Have faith in God, my heart, trust and be unafraid;
God will fulfil in every part each promise he has made.
God’s mercy holds a wiser plan than thou canst fully know.
Have faith in God, my soul, His cross for ever stands;
And neither life nor death can pluck His children from his hands.
Lord Jesus make me whole, grant me no resting place,
Until I rest, heart, mind and soul, the captive of thy grace.
Bryn Austin Rees (1911-1983)
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. Hebrews 11:1
Jesus wants us to have faith and trust in Him. We pray to God when we are in desperation to save us from our peril. We also pray to God in thanksgiving for what he’s given us or for things we have asked for and received. We have not seen Jesus face to face, yet we believe that He is God. “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 6:6
People are made of three parts, body, soul and spirit. In the Bible faith has three parts too.
1) Perception (The Mind). You cannot have saving faith when the mind embraces the contents of the gospel. We must accept the life, death and resurrection of Jesus as fact and then understand personally these events in our own lives.
2) Persuasion (The Emotions). People may be under persuasion at the time they receive knowledge of the gospel but don’t accept it. Faith is the real conviction based on the revelation of God. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God,” Romans 10:17
3) Volition (The Will). With this part your will responds with a personal commitment to and complete acceptance of Jesus Christ as the only hope for eternal salvation. Saving faith, then, consists of us embracing all of Christ with all our being.
It’s the spirit that carries our faith.
Christians should be windows in which people can see Christ, “by Grace through Faith“. Christians are saved by grace, which was given when Jesus died and shed His blood on the cross. Total Grace! “But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.” Ephesians 4:7
Man says, Show me and I’ll trust you. God says, Trust Me and I will show you.
God said: “And behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you, until I have done what I have spoken to you.” Genesis 28:15 Although God was speaking to Jacob in the days of the Old Testament, it must have given Jacob great comfort during his turbulent times, to know God was in control and would help him because of Jacob’s trust in God’s promises. As Hebrews 13:5-6 says, “Let your conduct be without covetousness, be content with such things as you have. For He Himself (Jesus) has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me.?”
It is now the 21st century and God’s love and promises have withstood the test of time, never changing. Grasp hold of His hand for the WILL OF GOD will never take you where the GRACE OF GOD will not protect you. “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven.” Ecclesiastes 3:1
God’s time is not our time. He is the only one who knows why and when things must happen. We have only to trust and have faith in Him to see us through. “I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.” Ecclesiastes 3:14
How long are you going to wait to trust the only one who will revolutionize your life? Jesus guarantees a special bonus offer of Eternal Life. It’s not rocket science…it’s as simple as bowing your head and offering a heartfelt prayer to Jesus. Faith is not believing God can, it’s knowing that He will. Faith and Trust go hand-in-hand.
Even when my faith is small, Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by,
Trusting him whate’er befall, Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Singing, if my way be clear, Praying, if the path be drear,
If in danger, for him call, Trusting Jesus, that is all.
Edgar Page Stites (1836-1921)