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Faith Is Knowing That God Will

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Faith is not believing that God can. It is knowing that God will. —Ben Stein.

Would it not be better to leave tomorrow with God? That is what is troubling man; tomorrow’s burdens, tomorrow’s duties. Martin Luther, in his autobiography says:

“I have one preacher that I love better than any other on Earth; it is my little tame robin, who preaches to me daily. I put crumbs upon my window sill, especially at night. He hops onto the window sill when he wants his supply, & takes as much as he desires to satisfy his need. From thence he always hops to a little tree close by & lifts up his voice to God & sings his carols of praise & gratitude, tucks his little head under his wing & goes fast to sleep, & leaves tomorrow to look after itself. He is the best preacher that I have on Earth.”

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Faith’s answer to the question “How” is one word, “God!”

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Believers are not hired servants, supporting themselves by their own work, but children maintained at their Father’s expense.

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Believe your beliefs & doubt your doubts; do not make the mistake of doubting your beliefs & believing your doubts.

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Faith is a refusal to panic.

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Some people are always telegraphing to Heaven for God to send a cargo of blessings to them; but they are not at the wharfside to unload the cargo when it comes.

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A skillful surgeon recently undertook the responsibility of performing a serious operation on the eyes of an Eastern monarch which proved highly successful. After the king’s recovery the problem of presenting his account puzzled the doctor, for he was dubious as to what figure would correctly estimate the value of the result achieved; as in Eastern countries it is a serious wrong to charge the king more or less than the actual value. Taking a blank billhead the doctor wrote across it: “The king can do no wrong,” & respectfully submitted it to the monarch. His answer was a letter enclosing a sum far beyond his highest hopes. When we know not what to pray for, let us leave it to our Heavenly King Who doeth all things well.

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“God knows the way of the righteous,
Even though it be dark & drear;
He knows when we’re tired & weary,
Our burdens too heavy to bear;
We ask, as the shadows lengthen,
‘Lord, lift Thou this burden of care!’
And often His voice replieth:
‘My child, I placed it for you there!
With grace that is all-sufficient,
That you might grow stronger in Me,
So trust, weary child, your Father,
He knoweth & careth for thee!’”

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 Oliver Cromwell’s secretary was dispatched to the continent on some important business. He stayed one night at a seaport town, & tossed on his bed, unable to sleep.
According to an old custom, a servant slept in his room, & on this occasion slept soundly enough. The secretary at length awakened the man who asked how it was that his master could not rest.
“I am so afraid something will go wrong with the embassage,” was the reply.
“Master,” said the valet, “may I ask a question or two?”
“To be sure.”
“Did God rule the world before we were born?”
“Most assuredly He did.”
“And will He rule it after we are dead?”
“Certainly He will.”
“Then, master, why not let Him rule the present, too?”
The secretary’s faith was stirred, peace was the result, & in a few minutes both he & his servant were in sound asleep.

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Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. There is no glory for God in that which is humanly possible. Faith begins where man’s power ends.

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Sometimes we badly need a faith lift!

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Religious faith is not a final goal to be reached, but a highway to be travelled.

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Faith is the link that binds our nothingness to almightiness.

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Courage is fear that has gone to God in prayer.

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Faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is.

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