From Faith to Faith

In Romans 1: 17 we read, "For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith." In 1 John 5: 4 it is written, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

EVEN OUR FAITH !

The Christian walk is a FAITH walk; a life of faith in God's Word. To listen to the usual conversation of many Christians today you would never realize that the Bible says, "The just shall live by faith." There is so much talk of fears, sicknesses, unbelief, failure and lack. 
In times past this was just the position in our family. It was so natural for us to think fear, failure and lack; it was natural for us to talk and to act negatively. It was natural for us even to pray negatively. In those days I cannot remember hearing one faith sermon preached from the pulpit in the church we attended. We heard plenty of what we lacked. It did not seem strange. It was natural enough, everyone spoke that language and like poor old Job, that which we feared continually came upon us. We were quite unconscious of our negative approach, as it seemed that everyone looked at life the same way.

But the day did come when we heard our first faith "sermon." It was during our private devotions and the preacher was the Holy Spirit himself; the message was God's Word. Later a booklet was placed in our hands confirming all that had been revealed to us. This booklet was about FAITH thinking and FAITH talking. It told of faith's praises, faith's actions - faith, faith, faith!

It brought about a revolution in our lives. So great was the change that people have since said to us, "We can't believe you are the same people."

All of us need to take stock of our approach to things. Are we facing life in fear or faith? Does the Bible say, "The just shall live by fear" or "The just shall live by faith"?
Does failure continue to rule our lives or does I John 5: 4 rule? ..... "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith."

What do we mean by faith? Faith in ourselves? It is helpful to exercise some faith in ourselves but this has definite limitations. Add to this faith in God's Word and then there are no limitations.

Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. After Peter had healed the cripple at the gate called Beautiful (Acts 3: 16), he said, "And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

I thank God for his wonderful messages of faith to us. Let me mention a few instances of God's provision in our life as we exercised faith. I will not go into too many details.

Once we felt certain that God wanted us to go with the Gospel message to a certain town some distance away. Although we did not have the fare, we went to the station to wait for the train. Not long before the train was due to pull out, God miraculously produced the fare. It was given to us right there on the platform by someone whom the Lord had moved to give to us. We were able to make our journey by faith in God's Word.

Another time we had no food for our family and no money to buy any. We praised God together for our dinner, knowing that he would provide. By the time we finished thanking the Lord, the money had been provided and we were able to have our dinner through faith in God's Word.

When my husband and I were on an evangelistic trip in New Zealand once, circumstances forced him to leave me in one place with only 10/- (or $1) to my name. By the time I was ready to come home God had provided my fare. By faith in God's Word I had not had to tell a soul of my need.

Then there was the time when by faith I rose up from my death bed and walked; 1 was desperately ill and my lungs were bleeding. So were my kidneys. I confessed "By his stripes I am healed" and God met me in my great need and healed me.

Another time there was a severe drought where we were living and our meagre supply of tank water was almost gone. We decided to praise God by faith for a tank full of water. Within 38 hours God had opened the windows of heaven and filled our tank! After that the rain ceased and there was no more rain for weeks.

In the early days of our marriage we owned a citrus farm and a little home. We felt the call of God, to move out for him in evangelistic work. To do this we first had to give up all our possessions, including the home and farm and move out, trusting God. It was wonderful to see how the Lord supplied all our needs and gave back to us "full measure, pressed down and running over."

By faith we once held a campaign without a penny in our pockets or any church to stand by us. And God supplied not only the money for the campaign before we started, but also, miraculously, the congregation! Souls were saved and miracles were performed in the presence of us all.

Many other wonderful accounts could be given of God's provision in response to faith but remember, all this was not our doing, but God's. As Peter said in Acts 3: 12 to the marvelling crowd who saw the healing of the cripple, "Why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?" It is "the faith which is by him" (v. 16) which made all these things possible.

May God bring forth his faith in your life as you read these messages and meditate on his Word!

Helen Beard

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