“And this is the victory that has overcome the world–our faith” [I John 5:4].
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#355, 8th November 2018
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Feed Your Faith

by Peter Wade
It has been said, “Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.” F.F. Bosworth, a great faith preacher some years ago, said that most Christians feed their bodies three hot meals a day, their spirits one cold snack a week, and then wonder why they are so weak in faith!

Faith to get into the family
Romans chapter 10 tells us that we needed faith to get into the family. Verses 8 and 9 declare, “The word is near you, even in your mouth, and in your heart (that is, the word of faith, which we preach): that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.” Natural man cannot become a child of God unless he exercises faith. It follows that faith must be available to everybody.

All humans have the ability to believe. We board an airplane because we believe the pilot knows what he is doing, and we believe he knows where the airport to which he is going is located. If you didn’t believe that, would you get on the plane? Everyday life is based on believing, on faith. It takes believing to get into God’s family. It takes believing with the mind that God raised Jesus from the dead and confessing with our mouth that Jesus is Lord of our life.

Enjoy family benefits by faith
Faith is also necessary to enjoy the benefits of the family. In Hebrews 11:6 is a powerful statement: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. That is a tremendous verse of scripture–put a circle around it, memorize it!  
In II Corinthians 5:7 we are told that “we walk by faith, not by sight”. How do we conduct ourselves in the Christian life? How do we make a success out of life? We walk by faith, and not by sight. Sight refers to the things you see around you: the circumstances, the pile of bills, the depressed economy. Our walk is not based on or motivated by those things.
The circumstances do not control us–we should be controlling the circumstances. Paul said that he had “learnt to be independent of circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, 20th Century N.T.). If our walk is to be by faith, then we will need to spend time feeding that faith. Feed your Faith and your doubts will starve to death, for we walk by faith, not by sight.

Faith counts!
One of the rituals of the Jewish religion is circumcision, an act which the Gentile believers rejected. Paul is talking in this passage about the religious significance of circumcision. In Christ Jesus religion means nothing. Religion is made up of regulations, restrictions, and ritual. None of those things count for God. Perhaps this will surprise some people who go through the ritual every Sunday, who adhere to the restrictions, who straighten up their lives in line with the regulations. Yet the Bible states that these things count for nothing! There is another verse we should consider, Galatians 5:6. “For in Christ Jesus neither circumcision nor uncircumcision avails anything, but faith working through love.”
What does count? “Faith working through love” or “Faith which is exercised by love”, as some modern translations render it. The outward things of religion do not count in making my life a success–it is how I exercise my faith in God that makes the difference. Christianity is the way of a Father with His children. It is not a religion. Christianity works when faith is exercised by love.
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Fully-Functioning Faith

by Norman Grubb
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).

It is obvious from an examination of the Bible record, both in the Old and the New Testament, that in the lives of the men of God there was invariably a background of fully-functioning faith—we might almost call it a technique of faith—to all their activities.

We say fully-functioning faith, because the simpler word "faith" (together with the other words of Christian experience which have become commonplace, such as love) has been so watered down from its original content that to many it now conveys very little more than merely its first stage–the belief that God can, not necessarily that He will, and still less that He does. But fully-functioning faith includes all these.

We do not think that we can stress a more important subject to all active Christians than this fully-functioning faith. Our scriptural grounds for doing so are obvious. It is made as plain as daylight that the right and full use of faith is the mainspring of every spiritual achievement. Pre-eminently this is so, of course, in the attaining of spiritual objectives, in the salvation of souls, in revival, in all concerns of the church of Christ. But by no means exclusively so. 

Faith is shown to be the principle of effective action, or supply, of the solution of all problems—in every single thing, small or great, temporal and material, in the home or in the business, at work or at play—that affects a Christian’s life. It is necessary to say this, because many people have got the idea that victories, deliverances, or the supply of need by faith, are privileges confined to those set apart for the Christian ministry, and not to be experienced in the ordinary home and the everyday life.

Watch the men of the Bible and it will be seen how central faith is in all their actions and attitudes. That unique chapter, Hebrews 11, the only approximation in the whole Bible to a biographical outline of Bible characters, clinches the matter for us. [From the book The Law of Faith (1946) by Norman Grubb.]
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