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Faith Grows Strong With Exercise

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Faith is idle when circumstances are right, only when they are adverse is one’s faith in God exercised. Faith, like muscle, grows strong & supple with exercise.

An old Scotsman operated a little rowboat for transporting passengers. One day a passenger noticed that the good old man had carved on one oar the word “Faith,” & on the other oar the word “Works.” Curiosity led him to ask the meaning of this. The old man, being a well-balanced Christian & glad of the opportunity for testimony, said, “I will show you.”

So saying, he dropped one oar & plied the other called Works, & they just went around in circles. Then he dropped that oar & began to ply the oar called Faith, & the little boat just went around in circles again–this time the other way around, but still in a circle.

After this demonstration the old man picked up Faith & Works, & plying both oars together, sped swiftly over the water, explaining to his inquiring passenger, “You see, that is the way it is in the Christian life. Dead works without faith are useless, & ‘faith without works is dead’ also, getting you nowhere. But faith & works pulling together make for safety, progress, & blessing.”

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Let us not rebel against delay. We must not steal tomorrow out of God’s hands. God is never too late. He is always right on time.

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When Hudson Taylor, the famous missionary, first went to China, it was in a sailing vessel. Very close to the shore of cannibal islands the ship was becalmed, & it was slowly drifting shoreward unable to go about & the savages were eagerly anticipating a feast.

The captain came to Mr. Taylor & besought him to pray for the help of God. “I will,” said Taylor, “provided you set your sails to catch the breeze.” The captain declined to make himself a laughing stock by unfurling in a dead calm. Taylor said, “I will not undertake to pray for the vessel unless you will prepare the sails.” And it was done.

While engaged in prayer, there was a knock at the door of his stateroom. “Who is there?”

The captain’s voice responded, “Are you still praying for wind?”

“Yes.”

“Well,” said the captain, “you’d better stop praying, for we have more wind than we can manage.”

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Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, & receives the impossible.

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Faith is to accept the impossible, do without the indispensable, & bear the intolerable.

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A little lad was keeping his sheep one Sunday morning. The bells were ringing for church, & the people were going over the field, when the little fellow began to think that he, too, would like to pray to God. But what could he say? He had never learned a prayer. So he knelt down & commenced the alphabet–A, B, C, & so on to Z.

A gentleman happening to pass on the other side of the hedge heard the lad’s voice, &, looking through the bushes, saw the little fellow kneeling with folded hands & closed eyes, saying, “A, B, C.”

“What are you doing, my little man?” “Please, sir, I was praying.” “But what are you saying your letters for?”

“Why, I didn’t know any prayer, only I felt that I wanted God to take care of me & help me to care for the sheep; so I thought if I said all I knew, he would put it together & spell all I want.”

“Bless your heart, my little man, He will, He will, He will. When the heart speaks right, the lips can’t say wrong.”

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