Faith on Fire

There is what seems to be a contradiction in the Bible regarding faith. In Romans 12:3, Paul states that: “….God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” In II Thessalonians 3:2, Paul states: “….for all men have not faith.” Actually these two seemingly contradictory statements combine to help us see a very important distinction between two types of faith. In the first instance, every one has the capacity to trust God, if they will. In the second statement, we discover that not all men exercise “saving faith.” There is still another aspect to this. It is possible to have a superficial kind of faith. This type of faith may be an intellectual agreement with Biblical teaching. However, it is agreement only; it is not acted upon. Saving faith is believing the facts and then responding to them in a positive way. The most important example is not only believing that Christ died for our sins; it is receiving the benefit of that death by receiving Jesus as our Savior and Lord and surrendering our lives to His control. It is learning, day by day, to obey and submit as we move toward Heaven. It is an unconditional faith! We determine to trust Him when we understand His ways and when it seems like there is no reason to trust. To have faith in faith doesn’t cut it; we are to totally trust Him. It becomes a “given” that He knows best and always does right even if it appears to be just the opposite. It doesn’t depend on circumstances; it is an irrevocable act of our will. That is saving faith! All men can exercise that kind of faith; not all men will. Edgar Page Stites, in his hymn, “Trusting Jesus,” gives us a simple, but profound testimony of true faith: “Simply trusting ev’ry day, trusting thru a stormy way; even when my faith is small, trusting Jesus – that is all. Brightly does His Spirit shine into this poor heart of mine; while He leads I cannot fall, trusting Jesus – that is all. Singing if my way is clear, praying if the path be drear; if in danger for Him call, trusting Jesus – that is all. Trusting as the moments fly, trusting as the days go by; trusting Him what-e’er befall, trusting Jesus – that is all!” Selah1 That kind of trust is faith ignited!  Ron

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