Sunday, March 27, 2011

The Fruit of the Holy Spirit: Faith

I think one of the most important things we need in our daily walk is faith. We need to have faith in God; faith that His Word is true; faith that He will do what He says He will.

The just shall live by his faith. Habakkuk 2:4

On one occasion, when meditating concerning the future, he [Habakkuk] said, “I will stand upon my watch, and set me upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say unto me.” Graciously the Lord answered him: “Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.... The just shall live by his faith.”

The faith that strengthened Habakkuk and all the holy and the just in those days of deep trial was the same faith that sustains God’s people today. In the darkest hours, under circumstances the most forbidding, the Christian believer may keep his soul stayed upon the source of all light and power. Day by day, through faith in God, his hope and courage may be renewed. “The just shall live by his faith.” In the service of God there need be no despondency, no wavering, no fear. The Lord will more than fulfill the highest expectations of those who put their trust in Him. He will give them the wisdom their varied necessities demand....

We must cherish and cultivate the faith of which prophets and apostles have testified—the faith that lays hold on the promises of God and waits for deliverance in His appointed time and way. The sure word of prophecy will meet its final fulfillment in the glorious Advent of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, as King of kings and Lord of lords. The time of waiting may seem long, the soul may be oppressed by discouraging circumstances, many in whom confidence has been placed may fall by the way; but with the prophet who endeavored to encourage Judah in a time of unparalleled apostasy, let us confidently declare, “The Lord is in His holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before Him.” Let us ever hold in remembrance the cheering message, “The vision is yet for an appointed time ... : though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.... The just shall live by his faith.“ My Life Today, p. 55, by Mrs. E. G. White.

I know it is sometimes hard to have faith that God will show us what He wants us to do, where He wants us to go, when He wants us to do something, but we are told: The just shall live by his faith. May your faith be strengthened today.

This article was submitted to The Christian Home blog magazine.

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you for this post. I've been working with the Lord in strengthening my faith and this has helped my journey. I'm strolling through on the Blog Walk and now I'm a follower. I'm so glad I came by as this has brightened my day!
    God Bless,


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