THE LIFE OF FAITH

Hebrews 11:1-8

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would afterward receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. Hebrews 11:8

When the foundation of all that you believe is firmly grounded in Christ, your faith will hold no matter what the trial. Oswald Chambers writes about faith:

In the Old Testament, personal relationship with God showed itself in separation, and this is symbolized in the life of Abraham by his separation from his country and from his kith and kin. Today the separation is more of a mental and moral separation. . .

Faith never knows where it is being led, but it loves and knows the One who is doing the leading. It is a life of faith, not of intellect and reason, but a life of knowing who makes us go. The root of faith is the knowledge of a Person, and one of the biggest snares is the idea that God is sure to lead us to success.

The final stage in the life of faith is attainment of character. There are many passing transfigurations of character; when we pray we feel the blessing of God enwrapping us and for the time being we are changed, then we go back to the ordinary days and ways and the glory vanishes.

The life of faith is not of mounting up with wings, but a life of walking and not fainting. It is not a question of sanctification; but of something infinitely further on than sanctification, of faith that has been tried and proved and has stood the test.

Abraham believed God. Can you say the same about yourself?

Lord, let me stand the test. I want a faith that will enable me to walk and not faint in the midst of adversities.

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