“He who believes in me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water” (John 7:38).
One who believes God is called a believer. If not he is called a disbeliever. If you keep on asking “God, I believe you, let my belief be strengthened further” the belief which is one of the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22) will be seen in you always.
“But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him” (Hebrews 11:6).
The 11th Chapter of the book of Hebrews lists out the warriors of faith pertained to the Old Testament. Abel, the first saint found out which sacrifice will please God by his faith.
He prophesied that Jesus Christ will be sacrificing Himself like a lamb. He also had strong faith that Jesus Christ will be the Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world. Thus he was able to bring sacrifices which were pleasing to God.
Enoch dwelled with God like a friend and had walks of faith with Him. He was the forerunner of saints who had been taken by God without experiencing death.
A life with faith is not a comfortable one and it cannot have lame excuses. It is the path of stones and thorns and it will be with ups and downs also. In spite of such conditions, the forefather Abraham travelled towards Canaan which he had not seen thus far, holding the hand of God. He was called “The father of the faithful.”
Martin Luther was a Catholic father previously. When he found the Catholic policies were against the Scripture, he not only protested but also began a movement by name ‘Protestant.’ What was the word of faith given by God to him? It is “The just shall live by faith.”
Dear children of God, rely on God by faith. Announce concretely, “I know whom I have believed and am persuaded that He is able to keep what I have committed to Him until that day” (II Timothy 1:12). Yes, if you have faith in Him, He will protect you from stumbling and present you faultless before the presence of His glory.
Solomon began his life with faith. He constructed a glorious church for God. But he did not protect his faith to the end. Dear children of God, if the river of faith runs in you, your end will be joyful.
To meditate: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony” (Hebrews 11:1, 2)