PUTTING ON THE WHOLE ARMOR OF GOD #4
“ABOVE ALL, TAKING THE SHIELD OF FAITH, WHEREWITH YOU SHALL BE ABLE TO QUENCH ALL THE FIERY DARTS OF THE WICKED” [EPH. 6:16].
THE SUBJECT OF “FAITH” IS ALSO A HUGE BIBLICAL STUDY.
FAITH = TRUST
TRUST = FAITH
I WILL HIT SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS; FROM THE KJV BIBLE:
Psa. 5:11. Let all those that put their trust in thee rejoice: let them ever shout for joy, because thou defendest them.
Psa. 7:1. O Lord my God, in thee do I put my trust: save me from all them that persecute me, and deliver me.
Psa. 9:9. The Lord also will be a refuge for the oppressed, a refuge in times of trouble. 10. And they that know thy name will put their trust in thee: for thou, Lord, hast not forsaken them that seek thee.
Psa. 18:30. He is a buckler [shield] to all those that trust in him.
Psa. 34:8. O taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed is the man that trusteth in him. 22. The Lord redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall be desolate, vs. 1-8; Psa. 2:12.
Psa. 64:10. The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him.
Psa. 78:7. That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments: vs. 5-7.
Psa. 84:5. Blessed is the man whose strength is in thee; 12. O Lord of hosts, blessed is the man that trusteth in thee.
Psa. 118:8. It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man. 9. It is btter to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in princes.
Psa. 125:1. They that trust in the Lord shall he as mount Zion, which cannot be removed, but abideth for ever.
Prov. 3:5. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own under' standing.
Prov. 14-26. In the fear of the Lord is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
Prov. 29:25. Whoso putteth his trust in the Lord shall be safe.
Prov. 30:5. He is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.
Isa. 26:3. Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.
Isa. 57:13. He that putteth his trust in me shall possess the land, and shall inherit my holy mountain.
Jer. 17:7. Blessed is the man that trusteth in the Lord, and whose hope the Lord is. 8. For he shall be as a tree planted by the waters, and that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green.
Nah. 1:7. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and he knoweth them that trust in him.
Matt. 922. But Jesus turned him about, and when he saw her he said. Daughter; be of good comfort; thy faith hath made thee whole. And the woman was made whole from that hour.
Matt. 2121. Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye, have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done. 22. And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.
Mark 9:23. Jesus said unto him, If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth. 24. And straightway the father of the child cried out, and said with tears. Lord, I believe; help thou mine unbelief.
|Luke 7:50. And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Luke 8:48. And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole: go in peace. 49. While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue's house, saying to him. Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master. 50. But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying. Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole.
Luke 18:8. When the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
[IT IS SO IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOD’S FAITH IN YOU (SEE GAL. 2:20) THAT IN A DEEPENING ATHEISTIC AND SECULAR WESTERN WORLD, TRUE FAITH TO LIVE BY EVERY WORD OF GOD, IS HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND - Keith Hunt]
John 11:25. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.
Acts 13:48. As many as were ordained to eternal life believed.
Acts 26:18. That they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
Rom. 1:16. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. 17. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written. The just shall live by faith.
[WE HAVE FAITH IN THE PROMISES OF GOD; AND THEN WE RECEIVE FAITH——GAL.2:20 - Keith Hunt]
Rom. 4:1. What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found? 2. For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory: but not before God. 3. For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. 4. Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. 5. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. 6. Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, 7. Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. 8. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin. 9. Cometh this blessedness then upon the circumcision only, or upon the uncircumcision also? For we say that faith was reckoned to Abraham for righteousness. 10. How was it then reckoned? When he was in circumcision, or in uncircumcision? Not in circumcision, but in uncirciuncision. 11. And he received the sign of circumcision, a seal of the righteousness of the faith which he hud yet being un-circumcised: that he might be the father of all them that believe, though they be not circumcised; that righteousness might be imputed unto them also: 12. And the father of circumcision to them who are not of the circumcision only, but who also walk in the steps of that faith of our father Abraham, which he had being yet uncircumcised. 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. 14. For if they which are of the law be heirs, faith is made void, and the promise made of none effect: 15. Because the law worketh wrath: for where no law is, there is no transgression. 16. Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17. (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations.) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth [makes alive] the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18. 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. 19. 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. 20. He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21. And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23. Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24. But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25. Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification.
[YES WE EXERCISE FAITH IN THE PROMISES OF GOD; KNOWING AMASSING “WORKS” DOES NOT SAVE US; BUT FAITH IN THE PROMISE OF GOD THAT A SAVIOR WOULD COME TO TAKE OUR SINS UPON HIMSELF, WHO DID NO SIN; THAT WE MIGHT BE JUSTIFIED (MADE SINLESS- RIGHTEOUS) TO GOD THE FATHER - Keith Hunt]
Rom. 5:1. Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Rom. 10: 8. But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9. That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
1 Cor. 2:5. Your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.
Cor. 1:24. Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of your joy: for by faith ye stand.
Gal. 3:1. O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you? 2. This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? 3. Are ye so foolish having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh? 6. Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness. 7. Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 8. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying. In thee shall all nations be blessed. 9. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10. For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them. 11. But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. 12. And the law is not of faith: but, the man that doeth them shall live in them. 13. Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law; being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14. That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15. Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it he but a man's covenant, yet if it he confirmed, no man disannulled, or addeth thereto. 16. Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not. And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17. And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18. For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise. 19. Wherefore then serveth the law [the old covenant]? It was added [to magnify sin] because of transgressions, till the seed should come to whom the promise was made; and it was ordained by angels in the hand of a mediator. 20. Now a mediator is not a mediator of one, but God is one. 21. Is the law then against the promises of God? God forbid: for if there had been a law given which could have given life, verily righteousness should have been by the law. 22. But the scripture hath concluded all under sin, that the promise by faith of Jesus Christ might be given to them that believe. 23. But before faith came, we were kept under the law, shut up unto the faith which should afterwards be revealed. 24. Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster [custodian to bring us to the real schoolmaster] to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith. 25. But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster [custodian]. 26. For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. 27. For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 29. And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise.
[THE GOSPEL, GOOD NEWS WAS ALWAYS KNOW BY GOD’S PEOPLE; TO BE FORGIVEN, CLEANSED OF SIN, WAS GOING TO BE THROUGH THE ONE SEED OF ABRAHAM - THE MESSIAH GOD, THE IMMANUEL (GOD WITH US), GOD IN THE FLESH; WHO WOULD COME AND NOT SIN, TAKE THE SINS OF ALL MANKIND ON HIMSELF IN HIS DEATH OF SHEDDING HIS BLOOD ON THE CROSS OF CALVARY. THROUGH FAITH IN THAT PROMISE WE ARE MADE RIGHTEOUS - JUSTIFIED TO THE FATHER. WE EXERCISE FAITH AND WE HAVE FAITH IN US TO LIVE THE VICTORIOUS CHRISTIAN LIFE - GAL. 2:20 - Keith Hunt]
Gal. 5:22. But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith.
Eph. 2:8. By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God.
Eph. 6:16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
Col. 2:12. Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God. who hath raised him from the dead.
Thess. 5:8. Putting on the breastplate of faith and love.
1 Tim. 1:19. Holding faith, and a good conscience; which some having put away concerning faith have made shipwreck.
1 Tim. 4:10. For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe.
Tim. 6:11. Follow after righteousness, godliness, faith ... 12. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
Tim. 4:7. I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8. Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day : and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.
Heb. 10:38. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. 39. But we are not of them who drawback unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.
Heb. 11:1. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2. For by it the elders obtained a good report. 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. 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 re warder of them that diligently Seek him.
Heb. 13:5. He hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. 6. So that we may boldly say. The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
Jas. 2:1. My brethren, have not the faith of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord of glory, with respect of persons. 2. For if there come unto your assembly a man with a gold ring, in goodly apparel, and there come in also a poor man in vile raiment. 3. And ye have respect to him that weareth the gay clothing, and say unto him. Sit thou here in a good place; and say to the poor, Stand thou there, or sit here under my footstool. 4. Are ye not then partial in yourselves, and are become judges of evil thoughts? 5. Hearken, my beloved brethren, hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him? 6. But ye have despised the poor. Do not rich men oppress you, and draw you before the judgment seats? 7. Do not they blaspheme that worthy name by the which ye are called? 8. If ye fulfil the royal law according to the scripture, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself, ye do well. 9. But if ye have respect to persons, ye commit sin, and are convinced of the law as transgressors. 10. For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. 11. For he that said, Do not commit adultery, said also. Do not kill. Now if thou commit no adultery, yet if thou kill, thou art become a transgressor of the law. 12. So speak ye, and so do as they that shall be judged by the law of liberty. 13. For he shall have judgment without mercy, that hath shewed no mercy; and mercy rejoiceth against judgment. 14. What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works! can faith save him? 15. If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, 16. And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? 17. Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. 18. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. 19. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. 20. But wilt thou know,0 vain man, that faith without works is dead ? 21. Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar ? 22. Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? 23. 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. 24. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. 25. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? 26. For as the body with out the spirit [breath, wind] is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
I Pet. 1:5. Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. 7. The trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: 9. Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. 21. Who by him do believe in God, that raised him up from the dead, and gave him glory; that your faith and hope might be in God.
1 John 5:4. Whatsoever is born [begotten] of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.
IT TAKES THE SHIELD OF FAITH TO LIVE THE CHRISTIAN LIFE; TO LIVE BY EVERY WORD OF GOD DOES INDEED TAKE FAITH. THE EVILS OF THE WORLD, THE DECEPTIONS OF THE DEVIL, ARE CONTINUALLY OUT THERE. WE MUST TRUST IN GOD, HAVE FAITH IN GOD, TO FIGHT THE GOOD FIGHT, TO FACE ALL THAT CAN BE THROWN AT US, THAT CAN KILL US SPIRITUALLY, TAKES FAITH. HAVING CHRIST IN US GIVES US CHRIST’S FAITH [GAL. 2:20]. SO HAVING THE SHIELD OF FAITH WE DEFEND OURSELVES FROM ALL THE DARTS, THE ARROWS, OF UNRIGHTEOUSNESS THAT CAN BE USED AGAINST US; WE MARCH FORWARD INTO BATTLE WITH THAT HUGE SHIELD OF FAITH BEFORE US.
Faith like Job's cannot be shaken because it is the result of having been shaken.
Abraham Heschel (Certainty, Difficulty)
Hope is hearing the melody of the future. Faith is to dance
Rubem Ajves (Hope, Future)
I prayed for faith, and thought that some day faith would come down and strike me like lightning. But faith did not seem to come. One day I read in the tenth chapter of Romans, "Now faith cometh by hearing the Word of God." I had closed my Bible, and prayed for faith.
I now opened my Bible, and began to study, and faith has been growing ever since.
D. L. Moody (Bible, Study)
Faith is to believe what we do not see, and the reward of this faith is to see what we believe.
Augustine (Vision, Belief)
William Plummer and Bonnie Bell wrote in People magazine:
The Northwestern University Wildcats shocked the world of college football in 1995 by making it to the Rose Bowl Tournament. The man behind the team's turnaround was coach Gary Barnett. . . . [Barnett] was determined to prove that kids at the Big Ten's smallest and most academically demanding school could play football. He ordered a Tournament of Roses flag for the football building and kept a silk rose on his desk to remind everyone where they were headed.
"At the first meeting," says kicker Sam Valenzisi, "he told us we needed belief without evidence. He asked, 'Do you know what that is? That's faith.'"
Sherman L. Burford (Achievement, Belief)
Ben Patterson, in Waiting, writes: In 1988, three friends and I climbed Mount Lyell, the highest peak in Yosemite National Park. Our base camp was less than 2,000 feet from the peak, but the climb to the top and back was to take the better part of a day, due in large part to the difficulty of the glacier we had to cross to get to the top. The morning of the climb we started out chattering and cracking jokes.
As the hours passed, the two more experienced mountaineers opened up a wide gap between me and my less-experienced companion. Being competitive by nature, I began to look for shortcuts to beat them to the top. I thought I saw one to the right of an outcropping of rock—so I went, deaf to the protests of my companion.
Perhaps it was the effect of the high altitude, but the significance of the two experienced climbers not choosing this path did not register in my consciousness. It should have, for thirty minutes later I was trapped in a cul-de-sac of rock atop the Lyell Glacier, looking down several hundred feet of a sheer slope of ice, pitched at about a forty-five degree angle. ... I was only about ten feet from the safety of a rock, but one little slip and I wouldn't stop sliding until I landed in the valley floor some fifty miles away! It was nearly noon, and the warm sun had the glacier glistening with slippery ice. I was stuck, and I was scared.
It took an hour for my experienced climbing friends to find me. Standing on the rock I wanted to reach, one of them leaned out and used an ice ax to chip two little footsteps in the glacier. Then he gave me the following instructions: "Ben, you must step out from where you are and put your foot where the first foothold is. When your foot touches it, without a moment's hesitation swing your other foot across and land it on the next step. When you do that, reach out and I will take your hand and pull you to safety."
That sounded real good to me. It was the next thing he said that made me more frightened than ever. "But listen carefully: As you step across, do not lean into the mountain! If anything, lean out a bit. Otherwise, your feet may fly out from under you, and you will start sliding down."
I don't like precipices. When I am on the edge of a cliff, my instincts are to lie down and hug the mountain, to become one with it, not to lean away from it! But that was what my good friend was telling me to do. For a moment, based solely on what I believed to be the good will and good sense of my friend, I decided to say no to what I felt, to stifle my impulse to cling to the security of the mountain, to lean out, step out, and traverse the ice to safety. It took less than two seconds to find out if my faith was well-founded.
To save us, God often tells us to do things that are the opposite of our natural inclination. Is God loving and faithful? Can we trust him?
He is. We can.
The mighty Niagara River plummets some 180 feet at the American and Horseshoe Falls. Before the falls, there are violent, turbulent rapids. Farther upstream, however, where the river's current flows more gently, boats are able to navigate. Just before the Welland River empties into the Niagara, a pedestrian walkway spans the river. Posted on this bridge’s pylons is a warning sign for all boaters: “do you have an anchor?” followed by, “do you know how to use it?”
Faith, like an anchor, is something we need to have and use to avoid spiritual cataclysm.
Paul Adams (Crisis, Preparation)
We were driving through Pennsylvania Dutch Country with my daughter and her seven-year-old son. We passed an Amish horse and buggy, and my grandson's curiosity was stirred.
"Why do they use horses instead of automobiles?" My daughter explained that the Amish didn't believe in automobiles.
After a few moments, he asked: "But can't they see them?"
Harold F. Bermel (Belief, Trust)
Faith is the Samsonian lock of the Christian; cut it off, and you may put out his eyes— and he can do nothing.
—Charles Haddon Spurgeon
Not a great faith we need, but faith in a great God.
Little faith will bring your soul to heaven, but great faith will bring heaven to your soul.
Biblical Definitions of Faith
Believing there will be a fulfillment of those things that are told us by the Lord—Luke 1:45
Beheving that it will be just as was told us—Acts 27:25
Not wavering at the promise of God, but being fully convinced that what He has promised He is able to perform—Romans 4:20-21
Judging Him faithful who has promised—Hebrews 11:11
The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen—Hebrews 11:1
An Old Story
One of our oldest sermon illustrations still provides a powerful illustration of the personal nature of faith. A far-famed tightrope walker came to Niagara Falls and stretched his rope across the thunderous currents from Canada to the United States. Before the breathless multitudes, he walked, then ran, across the falls. He did the same blindfolded, with drums rolling. Then, still blindfolded, he pushed a wheelbarrow across the falls.
The crowds went wild, and the aerialist shouted to them, "Who believes I can push a man in this wheelbarrow across these falls?"
A gentleman in the front waved his hands, shouting, "I do! I believe!"
"Then," said the walker, "come and get in the wheelbarrow."
To no surprise, the man's intellectual assent failed to translate into personal belief.
A man slipped and fell off a cliff while hiking on a mountaintop. Luckily he was able to grab a branch on his way down. Holding on for dear life, he looked down only to see a rock valley some fifteen hundred feet below. When he looked up it was twenty feet to the cliff where he had fallen.
Panicked, he yelled, "Help! Help! Is anybody there? Help!"
A booming voice spoke up. "I am here, and I will save you if you believe in me."
"I believe! I believe!" yelled back the man.
"If you believe me, let go of the branch and then I will save you."
The young man, hearing what the voice said, looked down again. Seeing the rock valley below, he quickly looked back up and shouted, "Is there anybody else up there!"
Someone Once Said ...
Faithfulness to principle is only proved by faithfulness in detail.
—Frances Ridley Havergal
My dear Senator, I am not called to be successful, but faithful.
—Mother Teresa, to Senator Mark Hatfield who, while touring her work in Calcutta, asked, "How can you bear the load without being crushed by it?"
Old Faithful is not the largest geyser in Yellowstone National Park, nor does it reach the greatest height. But it is by far the most popular one. Why? It is regular and dependable, hence its name, "Old Faithful."
Kenneth Blanchard and Robert Lorber, Putting the One Minute Manager to Work (New York: Berkley Books, 1985),
FAITHFULNESS A Poem by John Oxenham
Is your place a small place?
Tend it with care!—
He set you there.
Is your place a large place?
Guard it with care!—
He set you there.
Whate'er your place, it is
Not yours alone, but His
Who set you there.
Vance Havner on Faithfulness
God is faithful, and He expects His people to be faithful. God's Word speaks of faithful servants, faithful in a few things, faithful in the least, faithful in the Lord, faithful ministers. And all points up that day when He will say, "Well done, thou good and faithful servant."
True faith shows up in faithfulness. Not everyone one can sing or preach, but all can be faithful.
The Influence of a Very Average Life
Two frogs fell into a tub of cream. The one looked at the high sides of the tub which were too difficult to crawl over and said, "It is hopeless." So he resigned himself to death, relaxed, and sank to the bottom. The other one determined to keep swimming as long as he could. "Something might happen," he said. And it did. He churned the cream into solid butter and jumped out.
Frances Ridley Havergal, Kept for the Master's Use (Philadelphia: The Rogers Company, n.d.)
THE SHIELD OF FAITH IS ONLY GOOD IF YOU PICK IT UP AND USE IT, LEFT ON THE GROUND IT IS USELESS - Keith Hunt