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Have Faith in God

“And Jesus answering saith unto
them-Have faith in God.” —Mark 11:22

This statement of the Lord Jesus
needs to be written upon all our hearts.

As we rise to face each new day, we
should “have faith in God.” As the day comes to a close and we review what we
have tried to do, again there should be that sense of committing everything to
God. Whether in sunshine or rain, it will help us to have these inspired words
before us: HAVE FAITH IN GOD.

Notice that Jesus did not say,
“Have faith.” All about us there are would-be advisors who tell troubled people
to have faith. The statement is incomplete unless it reads, “Have faith IN GOD.”

I trust that in this simple message
I can help you to lift up your eyes unto the Lord from whence cometh our help.

Illustration:

A traveler in southeastern France
was told if he would climb a certain hill, he could see the Alps several miles
away. He did, but could see nothing but the mists rising from the plains below.
Then someone said, “Look higher.” He did so, and towering within his delighted
vision were the snow-white peaks.

Let us, too, heed such a command
and look higher unto the hills and beyond for our help.

Faith is made up of belief and
trust. Many people believe God, but they do not trust themselves into His
keeping and care; consequently, they are filled with worry and fear.

Worry is nothing but practical
infidelity. The person who worries reveals his lack of trust in God and that he
is trusting too much in self.

Let us learn today that in all true
faith there is complete committal to God.

Illustration:

A party of visitors going through
the national mint was told by a workman in the smelting works that if the hand
were dipped in water, the ladle would pour its contents over the palm without
burning it. “Perhaps you would like to try it,” said the workman to a man
standing nearby.

The gentleman said, shrinking back,
“No, thank you. I prefer to take your word for it.”

Then turning to the man*s
wife, he said, “Perhaps, madam, you would like to make the experiment.”

“Certainly,” she replied. And
suiting the action to the word, she bared her arm, thrust her hand into a bucket
of water, and calmly held it out while the metal was poured over it.

Turning to the man, the workman
quietly said, “You, sir, believed, but your wife trusted.”

Now, let us
consider this text in the light of God*s past performances and His promises for
today and the future.

 

I. HE DID NOT
FAIL MEN IN OLDEN DAYS

Sacred history points out to us that no man who had
faith in God was ever disappointed.

Turn to Hebrews 11—the great faith chapter. That~
word “faith” occurs some twenty-five times in this chapter alone. Some seventeen
people are mentioned as examples of what faith in God accomplished. I wish that
we had time to consider every one of these names in God*s
‘Hall of Fame.**

In Abel, we have the worship of faith.

In Enoch, the walk of faith.

In Noah, the witness of faith.

In Abraham, the wandering of faith.

In Sarah, the waiting of faith.

In Moses, the work of faith.

In verse 32, we have the success of faith as
exemplified in Gideon*s
life. The song of faith given us by Barak, the supplications of faith by David,
the sweet singer of Israel, and the singleness of faith as made known in Samuel.

Through flood and fire, stones and swords,
destitution and death, affliction and torment, God delivered His people.

I like to read about Elijah and his faith.
First, God answered his prayer and brought fire from Heaven, consuming an altar
of wood, stone, sacrifice and water, then answered his faith by sending a
downpour of rain upon a parched and destitute country.

What a joy to read about Daniel, a young man
whose faith towered above all others, just as Mt. Everest towers above all other
mountains in the world. Nothing was able to daunt the faith of Daniel. The
threatening of an enemy could not shake him; the prospect of the lion*s
den did not move him from his course. Daniel had faith in God. Sacred history
records that God did not fail him.

Nothing but encouragement can come to us as we
dwell upon the faithful dealing of our Heavenly Father in centuries gone by. Faith in God has not saved people from hardships and trials, but it has enabled
them to bear tribulations courageously and to emerge victoriously.

Foxe’s Book of Martyrs tell us that men and women with faith in God faced every conceivable torment
and death without faltering. In the early centuries when persecution was meted
out without mercy, men were known to sing and smile as the fires consumed their
bodies.

Doesn’tyour very heart burn to have such faith in God as the spiritual giants of the
olden days had?

 

II. HE IS ABLE TO WORK MIRACLES
TODAY

Let us read the verses which follow our text:

“Have faith in God,

“For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall
say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and
shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith
shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith

“Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye
desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.
“— Mark 11:22-24.

These words are shocking to our modern,
materialistic minds; but Jesus said what He meant and meant what He said.
Nowhere in this Bible do we find a statement canceling this prayer promise. 
On the other hand, the Bible is full of promises supporting this statement by
Jesus.

Note:

When George Mueller began his mighty work of
prayer, he based his faith upon this promise. At first he prayed, then waited
for God*s
answer, then gave thanks. But as he read and re-read these words, “What things
soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have
them,” he began thanking God for His answer even at the time the request was
made.
If we pray in faith believing, this is as it should be.

It gives me unusual joy to shout out these words,
“God answers prayer!”

This is a faithless old world. Men and women are
hardheaded, pleasure-mad, money crazy. They write up their successes and say,
“The power and might of my hand have done these things.” God has been ruled out;
consequently, the thrill and romance of true living are gone for most people.

If you are a child of God, know that every promise
in the Bible is yours. The Bible is a gold mine, waiting for someone to take out
its riches.

Most of us are too much like the woman who received
a letter, but in her distress, went to a friend to try to secure some money
before opening it. The friend said, “Why, I sent you money yesterday!” “Dear,
dear,” replied the poor soul, “that must be the letter I put behind the looking
glass.”

There are people putting God*s
letter to mankind in some hiding place and failing to make use of the promises
meant for them.

What is your need? Take it to the Lord in prayer.

 

III. HE WILL TAKE CARE OF THE FUTURE

A Salvation Army girl said, “I don*t
know what*s in the future, but I
know the Lord is, and I know I am in Him.”

It is true that most of our worries are about
things that never happen. We anticipate trouble. We cross bridges before we get
to them. We spend sleepless nights thinking about things which will likely never
come to pass. People become chronic worriers. Even Christians worry until it
becomes a habit.

Someone said, “Worry is the interest we pay on
trouble before it is due.

Are you worried about the future? Then
listen to these Scriptures.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him;
and he shall bring it to pass.
“—Ps. 37:5.

Are you a Christian, yet worry about provisions
for the future
? Then hear these words of the psalmist:

“I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not
seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread.
“—Ps. 37:25.

Jesus said,

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your
life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye
shall put on. Is not life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

“Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not,
neither do they reap, not gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth
them. Are ye not much better than they?”—Matt.
6:25,26.

Paul says to us,

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by
prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto
God.

“And the peace of God, which passeth all
understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
. . . But my

God shall supply all your need according to his
riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
“—Phil.
4:6,7,19.

Another kind of faith that I want to tell you about
today is saving faith. Without this saving faith, man looks into the future and
cries, “Where will I spend eternity?” Without saving faith, all that I have said
this evening avails nothing.

What is this faith that is the foundation of time
and eternity? It is faith in Christ, God*s
Son. Phillips Brooks*definition
of faith has been helpful to many people: F-A-I-T-H means Forsaking All, I Take
Him.

Yes, to be saved there must be an acceptance of
Jesus and a committing of oneself to Him. This done, salvation is sure and
eternity is settled. We can then say with the Apostle Paul, “I know whom I have
believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day.”

The blessed thing about this salvation is that we
can have it at the very moment we receive the Lord Jesus. After possessing it,
fear of a dark future is taken away and peace comes in.

Illustration:

When Cannon Wilberforce was in this country, he
told how a miner, having heard the Gospel, determined that if it promised his
immediate salvation, he would not leave the presence of the preacher until he
was in possession of that salvation.

After the meeting was over, he addressed the
minister in his rude speech, “Didn’t ye say I could have the blessing now?”

“Yes, my friend,” answered the preacher.

“Then pray with me now, for I*m
not going away without it.”

And they did pray, both the minister and the man.
Waiting before God until the miner heard silent words from the still small voice
of the Spirit and knew that he was saved. Then he started up, saying, “I have
got it now!” His face was all aglow as he repeated, “I have got it now!”

The next day a terrible accident occurred in the
mines. When the preacher reached the scene, the dead and dying were on every
side. Searching among them, he came upon this big, brawny fellow whom he had
seen the night before. He was dying, also. But when he recognized the minister,
his eyes flashed with their new light as he said, “Oh, I don*t
mind to die, for I have got it! I have got it! It is mine!”

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