Note: God hath said it, therefore I choose this day to simply believe it. And to walk forward in faith, knowing that He will do just as He has promised me . . . for He has spoken, and He cannot lie !
When we speak of faith, there is a distinction that should be borne in mind. There is a kind of belief that is wholly distinct from faith. The existence and power of God, the Truth of His Word, are facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;" James-26.
But this is not faith. Where there is not only a belief in God's Word, but a submission of the will to Him; where the heart is yielded to Him, the affections fixed upon Him, there is faith --faith that works by love and purifies the soul.
Through this faith the heart is renewed in the image of God. And the heart that in its unrenewed state is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be, now delights in its holy precepts, exclaiming with the psalmist, "O how love I thy law! It is my meditation all the day." Psalm 119:97. And the righteousness of the law is fulfilled in us, "who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit." Romans 8:1 & 8:6-11.
Faith earns nothing for us; it is the gift of God, which we may receive and cherish by making Christ our personal Saviour (Deliverer and Redeemer).
Note: Can we not Today, believe His Word unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, and healing) ? Can we not simply accept that in Christ every Promise is already fulfilled, and give ourselves without any reservation to Him Who has purchased us with His Own blood. And walk in the freedom from every sin which He has promised us in His Living Spirit-filled Word ?
- The Faith I Live By p.90 & Steps to Christ p.
The Refiner's Fire?
"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 honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ . . . !" 1 Peter 1:7
Gold is tried in the fire, that it may be purified from dross; but faith that is purified by trial, is more precious than refined gold. Then let us look upon trials in a reasonable way. Let us not come through them with murmuring and discontent. Let us not make mistakes in getting out of them. In times of trial we must cling to God and His Promises!
Some have said to me, "Do you not get discouraged at times when you are under trial?" And I have answered, "Yes, if by discouragement you mean sad or cast down." "Didn't you talk to any one of your feelings?" "No; there is a time for silence, a time to keep the tongue as with a bridle, and I was determined to utter no word of doubt or darkness, to bring no shade of gloom upon those with whom I was associated.
I have said to myself, I will bear the Refiner's fire; I shall not be consumed. When I speak, it shall be of Light; it shall be of faith and hope in God; it shall be of righteousness, of goodness, of the love of Christ my Saviour; it shall be to direct the minds of others toward heaven and heavenly things, to Christ's work in heaven for us, and our work upon earth for Him."
The refining furnace is to remove the dross. When the Refiner sees His image reflected in you perfectly, He will remove you from the furnace. You will not be left to be consumed or to endure the fiery ordeal any longer than is necessary for your purification. But it is necessary for you, in order to reflect the Divine image, to submit to the process the Refiner chooses for you, that you may be cleansed, purified, and every spot and blemish removed--not even a wrinkle left in your Christian character.
May the Lord help you . . . to choose to have the will and work of God accomplished in you. . . .Look up! Jesus lives. Jesus loves. Jesus pities, and He will receive you with all your burden of care and trouble if you will come to Him and lay your burden upon Him. He has promised He will never leave or forsake those who put their trust in Him !"
"Beloved, think it not strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened unto you: but rejoice, inasmuch as ye are partakers of Christ's sufferings; that, when His glory shall be revealed, ye may be glad also with exceeding joy . . . !" 1 Peter -13
- Our High Calling p.312
Christian Service, pp. 41-42
A revival of true godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work.
The time has come for a thorough reformation to take place. When this reformation begins, the spirit of prayer will actuate every believer, and will banish from the church (God's individual remnant people who come out of all churches and who collectively make up His church - those who obey all ten commandments and have the faith of Jesus and have the Spirit of Prophecy)the spirit of discord and strife.
A revival and a reformation must take place under the ministration of the Holy Spirit. Revival and reformation are two different things. Revival signifies a renewal of spiritual life, a quickening of the powers of mind and heart, a resurrection from the spiritual death. Reformation signifies a reorganization, a change in ideas and theories, habits and practices. Reformation will not bring forth the good fruit of righteousness unless it is connected with the revival of the Spirit. Revival and reformation are to do their appointed work, and in doing this work they must blend.
The Great Controversy (1888), p. 609