Faith

Elliot: Doubt and Faith 

By |June 26th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

“You must not dig up in doubt what you have planted in faith.” – Elisabeth Elliot

Zacharias: Prayer and Faith

Prayer teaches us faith. It is not a guarantor of getting what we want. It is the assurance that our Lord superintends over our lives in our needs and our dependencies, in our successes and accomplishments. Faith is that sublime hourly dependence on God—our conviction that even though we may not get what we want or think we need, we know and love the One who denies us in this instance for his good reason and for our ultimate good. – from Has Christianity Failed You?  by Ravi Zacharias 

Wiersbe: The Banner of Faith

By |February 13th, 2017|Devotional|0 Comments

Our faith is in Jesus Christ, and we should not be afraid to let people know about it. “We will rejoice in your salvation, and in the name of our God we will set up our banners!” (Ps 20.5). In other words, we do not hesitate to wave the banner of faith because He will not fail us.

God’s name is good. “The name of the God of Jacob defend you” (Ps 20.1). Take time to trust the Lord. Roll your burden on Him. Get your strength from Him. Wave your banner in the name of the Lord, and He will turn your burden into a blessing.

 Warren W. Wiersbe, Prayer, Praise & Promises: A Daily Walk through the Psalms, (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2011), 52.

Charles Spurgeon: Tried Faith

By |November 12th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

Faith untried may be true faith, but it is sure to be little faith, and it is likely to remain dwarfish so long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: tempests are her trainers, and lightnings are her illuminators.

Charles Spurgeon: The Life of Faith and the Walk of Faith

By |September 18th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

The two most important things in our holy religion are the life of faith and the walk of faith. He who shall rightly understand these is not far from being a master in experimental theology, for they are vital points to a Christian. You will never find true faith unattended by true godliness; on the other hand, you will never discover a truly holy life which has not for its root a living faith upon the righteousness of Christ.

Adrian Rogers: Faith vs Worry

By |September 17th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” – Philippians 4:6

Do you ever worry? Don’t look around and point your finger at someone else. Do you ever worry—even the least little bit? And yet the Bible so clearly tells us not to worry about anything but to pray about everything.

There are really only two classes of things for which we ought not to worry: those things we cannot do anything about and the things we can do something about. The best thing you can say about worry is that it is useless. The worst thing you can say about it is that it dishonors God.

Worry is the opposite of faith. Hebrews 11:6 says, “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.” – Love Worth Finding

Charles Spurgeon: Praying with Faith

God does not work in answer to prayerless faith. Some think it useless to pray because they feel sure of having the blessing. Putting aside prayer is dangerous business. If there is not the daily cry to God for blessing and for keeping and for sanctification, the mercy will not come. Healing does not come to a prayerless faith. God will only hear you when you pray. Faith must pour itself out in prayer before the blessing will be poured into the soul.

Adrian Rogers: Unbelief

By |June 23rd, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

Unbelief always withholds God’s blessings from us. When we say we believe but act as though God is not in the equation—we are practical atheists. “…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) – Love Worth Finding

C. H. Spurgeon, Unbelief

By |April 19th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“Strive with all diligence to keep out that monster unbelief. It so dishonours Christ, that he will withdraw his visible presence if we insult him by indulging it. It is true it is a weed, the seeds of which we an never entirely extract from the soil, but we must aim at its root with zeal and perseverance. Among hateful things it is the most to be abhorred. Its injurious nature is so venomous that he that exerciseth it and he upon whom it is exercised are both hurt thereby. In thy case, O believer! it is most wicked, for the mercies of thy Lord in the past, increase thy guilt in doubting him now. When thou dost distrust the Lord Jesus, he may well cry out, “Behold I am pressed under you, as a cart is pressed that is full of sheaves.” This is crowning his head with thorns of the sharpest kind. It is very cruel for a kind and faithful husband. The sin is needless, foolish, and unwarranted. Jesus has never given the slightest ground for suspicion, and it is hard to be doubted by those to whom our conduct is uniformly affectionate and true. Jesus is the Son of the Highest, and has unbounded wealth; it is shameful to doubt Omnipotence and distrust all-sufficiency…”

But I’ve Already Done That!

“When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “ Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”  But Simon answered and said to Him, “ Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking.1

We’ve already done everything humanly possible, but now as the Word of the Lord has commanded, we will do as You say.

Sometimes it seems that God asks of us that which we cannot do and which we’ve already exceeded all human possibilities. How could He ask us to do this one more thing? But like Simon Peter, we need to relent and say, ok Lord, I’ve already tried without success, but at your Word I will try yet again! That’s when the abundance came. When we’ve worked exceedingly hard and been faithful and yet give it another go, because God said to, then we recognize His divine hand working on our behalf when we bring in our nets full and overflowing. Maybe this is why God allows us to serve in what seems interminably fruitless situations, that we might recognize the exceeding abundance of His power when the nets overflow. When the rain finally comes after a long drought, when the fruit begins to grow again on what we thought were withered vines, when we begin catching more fish than we ever had before, we will like Peter, fall to our knees before the God of Gods who has done this great thing! We will realize our sinfulness of self sufficiency, pride and human wisdom and see that we can do nothing except by the hand of God and His Spirit which is working through us and using us to do His will as He deems best. May we like Peter have a heart that says, “nevertheless, at your Word, I will let down the net.”

  1. Luke 5:4-6 NKJV []

Charles Hummel: Waiting on God

By |March 18th, 2014|Devotional|0 Comments

“When we fail to wait prayerfully for God’s guidance and strength, we are saying, with our actions if not our lips, that we do not need Him….Prayerful waiting on God is indispensable to effective service. Like the time-out in a football game, it enables us to catch our breath and fix new strategy….The need is not the call. The call must come from the Lord, Who knows our limitations.”