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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Friday, September 29, 2006

My Final Word on Faith

Faith does not reason, it acts from its own point of view, and leaves the result to God.
This is the sum total of faith. All thought is given to the goodness and mercy and love of God, who in His sovereignty supplies the objects of faith, and governs the heart with a view to those objects. In Hebrews 11:1 we find the only attempted definition of faith given in the Bible. It states what is the nature of true faith, 'Now faith is the substance of things hoped for...' it is the ground or confidence (basis, foundation, support, reality, substance, existence) which imparts reality to the heart and mind. Faith enables action based on that reality which the heart and mind have acquired as a possession of right by the unfailing faithfulness of belief in God who does not change and who when He can swear by none other swears by His own name. The substance is real, not fained hope, it is founded on the infallible Word of God. The motives and affections which govern faith are given by God, and are given by Him in order to form and govern the heart. Faith gives all the force of reality to that which is believed. Faith has substance.
Faith 'is the evidence' (conviction. proof, proof which convicts) and adds to the previous thought of assurance a suggestion of influences operating to produce conviction which carry the force of demonstration. This means that in the working of God in my life, I see a transformation taking place in my inner life, a more deliberate functioning of my heart, a deepening of self-possession,
a confidence in the immutable God, a trusting in the daily circumstances of life to mold and change my character, and a desire to live more fully in the Spirit. This is the proof or demonstration, from where I was to where I am, with firm persuasion of where God is taking me.
In reality, I cannot answer the question of faith and mountain-moving prayer, even in all this discussion it is unresolved. In Exodus 4:31 it says,' and the people believed.... and He (God) looked upon their affliction, then they bowed their heads and worshipped'. God sees, God knows, God understands, God grieves, God loves, God....

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