FAITH - a gift
I am writing a very personal email today that relates to “faith”. The Lord has seen fit to take me through some testing times, mainly regarding my health, but which has a direct impact on this ministry. Conditions have developed that prevent me from traveling long distances, such as flights overseas. Initially, I was very discouraged. Through the help of my faithful wife, much prayer, and unexpected opportunities to serve the Lord locally, I am seeing these events in a totally different light.
Exercising faith is not getting from God what we want. Faith begins with the Person we cannot see, because “the Scripture imprisoned everything under sin, so that the promise by faith in Jesus Christ might be given to those who believe.” (Galatians 3:22). We have faith because of what the Word of God says about Christ and what the Holy Spirit confirms with our spirit is true (Romans 8:16). Paul also describes how we get faith, first as a gift (Ephesians 2:8), and then “faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17).
Therefore, in my doubts, I run to the Word of God to strengthen the faith I have and renew my confidence in the Person, Jesus Christ my hope and trust. Because my faith is in a Person who cannot fail, and whose will is perfect, I find added strength of mind and soul, rest of spirit, and renewed hope that my life will be used in His way for the glory of God.
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