What is Faith - and HOW do we obtain it?

What we NEED is not our own useless faith - but rather the faith OF Jesus!


2 Chronicles 25:9 And Amaziah said to the man of God, But what shall we do for the hundred talents which I have given to the army of Israel? And the man of God answered, The LORD is able to give thee much more than this.

Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Proverbs 10:22
The blessing of the LORD brings wealth, without painful toil for it.

Genesis 24:35
The LORD has blessed my master abundantly, and he has become wealthy. He has given him sheep and cattle, silver and gold, male and female servants, and camels and donkeys.

Genesis 26:12
Isaac planted crops in that land and the same year reaped a hundredfold, because the LORD blessed him.

Genesis 26:13
The man became rich, and his wealth continued to grow until he became very wealthy.

Deuteronomy 8:18
But remember the LORD your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your ancestors, as it is today.

Deuteronomy 26:10
and now I bring the firstfruits of the soil that you, LORD, have given me." Place the basket before the LORD your God and bow down before him.

Deuteronomy 28:11
The LORD will grant you abundant prosperity--in the fruit of your womb, the young of your livestock and the crops of your ground--in the land he swore to your ancestors to give you.

2 Chronicles 25:9
Amaziah asked the man of God, "But what about the hundred talents I paid for these Israelite troops?" The man of God replied, "The LORD can give you much more than that."

Proverbs 8:21
bestowing a rich inheritance on those who love me and making their treasuries full.

Proverbs 14:24
The wealth of the wise is their crown, but the folly of fools yields folly.

Daniel 1:15
At the end of the ten days they looked healthier and better nourished than any of the young men who ate the royal food.

"If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you" John 15:7.

The divine nature, combined with the human, made Him capable of yielding to Satan's temptations. Here the test to Christ was far greater than that of Adam and Eve, for Christ took our nature, fallen but not corrupted, and would not be corrupted unless He received the words of Satan in the place of the words of God. To suppose He was not capable of yielding to temptation places Him where He cannot be a perfect example for man, and the force and the power of this part of Christ's humiliation, which is the most eventful, is no instruction or help to human beings. {16MR 182.3}


"Liberty is the very essence of faith" The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 148.2.

"Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience" The Faith I Live By, p. 122.5.

2 Peter 1:4 "The promises of God looked to me like so many precious pearls that were to be received by only asking for them." RH July 21, 1851, Art. B, par. 3

“We should now acquaint ourselves with God by proving his promises” YI July 12, 1904, par. 8.


"Having a knowledge of Canaan, singing the songs of Canaan, rejoicing in the prospect of entering into Canaan, did not bring the children of Israel into the vineyards and olive-groves of the promised land. They could make it theirs in truth only by occupation, by complying with the conditions, by exercising living faith in God, by appropriating his promises to themselves. As we draw nigh to Christ, and as he draws nigh to the believing soul, we can say, with all confidence: “I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.” YI February 17, 1898, par. 2

"...If you want power (God-like character) you may have it; it is waiting your draft upon it. Only believe in God, take Him at His Word, act by faith, and blessings will come." The Publishing Ministry, p. 67.4 


"True faith rests on the Promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey (live) that Word can claim its glorious Promises." Early Writings, p. 72.2

"We are too narrow in our ideas, we are poor judges, for many of these will be accepted of God because they cherish (DO/obey = meek=quiet obedience) every ray of light (truth) that shone upon them.—Manuscript 6, 1889.

"Protestantism is reaching out its hands to clasp hands with popery, and every indication makes manifest that the prophecies are about to be fulfilled. And now men are looking upon those who keep the commandments of God and the faith OF Jesus, to see what will be their course. O that all may arouse, and manifest to the world that this is a living faith, that a vital issue is before the world, that Jesus will soon come. Let men see that we believe we are on the borders of the eternal world" RH February 21, 1893, par. 9.

Psalm 37:4 "Delight yourself also in the LORD; and he shall give you the desires of your heart."


Psalm 145:19 "He fulfills the desires of those who fear himhe hears their cry and saves them."


Psalm 81:10 "I am the LORD thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it."

Psalm 97:11 "Light is sown for the righteous, and gladness for the upright in heart."

Job 22:26 "For then shalt thou have thy delight in the Almighty, and shalt lift up thy face unto God."

Job 22:25 "Yea, the Almighty shall be thy defence, and thou shalt have plenty of silver." 

A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in pictures of silver. (Proverbs 25:11)

Some are seen to come forth from their daily communion with God clothed with the meekness of Christ. Their words ... come forth sweetly from their lips. They scatter seeds of love and kindness all along their path, ... because Christ lives in their heart.

The tongue needs to be educated and disciplined and trained to speak of the glories of heaven, to talk of the matchless love of Jesus.

There are souls who err, and who feel their shame and their folly. They are hungry for words of encouragement. They look upon their mistakes and errors until they are almost driven to desperation. Instead of ... reproving and condemning and taking away the last ray of hope that the Sun of Righteousness sheds into their hearts, let your words fall as healing balm upon the bruised soul. Be not like desolating hail that beats down and destroys the tender hope springing up in the hearts. Leave not the hungry, starving soul in his helplessness to perish because you fail to speak words of tenderness and encouragement.

The most persuasive eloquence is the word that is spoken in love and sympathy. Such words will bring light to confused minds and hope to the discouraged, brightening the prospect before them. The time in which we live calls for vital, sanctified energy; for earnestness, zeal, and the tenderest sympathy and love; for words that will not increase misery, but will inspire faith and hope. We are homeward bound, seeking a better country, even an heavenly. Instead of speaking words which will rankle in the breasts of those that hear, shall we not speak of the love wherewith God hath loved us? Shall we not try to lighten the hearts of those around us by words of Christlike sympathy?

Those who love Jesus Christ will contemplate His character (meekness=quiet obedience), meditate upon His words, practice His precepts, and become living missionaries. The words they speak will be like apples of gold in pictures of silver.

By Ellen G. White RH February 16, 1897, par. 13Our High Calling, p. 295.5


As many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law; (for not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified). Romans 2:12, 13.


Those who had accepted the light concerning the mediation of Christ and the perpetuity of the law of God found that these were the truths presented in Revelation 14. The messages of this chapter constitute a threefold warning which is to prepare the inhabitants of the earth for the Lord’s second coming. The announcement, “The hour of his judgment is come,” points to the closing work of Christ’s ministration for the salvation of men. It heralds a truth which must be proclaimed until the Saviour’s intercession shall cease and He shall return to the earth to take His people to Himself. The work of judgment which began in 1844 must continue until the cases of all are decided, both of the living and the dead; hence it will extend to the close of human probation. That men may be prepared to stand in the judgment, the message commands them to “fear God, and give glory to him,” “and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” The result of an acceptance of these messages is given in the Word: “Here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” In order to be prepared for the judgment, it is necessary that men should keep the law of God. That law will be the standard of character in the judgment. The apostle Paul declares: “As many as have sinned in the law shall be judged by the law, ... in the day when God shall judge the secrets of men by Jesus Christ.” And he says that “the doers of the law shall be justified” (Romans 2:12-16). Faith is essential in order to the keeping of the law of God; for “without faith it is impossible to please him.” And “whatsoever is not of faith is sin” (Hebrews 11:6; Romans 14:23).

A threefold warning which is to prepare the inhabitants of the earth for the Lord’s second coming:

First Angel's warning Message: Rev 14:6-7 "The hour of His Judgement is come"
Second Angel's 
warning Message: Rev 14:8 "Come out of HER, my people"
Third Angel's warning Message: Rev 14:9-12 "Keep the Commandments and the faith OF Jesus"

Without Obedience to His Commandments NO Worship can be Pleasing to God:

By the first angel (Rev 14:6-7), men are called upon to “fear God, and give glory to him” and to worship Him as the Creator of the heavens and the earth. In order to do this, they must obey His law. Says the wise man: “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Without obedience to His commandments no worship can be pleasing to God. “This is the love of God, that we keep his commandments.” “He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination” (The Great Controversy, 435, 436).

Am I meeting the requirements of the law of God?

The question of deepest interest to each one should be, Am I meeting the requirements of the law of God? ... Only by a close examination of self in the light of God’s Word can we discover our deviations from His holy rule of right.... In Him we may have pardon for past failures, and in His strength grow up to be perfect men and women in Christ Jesus (Youth’s Instructor, June 10, 1897).

His STRENGTH: Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Promises like John 6:37 "Him that cometh unto me I will in no wise cast out".

Protestantism is reaching out its hands to clasp hands with popery, and every indication makes manifest that the prophecies are about to be fulfilled. And now men are looking upon those who keep the commandments of God and the faith OF Jesus, to see what will be their course. O that all may arouse, and manifest to the world that this is a living faith, that a vital issue is before the world, that Jesus will soon come. Let men see that we believe we are on the borders of the eternal world.RH February 21, 1893, par. 9

“Faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression." The Desire of Ages, page 126.

"What is justification by faith? It is the work of God in laying the glory (character=thoughts and feelings) of man in the dust, and doing for man that which it is not in his power to do for himself"—Special Testimonies to Ministers and Workers, Series A, 9:61 (1897).

"God’s purpose in giving the third angel’s message to the world is to prepare a people to stand true to Him during the investigative judgment"Manuscript Releases, vol. 1 [Nos. 19-96], p. 228.2.

"All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible now, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches."  Manuscript Releases Volume Twenty-one [Nos. 1501-1598], p. 437.1

  • "Satan is very ready to insinuate that prayer is a mere form, and avails us nothing.He cannot bear to have his powerful rival appealed to. At the sound of fervent prayer the hosts of darkness tremble. Fearing that their captive may escape, they form a wall around him, that Heaven's light may not reach his soul. But if in his distress and helplessness the sinner looks to Jesus, pleading the merits of his blood, our compassionate Redeemer listens to the earnest, persevering prayer of faith, and sends to his deliverance a re-enforcement of angels that excel in strength. And when these angels, all-powerful, clothed with the armoury of heaven, come to the help of the fainting, pursued soul, the angels of darkness fall backwell knowing that their battle is lost, and that one more soul is escaping from the power of their influence." ST NOV.18,1886
  • "The work of sanctification is the work of a lifetime; it must go on continually; but this work cannot go on in the heart while the light on any part of the truth is rejected or neglected. The sanctified soul will not be content to remain in ignorance, but will desire to walk in the light and to seek for greater light. As a miner digs for gold and silver, so the follower of Christ will seek for truth as for hidden treasures, and will press from light to a greater light, ever increasing in knowledge. He will continually grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth. Self must be overcome. Every defect of character must be discerned in God’s great mirror. We may discover whether or not we are condemned by God’s standard of character." Selected Messages Book 1, p. 317.2


  • (Revelation 7:2.) Seal Is a Settling Into Truth—Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming (Manuscript 173, 1902).

    "It is the beauty of holiness, a meek and quiet spirit, which is of value with God" The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 383.1.


  • Ellen White: "I believe the Sanctuary, to be cleansed at the end of the 2300 days, is the New Jerusalem Temple, of which Christ is a minister. The Lord shew me in vision, more than one year ago, that Brother Crosier had the true light, on the cleansing of the Sanctuary, &c; and that it was his will, that Brother C. should write out the view which he gave us in the Day-Star, Extra, February 7, 1846. I feel fully authorized by the Lord, to recommend that Extra, to every saint" Ellen White, A Word to the Little Flock, p. 12.8 Early Writings, p. xix.2.

    Here is a link to the Sanctuary Message by Brother Crosier recommended by God Himself:

    What is the seal of the living God, which is placed in the foreheads of His people? It is a mark which angels, but not human eyes, can read; for the destroying angel must see this mark of redemption (Letter 126, 1898).

    The angel with the writer’s ink horn is to place a mark upon the foreheads of all who are separated from sin and sinners, and the destroying angel follows this angel (Letter 12, 1886).

    (Revelation 7:2.) Seal Is a Settling Into Truth—Just as soon as the people of God are sealed in their foreheads—it is not any seal or mark that can be seen, but a settling into the truth, both intellectually and spiritually, so they cannot be moved—just as soon as God’s people are sealed and prepared for the shaking, it will come. Indeed, it has begun already; the judgments of God are now upon the land, to give us warning, that we may know what is coming (Manuscript 173, 1902).

    "It is the beauty of holiness, a meek and quiet spirit, which is of value with God" The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 4, p. 383.1.

    Faith is not believing that God can, it is knowing that God WILL!
    Faith Bible Verses: http://www.biblestudytools.com/topical-verses/faith-bible-verses/

    John 6:35 "Then Jesus declared, "I am the bread of life. He who comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty."

    Matthew 14:31 "Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?"

    Faith IS Trust in God. Believing in God. By believing in God, we receive the righteousness (truth) of Christ. The truth about Jesus is that the victorious risen life of Jesus can be ours for the asking. Just by believing and trusting in God and in His Son. To KNOW and UNDERSTAND God is eternal life. 

    A right concept of God and His Son (both) in our minds IS the key to eternal life. See Jer 9:24 and John 17:3 for more details.

    “Faith is in no sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true faith is secure against presumption. For presumption is Satan's counterfeit of faith. Faith claims God's promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression." The Desire of Ages, page 126.

    Faith claims God’s promises, and brings forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to excuse transgression. Faith would have led our first parents to trust the love of God and to obey His commands. Presumption led them to transgress His law, believing that His great love would save them from the consequences of their sin. It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions on which mercy is to be granted. Genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.

    To abide in faith is to put aside feeling and selfish desires, to walk humbly with the Lord, to appropriate His promises, and apply them to all occasions, believing that God will work out His own plans and purposes in your heart and life.


    Mark 5:34 (KJV) "And he said unto her, Daughter, thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace, and be whole of thy plague."

    1 Corinthians 2:5 (AMP) "So that your faith might not rest in the wisdom of men (human philosophy), but in the power of God."

    We should not think that Christ’s need of prayer in His human life lessens His dignity as our Redeemer. He came to be our Example in all things. He identified Himself with our weakness that we might identify ourselves with His strength. He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet He did not yield in a single instance to the sins that were proving the ruin of the sons of men. Thru prayer and communion with God, we, like Him, are to come forth refreshed and strengthened for the battles of lifeST July 15, 1908, par. 8

    Faith - What really is it . . . ?
    The Substance of Things Hoped For !

    By Whom also we have access by faith into this grace* wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope (confidence and expectation) of the glory of God . . . . And hope maketh not ashamed ! For the Scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on Him shall not be put to shame . . . !” Romans 5:1-5 & 10:11

    The Word of the LORD declares that “whatsoever is not of faith is sin.” We desire that everyone should be in a position where he can believe the Word of God. How should I feel if my children should be constantly compla-ining to me, just as though I did not mean well, when my whole life's efforts have been to forward their interests and to give them comfort?

    Suppose they should doubt my love; my heart would break. I couldn't endure it. How would any of you feel to be thus treated by your children? How can our heavenly Father regard us when we doubt His love, that has led Him to give up His Only Begotten Son that we might have Life? The apostle writes, “He that spared not His Own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give* (pardon, rescue, deliver, grant favor, forgive) us all things?” Romans 8:31-32

    And yet we stand back, distrustful and suspicious, saying, “Well, He doesn't mean this for me. Perhaps He loves others, but He does not love me.” Why is it so difficult for you to believe in God? --It is because you have been educating your soul in doubt and unbelief all your life long. It makes my heart ache to hear your mournful testimonies, stating that your whole life has been a failure. Have there not been some bright spots in your experience? Have you not had some precious seasons when your heart throbbed in response to the Spirit of God?

    Dear brethren, for Christ's sake cherish every ray of Light, every token of mercy and good, every Blessing that God has bestowed upon you. Although you see that you have not given glory to God, that you have not been grateful, let that not be a reason why you should be ungrateful still, and sink down into despondency and discouragement. Have you not praised God in the past when the warm rays of His love fell upon your heart? Have you not sought to do His will as an obedient child?

    When you look back into the chapters of your experience, do you not find some pleasant pages? Is memory's hall filled only with pictures of neglect and sorrow? Are there only dark, forbidding, and unhappy representations there?Are there not some pleasant pictures, where you can see the providence of God? 

    Confess your ingratitude of the past; but retain every pleasing memory, and every token of God's love that He has given to bind your heart to His great heart of infinite love. Oh, praise Him! Let us educate ourselves to speak the language of faith. If Satan has cast his dark shadow across your path, look up in faith, and God will let His Light shine upon you and dispel the darkness !

    Satan would like to have you cherish that shadow. He would like to have you view God through a cloud of his own making; but we are to be in a position of faith and confidence in God, where we can cherish every bright beam of Light; having seen a token of God's love, we are to say, “Here is an evidence that God is Blessing me. I cherish this as a manifestation of His favor. I will gather up the precious jewels of His Truth.”. . Yea, Thy Word is Truth (Verity) ! . . . If you do this, you will be full of Light. If you have been in the shadow, confess your unbelief, and then claim the promises of God by living faith, and come into the Light of your Saviour.  ref: John 17:17

    You are not to trust simply in pleasant emotions. Suppose that after you have been filled with joy, you should rise in the morning under a cloud, with the same train of shadowy thoughts as have troubled you in the past.

    Would that be an evidence that God had left you during the night? Not at all. It would simply be an evidence that your mind has so long been trained in the line of unbelief, that it is from force of habit running in the doubt-ing channel. Dwell on the faith side of the questionEducate your thoughts in the line of God's mercy. Educate your tongue to speak of His goodness.

    Train the whole mind and soul to act in faith. It is praising Satan when you talk so continuously of your doubts and darkness. You are glorifying the prince of darkness when you give up your thoughts and words to follow in the shadow he casts on your pathway. Let your first morning thought be, “How good is the LORD! He is full of goodness and tender mercy.” “For Thy Word is a Lamp unto my feet, and a Light unto my path !”   Psalm 119:105

    Praise Him! Say, “LORD, Thou knowest that I love Thee.” When the darkness of the enemy begins to sweep over you, say, “I do love the Lord (Adoni). I know that I love Him, and I know that the Lord loves me, even me !”

    A good way to disperse darkness is to talk faith and courage. We are admonished in the Word of God to fight the good fight of faith. Suppose that you take your stand under the banner of faith. If you have repented of your sins, and have confessed them to God, you need no longer go on in doubt and despondency. God does not want you to stand under a cloud. He wants you to come into the Light, and to have confidence in Him, knowing that you have committed your soul unto His keeping, as unto a faithful Creator.

    Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering, for He is faithful that hath promised . . . !”     Hebrews 10:23

    Satan will come to you after you have trusted in God, and will try to steal away the Victory that faith has gained. He will present your sins to you; but can you not tell him it is written, “The blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanseth us from all sin?” I John 1:7 and ref: Zechariah 3:1-4, Romans 8:31-34

    Can you not tell him that God has Promised to remove your transgressions (rebellions) away from you as far as the east is from the west, and that they are to be remembered no more? ref: Psalm 103:12 & Jeremiah 31:34, Hebrews 8:12 & 10:17.

    I see the necessity every day and every hour of exercising Living (active) faith. What is faith? It is “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 & John 3:8. 

    That is “Faith is the substance (support, assurance, confidence) of things hoped forthe evidence (proof) of things not seen ! . . . Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed (set in place and completed) by the Word of God, so that those things which are seen, were not made (not brought forth, generated, caused to be) by things which do appear !”

    Living Faith . . . faith that is spoken out loud, is the evidence of that Divine power which is in every Word of GOD !    - Romans 10:6-13

    There is a wonderful power in faith. It brings eternal things to view, and lays hold of the Arm of infinite power. If you have been educating your soul to gather up the dark chapters in your experience, turn over a new leaf and have new, bright, cheerful experience; put your will wholly on the Lord's side. We must exercise living faith if we would war successfully against the temptations of the enemy.

    For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; but with the mouthconfession (to profess and speak aloud) is made unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration whole!” Romans 10:10

    There are on the walls of this house two mottoes, “Praise the LORD !” and, “Thy Word is Truth (Verity) !” These are good and pleasant words. Suppose that you hang your memory's hall all full of the remembrances of God's goodness, grace, and Truth, and let not one dark thought or shadow have a place in that hall.


         We are not to be so selfish as to simply desire a flight of happy emotions.We are to fix our faith on the Promises of God, which are sure and steadfast, and shall endure forever and ever ! The joyful feeling will come when we fully trust in God's Promises !

    Jesus has said, “Come unto Me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden.” This invitation is certainly for those who are burdened with unbelief; and His assurance is, “Ye shall find Rest unto your souls.” It is not, “May be you shall find rest.” Oh, no; it is positive and certain: “Ye shall find rest.” Why do we misinterpret our heavenly Father when He says “Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I Am meek and lowly in heart, and ye shall find Rest unto your souls.” Matthew 11:28-30 & Hebrews 4:1-12,

    Take His yoke upon you, and He will bear the heaviest part Himself. Is He not good company? do you object to association with Him? He says, “I Am at thy right hand to help you,” “My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.” Why not make up your mind that you will stand in your God-given manhood and womanhood, and, through Christ (The Anointed One, the Anointing), be overcomers?

    And it shall come to pass in that day, that his (Satan’s) burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke (the ties which have bound you to him) from off thy neck . . . and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the Anointing . . . !” Isaiah 10:27, I John 2:27

    "For He saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted,* and in the day of Salvation have I succoured thee . . . BeholdNow is the accepted time; Behold, now is the day of Salvation . . . !"   II Corinthians 6:2 & Isaiah 49:8 & Hebrews 3:7-19

    Why not say, “God has Promised the Power, and I will win back the moral image of my Creator and Redeemer?” “For as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become* (come into being, cause to be, to generate new life) the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name. Which are born (begotten), not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of (by the will of) God !” John 1:12-13 & Hebrews 10:10


    Do not allow the mind to hold communion with the enemy. Do not talk of his power to discourage you. Talk of Christ, Who is able to Save (deliver, set free, and heal) to the uttermost all who come unto God by Him. Heb-rews 7:25. We have a whole Saviour, and let us have a whole faith in Him Who has died for the sins of men, and for my sins. When we take this position, we shall find rest and peace in our Saviour. Come with your burdens, and lay them down at the foot of the cross, put off the yoke of self and sin, and wear the yoke of Him Who is meek and lowly of heart. Let every soul come to the Fountain, and drink of the Waters of Life, that will be in him like a Well of Water springing up unto everlasting Life!

    And in that day thou shalt say, O LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah), I will praise Theethough Thou wast angry with me, Thine anger is turned away, and Thou Comfortedst me ! . . . Behold, God is my Salvation (Yehushua); I will trust, and not be afraid. For the LORD JEHOVAH is my Strength and my Song; He also is become my Salvation !

    Therefore with joy shall ye draw Water out of the Wells of Salvation. And in that day shall ye say, Halleluyah, praise the LORD, call upon His name! declare His doings (works) among the people, make mention that His name is exalted. Sing unto the LORD . . . . Cry out and shout, thou inhabitant of Zion: for great is the Holy One of Israel in the midst (heart) of thee !” Isaiah 12:1-6

    When I talk of the subject of faithmy faith grows. I feel as though I could run through the troops of darkness, and rise above all barriers. It seems as though nothing could hinder me. By Living faith, I grasp the hand of Jesus, and I am all light in the Lord. I do not look at selfI look to Jesus, my High Priest, Who presents my case to the Father, offering up the merits (worthiness) of His Life and sacrifice.

    Faith will keep the mind above the low level of earth, and direct the soul to Heaven in contemplation of the spiritual and Eternal. Let us lift up Jesus, the Saviour of men. Talk of His lovetell of His power, and the angels of God will be attracted to you. Will you have faith in God, Who “so loved the world, that He gave up His Only Begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have Everlasting Life ?” - ST March 18, 1889, par. 9

    Faith that works unto Salvation!

    We need the riches of faith and love. But we can obtain these only by surrendering the will to Christ. When we take the Saviour at His Word, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight, complete unity will prevail. We shall constantly grow more like our Leader. His character has been clearly revealed, and we have been plainly told that we are to be like Him. 

         Our watchword is, "Go forward." Pressing onward to the Light of life means victory. We see in our hearts much that is dark and forbidding, and there is much we do not see at all, but God is greater than our hearts, and He knows all things (I John 3:20-24). 

         Do not deplore the crookedness of your past life; for this does not bring strength, but weakness. All unbelief is moral deformity. In bemoaning our past, there is no healing balm, but only sorrow and sin, that makes the heart sick and faint. Thus we become more and more discouraged. Might we not better look to the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world?

    Unbelief greatly dishonors God ! 

         Our lack of faith is withholding from us precious Blessings which are hanging over us, and which God would have us receive and appreciate. When we practice the Word, we shall be perfect in Him Who is our righteousness. If the Word is believed by us, soberly, meekly, if It is received and appropriated, it will give us a precious experience, that will make us wise unto Salvation. But, like the children of Israel, we are in danger of indulging a spirit of unbelief and murmuring.

          The fruit of righteousness is quietness (Sabbath - Rest) and assurance forever. If we had exercised more faith, if we had trusted less to our own wisdom, God would have manifested His power on human hearts. “These signs shall follow them that believe:In My name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues. They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” 

    Mark 16: 

         It is faith, an active faith (faith that works by love), that makes the gracious Promise of any avail. We have been losing faith, in the place of increasing it. Our lack of faith is the reason why we have not seen more of the power of God. We exercise more faith in our own working than in God's working for us." - Special Testimonies, October 4, 1899, RH. November 1, 1892 The Necessity of Co-operation with God.

    "Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. . . . For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also." It is essential to have faith in Jesus, and to believe you are saved through him; but there is danger in taking the position that many do take in saying, "I am saved." Many have said: "You must do good works, and you will live;" but apart from Christ no one can do good works. Many at the present day say, "Believe, only believe, and live." Faith and works go together, believing and doing are blended. The Lord requires no less of the soul now, than he required of Adam in paradise before he fell,--perfect obedience, unblemished righteousness. The requirement of God under the covenant of grace is just as broad as the requirement he made in paradise,--harmony with his law, which is holy, and just, and good. The gospel does not weaken the claims of the law; it exalts the law and makes it honorable. Under the New Testament, no less is required than was required under the Old Testament. Let no one take up with the delusion so pleasant to the natural heart, that God will accept of sincerity, no matter what may be the faith, no matter how imperfect may be the life. God requires of his child perfect obedience.

    In order to meet the requirements of the law, our faith must grasp the righteousness of Christ, accepting it as our righteousness. Through union with Christ, through acceptance of his righteousness by faith, we may be qualified to work the works of God, to be co-laborers with Christ. If you are willing to drift along with the current of evil, and do not co-operate with the heavenly agencies in restraining transgression in your family, and in the church, in order that everlasting righteousness may be brought in, you do not have faith. Faith works by love and purifies the soul. Through faith the holy Spirit works in the heart to create holiness therein; but this cannot be done unless the human agent will work with Christ. We can be fitted for heaven only through the work of the holy Spirit upon the heart; for we must have Christ's righteousness as our credentials if we would find access to the Father. In order that we may have the righteousness of Christ, we need daily to be transformed by the influence of the Spirit, to be a partaker of the divine nature. It is the work of the holy Spirit to elevate the taste, to sanctify the heart, to ennoble the whole man.

    Let the soul look to Jesus. "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world." John 1:29. No one will be forced to look to Christ; but the voice of invitation is sounding in yearning entreaty, "Look and live." In looking to Christ, we shall see that his love is without a parallel, that he has taken the place of the guilty sinner, and has imputed unto him his spotless righteousness. When the sinner sees his Saviour dying upon the cross under the curse of sin in his stead, beholding his pardoning love, love awakes in his heart. The sinner loves Christ, because Christ has first loved him, and love is the fulfilling of the law. The repenting soul realizes that God "is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9. The Spirit of God works in the believer's soul, enabling him to advance from one line of obedience to another, reaching on from strength to greater strength, from grace to grace in Christ Jesus.

    God justly condemns all who do not make Christ their personal Saviour; but he pardons every soul who comes to him in faith, and enables him to work the works of God, and through faith to be one with Christ. Jesus says of these, "I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one [this unity brings perfection of character]; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me." John 17:23. The Lord has made every provision whereby man may have full and free salvation, and be complete in him. God designs that his children shall have the bright beams of the Sun of righteousness, that all may have the light of truth. God has provided salvation for the world at infinite cost, even through the gift of his only begotten Son. The apostle asks, "He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?" Rom. 8:32. Then if we are not saved, the fault will not be on the part of God, but on our part, that we have failed to co-operate with the divine agencies. Our will has not coincided with God's will.

    The Redeemer of the world clothed his divinity with humanity, that he might reach humanity; for it took the divine and the human to bring into the world the salvation that was needed by fallen man. Divinity needed humanity that humanity might afford a channel of communication between God and man. Man needs a power out of and above himself to restore him to the likeness of God; but because he needs divine aid, it does not make human activity unessential. Faith on the part of man is required; for faith works by love and purifies the soul. Faith lays hold upon the virtue of Christ. The Lord does not design that human power should be paralyzed; but by co-operating with God, the power of man may be efficient for good. God does not design that our will should be destroyed; for it is through this very attribute that we are to accomplish the work he would have us to do both at home and abroad. He has given to every man his work; and every true worker sheds forth light to the world, because he is united with God and Christ and heavenly angels in the grand work of saving the lost. From divine association he becomes more and more intelligent in working the works of God. In working out what divine grace works in, the believer becomes spiritually great. He who works according to his intrusted ability will become a wise builder for the Master; for he is under the apprenticeship to Christ, learning to work the works of God. He will not shun burdens of responsibility, for he will realize that each one must lift in the cause of God to the extent of his ability, and he places himself under the pressure of the work; but Jesus does not leave his willing and obedient servant to be crushed. It is not the man who carries heavy responsibilities in the cause of God who needs your pity; for he is faithful and true in co-operation with God; and through union of divine and human effort, the work is made complete. It is he who shuns responsibilities, who has no realization of the privilege to which he is called, who is an object of pity.   


    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 3:14 & Romans 10:17
     
         Truth, uprightnessand 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 faiththere 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 Wordare facts that even Satan and his hosts cannot at heart deny. The Bible says that "the devils also believe, and tremble;"   James 2:18-26. 
         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 usit 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. 

    A Time to Choose -
    Christ or Self . . . who shall live ?

    I Am crucified with Christ: nevertheless, I live; Yet not Ibut Christ . . . !” 
    Galatians 2:20

    It is only as we behold Jesus that we desire to become like Him . . . !     Only as we view His Righteousness do we hunger and thirst to possess itOnly as we ask in earnest prayer (with faith), and with the humility and simplicity of a little child, can God grant us our heart’s desire. Such prayer is heard and answered . . . .

    For he that cometh to God must believe that He Is, and that He Is a rewarder of all those that diligently seek Him . . . And let him ask in faith, nothing wavering . . . for He is faithful that hath Promised . . . !”     Hebrews 11:6, James 1:6-7 & Hebrews 10:23

    The Lord is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to those who earnestly desire it than earthly parents are to give good gifts to their children. Christ has Promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all Truth . . . and Thy Word is Truth ! . . . and righteousness and holi-ness. The Spirit of God is not given by measure to those who earnestly seek for it, who by41405 faith stand upon the Promises of God.

    They plead the pledged Word of God, saying, “Thou hast said it. I will take Thee at Thy Word . . . !”

         The Comforter is given that He (It) may take of the things of Christ and show them unto us, that He may present in their rich assurance the Words that fell from His lips, and convey them with Living (Life-giving) power to the soul who is obedient (who walks by faith), who is emptied of self. It is then that the soul receives the Image and superscription of the Divine. Then Christ is formed within, the hope of glory ! - Special Testimonies, July 15, 1908

    Obedience IS the ONLY proof of Faith. Your Faith will take you as far as you believe.

    "Unbelief and skepticism have taken the place of faith. They have forsaken Me." (Ellen White, Testimonies for the Church, vol. 5, p 74)

    God desires that we believe in Him, that we trust in Him and His promises. His perfect love has cast out fear. All of our faith will be placed in His hands for the purpose of progressing His kingdom and His will and to stand as evidence of His victory. Our faith is the confident expectation of our hope in Him. He expects that in all things we seek His purpose and His will and give all our worries to Him. He protects us and cares for us.

    Walking in the Spirit - Living the Life of Faith = confidence or trust in God = believing what He says will come to pass. Claiming His promises and trusting in His abilty to perform His Word. Pray, believe, and receive. Pray, doubt, and do without.

    “Elder Bennett, in speaking of faith, said, ‘All we have to do is to believe, and whatever we ask of God will be given us.’
    “Elder White suggested that there were conditions specified. ‘If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.’ Said he, ‘Your theory of faith must have a foundation; it is as empty as a flour-barrel with both heads out. True charity never covers up unrepented and unconfessed sins. She only drops her mantle over the faults that are confessed and renounced. True charity is a very delicate personage, never setting her pure foot outside of Bible truth.’ As soon as the views of these people were crossed, they manifested a stubborn, self-righteous spirit that rejected all instruction. Though professing great humility, they were boastful in their sophistry of sanctification, and resisted all appeals to reason. We felt that all our efforts to convince them of their error were useless, as they took the position that they were not learners but teachers.” LIFE SKETCHES OF JAMES WHITE AND ELLEN G. WHITE 1888, PAGE 209

    What is faith?

    Professor : You are a Christian, aren’t you, son?

    Student : Yes, sir.

    Professor: So, you believe in GOD?
    ...
    Student : Absolutely, sir.

    Professor : Is GOD good?

    Student : Sure.

    Professor: Is GOD all powerful?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to GOD to
    heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But
    GOD didn’t. How is this GOD good then? Hmm?

    (Student was silent.)

    Professor: You can’t answer, can you ? Let’s start again, young
    fella. Is GOD good?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: Is satan good?

    Student : No.

    Professor: Where does satan come from?

    Student : From … GOD …

    Professor: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it ? And GOD did make
    everything. Correct?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor: So who created evil?

    (Student did not answer.)

    Professor: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these
    terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?

    Student : Yes, sir.

    Professor: So, who created them ?

    (Student had no answer.)

    Professor: Science says you have 5 Senses you use to identify and
    observe the world around you. Tell me, son, have you ever seen GOD?

    Student : No, sir.

    Professor: Tell us if you have ever heard your GOD?

    Student : No , sir.

    Professor: Have you ever felt your GOD, tasted your GOD, smelt your
    GOD? Have you ever had any sensory perception of GOD for that matter?

    Student : No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.

    Professor: Yet you still believe in Him?

    Student : Yes.

    Professor : According to Empirical, Testable, Demonstrable Protocol,
    Science says your GOD doesn’t exist. What do you say to that, son?

    Student : Nothing. I only have my faith.

    Professor: Yes, faith. And that is the problem Science has.

    Student : Professor, is there such a thing as heat?

    Professor: Yes.

    Student : And is there such a thing as cold?

    Professor: Yes.

    Student : No, sir. There isn’t.

    (The lecture theater became very quiet with this turn of events.)

    Student : Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat,
    mega heat, white heat, a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have
    anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no
    heat, but we can’t go any further after that. There is no such thing
    as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat.
    We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of
    heat, sir, just the absence of it.

    (There was pin-drop silence in the lecture theater.)

    Student : What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as
    darkness?

    Professor: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

    Student : You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of
    something. You can have low light, normal light, bright light,
    flashing light. But if you have no light constantly, you have nothing
    and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it
    is, well you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

    Professor: So what is the point you are making, young man ?

    Student : Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.

    Professor: Flawed ? Can you explain how?

    Student : Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue
    there is life and then there is death, a good GOD and a bad GOD. You
    are viewing the concept of GOD as something finite, something we can
    measure. Sir, Science can’t even explain a thought. It uses
    electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully
    understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be
    ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing.

    Death is not the opposite of life: just the absence of it. Now tell
    me, Professor, do you teach your students that they evolved from a
    monkey?

    Professor: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process,
    yes, of course, I do.

    Student : Have you ever observed evolution with your own eyes, sir?

    (The Professor shook his head with a smile, beginning to realize
    where the argument was going.)

    Student : Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at
    work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor.
    Are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a
    preacher?

    (The class was in uproar.)

    Student : Is there anyone in the class who has ever seen the
    Professor’s brain?

    (The class broke out into laughter. )

    Student : Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s
    brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so.
    So, according to the established Rules of Empirical, Stable,
    Demonstrable Protocol, Science says that you have no brain, sir. With
    all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

    (The room was silent. The Professor stared at the student, his face
    unfathomable.)

    Professor: I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.

    Student : That is it sir … Exactly ! The link between man & GOD is
    FAITH. That is all that keeps things alive and moving.

    P.S.

    I believe you have enjoyed the conversation. And if so, you’ll
    probably want your friends / colleagues to enjoy the same, won’t you?

    Forward this to increase their knowledge … or FAITH.

    By the way, that student was EINSTEIN.

    OBEDIENCE OF GOD'S KINGDOM'S 10 LAWS is the ONLY proof of FAITH!!

    Faith | Define Faith at Dictionary.com
    dictionary.reference.com/browse/faithShareconfidence or trust in a person or thing: faith in another's ability. 2. belief that is not based on proof

    "And 
    calleth those things which be not as though they already were." Romans 4:17

    "As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed." Romans 4:17, Amplified Bible (AMP)

    We are anxious to hear that you are walking in the light. We want you to testify to the power of the saving grace of Christ. "With the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation." We must rely wholly upon Christ. It will do you no good merely to talk of the righteousness of Christ; you must appropriate it by living faith. You should cultivate faith until faith is the language of your soul. May God help us to walk in the light as he is in the light." Advent Review and Sabbath Herald-1889, 21. Article Title: The Secret of Unity

     Here we learn that Abraham's faith in God, as One Who could bring things into existence by His Word, was exercised with respect to His being able to create righteousness in a person destitute of it. Those who look at the trial of Abraham's faith as relating simply to the birth of Isaac and ending there, lose all the point and beauty of the sacred record




         "And the same daywhen the even was come, Jesus (Yehushua) saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. And when they had sent away the multitude, they (the disciples) took Him even as He was in the ship. And there were also with Him other little ships.

         And there arose a great storm of wind (tempest), and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full of water. And
    He (the Lord) was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow . . .

         And they (His disciples) awake Him, and say unto Him,
     Master, carest Thou not that we perish ?
    And He arose, and rebuked the wind (to correct, to scold as a child), and said to the sea, Peace be still!

         And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And He said unto them (unto you and I), 
    Why are ye so fearful? How is it that ye have no faith?" Mark 4:35-41 and ref: Psalm 89:6-9, 65:6-7, 93:3-4 & 107:29-30


    Peace be Still ! -

         "I have frequently seen that the children of the Lord neglect prayer, especially secret prayer, altogether too much; that many do not exercise that faith which it is their privilege and duty to exercise, often waiting for that feeling which faith alone can bring. Feeling is not faith; the two are distinct. Faith is ours to exercise, but joyful feeling and the blessing are God's to give. The grace of God comes to the soul through the channel of living faith, and that faith it is in our power to exercise.

    Note: Simply believing exactly what He has said, "For faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the Word of GOD !"   Romans 10:17

         True faith lays hold of and claims the Promised Blessing before it is realized and felt. We must send up our petitions in faith within the second veil and let our faith take hold of the promised blessing and claim it as ours. We are then to believe that we receive the blessing, because our faith has hold of it, and according to the Word it is ours. "What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them." Mark 11:24. 

    Here is faith, naked faith, to believe that we receive the blessing, even before we realize it. When the promised blessing is realized and enjoyed, faith is swallowed up. But many suppose they have much faith when sharing largely of the Holy Spirit and that they cannot have faith unless they feel the power of the Spirit. Such confound faith with the Blessing that comes through faith. 

         The very time to exercise faith is when we feel destitute of the Spirit. When thick clouds of darkness seem to hover over the mind, then is the time to let living faith pierce the darkness and scatter the clouds

         True faith rests on the Promises contained in the Word of God, and those only who obey that Word can claim its glorious Promises. "If ye abide in Me, and My Words . . . which are Spirit and Life . . . abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you !" John 15:7. "Whatsoever we askwe receive of Him, because we keep His commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in His sight." 1 John 3:22 and ref: John 6:63
      
         We should be much in secret prayer. Christ is the Vine, ye are the branches. And if we would grow and flourish, we must continually draw sap and nourishment from the Living Vine; for separated from the Vine we have no strength.

         I asked the angel why there was no more faith and power in Israel. He said, "Ye let go of the arm of the Lord too soonPress your petitions to the throne, and hold on by strong faith. The Promises are sure ! Believe ye receive the things ye ask for, and ye shall have them."

    Note:   We must believe, because The LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) has Promised them, and He cannot lie !

    I was then pointed to Elijah. He was subject to like passions as we are, and he prayed earnestly. His faith endured the trial. Seven times he prayed before the LORD, and at last the cloud was seen. I saw that we had doubted the sure Promises, and wounded the Saviour by our lack of faith. Said the angel, "Gird the armor about thee, and above all take the shield of faith; for that will guard the heart, the very life, from the fiery darts of the wicked (the doubts, lies and questioning of the devil)."

          If the enemy can lead the desponding to take their eyes off from Jesus, and look to themselves, and dwell upon their own unworthiness, instead of dwelling upon the worthiness of Jesus, His love, His merits, and His great mercy, he will get away their shield of faith and gain his object; they will be exposed to his fiery temptations. The weak should therefore look to Jesus, and believe in Him; they then exercise faith !" - Early Writings p.72-74
    Lessons On Faith
    By  E.J. Waggoner

    Living by Faith
    --------------------------------------------------
      This statement is the summing up of what the apostle has to say about the gospel. The gospel is the power of God unto salvation, but only "to every one that believeth." In it the righteousness of God is revealed. The righteousness of God is the perfect law of God, which is but the transcript of his own righteous will. All unrighteousness is sin or the transgression of the law. The gospel is God's remedy for sin; its work, therefore,  must be to bring men into harmony with the law--to cause the workings of the righteous law to be manifested in their lives. But this is wholly a work of faith--the righteousness of God is revealed from "faith to faith"-- faith in the beginning and faith to the end--as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."

    This is true in all ages since the fall of man and will be true until the saints of God have His name in their foreheads and see Him as He is. It was from the prophet Habbakuk (2:4) that the apostle quoted the statement. If the prophets had not revealed it, the first Christians could not have known of it, for they had only the Old Testament. To say that in the most ancient times men had but an imperfect idea of faith in Christ is to say that there were no just men in those times. But Paul goes right back to the very beginning and cites an instance of saving faith. He says, "By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous." Heb. 11:4. He says of Noah also that it was by faith that he built the ark to the saving of his house, "by the which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." Heb. 11:7. We say that their faith was in Christ, because it was faith unto salvation and besides the name of Jesus "there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." Acts 4:12.

    There are too many who try to live the Christian life on the strength of the faith which they exercised when they realized their need of pardon for sins of their past life. They know that God alone can pardon sins and that He does this through Christ, but they imagine that having once been started they must run the race in their own strength. We know that many have this idea, first, because we have heard some say so, and second, because there are such multitudes of professed Christians who show the working of no greater power than their own. If they ever have anything to say in social meeting, besides the ever-recurring formula, "I want to be a Christian, so that I may be saved," they tell only of a past experience, the joy they had when they first believed. Of the joy of living for God and of walking with Him by faith, they know nothing, and he who tells of it speaks of a strange language to them. But the apostle carries this matter of faith clear through to the glorious kingdom in the following most forcible illustration:

    By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death;  and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God.    But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Heb. 11:5, 6.

    Note the argument to prove that Enoch was translated by faith: Enoch was translated because he walked with God, and had the testimony that he pleased God; but without faith it is impossible to please God. That is enough to prove the point. Without faith not an act can be performed that will meet the approval of God. Without faith the best deeds that a man can do will come infinitely short of the perfect righteousness of God, which is the only standard. Wherever real faith is found it is a good thing, but the best of faith in God to take away the load of the sins of the past will profit a person nothing unless it is carried right through in ever-increasing measure until the close of his probation.

    We have heard many people tell how hard they found it to do right. Their Christian life was most unsatisfactory to them, being marked only by failure, and they were tempted to give up in discouragement. No wonder they get discouraged. Continual failure is enough to discourage anybody. The bravest soldier in the world would become faint-hearted if he had been defeated in every battle. Sometimes these persons will mournfully tell that they have about lost confidence in themselves. Poor souls. If they would only lose confidence in themselves entirely and would put their whole trust in the One who is mighty to save, they would have a different story to tell. They would then "joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ." Says the apostle, "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice." Phil. 4:4. The man who doesn't rejoice in God, even though tempted and afflicted, is not fighting the good fight of faith. He is fighting the poor fight of self-confidence and defeat.

    All the promises of final happiness are to the overcomer. "To him that overcometh," says Jesus, "will I give to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with my Father in his throne." Rev. 3:21. "He that overcometh shall inherit all things," says the Lord. Rev. 21:7. An overcomer is one who gains victories. The inheriting is not the overcoming; that is only the reward for overcoming. The overcoming is now. The victories to be gained are victories over the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life, victories over self and selfish indulgences. The man who fights and sees the foe give way may rejoice; nobody can keep him from rejoicing, for joy comes spontaneously as the result of seeing the enemy give way. Some folks look with dread upon the thought of having to wage a continual warfare with self and worldly lusts. That is because they do not as yet know anything about the joy of victory. They have experienced only defeat. But it isn't so doleful a thing to battle constantly, when there is continual victory. The old veteran of a hundred battles, who has been victorious in every fight longs to be at the scene of conflict. Alexander's soldiers, who under his command never knew defeat, were always impatient to be led into the fray. Each victory increased their strength, which was born only of courage, and correspondingly diminished that of the vanquished foe. Now how may we gain continual victories in our spiritual warfare?

    Listen to the beloved disciple:

    I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God,  who loved me, and gave himself for me.  Gal. 2:10.

    Here is the secret of strength. It is Christ, the Son of God, the One to whom all power in heaven and earth is given, Who does the work. If He lives in the heart to do the work, is it boasting to say that continual victories may be gained? Yes, it is boast; but it is boasting in the Lord, and that is allowable. Says the psalmist, "My soul shall make her boast in the Lord" and Paul says, "God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world." Gal. 6:14.

    The soldiers of Alexander were reckoned invincible. Why? Was it because they were naturally stronger and more courageous than all their enemies? No, but because they were led by Alexander. Their strength was in his leadership. Under another leader they would often have been defeated. When the Union army was fleeing panic- stricken before the enemy at Winchester, the presence of Sheridan turned their defeat into victory. Without him the men were a quaking mob. With him at their head they were an invincible army. If you had listened to the remarks after the battle of the soldiers who served under those and similar leaders, you would have heard the praises of their general mingled with all their rejoicing. They were strong because he was; they were inspired by the same spirit that he had.

    Well, our Captain is the Lord of hosts. He has met the chiefest foe of all and has vanquished him single-handed.  Those who follow Him invariably go forth conquering and to conquer. Oh, that those who profess to be His followers would put their trust in Him and then, by the repeated victories that they would gain, they would show forth the praises of Him who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous light.

    John says that he that is born of God overcomes the world, through faith. Faith lays hold of the arm of God and His mighty power does the work. How the power of God can work in a man, accomplishing that which he could not possibly do for himself, no one can tell. It would be as easy to tell how God can give life to the dead. Says Jesus, "The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8. How the Spirit works in a man to subdue his passions and to make him victorious over pride, envy, and selfishness is known only to the Spirit. It is sufficient for us to know that it is done and will be done in everyone who wants that work wrought in him, above all things else, and who trusts God for the performance of it.

    We cannot tell how Peter was enabled to walk on the water when the waves were rolling about him, but we know that at the command of the Lord he did it. So long as he kept his eye fixed on the Master, divine power enabled him to walk as easily as though it were solid rock underneath, but when he looked at the waves, possibly with a feeling of pride in what he was doing, as though he himself was doing it, fear very naturally took possession of him, and he began to sink. Faith enabled him to walk on the waves; fear made him sink beneath them.

    Says the apostle, "By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days." Heb.  11:30. Why was that written? For our learning, "that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope." Rom. 15:4. Why, is there any prospect that we shall ever be called upon to fight armed hosts and to take fortified cities? No, "for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers,  against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." Eph. 6:12. But the victories which have been gained by faith in God over visible foes in the flesh are placed on record to show us what faith will accomplish in our conflict with the rulers of the darkness of this world. The grace of God, in answer to faith, is as powerful in these battles as in those, for says the apostle:

    For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ. 2 Cor. 10:3-5

    It was not physical foes alone that faith enabled the ancient worthies to conquer. We read of them that they not only "subdued kingdoms," but "wrought righteousness, obtained promises," and, most wonderful and most encouraging of all, "out of weakness were made strong." Heb. 11:33, 34. Their very weakness became strength to them through faith, because the strength of Christ is made perfect in weakness. Who, then, shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? since it is God that justifieth, and we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. "Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?" "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us." Rom. 8:35, 37. 

    For Our Sake Also !
     
    Note: Scripture references have been added to the original article in italics
     
         The fourth chapter of Romans is one of the richest in the Bible in the hope and courage which it contains for the Christian. In Abraham we have an example of Righteousness by faith and we have set before us the wonderful inheritance Promised to those who have the faith of Abraham. And this Promise is not limited !

         The Blessing of Abraham comes on the Gentiles as well as on the Jews; there is none so poor that he may not share it, for "it is of (by) faiththat it might be by Grace; to the end (for the purpose that) the Promise might be sure to all the seed !" Romans 4:16
     
         The last clause of the seventeenth verse is worthy of special attention. It contains the secret of the possibility of our success in the Christian life. It says that Abraham believed "God, Who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they already were."
     
         This marks God's power; it involves Creative power. God can call a thing which is not as though it existed. If a man should do that, what would you call it? A lie. If a man should say that a thing is, when it is not, it would be a lie. But God cannot lie. (ref: Hebrews 6:18 & Titus 1:2). Therefore when God calls those things that be notas though they were, it is evident that that (His Word) makes them be !
     
    Note:   It is His calling them, that makes them be. It is His speaking them into existence !

         "So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of GOD that sheweth mercy . . . Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy (grace) He saved (delivered, set free, rescued, healed, made us whole) usby the washing (baptism) of regenerationand renewing of the Holy Spirit !"     Romans 9:16 & Titus 3:5
     

         That is, they spring into existence at His Word. We have all heard, as an illustration of confidence, the little girl's statement that "if ma says so, it's so if it isn't so." That is exactly the case with God. Before that time spoken of as "in the beginning," there was a dreary waste of absolute nothingness; God spoke, and instantly worlds sprang into being. "By the Word of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the Breath (Spirit) of His mouth. . . . for He spake, and it was; He commanded, and it stood fast !" Ps. 33:6-9. 

         This is the power which is brought to view in Rom. 4:17. Now let us read on, that we may see the force of this language in this connection. Still speaking of Abraham, the apostle says: Who against hope believed in hope (expectation, anticipate, confidence), that he might become the father of many nationsaccording to 
    that which was spoken
    , So shall thy seed be !

    Abram = the mighty father
    Abraham = the father of a great multitude  (the father of the many nations of the saved) they all make up one nation that enter into the gates of the eternal city. All those that believe on Jesus are heirs of Abraham's seed. That is why we are called Christians, is because we believe on Christ.

         And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about a hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb; he staggered not (stumbled not) at the Promise (Word) of God through unbeliefbut was strong in faithgiving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what He (Jehovah, Yehuwah) had Promised, He was able also to perform ! And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness." Rom. 4:18-22

       
      Here we learn that Abraham's faith in God, as One Who could bring things into existence by His Word, was exercised with respect to His being able to create righteousness in a person destitute of it. Those who look at the trial of Abraham's faith as relating simply to the birth of Isaac and ending there, lose all the point and beauty of the sacred record

         Isaac was only the one in whom his Seed was to be called, and that Seed was Christ (Anointed). See Gal. 3:16. When God told Abraham that in his Seed all nations of the earth should be Blessed, He was preaching the Gospel to him (Gal. 3:8); therefore Abraham's faith in the Promise of God was direct faith in Christ as the Saviour of sinners. This was the faith which was counted to him for righteousness !
     
         Now note the strength of that faith. His own body was already virtually dead from age and Sarah was in a like condition. The birth of Isaac from such a pair was nothing less than the bringing of life from the dead. It was a symbol of God's power to quicken to spiritual life those who are dead in trespasses and sins. Abraham hoped against hope. There was no human possibility of the fulfillment of the Promise; everything was against it, but his faith grasped and rested upon the unchanging Word of God,
    and His power to create and to make alive. "And therefore it was imputed unto him for righteousness."
     
    Now for the point of it all: "Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; but for us also, to whom it shall be imputedif we believe on Him that raised up Jesus our Lord (Adoni - Sovereign King) from the dead; Who was delivered (surrendered, yielded up unto death) for our offenses and was raised again for our justification (acquittal, show or render innocent, righteous). Rom. 4:23-25
     

         So Abraham's faith was the same that ours must be, and in the same object. The fact that it is by faith in the death and resurrection of Christ that we have the same righteousness imputed to us that was imputed to Abraham, shows that Abraham's faith was likewise in the death and resurrection of Christ. "That if thou shalt confess (profess) with thy mouth the Lord Jesus (that Jesus is the Sovereign King), and shalt believe in thine heart that GOD hath raised Him from the dead, thou shalt be saved(delivered, set free, rescued, healed, made whole) ! . . . For with the heart man beliveth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto Salvation !"   Romans 10:9-10
     
         All the Promises of God to Abraham were for us as well as for him. Indeed, we are told in one place that they were specially for our benefit. "When God made Promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no greater, He sware by Himself." "Wherein God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of Promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an Oath (ref: Zechariah 6:13): that by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the Hope set before us." Heb. 6:13, 17, 18.

    NoteWhen we see Christ Jesus, Who made to be sin for us, Who took upon Himself the sins of the whole world; and even in this state where it 'pleased the LORD to bruise Him,' yet here also, we are shown the great mercy and love of Our Father, in that He raised Him again from the dead !

         "For we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in GOD which raiseth the dead . . .!"   II Corinthians 1:9-10

         "And what is the exceeding greatness of His power to us-ward who believe, according to the working of His mighty power. Which He wrought in Christ,
    when He raised Him from the dead, and set Him at His Own right hand in the heavens
      . . . !"   Ephesians 1:19-20

         Our hopethereforerests upon God's Promise and Oath to Abraham, for that Promise to Abraham, confirmed by that Oath, contains all the Blessings which God can possibly give to man ! But let us make this matter a little more personal before leaving it. 

         O Trembling soul, say not that your sins are so many and that you are so weak that there is no hope for you. Christ came to save the lost, and He is able to save to the uttermost those that come to God by Him (Hebrews 7:25). You are weak, but He says, "My strength is made perfect in weakness." 2 Cor. 12:9. And the inspired record tells us of those who"out of weakness were made strong." Heb. 11:34. 

         That means that God took their very weakness and turned it into strength. In so doing He demonstrates His power. It is His way of working. For "God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty, and base things of the world, and things which are despised hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to naught things that are; that no flesh should glory in his presence." 1 Cor. 1:27-29.

         "For it is not by might, nor by power; but by My Spirit saith the LORD of hosts !"   Zechariah 4:6
     
    Have the simple faith of Abraham. How did he attain to righteousness? By not considering the deadness and powerlessness of his own body, but by being willing to grant all the glory to God, strong in faith that He could bring all things out of that which was not. You, therefore, in like manner, consider not the weakness of your own body, but the power and grace of our Lord,
     
    Being assured that the same Word which can create a universe and raise the dead can also create in you a clean heart and make you alive unto God. And so you shall be a child of Abraham, even a child of God by faith in Christ Jesus.
    - E. J. Waggoner Lessons on Faith p.36-39

    FAITH IS AN ACT OF OBEDIENCE!

     

    Faith is an action in yielding obedience to whatever God commands. In the individual experiences listed by Paul inHebrews Chapter 11 the expression “by faith” is followed by a verb – an action of obedience on the part of the individual involved.

     

    Hebrews 11:1: -   “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

     

    Paul illustrates this definition of faith by the many Scriptural examples he lists from the Old Testament writings.  Many of the godly patriarchs and prophets were not able to see the heavenly things that God had promised them with the natural eye; they could only behold them with the eye of faith.

     

    By faith the Hebrew elders received a good witness with God.

    Hebrews 11:2: -    “For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

               

     

    Hebrews 11:3: -   “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”

     

    God spoke and it was so, because his Word is living and powerful.

    Psalm 33:6 & 9: - “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth. … For he spake, and it was [done]; he commanded, and it stood fast.

     

    Hebrews 4:12: - “For the word of God [is] quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and [is] a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

     

    By faith Abel offered (a verb of action on Abel’s part) a better sacrifice than Cain. Abel by his obedience in offering an animal sacrifice received the witness that he was righteous. Abel saw by faith the bleeding Lamb of God in his animal sacrifice. 

    Hebrews 11:4: - “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.” 

     

    Genesis 4:3 - 7: - “And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD. And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering: But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen? If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee [shall be] his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.” 

     

    John 1:29: - “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sin of the world.

     

    Enoch was translated to heaven so that he would not taste of death, because he had pleased God during his lifetime. He pleased God by walking with him. Enoch’s walk with God was by faith.

    Hebrews 11:5: -   “By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” 

     

    Genesis 5:21 - 24: - “And Enoch lived sixty and five years, and begat Methuselah: And Enoch walked with God after he begat Methuselah three hundred years, and begat sons and daughters: And all the days of Enoch were three hundred sixty and five years: And Enoch walked with God: and he [was] not; for God took him.

     

    The prophet Micah records what the Lord requires of us to please him: - to do justly or righteously; to love mercy and to walk humbly with our God. Enoch would have fulfilled all these requirements for him to have pleased God.

    Micah 6:8: - “He hath showed thee, O man, what [is] good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?”   

     

    The Testimony of Jesus has recorded the truth, that Enoch’s character represents the character of the saints who will be alive to be translated without seeing death, at the 2nd Coming of Jesus.

    Gospel Workers, 1892 Edition, p. 383: - “Enoch was a marked character. Many look upon his life as above what the generality of mortals can ever reach. But Enoch's life and character, which were so holy that he was translated to heaven without seeing death, represent what the lives and characters of all must be, if, like Enoch, they are subjects to be translated when Christ shall come. His life was what the life of every one may be who closely connects with God.” {GW92 383.1}

     

    Hebrews 11:6: - “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

     

    Paul brings this point in here, because of his use of the example of Enoch in VS. 5. Faith is essential to pleasing God. It must be a faith that God exists, in WHO HE IS, and that he will reward those who diligently seek him. We must ask in faith without any doubt or wavering.

    Mark 11:22 - 24: - “And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God. For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith. Therefore I say unto you,What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive [them], and ye shall have [them].

     

    Noah by faith prepared the ark (a verb of action on Noah’s part) in obedience to all that the Lord had commanded him, and thus saved himself and his family from the floodwaters.

    Hebrews 11:7: -   “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”

     

    Genesis 6:13 - 22: - “And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth. Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. And this [is the fashion] which thou shalt make it [of]: The length of the ark [shall be] three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; [with] lower, second, and third [stories] shalt thou make it. And, behold, I, even I, do bring a flood of waters upon the earth, to destroy all flesh, wherein [is] the breath of life, from under heaven; [and] every thing that [is] in the earth shall die. But with thee will I establish my covenant; and thou shalt come into the ark, thou, and thy sons, and thy wife, and thy sons' wives with thee. And of every living thing of all flesh, two of every [sort] shalt thou bring into the ark, to keep [them] alive with thee; they shall be male and female. Of fowls after their kind, and of cattle after their kind, of every creeping thing of the earth after his kind, two of every [sort] shall come unto thee, to keep [them] alive.  And take thou unto thee of all food that is eaten, and thou shalt gather [it] to thee; and it shall be for food for thee, and for them. Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

    NOTE: - If Noah had possessed the “dead faith” of James 2:14 - 26 which is so popular among many professed Christians today, and had believed that God would bring a flood upon the world, but did not obey God’s command to build the ark, he would have perished with the rest of the wicked world. And because he was a righteous man in doing righteousness, he was chosen by the Lord to enter into the ark with his household. Righteousness by faith was the saving message in Noah’s day; it was righteousness performed by faith!

     

    By faith Abraham obeyed (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) God’s call to leave his idolatrous family and go to a land unseen and unknown to him, which the Lord promised to him and his descendants would be an eternal inheritance. By faith he sojourned (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) in the Promised Land in tents with Isaac and Jacob, heirs of the same promise. He obeyed God because he by faith looked for the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem as his homeland. He understood by faith that he was to inherit the world made new with the New Jerusalem as its capital.

    Hebrews 11:8 - 10: - “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as [in] a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker [is] God.” 

     

    Genesis 12:1 - 4 & 7: - “Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will show thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram [was] seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.  And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.”

     

    Genesis 17:8: - “And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God.”

     

    Romans 4:13: - “For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, [was] not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.

     

    By faith Sarah received strength to conceive a son in her old age (a verb of action on Sarah’s part), because she judged God to be faithful who had promised an heir to Abraham. From this old man Abraham (who was about 100 years old), came so many descendants as many as the stars in the sky and as the sand that is upon the sea shore.

    Hebrews 11:11 & 12: - “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, [so many] as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable.”

     

    Romans 4:17 - 22: - “(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, [even] God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb:  He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.  And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.” 

     

    All these godly patriarchs died in faith not having received the promise of an eternal inheritance yet, but they saw the fulfillment of this promise by faith, confessing that they were only strangers and pilgrims upon the earth, because they were looking for a Heavenly Country and a City, which God has prepared for them, the Heavenly City – the New Jerusalem. They were seeking for the place of “many mansions” that Jesus has gone to heaven to prepare for the righteous.

    Hebrews 11:13 - 16: -  “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that [country] from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better [country], that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”

     

    John 14:2 & 3: - “In my Father's house are many mansions: if [it were] not [so], I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, [there] ye may be also.” 

     

    Hebrews 12:22: - “But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels.” 

     

    By faith when Abraham was tested, he offered up (a verb of action on Abraham’s part) his only promised son Isaac upon the altar. God had promised Abraham “That in Isaac shall thy seed be called”  that is, all God’s promises to Abraham and his seed were through Isaac. Yet Abraham had faith that if he obeyed God’s voice and sacrificed Isaac, God was able to raise him up from the dead.

    Hebrews 11:17 - 19: - “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten [son]. Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God [was] able to raise [him] up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.” 

     

    Abraham’s faith had to be tried or tested by the Lord with this final test relating to God’s command for Abraham to sacrifice his only promised son Isaac to the Lord. Abraham’s faith produced obedience to God’s command, and thus by his works his faith was made perfect or complete. And because of his obedience by faith he was called the “Friend of God”.

    James 2:21 - 23: - “Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God.

     

    By faith Isaac blessed (a verb of action on Isaac’s part) his two sons concerning their respective futures – things that they could at that point of time only hope for – things not yet seen.

    Hebrews 11:20: -   “By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.” 

     

    Jacob’s blessing: -

    Genesis 27:26 - 29: - “And his father Isaac said unto him, Come near now, and kiss me, my son. And he came near, and kissed him: and he smelled the smell of his raiment, and blessed him, and said, See, the smell of my son [is] as the smell of a field which the LORD hath blessed: Therefore God give thee of the dew of heaven, and the fatness of the earth, and plenty of corn and wine: Let people serve thee, and nations bow down to thee: be lord over thy brethren, and let thy mother's sons bow down to thee: cursed [be] every one that curseth thee, and blessed [be] he that blesseth thee.” 

     

    Esau’s blessing: -

    Genesis 27:38 - 40: - “And Esau said unto his father, Hast thou but one blessing, my father? bless me, [even] me also, O my father. And Esau lifted up his voice, and wept. And Isaac his father answered and said unto him, Behold, thy dwelling shall be the fatness of the earth, and of the dew of heaven from above; And by thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother; and it shall come to pass when thou shalt have the dominion, that thou shalt break his yoke from off thy neck.

     

    By faith Jacob as he lay dying blessed (that is a verb of action on Jacob’s part) Joseph’s two sons concerning their respective futures – things that were yet unseen.

    Hebrews 11:21: - “By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of Joseph; and worshipped, [leaning] upon the top of his staff.”

     

    By faith Joseph as he was dying gave commandment (a verb of action on Joseph’s part) concerning his bones to be taken into the land that God had promised to the patriarchs – Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He had faith in God’s promise.

    Hebrews 11:22: - “By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.”

     

    Genesis 50:24 & 25: - “And Joseph said unto his brethren, I die: and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and ye shall carry up my bones from hence.” 

     

    By faith Moses’ parents hid him (a verb of action on their part) for three months, not being afraid of the king’s commandment, concerning the Hebrew children.

    Hebrews 11:23: -   “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw [he was] a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 

     

    Exodus 1:22: - “And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.”

     

    Exodus 2:1 & 2: - “And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took [to wife] a daughter of Levi. And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he [was a] goodly [child], she hid him three months.

     

    By faith Moses when he was of age refused (a verb of action and of choice on Moses’ part) to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing (a verb of choice on Moses’ part) to suffer affliction with God’s people, rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short lifetime. Moses had respect (a verb of action on Moses’ part) to the reward of the righteous, esteeming (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the reproach of Christ greater riches than the temporal treasures in Egypt.

    Hebrews 11:24 - 26: - “By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.”

     

    By faith Moses forsook or left[1] Egypt (a verb of action on Moses’ part) at the time of the exodus of the children of Israel, not fearing the wrath of the king’s commandment to put him to death, if the king saw his face again, because Moses saw by faith the Invisible God.

    Hebrews 11:27: - “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”

     

    Exodus 10:27 - 29: - “But the LORD hardened Pharaoh's heart, and he would not let them go. And Pharaoh said unto him,Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in [that] day thou seest my face thou shalt die. And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.”

     

    Exodus 11:4 - 8: - “And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt:  And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the firstborn of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that [is] behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more. But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel. And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.

     

    By faith Moses kept (a verb of action on Moses’ part) the Passover and the sprinkling of blood that spared the children of Israel from the Destroying Angel.

    Hebrews 11:28: - “Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.” 

     

    Exodus 12:21 - 23: - “Then Moses called for all the elders of Israel, and said unto them, Draw out and take you a lamb according to your families, and kill the passover. And ye shall take a bunch of hyssop, and dip [it] in the blood that [is] in the basin, and strike the lintel and the two side posts with the blood that [is] in the basin; and none of you shall go out at the door of his house until the morning. For the LORD will pass through to smite the Egyptians; and when he seeth the blood upon the lintel, and on the two side posts, the LORD will pass over the door, and will not suffer the destroyer to come in unto your houses to smite [you].” 

     

    By faith the children of Israel passed through the Red Sea (a verb of action on their part), while the Egyptians who attempted to follow in their path were drowned. They obeyed God’s command to “go forward”.

    Hebrews 11:29: - “By faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry [land]: which the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.”

     

    By faith the walls of Jericho came tumbling down, after the children of Israel had compassed (a verb of action on their part) the walls of the doomed city for seven days

    Hebrews 11:30: - “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down, after they were compassed about seven days.”

     

    By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with the rest of Jericho – those  “that believed not”, when she received (a verb of action on her part) the spies in peace. She had faith that Israel’s God was the God of heaven and earth, and that he would conquer the city of Jericho.

    Hebrews 11:31: - “By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them *that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace.”

    NOTE: - The margin has “Or, that were disobedient.

     

     

    Joshua 2:1 - 14: - “And Joshua the son of Nun sent out of Shittim two men to spy secretly, saying, Go view the land, even Jericho. And they went, and came into an harlot's house, named Rahab, and lodged there. And it was told the king of Jericho, saying, Behold, there came men in hither to night of the children of Israel to search out the country. And the king of Jericho sent unto Rahab, saying, Bring forth the men that are come to thee, which are entered into thine house: for they be come to search out all the country.  And the woman took the two men, and hid them, and said thus, There came men unto me, but I wist not whence they [were]:  And it came to pass [about the time] of shutting of the gate, when it was dark, that the men went out: whither the men went I wot not: pursue after them quickly; for ye shall overtake them. But she had brought them up to the roof of the house, and hid them with the stalks of flax, which she had laid in order upon the roof. And the men pursued after them the way to Jordan unto the fords: and as soon as they which pursued after them were gone out, they shut the gate.  And before they were laid down, she came up unto them 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, 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: for the LORD your God, he [is] God in heaven above, and in earth beneath. Now therefore, I pray you, swear unto me by the LORD, since I have showed you kindness, that ye will also show kindness unto my father's house, and give me a true token: And [that] ye will save alive my father, and my mother, and my brethren, and my sisters, and all that they have, and deliver our lives from death. And the men answered her, Our life for yours, if ye utter not this our business. And it shall be, when the LORD hath given us the land, that we will deal kindly and truly with thee.

     

    Hebrews 11:32: - “And what shall I more say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gedeon, and [of] Barak, and [of] Samson, and [of] Jephthae; [of] David also, and Samuel, and [of] the prophets.”

     

    Hebrews 11:33 - 38: - “Who through faith subdued kingdoms,”

    “wrought righteousness,”  - they worked or performed righteousness BY faith - that IS righteousness by faith.

    “obtained promises,”

    “stopped the mouths of lions,”  - the prophet Daniel – Daniel 6:19 - 23. He would not violate the 10 Commandments, and was delivered from the lions’ mouths because he believed in his God.

    “quenched the violence of fire,” - the 3 Hebrew worthies – Daniel 3:16 - 18 & 28. They would not violate the 10 Commandments, and they were delivered from the fire because they trusted in their God.

    “escaped the edge of the sword,”

    “out of weakness were made strong,”

    “waxed valiant in fight,”

    “turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” 

    “Women received their dead raised to life again:” - See 1 Kings 17:17 - 23; 2 Kings 4:31 - 37.

    “and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection.” - they looked forward by faith  to the time of the resurrection of the just.

    And others had trial of [cruel] mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:” – Joseph -  Genesis 39:20 & 21; Jeremiah – Jeremiah 20:2 & 38:6.

    “They were stoned,” – Naboth – 1 Kings 21:13.

    “they were sawn asunder,”

    “were tempted,”

    “were slain with the sword:”

    “they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;  (Of whom the world was not worthy:)” – Elijah -  2 Kings 1:8.

    “they wandered in deserts, and [in] mountains, and [in] dens and caves of the earth.”  The faithful Obadiah hid the prophets of the Lord in caves – 1 Kings 18:4. David and Elijah also had to wander in the desolate places of the earth to escape their persecutors.

     

    Hebrews 11:39 & 40: - “And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” 



    [1] This verse does NOT apply to Moses’ fleeing Egypt at 40 years of age when he killed an Egyptian, because he did  fear the king’s wrath – see Exodus 2:12 - 15.



    Faith in the Word of God

    Lynnford Beachy

    Faith is an extremely important part of the Christian’s experience. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6). John wrote, “For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith” (1 John 5:4). Jesus even said that God’s work in this world is to get us to believe (John 6:28, 29).

    We know that faith is a necessity, but what is faith? The Bible says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1). Here we have a Bible definition of faith, but it is a little vague. If this is all we had to explain faith, we may not know what it really is. Let us notice an example of faith in action so we can know exactly what faith is.

    The Faithful Centurion

    “When Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him, And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented. And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him. The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed. For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it. When Jesus heard it, he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. And I say unto you, That many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. And Jesus said unto the centurion, Go thy way; and as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee. And his servant was healed in the selfsame hour” (Matthew 8:5-13).

    Here Jesus described faith in a practical way. He said that the Roman military officer had great faith, even greater than anyone in Israel. What did this man do that caused Jesus to make such a startling remark? The centurion wanted something done, and he wanted Jesus to do it. When Jesus offered to come to his house and do it, the centurion refused, asking Him to “speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.” Here is the key to understanding faith. The centurion asked him simply to “speak the word only” to accomplish what he wanted. The centurion was content with Jesus speaking the word only without any other evidence that what he wanted would be done. So faith is depending upon the word only to do what that word says.

    The Power of the Word

    God said, “So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:11). God’s word is powerful, and able to perform what that word says. There is an inherent difference between the word of God and the word of men. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). God’s word is powerful, man’s word is not.

    Paul wrote, “For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe” (1 Thessalonians 2:13). Believing that God’s word is powerful enables that word to effectually work in us. Jesus said to the centurion, “as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee.” Faith in the power of God’s word is the key that unlocks the power of God in our lives.

    God’s word is able to do what that word says. When God says something it happens. When God said, “Let there be light,” immediately “there was light” (Genesis 1:3). When God says something that is not so, immediately it becomes so. That is why it is “impossible for God to lie” (Hebrews 6:18). A lie is to say something that is not so. The Bible does not say that God does not want to lie, or that He chooses not to, but that it is “impossible for God to lie.” God’s word is so powerful that He “cannot lie” (Titus 1:2). Man’s word is not powerful. When man says something that is not so, he must do something in addition to that word to make it so. If I say, “the grass is purple,” I have to paint the grass to make it so. But if  God says, “the grass is purple,” it immediately becomes purple. This is the intrinsic difference between God’s word and man’s word. God’s word is powerful, man’s word cannot compare.

    Instantaneous Results

    There is an interesting story in the gospel of John of how quickly God’s word performs what it says. We read, “So Jesus came again into Cana of Galilee, where he made the water wine. And there was a certain nobleman, whose son was sick at Capernaum. When he heard that Jesus was come out of Judaea into Galilee, he went unto him, and besought him that he would come down, and heal his son: for he was at the point of death. Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way. And as he was now going down, his servants met him, and told him, saying, Thy son liveth. Then enquired he of them the hour when he began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday at the seventh hour the fever left him. So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in the which Jesus said unto him, Thy son liveth: and himself believed, and his whole house” (John 4:46-53).

    When Jesus was here He spoke only the words of His Father (John 12:49; 14:10). When Jesus spoke, it was the word of God, His Father, speaking through Him. The moment Jesus spoke the words, “Thy son liveth,” this man’s son was immediately healed.

    God not only heals us physically, but the most important healing is spiritual healing. God forgives us and we are immediately justified (made innocent). This is not a long process. God already spoke the word, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9). The moment we confess our sins, He forgives them, and will never mention them to us again (Ezekiel 33:16). We must also believe the rest of the verse that speaks of God cleansing us from all unrighteousness. God is able to give us instant victory over temptation, “That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:4).

    Satan wants us to think that victory over temptation is a long, drawn-out process that requires a lot of time. He wants us to believe in evolution when it comes to victory over temptation. But God is a God of instant creation. Paul wrote, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2_Corinthians 5:17). When we accept Christ into our hearts, God creates in us a “new heart” and a “new spirit” (Ezekiel 36:26). God has promised, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13). When we are tempted, there is always a way of escape, and that way is to call upon God. He says, “And call upon me in the day of trouble: I will deliver thee, and thou shalt glorify me” (Psalms 50:15). Peter gave us a striking example of this when he walked on water.

    A Lesson from Peter

    The disciples left Jesus on the shore and were alone in a boat on the sea when something startled them. “And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. And he said, Come.…” (Matthew 14:25-29). Peter wanted to do something amazing, something unheard of. He knew that it would be futile to attempt to walk on water without Christ’s word. But Jesus said, “Come.” Peter had the word of God, the Father, who was speaking through Christ, bidding Him to walk on the water. With the authority of the God of the universe behind such a bidding, Peter could confidently step out of the boat, and he did.

    “And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” (Matthew 14:29). This is absolutely amazing! What was holding Peter up? Was it the water? Certainly not! Peter was held up by the word of God, which worked in accordance with his faith. Jesus said in another place, “as thou hast believed, so be it done unto thee” (Matthew 8:13). If Peter had not believed the word of God, he would not have been able to walk on water. There was nothing holding him up but the word of God. He could just as easily have been walking across the Grand Canyon, a mile above the ground. Peter was walking by faith in the word of God.

    Unfortunately, Peter did not continue this walk of faith. The Bible says, “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?” (Matthew 14:30, 31). Jesus identified Peter’s problem as a lack of faith. Thus showing that when He was walking on water it was by faith in the word of God only to do what that word said.

    When Peter began to sink, what kept him from drowning? Was it his faith? Peter had faith that Christ would come to His rescue, but at that moment he lost faith in the word of Christ to keep him walking on water. His faith shifted from God’s ability to keep him walking on water to God’s faithfulness in keeping him from drowning. As he believed, he received. Jesus immediately caught Peter when he cried out to Him, but He wanted him not to sink at all.

    Where Do You Stand?

    How is it with you? Jesus asked His disciples, “Where is your faith?” (Luke 8:25). In what do you put your confidence? Do you believe God can do what He says? Jesus made some radical statements about faith. He said, “For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.” (Mark 11:23). To this day I have not seen a mountain cast into the sea, but Jesus said it can happen. Notice the key element needed for this to take place. If a man “shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass.” To have faith like this, we must look again at the definition of faith. Faith is depending upon the word of God only to do what that word says.

    When God told Moses to hold his staff out over the Red Sea and it would part, Moses believed the word, and it happened (Exodus 14:15-22). But if Moses had not been told by God to do that, how successful would he be when he stretched out his rod?  Nothing would have happened, because without the word of God, Moses could not have true biblical faith. Under these circumstances Moses would have retained some doubt about his success. Faith must be connected to the word of God for it to be true biblical faith. People put faith in all kinds of things, but nothing is as dependable as the word of God, and therefore no faith can be as strong as faith in the word of God. I might say, “It is going to rain tomorrow.” But how do I know it is going to rain. Is it because the weatherman told me it would? Have they ever been wrong? Many times! How can I be sure it will rain tomorrow? The only way I can know for sure is if God said it will rain tomorrow. Then I can be absolutely certain it will happen.

    Elijah told Ahab “As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word” (1_Kings 17:1). Elijah was a weather forecaster. How did he know? God told him. Three and half years later God told him about the weather again. “And it came to pass after many days, that the word of the Lord came to Elijah in the third year, saying, Go, shew thyself unto Ahab; and I will send rain upon the earth” (1 Kings 18:1). Just as God promised, it rained again. With this kind of inside information from the creator of all, anyone can be a confident weather forecaster.

    When Elijah called all the prophets of Baal to Mount Carmel and had a test to see which God would answer by fire, he was certain that the true God of heaven would send fire. Elijah put his life on the line when he called that meeting, and he did it by faith in the word of God. In his prayer Elijah revealed the source of his confidence. He said, “…let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word” (1 Kings 18:36). Elijah was confident that his test would be successful because he had God’s word to rely upon. He knew that God would send fire because God said that He would do it.

    It is only when you have the word of God to rely upon that you can have faith strong enough to move mountains. There were many miracles recorded in the Bible that were just as amazing as moving a mountain. The key to all of them is dependence on the word of God only to do what that word says.

    God has not changed! He still is able to work amazing miracles in our lives today, the greatest of which is to take a filthy sinner and make him white as snow. This is truly a miracle! And we have the word of God to depend upon for this miracle. The Bible says, “And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us” (1 John 5:14). “For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication” (1_Thessalonians 4:3). When you ask God to sanctify you and “keep you from falling” (Jude 1:24), you have the word of God to depend upon, that God’s word will do what it says.

    Jesus said to a man who was healed of blindness, “Go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole” (Mark 10:52; see also Matthew 9:20-22.) The same is true with you today. Your faith in God will make you whole from your sins. Jesus said, “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22). Have faith in the precious promises in His word, for it is “by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust” (2_Peter 1:4).

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    Living by Faith!
     
    "Some folks look with dread upon the thought of having to wage a continual warfare with self and worldly lusts. That is because they do not as yet know anything about the joy of victory. They have experienced only defeat. But it isn't so doleful a thing to battle constantly, when there is continual victory . . . !"

    "For whatsoever is born (begotten again) of God overcometh the world: and this is the Victory that overcometh the world, even our Faith !"     I John 5:4

    "Verily, I say unto you, Whosoever shall not receive (take hold of) the Kingdom (Sovereign Reign) of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein  . . . !"     
    Luke 18:17


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    The just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17.

    This statement is the summing up of what the apostle has to say about the gospel (Glad Tidings). The gospel is the power of God unto Salvation (deliverance, freedom, rescue, healing and restoration), but only “to every one that believeth.” In it the righteousness of God is revealed. The righteousness of God is the perfect law of God, which is but the transcript of His own righteous will (and character). All unrighteousness is sin or the transgression of the law. The gospel (Glad Tidings) is God's remedy for sin; its work, therefore, must be to bring men into harmony with the law -- to cause the workings of the righteous law to be manifested in their lives.

    ref: Romans 3:25-26 & Exodus 33:18 - 34:7

    But this is wholly a work of faith -- the righteousness of God is revealed from “faith to faith“ -- faith in the beginning and faith to the end -- as it is written, “The just shall live by faith !” ref: Isaiah 56:1-2

    This is true in all ages since the fall of man and will be true until the saints of God have His name in their foreheads and see Him as He is. It was from the prophet Habakkuk (2:4) that the apostle quoted the statement. If the prophets had not revealed it, the first Christians could not have known of it, for they had only the Old Testa-ment. To say that in the most ancient times men had but an imperfect idea of faith in Christ is to say that there were no just men in those times. But Paul goes right back to the very beginning and cites an instance of saving faith. He says, “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous.” Hebrews 11:4.

    He says of Noah also that it was by faith that he built the ark to the saving of his house, “by the which he (Noah) condemned the world and became heir of the Righteousness which is by faith.” Hebrews 11:7. We say that their faith was in Christ (The Word of GOD), because it was faith unto Salvation and besides the name of Jesus “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” Acts 4:12.

    There are too many who try to live the Christian life on the strength of the faith which they exercised when they realized their need of pardon for sins of their past life. They know that God alone can pardon sins and that He does this through Christ, but they imagine that having once been started they must run the race in their own strength.

    We know that many have this idea, first, because we have heard some say so, and second, because there are such multitudes of professed Christians who show the working of no greater power than their own. If they ever have anything to say in social meeting, besides the ever-recurring formula, “I want to be a Christian, so that I may be saved,” they tell only of a past experience, the joy they had when they first believed. Of the joy of living for God and of walking with Him by faiththey know nothing, and he who tells of it speaks of a strange language to them. But the apostle carries this matter of faith clear through to the glorious kingdom in the following most forcible illustration:

    By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him; for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God . . . for it is God Which worketh in us both to will and to do of His good pleasure” . . . Philippians 2:13. But without faith it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is (I AM THAT I AM) a Rewarder of them that diligently seek Him !” Hebrews 11:5-6.

    Note the argument to prove that Enoch was translated by faith:

    Enoch was translated because he walked with God . . . Walk in the Spirit and ye shall not fulfill the carnal desires of the flesh !” . . . Galatians 5:16 & Romans 8:4, and had the testimony that he pleased God; but without faith it is impossible to please God. That is enough to prove the point. Without faith not an act can be performed that will meet the approval of God. Without faith the best deeds that a man can do will come infinitely short of the perfect Righteousness of God (Christ Jesus), which is the Only Standard. Wherever real faith is found it is a good thing, but the best of faith in God to take away the load of the sins of the past will profit a person nothing unless it is carried right through in ever-increasing measure until the close of his probation.

    We have heard many people tell how hard they found it to do right. Their Christian life was most unsatisfactory to them, being marked only by failure, and they were tempted to give up in discouragement. No wonder they get discouraged. Continual failure is enough to discourage anybody.

    The bravest soldier in the world would become faint-hearted if he had been defeated in every battle. Sometimes these persons will mournfully tell that they have about lost confident in themselves. Poor souls. If they would only lose confidence in themselves entirely and would put their whole trust in the One Who is Mighty to Save (deliver, set free, and heal), they would have a different story to tell . . . “forHe is able to save to the uttermost all them that come unto GOD by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them !”. . . They would then “joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Says the apostle, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say, Rejoice.” Philippians 4:4 and ref: Hebrews 7:25.

    The man who doesn't rejoice in God (Praise and thanksgiving), even though tempted and afflicted, is not fighting the good fight of faith. He is fighting the poor fight of self-confidence and defeat !

    But Thou art holy, O Thou that inhabitest the Praises of Israel (those who overcome) ! Our fathers trusted in Thee: they trusted, and Thou didst deliver themThey cried unto Thee, and were delivered: they trusted in Thee, and were not confounded.” Psalm 22:3-5

    Believe the LORD (Yehuwah) your God (Elohim), so shall ye be established; believe His prophets(testimonies) so shall ye prosper. And when he (Jehoshaphat) had consulted with the peoplehe appointed singers unto the LORDand that should Praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army, and to say, Praise the LORD; for His mercy endureth forever!

    And when they began to sing and to Praisethe LORD set ambushments against the children of Ammon, Moab, and mount Seir . . . and they were smitten !”
    II Chronicles 20:20-22

    All the Promises of final happiness are to the overcomer. “To him that overcometh,” says Jesus, “will I give to sit with Me in My throne, even as I also overcame and am set down with My Father in His throne.” Revelation 3:21. “He that overcometh shall inherit all things,” says the Lord. Revelation 21:7.

    Overcometh = (G3528), Conquers, prevails, gains the victory !

    An overcomer is one who gains victories. The inheriting is not the overcoming; that is only the reward for overcoming. The overcoming is now! The victories to be gained are victories over the lusts of the flesh, the lusts of the eyes, and the pride of life, victories over self and selfish indulgences. The man who fights and sees the foe give way may rejoice; nobody can keep him from rejoicing, for joy comes spontaneously as the result of seeing the enemy give way.

    Some folks look with dread upon the thought of having to wage a continual warfare with self and worldly lusts. That is because they do not as yet know anything about the joy of victory.

    They have experienced only defeat. But it isn't so doleful a thing to battle constantly, when there is continual victory.

    The old veteran of a hundred battles, who has been victorious in every fight longs to be at the scene of conflict. Alexander's soldiers, who under his command never knew defeat, were always impatient to be led into the fray. Each victory increased their strength, which was born only of courage, and correspondingly diminished that of the vanquished foe. Now how may we gain continual victories in our spiritual warfare?

    Listen to the beloved disciple: “I am crucified with Christ; nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me!” Galatians 2:20.

    Here is the secret of strength. It is Christ, the Son of God, the One to Whom all power in heaven and earth is given (Matthew 28:18), Who does the work. If He lives in the heart to do the work, is it boasting to say that continual victories may be gained? Yesit is boastbut it is boasting in the Lord, and that is allowable.

    Says the psalmist, “My soul shall make her boast in the Lord” and Paul says, “God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by Whom the world is crucified unto me and I unto the world.”    Psalm 34:2 & Galatians 6:14.

    The soldiers of Alexander were reckoned invincible. Why? Was it because they were naturally stronger and more courageous than all their enemies? No, but because they were led by Alexander. Their strength was in his leadership. Under another leader they would often have been defeated. When the Union army was fleeing panic- stricken before the enemy at Winchester, the presence of Sheridan turned their defeat into victory. Without him the men were a quaking mob. With him at their head they were an invincible army. If you had listened to the remarks after the battle of the soldiers who served under those and similar leaders, you would have heard the praises of their general mingled with all their rejoicing. They were strong because he was; they were inspired by the same spirit that he had.

    Let this mind (spirit) be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus . . . !” Philippians 2:5

    Well, our Captain is the Lord of hosts. He has met the chiefest foe of all and has vanquished him single-handed. Those who follow Him invariably go forth Conquering and to conquer. Oh, that those who profess to be His followers would put their trust in Him and then, by the repeated victories that they would gain, they would “show forth the Praises of Him Who has called them out of darkness into His marvelous Light !” I Peter 2:9

    For we are more than Conquerors through Him that loves us !” Romans 8:37

    John says that he that is born (begotten) of God overcomes the world, through faith. Faith lays hold of the Arm of God and His mighty power does the work.

    How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of him that bringeth Glad Tidingsthat proclaimethPeace (Shalom - rest, atonement); that bringeth good tidings of good, that publisheth (proclaimed)Salvationthat saith unto Zion, Thy God (Elohim) Reigneth !

    . . . The LORD hath made bare His Holy Arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the Salvation (H3444 - Yehushua) of our God !”
    Isaiah 52:7-10

    How the power of God can work in a man, accomplishing that which he could not possibly do for himself, no one can tell.

    It would be as easy to tell how God can give life to the dead. Says Jesus, “The wind bloweth where it listeth and thou hearest the sound thereof but canst not tell whence it cometh and whither it goeth; so is everyone that is born (begotten) of the Spirit !” John 3:8 and ref: I Peter 1:3, James 1:18, Titus 3:4-5, I John 3:9

    How the Spirit works in a man to subdue his passions and to make him victorious over pride, envy, andselfishness is known only to the Spirit. It is sufficient for us to know that it is done and will be done in everyone who wants that work wrought in him, above all things else, and who trusts God for the performance of it.

    We cannot tell how Peter was enabled to walk on the water when the waves were rolling about him, but we know that at the command (the Word) of the Lord he did it. So long as he kept his eye fixed on the Master,

    divine power enabled him to walk as easily as though it were solid rock underneath, but when he looked at the waves, possibly with a feeling of pride in what he was doing, as though he himself was doing it, fear very nature-ally took possession of him, and he began to sink. Faith enabled him to walk on the waves; fear made him sink beneath them.

    For God hath not give you the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind !”     II Timothy 1:7

    Says the apostle, “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were compassed about seven days.” Hebrews 11:30. Why was that written? For our learning, “that we through patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4. Why, is there any prospect that we shall ever be called upon to fight armed hosts and to take fortified cities? No, “for we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness (fear, doubt, unbelief) of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” Ephesians 6:12.

    But the victories which have been gained by faith in God over visible foes in the flesh are placed on record to show us what faith will accomplish in our conflict with the rulers of the darkness of this world. The grace (the Divine Influence) of God, in answer to faith, is as powerful in these battles as in those, for says the apostle:

    “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after (by) the flesh, for the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds; casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge (knowing) of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ !” II Corinthians 10:3-5

    It was not physical foes alone that faith enabled the ancient worthies to conquer. We read of them that they not only “subdued kingdoms,” but “wrought righteousness, obtained promises,” and, most wonderful and most encouraging of all, “out of weakness they were made strong.” Hebrews 11:33-34.

    Their very weakness became strength to them through faith, because the strength of Christ is made perfect in weakness. Who, then, shall lay anything to the charge of God's elect? since it is God that justifieth, and we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” “Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him that loved us!” Romans 8:35

    Lessons on Faith p.1-6   -  E.J. Waggoner (Signs of the Times, March 25, 1889)
    Note:   Scripture and references added in Italics !

    Lessons on Faith - b

    "For the Promise that he should be heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his Seed (Galatians 3:16) through the law, but through the Righteousness of Faith ! . . . for he staggered not at the Promise of GOD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving Glory to GOD. And being fully persuaded that, what He had Promised, He was able also to perform !"   Romans 4:13,20-21

    Faith is the expecting the Word of God to do whatIit says and the depending upon that Word to do what it says. 
    As that is faith and as faith comes by the Word of God (Romans 10:17), it is plain that the Word of God, in order to inculcate faith, must teach that the Word has in Itself power to accomplish what Itself says.

    And such is precisely the truth of the matter: the Word of God does teach just this and nothing else, so that it is truly "the faithful Word" --the Word full of faith.

    The greater part of the very first chapter of the Bible is instruction in faith. That chapter has in itself no fewer than six distinct statement that definitely inculcate (to impress, or fix firmly in the mind) faith; with the essential connective of the first verse, there are seven.

    The inculcation of faith is the teaching that the Word of God Itself accomplishes the thing which is spoken in that Word.

    Inculcate: To impress (something) upon the mind of another by frequent instruction or repetition; instill: inculcating sound principles. To teach (others) by frequent instruction or repetition; indoctrinate: inculcate the young with a sense of duty.

    Read, then, the first verse of the Bible. "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." How did He create them? "By the Word of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) were the heavens made, and all the host of them by the Breath (Spirit) of His mouth. For He spake, and it was!" Psalm. 33:6-9. 

    "The Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit and they are Life !"   John 6:63

    Before He spoke, it was not; after He spoke, "it was !" Only by speaking, it was. What caused it to be? The Word only.

    But darkness was upon all the face of the deep. God wished light to be there, but how could there be light when all was darkness? Again He spoke. "And God said, Let there be light; and there was light."  Whence came the light? The Word which was spoken, Itself produced the light. "The entrance of thy Words giveth light." Psalm 119:130.

    There was no firmament, atmosphere. God wished that there should be a firmament. How could it be produced? "God said, Let there be a firmament . . . and it was so." Another translation for "it was so" is, "And thus it came to pass." What caused the firmament to be? What caused this thus to come to pass? The Word Only. He spoke, and it was so. The Word spoken, Itself caused the thing to exist. 

    God next desired that there should be dry land. How could this be? Again He spoke. "God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place and let the dry land appear; and it was so."

    Then there was no vegetation. Whence should this come? Again God spoke. "And God said, let the earth bring forth grass, the herb yielding seed, and the fruit-tree yielding fruit after his kind, whose seed is in itself, upon the earth, and it was so !"
     
    Note:   After 6000 years of earths history, that same Word spoken is still accomplishing
    that which He said. "For the Word of the LORD Liveth and abideth forever !"   I Peter 1:23

    Again He spoke. "And God said, let there be lights in the firmament of heaven . . . and it was so." Again He spoke. "And God said, Let the earth bring forth the living creature . . . and it was so."  Thus it was that "by the Word of the LORD" all things were created. He spoke the Word only, and it was so. The Word spoken, Itself produced the thing.

    Thus it was in creation. And thus it was in Redemption !
     He healed the sick; He cast out devils; He stilled the tempest; He cleansed the lepers; He raised the dead; He forgave sins -- all by His Word. In all this, also, "He spake and it was."

    And so He is the same yesterday and today and forever. Always He is the Creator. And always He does all things by His Word only. And always He can do all things by His Word, because it is the very characteristic of the Word of God that it is possessed of the Divine power by which Itself accomplishes the thing which is spoken.

    This is why it is that faith is the knowing that in the Word of God there is this power, the expecting the Word Itself to do the thing spoken and the depending upon that Word itself to do that which the Word speaks.

    The teaching of faith
     is the teaching that such is the nature of the Word of God; the teaching of people to exercise faith is the teaching them to expect the Word of God to do what It says and to depend upon it to do the thing which is by It spoken; the cultivating of faith is by practice to cause to grow confidence in the power of the Word of God Itself to do what in that Word is said and dependence upon that Word Itself to accomplish what the Word says.

    And "the knowledge of what the Scripture means when urging upon us the necessity of cultivating faithis more essential than any other knowledge that can be acquired."  Are you cultivating faith?

    RH Dec. 27, 1898 -   A.T. Jones
    notes and Scripture references have been added in italics !

    May these word encourage you and your family to walk in faith, to trust
    in the LORD with all your hearts, and to speak His Life-giving Words from your heart !
    Maranatha - He is Coming Soon !

    The Living Bread ?


         "For as the Rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither,
    but watereth the earth . . . for the LORD God (Yehuwah Elohim) formed man of the dust (clay) of the ground,
    and breathed into his nostrils the Breath of Life . . . and maketh it bring forth and bud (fruits of the Spirit), that it may give Seed 
    to the sower, and Bread to the eater. So shall My Word be that goeth out of My mouth . . .
     
         It shall not return unto Me void, but It shall accomplish that which I please,
    and It shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent It . . . !"     Isaiah 55:10-11


         ‘All the commandments which I command thee this day shall ye observe (a Promise) to do, so that ye may live . . . And thou shalt remember
     all the Way in which the LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and to prove thee (that thou mightest know) to know 
    what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep His commandments, or no? 

         And He humbled thee, and suffered thee to hunger, and fed thee with manna (ref: Exodus 16:4) which thou knewest not, neither did thy fathers know . . . .
     
    That He might make thee know, That man doth not live by bread only, but by every Word that proceedeth out of the mouth of the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) doth man live! 
    And thy raiment waxed not old upon thee, neither did thy foot swell, these forty years. And thou shalt alsoconsider in thine heart, that, as a man chasteneth his son, (ref: 
    Hebrews 12:4-8) so the LORD thy God chasteneth thee !
     
         Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the LORD thy God, to walk in His Ways, and to fear (reverence) Him. For the LORD thy God 
    bringeth thee into a good land, a land of brooks of Water, of Fountains and depths that spring out of valleys and hills . . .’ Deuteronomy 8:1-7
     
    "To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for heaviness; 
    that they might be called Trees of Righteousness, the planting (garden) of the LORD, that He might be glorified . . . !" Isaiah 61:3
     
    ‘Arise and shine, for thy Light is come, and the Glory of the LORD (Yehuwah) is risen upon thee !’   Isaiah 60:1
    '. . . . Neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: It shall bring forth new fruit according to His months, because their Waters, they issued out of the Sanctuary (Christ Jesus - ref: Isaiah 8:14): and the fruit thereof shall be for food, and the leaf thereof shall be for medicine !’
    Ezekiel 47:12
    “And he shewed me a pure river of Water of Life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the Throne of GOD and of the Lamb . . . and on either side of the River, was there the Tree of Life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves ofthe Tree were for the healing of the nations . . .!" Revelation 22:1-2

    And Jesus said unto them, I have meat (food) to eat that ye know not of . . .

    My meat (food) is to do the will of Him that sent Me, and to finish His work !’                John 4:32-34

    ‘He sent forth His Word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destruction's! Oh that men would praise the LORD for His goodness (ref: Exodus 33:18-19), and for His wonderful (full of wonder) works to the children of men. And let them sacrifice the sacrifices of thanksgiving, and declare His works with rejoicing !’
    Psalm 107:20-22

    Labour not for the meat (food) which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting Life! . . . Then said they unto Him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of GOD? Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of GODthat ye believeon Him (The Word) Whom He hath sent !” John 6:27-29

    Let us labour therefore to enter into that Rest, lest any man fall (stumble, fail) after the same example of unbelief . . . For unto us was the Glad Tidings preached, as well as 
    unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it . . . !” Hebrews 4:11, 2

    For the Bread of GOD is He which cometh down from heaven, and giveth Life unto the world . . . Then Jesus (Yehushua) said unto them, I Am the Bread (food) of Life
    he that cometh to Me (The Word) shall never hunger; and he that believeth on Me (The Word) shall never thirst !

    . . . Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on Me (The Word) hath everlasting Life. For I Am that Bread of Life! Your fathers did eat manna in the wilderness, and 
    are dead. But this is the Bread which cometh down from heaven, that a man may eat thereof, and not die. I Am the Living Bread which came down from heaven . . .

    As the Father hath sent Me, and I live by The Father . . . for GOD is a Spirit, and they that worship (serve and obey) Him, must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth (Verity) ! . . . So he that eateth Me (The Word), even he shall live by Me !’ John 6:33,35,47-57

    Therefore, O thou son of man, speak unto the house of Israel; Thus ye speak, saying, If ourtransgressions and our sins be upon us (our filthy garments), and we pine away (are consumed) in them,how should (shall) we then live? Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord GOD (Adoni Yehuvee’) . . . !’ Ezekiel 33:10-11

    For it is the Spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothingthe Words that I speak unto you, they are Spirit, and they are Life ! . . . For the Word of God is quick (Living) and powerful (full of power), and sharper than any twoedged sword ! . . . But there are some of you that believe not !’ 
    John 6:63-64 & Hebrews 4:11-12

    “And from that time many of His disciples went back (turned back, fell away), and walked no more with Him. Then said Jesus (Yehushua) unto the twelve, Will ye also 
    go away 
    ?   Then Simon Peter answered Him, Lord, to whom shall we go? Thou hast the Words of Eternal life. And we believe and are sure that Thou art that Christ (Anointed One), the Son of the Living GOD !” John 6:66-69

    For we are not of them who draw back (to shrink, timidity) unto perdition (destruction); but of them thatbelieve to the saving of the soul . . . !” Hebrews 10:39


    Quote: “The Lord is not glorified by the tame supplications which show that nothing is expected. He desires every one who believes, to approach the Throne of Grace with earnestness and assurance. Do we realize the magnitude of the work in which we are engaged? If we did, there would be more fervency in our prayers. Our entreaties would rise before God with convincing earnestness. We would plead for power as a hungry child pleads for bread. If we realized the greatness of the Gift, if we desired the attainment of the Blessing, our petit-ions would ascend with earnestness, importunity, urgency. It would be as if we were at the gate of heaven, soliciting entrance.

    I do not understand the tameness in the requests offered to God. We are to urge our way into the very Presence of God, into the Holy Place of the Most High. We are to plead for that which we most need, -- the Bread of Life, the leaf from the Tree of LifeAs Jacob wrestled with the angel, saying, “I will not let Thee go, except thou Bless me,” so we are to wrestle in prayer until we prevail. We are to ask with an urgency that will not be turned away, that expects God to bestow His blessings with a liberality that is an assurance to all fear.

    Thus saith the LORD, the Holy One of Israel, and His Maker, Ask Me of things to come concerning My sons, and concerning the work of My hands command ye Me. I have made the earth, and created man upon it. I, even My hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.” Isaiah 45:11. This is the Word of the LORD, which is Yea and Amen !

    Then let your prayers be more fervent, more heavily weighted with faith and hope. Let the intensity of your desire be proportionate to the value of the object you wish to obtain. The greatness of the Gift and our need of It should fill us with a hungering desire for it . . . !" - Special Testimonies, August 7, 1901 par. 13


      "And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye notstand still,
    and see the Salvation of the LORD
    , which He will shew you this day !
    For the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever. And 
    the LORD
     (Jehovah, Yehuwah) shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace !"
    Exodus 12:13-14

    "For thus saith the LORD, Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh
    his arm (strength), and whose heart departeth (in unbelief) from the LORD. For they shall be like the heath in the desert,
    and shall not see when good cometh; but . . . Blessed is the man (or woman) that trusteth in the LORD,
    and whose hope the LORD is. For they shall be as a tree planted by the Living Waters
     . . . !"
    Jeremiah `7:5-8

    "For I will have mercy upon the house of Judah, and I will save (deliver) them by the LORD their God,
    and I will not save them by bow, nor sword, nor by battle, by horses, nor by horsemen . . ."
    Hosea 1:7

    "For it is not by might, nor by strength, but by My Spirit (the Word which was made flesh), saith the LORD
    of hosts
     . . . !" Zechariah 4:6

    "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal (fleshly), but mighty (full of power, possible) through God. . . !"
    II Corinthians 10:4-5

    "And the Angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them. O taste and see
    that the LORD (Yehuwah) is good. Blessed is the woman who trusteth in Him !"
    Psalm 34:7-8

    "And he said, Hearken ye, all Judah, and ye inhabitanats of Jerusalem, and thou king Jehoshaphat,
    Thus saith the LORD (Jehovah, Yehuwah) unto you ! . . . Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude:
    for the battle is not yours, but God's
     (Elohim's - The Mighty One's) . . .

    Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set your selves, stand ye still, and see the Salvation* (H3444 - Yehushua) of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem . . . Fear not, nor be dismayed . . . for the LORD will be with you !"
    II Chronicles 20:15-22

    "And Elisha's servant said unto him, Alas, my master! how shall we do (overcome) ?
    And Elisha answered, Fear notfor they that be with us are more than they that be with them. And Elisha prayed,
    and said, LORD, I pray Thee, open his eyesthat he (my servant) may see. And the LORD opened the eyes of the young man; and he saw: and behold, the mountain was full of horses and chariots of fire round about . . . !"
    II Kings 6:15-17

    "For greater is He that is in us, than he that is in this world . . . !" I John 4:4

         And "there hath not failed one Word of all His good Promisewhich He hath promised by the hand
    of Moses His servant 
    !"   I Kings 8:56

     

    Because God is merciful, and ready to forgive, there are those who say that it is safe to disobey Him. But this is presumption. God will forgive all who seek pardon and turn away from sin. But those who choose to disobey Him He can not bless. {SJ 46.5}

    Satan is at work from beneath to stir up the hellish powers of his confederacy of evil against the just. He imbues human agencies with his own attributes. Evil angels united with evil men will put forth efforts to harass, persecute, and destroy. But the Lord God of Israel will not forsake those who trust in Him. Amid the strengthening of infidelity and apostasy, amid the pretended illumination which is the blindest presumption and delusion, there will be a light from the sanctuary above shining upon God's people. The truth of God will triumph. {UL 262.2}

    The sin of presumption lies close beside the virtue of perfect faith and confidence in God. Satan flattered himself that he could take advantage of the humanity of Christ to urge him over the line of trust to presumption. Upon this point many souls are wrecked. Satan tried to deceive Christ through flattery. He admitted that Christ was right in the wilderness in his faith and confidence that God was his Father, under the most trying circumstances. He then urged Christ to give him one more proof of his entire dependence upon God, one more evidence of his faith that he was the Son of God, by casting himself from the temple. He told Christ that if he was indeed the Son of God he had nothing to fear; for angels were at hand to uphold him. Satan gave evidence that he understood the Scriptures by the use he made of them. {RH, August 18, 1874 par. 18}

    Our only safety is to reject firmly the first insinuation to presumptionGod has given us grace through the merits of Christ sufficient to withstand Satan, and be more than conquerors. Resistance is success."Resist the devil, and he will flee from you." Resistance must be firm and steadfast. We lose all we gain if we resist today only to yield tomorrow.{RH, April 8, 1880 par. 10}

    If we are in the path of duty, if we are in the place where the angels of God can have charge over us, we may expect to be kept in all our ways; for God will be our helper; but if we rush into danger, following our own feeble judgment, and led by our own desires, we shall get into sorrow and difficultyIf we persist in presumption, we cannot expect that God will deliver us; for we are not following in the footsteps of Jesus. We must follow our Lord, just as trained soldiers follow their leader. {RH, July 5, 1892 par. 11}

    The dangers thickening around us demand from those who have had an experience in the things of God, a watchful supervisionThose who walk humbly before God, distrustful of their own wisdom, will realize their danger, and will know the power of God's keeping care. Those who do not realize their danger because they do not watchwill pay, with the loss of their souls, the penalty of their presumption and their willful ignorance of Satan's devices. {RH, July 7, 1910 par. 13}

    The Lord would have his people true to his service, and separate and distinct from every nation who did not fear his name. He understood the danger of associating with idolaters, knowing that the seeing and hearing of their heathen customs and vain philosophy would have a corrupting influence upon their moralsThere was danger of the sacrilegious services of the idol worship appearing attractive to them, and giving character to their religious servicesAlthough the experience of parents might be a safeguard to themselvesthere was constant dangerin regard to the morals of their children. They would be continually tempted to imitate the practices of the people with whom they associated. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 2}

    This injunction from God himself is of consequence to us who live in these last days when iniquity prevailsand Satan with every device is upon the track of the unwary. Merriment and pleasure-seeking is the order of the day, and reckless presumption and the absence of virtue mark the course of society generally. The standard of the world is in no case to be the standard of those who love and fear God. He requires those who follow him to be separate from sin and sinners. The reason why those who profess his name are not more precious in his sight is because the pure gold of their character has been corrupted by association with the worldand they have not genuine faith or a genuine religion. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 3}

    Some will plead that they lived up to the best light that they had, and did not know that they were sinners before God. Therefore they claim that they were guiltless, and have nothing to repent of. But the word of God was plain, and all who had a prayerful anxious desire to understand it might have known what was truth; and for this sin of ignorance God will demand an offering as truly as in the days of Moses,--even the offering of a broken and contrite heart. With the Bible in our hands we ought all to know and practice the truth.But some do not wish to change their faith or course of action, and argue that if they are only honest they will be saved. Such will be in great danger of committing the sin of presumption, of not living up to all the light they have. Critical self-examination, united with a diligent searching of the Scriptures and earnest prayer, is essential, not that some way may be found to evade the cross, but that they may be led into all truth however much self-denial it may cost, and however inconvenient it may be to obey. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 12} 

    Sins of ignorance call not for excuse but for repentanceNone are to flatter themselves that because Jesus died and bore the guilt for man, they have nothing to do but accept of pardon without repenting of the sins they have so long been committing. There are limits to the forbearance of God, and punishment for the transgression of his law is no less certain because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily. Because we live in a time when retribution does not follow an evil deed at once, sin is less avoided and the hearts of the sons of men are fully set in them to do evil. {ST, July 22, 1880 par. 13} 
    -
    "Satan's power is increasing, he is terribly in earnest, knowing that his time is short, he is working with all deceivableness of unrighteousness." Those who would escape his wiles must be vigilant and determined. If we would meet the demands for this time, we must put on the whole armor, and go forth with energy, perseverance, and unswerving faith. In God alone is our strength. Indolence and slothfulness,presumption and self-confidence, will alike bring defeat and destruction. God takes cognizance of the works of all. Those who have sought their ease, and shunned care, anxiety and labor for God's cause, may be sure their sin will find them out. Those who, like Achan, cherish selfishness, avarice and deception, may be sure that God's eye is upon them. As he searched out Achan, he will search them out, as he pronounced a curse upon Achan,he will surely pronounce a curse upon them. {ST, May 5, 1881 par. 12}

    The Lord sorely chastised his people Israel, revealing their hypocrisy and rebuking their presumption, and thus left upon the pages of history the testimony for all future ages, that the iniquities of his professed people will not go unpunished. The greater the knowledge of God's will, the greater the sin of those who disregard it. God is not dependent upon men to cause his name to be feared and honored in the earth. He accepts the labors of those who walk in faithfulness and humility before him, but he will reject all who profess to serve him, and yet follow in the course of the unrighteous. God can carry forward his work in the earth without the co-operation of those who would pervert or disgrace it. {ST, December 22, 1881 par. 13}

    There never was a time of greater danger to the church than the present, and many will not be true to their own souls. They will not be sanctified through the truthThey have lamps, but no oil in their vessels to replenish them, and their light goes out in darkness. Eli and his sons trusted to the ark, the symbol of the divine presence, while they were transgressing the holy law enshrined in the ark, and their sins were separating them from God. As a consequence of their presumption, both the sons of Eli were slain, and God permitted the ark to pass into the hands of the enemies of his people. Some in our day are making a similar mistake in trusting to their profession while they are transgressing the holy requirements of God's law. Such are asleep to their true condition. {ST, June 26, 1884 par. 9} 

    The apostle Paul exhorts careless and unconcerned professors:"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light." Christ, the True Witness, would break the slumbers of his ease-loving people. His voice is heard addressing them"I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth." I will not take your names into my lips, for you are unworthy. I am ashamed to call you brethren. "Be zealous therefore, and repent." "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." {ST, June 26, 1884 par. 10}

    We have many promises for victory... For forgiveness... For hope... Here are a few. You can find more!!
    1 Corinthians 15:57-58 ' But thanks [be] to God,which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord. '
    1 John 5:2-5 ' By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God, and keep his commandments. For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous. For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, [even] our faith. Who is he that overcometh the world, but he that believeth that Jesus is the Son of God?'
    Revelation 15:2-3 ' And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. '
    Psalm 130:2 Lord, hear my voice: let thine ears be attentive to the voice of my supplications. 
    130:3 If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand? 
    130:4 But [there is] forgiveness with thee, that thou mayest be feared. 
    130:5 I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.
    Ephesians 1:4-7 ' According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, To the praise of the glory of his grace, wherein he hath made us accepted in the beloved. In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; '
    Colossians 1:10-14 ' That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work, and increasing in the knowledge of God;Strengthened with all might, according to his glorious power, unto all patience and longsuffering with joyfulness; Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated [us] into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, [even] the forgiveness of sins: '
    Psalm 16:8,9,11 'I have set the LORD always before me: because [he is] at my right hand, I shall not be moved. Therefore my heart is glad, and my glory rejoiceth: my flesh also shall rest in hope.Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore.

    Psalm 31:21-24 ' Blessed [be] the LORD: for he hath showed me his marvellous kindness in a strong city. For I said in my haste, I am cut off from before thine eyes: nevertheless thou heardest the voice of my supplications when I cried unto thee. O love the LORD, all ye his saints: [for] the LORD preserveth the faithful, and plentifully rewardeth the proud doer. Be of good courage, and he shall strengthen your heart, all ye that hope in the LORD. '
    Psalm 119:114-16 ' Thou [art] my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word. Depart from me, ye evildoers: for I will keep the commandments of my God. Uphold me according unto thy word, that I may live: and let me not be ashamed of my hope. '
    Jeremiah 17:7 ' Blessed [is] the man that trusteth in the LORD, and whose hope the LORD is.'
    Romans 15:13 'Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost'.

      Many a work is highly prized for its wealth and beauty of language, when these are but a fair garment to conceal principles that in their native deformity would shock the reader.Those principles have led the author step by step away from God, from hope, and Heaven. Will they not exert the same influence upon the reader? The course of the Ephesians was the only safe course for them; it is the only safe course for you. Destroy these agencies of Satan.Put beyond your reach that which has power to seduce you. {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 27} 
    The authors of no small share of current literature are men who have lived in the atmosphere of vice, and who are slaves of passion. Poets of brilliant talents have perverted their powers to the service of Satan. Over all that is good, and pure, and noble, they have cast the darkness of their own base thoughts. They encourage dissipation and sanction vice. {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 28} 
    The bewildering brilliancy, the deceptive pathos, of many a gifted author, are Satan's bait to allure and destroy the souls of men. Many who are in no danger from the productions of the gross and sensual, are deceived by writers who virtually clothe Satan in angel's garments and make him a benefactor of the race. Such works are legion.
     {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 29} 
    Have the disciples of Christ burned the magical books? Have they made a decided change in their principles and habits of life?Have they separated themselves from the enchantments of the world? Those who, knowing their danger, will yet venture into places of worldly, demoralizing amusement, or who will poison the mind with the literary productions of the skeptic, or the sensualistare guilty of presumption. God does not give his angels charge to keep those who choose to walk in forbidden paths.
     {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 30}
    When in the way of duty we are brought into trial, as was Daniel in the king's court, we may be assured that God will preserve us. But if,
     through stubbornness, hardihood, or bravado, we place ourselves under the power of temptation, we shall fall, sooner or later.
    {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 31} 
    We are living at a time when Satan's power is great."As a roaring lion, he walketh about, seeking whom he may devour."
    Anon, (Later) he will quell his roar to the faintest whisper, that he may deceive the unsuspecting by his hellish arts. The glories of the world are presented in glowing colors to fascinate the senses, to beguile unstable souls.What have professed Christians done to close every avenue whereby Satan can approach them?
    Have they given proof of the work wrought in them by the Holy Spirit? Have they erected barriers, firm and strong, between their soul and every earthly idol? {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 32} 
    The infidel, when convertedwill abhor the books that led him to doubt the word of God. The dissolute man who has purified his soul by obedience to the truthwill not venture into the haunts of dissipation, from curiosity or habit.Neither will he permit his mind to dwell upon such scenes, portrayed in the pages of the sensualist
    He will be awake to his danger, shunning temptation himself, and earnestly warning others of its bewitching powerWhatever the idol previously cherished, the converted man will not only resist evil, but will, so far as possible, place himself beyond the power of Satan
    Again we would ask the followers of Christ, "Have you burned the magical books?" 
    -
    {ST, May 18, 1882 par. 33} 
    I cannot help but think of all the 'Christian' NOVELS out there in the ABC stores.....some 'Biblical' (?)...others, just stories. Do these edify and prepare us for Heaven....or are THEY 'magical books'....as well as many by our 'Theologians' books that are full of half truths and sold by the thousands....whatsoever things are pure, true and lovely, If there be any virtue, if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS.
    It is the grossest presumption for mortal man to venture upon a compromise with the Almighty, in order to secure his own temporal interests"I, the Lord thy God, am a jealous God," is thundered from Sinai; and we may not disregard that voice because the words were spoken more than three thousand years ago, and wereaddressed to the lineal descendants of Abraham. The Lordrequires willing sacrific. No partial obedience, no divided interest, is accepted by Him who declares that the iniquities of the fathers shall be visited upon the children to the third and fourth generation of them that hate him,and that he will show mercy unto thousands of them that love him and keep his commandments.{ST, June 3, 1886 par. 12}
    The testimony of the word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without worksIt is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the conditions upon which mercy is to be granted; it is presumption; for genuine faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures{ST, March 30, 1888 par. 9}
    We are guilty of the sin of presumption when we defile our bodies. Paul declares, "If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are." Our bodies are a wonderful exhibition of God's incomprehensible skill and unceasing goodnessThey are not to be trifled with. With all the power of a sanctified mind and a purified soul, they are to be consecrated to God. {ST, April 4, 1900 par. 15}
    The prevailing spirit of our time is one of infidelity and apostasy. The spirit manifested in the earth is a spirit of pride and self-exaltation. Men boast of illumination which in reality is the blindest presumption. Many do not hesitate to exalthuman reason, to idolize human wisdom, and to set the opinions of men above the revealed wisdom of God. {SW, March 1, 1909 par. 3} 
    The truth as it is in Jesus is regarded as an old-fashioned doctrine. Maxims and theories from the world have been worked into the church, and vain philosophy and science, falsely so called,are in the eyes of men of more valuethan the Word of God.. {SW, March 1, 1909 par. 4} 
    Why are these things so? Why is there such a spirit of lawlessness in the social world, and such a medley of strange doctrines in the church?Is it not because among the great mass of professed Christians, thegrievous sin of transgressing the law of God is not understood? Even ministers in the pulpit "make void" that law. The result is a general weakening of the bonds of righteousness, a far-reaching tendency to lawlessness, to crime of every sort. Nor can we wonder. When men are not taught that they must obey the law of God, how can they be expected to obey the laws of men? {SW, March 1, 1909 par. 5} 
    The Lord requires no less of man now than he required of Adam,--perfect obedience to his law, unblemished righteousness. Therequirement under the covenant of grace is just as broad as that made in paradise,--harmony with his law, which is holy, and just, and good. The gospeldoes not weaken the claims of the law; it exalts the law and makes it honorable. Under the New Testament no less is required than was required under the Old Testament. Let no one take up with the delusion, so pleasant to the human heart, that God will accept of sincerity,no matter what may be the faith or howimperfect the life. God requires of his children perfectobedience. {SW, March 1, 1909 par. 6}
    Presumption is a common temptation, and when Satan assails men with this, he gains the victory almost every time. Those who claim to be enlisted in the warfare against evil frequently plunge without thought into temptation from which it would require a miracle to bring them forth unsulliedGod's precious promises are not given to strengthen us in a presumptuous course, or to rely upon when we rush needlessly into dangerThe Lord requires us to move with a humble dependence upon his guidance. "It is not in a man that walketh to direct his steps." In God is our prosperity and our life. Nothing can be done prosperously without his permission and his blessing. "Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." As children of God, we are to maintain a consistent Christian character. {YI, December 21, 1899 par. 8}
    Some Bible texts/promises to finish this section of our study on how to avoid presumption:
    Exodus 19:5,6 ' If ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenantthen ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine: And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. '
    Joshua 24:15 'And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that [were] on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. '
    Psalm 23:3 'He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake..'
    Isaiah 30:21 'And thine ears shall hear a word behind thee, saying,This [is] the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the right hand, and when ye turn to the left.'
    Psalm 32:6-11 . For this shall every one that is godly pray unto thee in a time when thou mayest be found: surely in the floods of great waters they shall not come nigh unto him. Thou [art] my hiding place; thou shalt preserve me from trouble; thou shalt compass me about with songs of deliverance. Selah. I will instruct thee and teach thee in the way which thou shalt go: I will guide thee with mine eye. Be ye not as the horse, [or] as the mule, [which] have no understanding: whose mouth must be held in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Many sorrows [shall be] to the wicked: but he that trusteth in the LORD, mercy shall compass him about. Be glad in the LORD, and rejoice, ye righteous: and shout for joy, all [ye that are] upright in heart. 
    Hosea 6:3 Then shall we know, [if] we follow on to know the LORD: his going forth is prepared as the morning; and he shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter [and] former rain unto the earth.
    This has been a much more intensive and extensive study than I had thought I would find. I hope it is a blessing along your Chrisitan walk, as it has been to me.

    When Satan fails to lead men into sin by the first two temptations, those of appetite and presumption, he besets them with the third, the love of the world; and in almost every case he leads them into apostasy by this means. It is the glory of this world that attracts and ensnares. But we have reason to thank God that the Captain of our salvation was made perfect through suffering, and came off conqueror in our behalf. Every son and daughter of Adam may have this divine strength. The promise of the Comforter has been given us. "He that believeth on me," said Jesus, "the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father." The power that came to Christ as a representative of the human race will come to every member of the human family who will make God his strength. {YI, December 28, 1899 par. 8}
    (1) "In regard to the matter of prayer for the sick, many confusing ideas are advanced. One says, He who has been prayed for must walk out in faith, giving God the glory, and making use of no remedies. If he is at a health institute, he should leave it at once. I know that these ideas are wrong, and that if accepted, they would lead to many evils. {PH144 4.2}
    "On the other hand, I do not wish to say anything that might be interpreted to mean a lack of belief in the efficacy of prayer. The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. {PH144 4.3}
    "It is no denial of faith to use rational remedies judiciously. Water, air, and sunshine, these are God's healing agencies. {PH144 4.4}

    "The use of certain herbs that the Lord has made to grow for the good of man, is in harmony with the exercise of faith," --MS 31, 1911 (written June 3, 1888)

    Only those who receive the seal of the living God will have the passport through the gates of the holy city. But there are many who take upon themselves responsibilities in connection with the work of God, who are not wholehearted believers, and while they remain thus, can not receive the seal of the living God. They trust in their own righteousness, which the Lord accounts as foolishness and presumption. {PH149 69.1}
    The workers at Washington (General Conference) and Mountain View (Printing Press) need a deep, earnest heart purification through the power and grace of the Holy Spirit or they will never enter the gates of the city of God. They need to realize their need of cleansing from everything like self-importance, or they will become confused in regard to the Lord's work that must go forth in truth and righteousness. Many are self-exalted, and are in
    danger of taking up with spiritualistic views that are misleading, and that will in the great day of God be found valueless. Great light such as Christ gave to the people is to be given to you, and by you to others.. {PH149 69.2}
    There has been marked presumption manifested by those who claim to be the children of God. O, how much better to pass the time of our sojourning here in fear,--not in fear that the power of God is not sufficient for us, not that one of his good promises may fail; but in fear of our own sinful hearts. "Fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." We must lift the standard higher, and still higher, and in and through the grace of Christ we must attain unto it. {PH089 19.2}
    Satan is constantly seeking to divert the attention of the people from the Bible. The words of God to men, which should receive our first attention, are neglected for the utterances of human wisdom. How can He, who is infinite in power and wisdom, bear thus with the presumption and effrontery of men! {PH117 8.2}
    Through the medium of the press, knowledge of every kind is placed within the reach of all; and yet, how large a share of every community are depraved in morals, and superficial in mental attainments. If the people would but become Bible readers, Bible students, we would see a different state of things. {PH117 8.3}
    If all of those who come together for meetings of edification and prayer, could be regarded as true worshipers, then might we hope, though much would still remain to be done for us. But it is in vain to deceive ourselves. Things are far from being what the appearance would indicate. From a distant view much may appear beautiful, which, upon close examination, will be found full of deformities. The prevailing spirit of our time is that of infidelity and apostasy--a spirit of pretended illumination because of a knowledge of the truth, but in reality of the blindest presumption. There is a spirit of opposition to the plain word of God, and to the testimony of his Spirit. There is a spirit of idolatrous exaltation of mere human reason above the revealed wisdom of God. {PH117 61.3}
    There are men among us in responsible positions who hold that the opinions of a few conceited philosophers, so-called, are more to be trusted than the truth of the Bible, or the testimonies of the Holy Spirit. Such a faith as that of Paul, Peter, or John, is considered old-fashioned, and insufferable at the present day. It is pronounced absurd, mystical, and unworthy of an intelligent mind. {PH117 61.4}
    Again, do not let the idea prevail that the Health Retreat is a place where the sick are healed by the prayer of faith. There are instances when this will be done, and we need to have faith in God constantly. Let no one think that those who have abused themselves and taken no intelligent care of themselves can come to the Health Retreat and be healed by the prayer of faith, for this is presumption. I see so little wisdom, so little good common sense exercised by some of our brethren that my heart is sick, sore, and distressed. They do not have sensible ideas and do not honor God. They have need of a divine touch. If the idea should once prevail that the sick can come to the Institute to be cured by the prayer of faith, you will have such a state of things there that you cannot now discern even if I should point it out to you in the best English language I could command. We need more of God, brethren, greater humility.--Letter 57, 1886, PP. 2, 3. (To Brethren Rice and Gibbs, December 17, 1886.)
    It is the greatest presumption for man to assume the right of dictation and control over his fellow men. God is the owner of man. To his Maker, man stands or falls. To God he is responsible, not to his fellow men. Every man has an individuality of his own, which is not to be submerged in any other human being. The life of each one must be hid with Christ in God. Men are under God's control, not under the control of weak, erring human beings. They are to be left free to be guided by the Holy Spirit, not by the fitful, perverse spirit of unsanctified men. {18MR 225.1}
    The encroachments made by men on the liberty of their fellow men are condemned by God. These encroachments, which are not seen in their true bearing, are inspired by the enemy of God, to cut off the opportunity for God to work on minds by His Spirit. Those who do not know God, who refuse to hear His voice or to be ruled by Him, will stand with cord in hand, ready to bind the Lord's workers and trammel them in their efforts. {18MR 225.2}
    The path of faith lies close beside the path of presumption. Satan is ever seeking to lead us into false paths. He sees that a misunderstanding of what constitutes faith will confuse and disappoint. He is pleased when he can persuade men and women to reason from false premises. {18MR 333.4}
    Long to follow on to know the Lord, that I may know that His going forth is prepared as the morning. I desire the words of my lips to be right words, the meditations of my heart to be of God. I desire to be strengthened with genuine faith. I do not want one vestige of presumption or self-confidence to appear in my life. I want faith, simple, trustful faith. I am determined to rely wholly on the promise of God, asking Him to keep my lips from evil, and my tongue from speaking guile. {21MR 117.1}
    In my home I must daily seek peace and pursue it. "The eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers; but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil." And although the body is suffering, and the nervous system enfeebled, we must not think that we are at liberty to speak fretfully or to think that we are not receiving all the attention we should have. When we give way to impatience, we drive the Spirit of God out of the heart, and give place to the attributes of Satan. When we frame excuses for selfishness, for evil thinking and evil speaking, we are educating the soul in evil, and if we continue to do this, it will become a habit to yield to temptation. We are then on Satan's ground, overcome, weak, and without courage. {21MR 117.2}
    You will have severe enough battles to fight, even when you place yourself under the best influences possible. Would it not be presumption to place yourself unnecessarily in a school where the teachers do not have respect to the Lord's commandments, where the Sabbath is not recognized as His sign? ... {LLM 184.4}
    James 4:7-11 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse [your] hands, [ye] sinners; and purify [your] hearts, [ye] double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and [your] joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up. Speak not evil one of another, brethren. He that speaketh evil of [his] brother, and judgeth his brother, speaketh evil of the law, and judgeth the law: but if thou judge the law, thou art not a doer of the law, but a judge.
    Isaiah 57:14-18 .....Cast ye up, cast ye up, prepare the way, take up the stumbling block out of the way of my people. For thus saith the high and lofty One that inhabiteth eternity, whose name [is] Holy; I dwell in the high and holy [place], with him also [that is] of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones. For I will not contend for ever, neither will I be always wroth: for the spirit should fail before me, and the souls [which] I have made. For the iniquity of his covetousness was I wroth, and smote him: I hid me, and was wroth, and he went on frowardly in the way of his heart. I have seen his ways, and will heal him: I will lead him also, and restore comforts unto him and to his mourners.
    "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry." Rebellion originated with Satan, and all rebellion against God is directly due to satanic influence. Those who set themselves against the government of God have entered into an alliance with the archapostate, and he will exercise his power and cunning to captivate the senses and mislead the understanding. He will cause everything to appear in a false light. Like our first parents, those who are under his bewitching spell see only the great benefits to be received by transgression. {PP 635.1}
    There is so much more counsel for us as the professed people of God! Can we not see the need of coming up to a HIGHER standard? Are we 'gaining new heights everyday'?? We are the only ones who can look into our individual hearts, and KNOW if we are right with God. Let us not get caught in the trap of PRESUMPTION any longer! NO time to loose! We must BE READY for Jesus' soon appearing. NONE of us want to be among those in Luke 13:23-30 Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them, Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are: Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets. But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you [yourselves] thrust out. And they shall come from the east, and [from] the west, and from the north, and [from] the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God. And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.
    Again, PRAY WITHOUT CEASING....then we must act our part. COL 333 puts the promise this way...
    As the will of man co-operates with the will of God, it becomes omnipotent. Whatever is to be done at His command may be accomplished in His strength. All His biddings are enablings. {COL 333}
    Blessings as we strive to go through the strait gate!

    The Present Truth,  April 1, 1850
    (Vol. 1, #9)

     "To the 'Little Flock'"

        Dear Brethren. --The Lord gave me a view, January 26, which I will relate. I saw that some of the people of God were stupid and dormant; and were but half awake, and did not realize the time we were now living in; and that the "man" with the "dirt brush" had entered, and that some were in danger of being swept away. I begged of Jesus to save them, to spare them a little longer, and let them see their awful danger, that they might get ready before it should be for ever too late. The angel said, "Destruction is coming like a mighty whirlwind." I begged of the angel to pity and to save those who loved this world, and were attached to their possessions, and were not willing to cut loose from them, and sacrifice them to speed the messengers on their way to feed the hungry sheep, who were perishing for want of spiritual food.
        As I viewed poor souls dying for want of the present truth, and some who professed to believe the truth were letting them die, by withholding the necessary means to carry forward the work of God, the sight was too painful, and I begged of the angel to remove it from me. I saw that when the cause of God called for some of their property, like the young man who came to Jesus, [Matt. xix, 16-22,] they went away sorrowful; and that soon the overflowing scourge would pass over and sweep their possessions all away, and then it would be too late to sacrifice earthly goods, and lay up a treasure in heaven.
        I then saw the glorious Redeemer, beautiful and lovely, that he left the realms of glory, and came to this dark and lonely world, to give his precious life and die, the just for the unjust. He bore the cruel mocking and scourging, and wore the platted crown of thorns, and sweat great drops of blood in the garden; while the burden of the sins of the whole world were upon him. The angel asked, "What for?" O, I saw and knew that it was for us; for our sins he suffered all this, that by his precious blood he might redeem us unto God.
        Then again was held up before me those who were not willing to dispose of this world's goods to save perishing souls, by sending them the truth, while Jesus stands before the Father, pleading his blood, his sufferings and his death for them; and while God's messengers were waiting, ready to carry them the saving truth that they might be sealed with the seal of the living God. It was hard for some who professed to believe the present truth, to even do so little as to hand the messengers God's own money, that he had lent them to be stewards over.
        Then the suffering Jesus, his sacrifice and love so deep, as to give his life for them, was again held up before me; and then the lives of those who professed to be his followers, who had this world's goods, and considered it so great a thing to help the cause of salvation. The angel said, "Can such enter heaven?" Another angel answered, "No, never, never, never. Those who are not interested in the cause of God on earth, can never sing the song of redeeming love above."
        I saw that the quick work that God was doing on earth would soon be cut short in righteousness, and that the swift messengers must speed on their way to search out the scattered flock. An angel said, "Are all messengers? No, no,God's messengers have a message."
        I saw that the cause of God had been hindered, and dishonored by some travelling who had no message from God.Such will have to give an account to God for every dollar they have used in travelling where it was not their duty to go; for that money might have helped on the cause of God, and for the lack of it, souls have starved and died for the want of spiritual food, that might have been given them by God's called and chosen messengers if they had had the means.
        The mighty shaking has commenced (1844 on till the close of probation when Michael stands up), and will go on, and all will be shaken out who are not willing to take a hold and unyielding stand for the truth, and sacrifice for God and his cause. The angel said, "Think ye that any will be compelled to sacrifice. No. no. It must be a free-will offering. It will take all to buy the field."--I cried to God to spare his people, some of whom were fainting and dying.
        I saw that those who have strength to labor with their hands, and help sustain the cause, were as accountable for that strength, as others were for their property.
        The I saw that the judgements of Almighty God were speedily coming. I begged of the angel to speak in his language to the people. Said he, "All the thunders and lightnings of Mount Sinai would not move those who will not be moved by the plain truths of the word of God; neither would an angel's message awake them."
        I then beheld the beauty and loveliness of Jesus. His robe was whiter than the whitest white. No language can describe his glory and exalted loveliness. All, all who keep the commandments of God, will enter in through the gates into the City, and have right to the tree of life, and ever be in the presence of the lovely Jesus, whose countenance shines brighter than the sun at noonday.
        Then I was pointed to Adam and Eve in Eden. They partook of the forbidden tree, and then the flaming sword was placed around the tree of life, and they were driven from the Garden, lest they should partake of the tree of life, and be immortal sinners. The tree of life was to perpetuate immortality. I heard an angel ask, "Who of the family of Adam have passed that flaming sword, and have partaken of the tree of life?" I heard another angel answer, "Not one of the family of Adam have passed that flaming sword, and partaken of that tree; therefore there is not an immortal sinner. The soul that sinneth it shall die an everlasting death; a death that will last forever, where there will be no hope of a resurrection; and then the wrath of God will be appeased."
        I saw that the saints will rest in the Holy City, and reign as kings and priests one thousand years; then Jesus will descend with the saints upon the mount of Olives, and the mount will part asunder, and become a mighty plain for the Paradise of God to rest upon. The rest of the earth will not be cleansed until the wicked dead are raised (at the end of the one thousand years) and gather up around the city; for the feet of the wicked will never desecrate the earth made new. Then fire will come down from God out of heaven and devour them; burn them up root and branch. Satan is the root, and his children are the branches. The same fire that will devour the wicked, will purify the earth.
        In hope of immortality at the appearing of Jesus, E. G. White.

    What beauty and truth is in that article! Thank God for it!

    Happy Sabbath!

    Let no one shun the cross of self-denial. Make the instruction plain as to what it means to be a Christian. “If any man will come after me,” said Jesus, “let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me”. “He that eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, dwelleth in me, and I in him.” Food is the substance of which we partake, that our bodies may be strengthened and built up. In like manner we are to feed upon that which will build up our spiritual nature. Jesus said, “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing; the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life.” Our bodies are composed of that upon which we feed; so our spiritual life will be composed of that upon which we feed. If we feed on Christ, by thinking of him, by obeying his words, we are built up in him, and grow in grace and in the knowledge of the truth unto the full stature of men and women in Christ Jesus. “Receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.”

    As God works in us to will, we are to cooperate with God, manifesting a determination like that of Daniel to do the will of God, working in harmony with the divine Agent. Then we shall have rest in God. Teachers of the word of God are not to keep back any part of the counsel of God, lest the people shall be ignorant of their duty, and not understand what is the will of God concerning them, and stumble and fall into perdition. But while the teacher of truth should be faithful in presenting the gospel, let him never pour out a mass of matter which the people cannot comprehend because it is new to them and hard to understand. Take one point at a time, and make that one point plain, speaking slowly and in a distinct voice. Speak in such a way that the people shall see what is the relation of that one point to other truths of vital importance. Every man who becomes a teacher must also become a learner, and daily sit at the feet of Jesus. It is impossible for anyone to rightly divide the word of truth, unless he earnestly seeks wisdom from on high that he may understand what is taught in the Scriptures. The Holy Spirit must attend the word spoken to the heart. It will be difficult to create prejudice in the hearts of those who are seeking for truth as for hidden treasure, if the speaker will hide himself in Christ; for he will then reveal Christ, not himself.

    “And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers; for the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ; till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ.” But though God has set these different laborers in the church, there is to be no neglect on the part of one in the performance of duty. Let no one neglect to give faithful and plain instruction upon tithing. Let there be instruction as to giving to the Lord that which he claims as his own; for the commendation of the Lord will not rest upon a people who rob him in tithes and offerings. There will be need of often setting before the people their duty in this matter, that they may render unto God his own. Let the one who first presents the truth be faithful in presenting this duty, and let him also who follows up the interest, make plain the requirement of God on tithing, that the people may see that in all points the laborers are teaching the same truth, and are of one mind in urging them to yield obedience to all the requirements of God.

    But let laborers have discretion, and not give strong meat to those who are as babes, but feed them with the sincere milk of the word. In no case mingle your own spirit and ideas with the truth, and cover up the precepts of God by traditions or suppositions. Let the people have the truth as it is in Jesus, and do not mingle it with concoctions of your own devising, for your presentation of the truth will taste so strongly of self that it will disgust the hearers. Be able to say with Paul: “I have kept back nothing that was profitable unto you, but have showed you, and have taught you publicly, and from house to house, testifying both to the Jews, and to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.... I take you to record this day, that I am pure from the blood of all men. For I have not shunned to declare unto you all the counsel of God.” There is most earnest work to be done in order that you may so search the Scriptures that you may be able to declare unto those with whom you meet the whole counsel of God. ST December 25, 1893, par. 4
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    ... is only at the altar of God that we kindle the taper with holy ... the promises of GodThey pleadthe pledged word of Godsaying, “Thou hast said it. I take thee at thy word ...
    ... , who by faith stand upon the promises of GodThey plead the pledged word of Godsaying, “Thou hast said it. I will take Thee at Thy word ...
    ... is only at the altar of God that we kindle the taper with holy ... the promises of GodThey pleadthe pledged word of Godsaying, “Thou hast said it. I take Thee at Thy word ...

    We should not think that Christ’s need of prayer in His human life lessens His dignity as our Redeemer. He came to be our Example in all things. He identified Himself with our weakness that we might identify ourselves with His strength. He was tempted in all points like as we are, yet He did not yield in a single instance to the sins that were proving the ruin of the sons of men. Thru prayer and communion with God, we, like Him, are to come forth refreshed and strengthened for the battles of life. ST July 15, 1908, par. 8

    In the Saviour’s last recorded prayer for His disciples, we are given an inspiring view of the divine and human that combined in the nature of Christ. Behold the kneeling form in the shadow of Olivet! As a humble suppliant the Saviour pleads for strength for Himself and for His disciples in the coming struggle. With strong crying and tears He pleads in behalf of those whom He has called out from the world to give the message of salvation to men. “I have given them Thy word; and the world hath hated them,” He pleads. “I pray not that Thou shouldest take them out of the world, but that Thou shouldest keep them from the evil. They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them thru Thy truth: Thy word is truth.” “Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on Me thru their word.”

    “O righteous Father, the world hath not known Thee; but I have known Thee, and these have known that Thou hast sent Me. And I have declared unto them Thy name, and will declare it; that the love wherewith Thou hast loved Me may be in them, and I in them.”

    The Son of God, now at the Father’s right hand, still pleads as man’s intercessor. He still retains His human nature, is still the Saviour of mankind. We need to appreciate more than we do the precious privilege we have of presenting our petitions to Him as He presented His prayers to the Father. “I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.... If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?”

    It is only at the altar of God that we kindle the taper with holy fire. It is only the divine light that will reveal the littleness, the incompetence, of human ability, and give clear, distinct views of the perfection and purity of Jesus Christ. It is only as we behold Jesus that we desire to become like Him. Only as we view His righteousness do we hunger and thirst to possess it. Only as we ask in earnest prayer and with the humility and simplicity of a little child, can God grant us our heart’s desire. Such prayer is heard and answered. The Lord is more willing to give His Holy Spirit to those who earnestly desire it than earthly parents are to give good gifts to their children. Christ has promised the Holy Spirit to guide us into all truth and righteousness and holiness. The Spirit of God is not given by measure to those who earnestly seek for it, who by faith stand upon the promises of God. They plead the pledged word of God, saying, “Thou hast said it. I will take Thee at Thy word.”

    The Comforter is given that He may take of the things of Christ and show them unto us, that He may present in their rich assurance the words that fell from His lips, and convey them with living power to the soul who is obedient, who is emptied of self. It is then that the soul receives the image and superscription of the Divine. Then Christ is formed within, the hope of glory.


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