“Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man]
draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.” Hebrews 10:38.
Help: The Desire of Ages,
315–320; Thoughts From the Mount of Blessing, 141–144.
“For six thousand years, faith has builded upon Christ.
For six thousand years the floods and tempests of satanic wrath have
beaten upon the Rock of our salvation; but it stands unmoved.” The Desire of Ages, 413.
is the definition of faith? Hebrews
11:1, 2; 11 Corinthians 4:18. How
is faith born? Roman 10:17.
is not the ground of our salvation, but it is the great blessing—the eye that
sees, the ear that hears, the feet that run, the hand that grasps. It is the means, not the end. If Christ gave His life to save sinners,
why shall I not take that blessing? My
faith grasps it, and thus my faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things unseen. Thus
resting and believing, I have peace with God through the Lord Jesus Christ.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 6, 1073.
are we to develop the “measure of faith” (Romans 12:3) that God has granted
each one of us? John 6:53, 63; Luke
17:5; 1 Peter 2:2.
fortitude, faith, and implicit trust in God’s power to save do not come in a
moment. These heavenly graces are
acquired by the experience of years.” Testimonies, vol.
“You have to talk faith, you have to live faith, you
have to act faith, that you may have an increase of faith; and thus
exercising that living faith you will grow to strong men and women in Christ
Jesus.” “Ellen G. White Comments,” Seventh-day Adventist Bible Commentary, vol. 5, 1121, 1122.
does true faith assimilate the Word of God?
11 Timothy 3:15–17; 1 Peter 1:22, 23.
word of God must be interwoven with the living character of those who believe
it. The only vital faith is that faith
which receives and assimilates the truth till it is a part of the being and the
motive power of the life and action.” Testimonies, vol.
“Temptations often appear irresistible because,
through neglect of prayer and the study of the Bible, the tempted one cannot
readily remember God’s promises and meet Satan with the Scripture
weapons. But angels are round about
those who are willing to be taught in divine things; and in the time of great
necessity they will bring to their remembrance the very truths which are
Great Controversy, 600.
agencies work together in the process of sanctification? 11 Thessalonians 2:13; 11 Timothy
2:15; John 17:17.
Scriptures are the great agency in the transformation of character. Christ prayed, ‘Sanctify them through Thy
truth; Thy word is truth.’ John 17:17. If studied and obeyed, the word of God
works in the heart, subduing every unholy attribute. The Holy Spirit comes to convict of sin,
and the faith that springs up in the heart works by love to Christ,
conforming us in body, soul, and spirit to His own image. Then God can use us to do His will. The power given us works from within
outwardly, leading us to communicate to others the truth that has been
communicated to us.” Christ’s Object Lessons,
“By looking constantly to Jesus with the eye of
faith, we shall be strengthened. God
will make the most precious revelations to His hungering, thirsting
people. They will find that Christ is
a personal Saviour.
As they feed upon His word, they find that it is spirit and life. The word destroys the natural, earthly
nature, and imparts a new life in Christ Jesus. The Holy Spirit comes to the soul as a
Comforter. By the transforming agency of His grace, the image of God is
reproduced in the disciple; he becomes a new creature.” The Desire of Ages, 391.
is the difference between genuine faith and a mere profession of faith? James 1:6, 7; Titus 1:16; Hebrews 11:6.
are thousands who claim to have the light of truth who take no steps in
advance. They have no living
experience, notwithstanding they have had every advantage. They do not know what consecration
means. Their devotions are formal and
hollow, and there is no depth to their piety.
The Word of God offers spiritual liberty and enlightenment to those
who study it earnestly. Those who
accept the promises of God, and act on them with living faith, will have the
light of heaven in their lives. They
will drink of the fountain of life, and lead others to the waters that have
refreshed their own souls. We must
have that faith in God that takes him at his word.” Review and Herald, September 22, 1910.
will be the result of true faith?
Galatians 5:6 (compare Romans 13:9, 10); James 2:14–17.
is a belief that is not a saving faith.
The word declares that the devils believe and tremble. The so-called faith that does not work by
love and purify the soul will not justify any man. . . .
“We need the faith of Abraham in our day, to lighten
the darkness that gathers around us, shutting out the sweet sunlight of God’s
love, and dwarfing spiritual growth.
Our faith should be prolific of good works; for faith without works is
dead. Every duty performed, every
sacrifice made in the name of Jesus, brings an exceeding great reward. In the very act of duty, God speaks and
gives His blessing.” The Signs of the Times,
May 19, 1898.
did a Roman centurion exercise faith when his servant was sick to the point
of death? Luke 7:2, 3.
centurion was tenderly attached to his servant, and greatly desired his
recovery. He believed that Jesus could
heal him. He had not seen the Saviour, but the reports he heard had inspired him with
faith. Notwithstanding the formalism
of the Jews, this Roman was convinced that their religion was superior to his
own. Already he had broken through the
barriers of national prejudice and hatred that separated the conquerors from
the conquered people. He had
manifested respect for the service of God, and had shown kindness to the Jews
as His worshipers. In the teaching of
Christ, as it had been reported to him, he found that which met the need of
the soul. All that was spiritual
within him responded to the Saviour’s words. But he felt unworthy to come into the
presence of Jesus, and he appealed to the Jewish elders to make request for
the healing of his servant. They were
acquainted with the Great Teacher, and would, he thought, know how to
approach Him so as to win His favor.” The Desire of Ages,
far as faith was concerned, what was the difference between the Roman
centurion and the Jewish elders who recommended him to Christ? Luke 7:4–10.
Jewish elders who recommended the centurion to Christ had shown how far they
were from possessing the spirit of the gospel. They did not recognize that our great need
is our only claim on God’s mercy. In
their self-righteousness they commended the centurion because of the favor he
had shown to ‘our nation.’ But the
centurion said of himself, ‘I am not worthy.’
[Luke 7:5, 7.] His heart had
been touched by the grace of Christ.
He saw his own unworthiness; yet he feared not to ask help. He trusted not to his own goodness; his
argument was his great need. His faith
took hold upon Christ in His true character.
He did not believe in Him merely as a worker of miracles, but as the
friend and Saviour of mankind.
“It is thus that every sinner may come to
Christ. ‘Not by works of righteousness
which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us.’ Titus 3:5.
When Satan tells you that you are a sinner, and cannot hope to receive
blessing from God, tell him that Christ came into the world to save
sinners. We have nothing to recommend
us to God; but the plea that we may urge now and ever is our utterly helpless
condition that makes His redeeming power a necessity. Renouncing all self-dependence, we may look
to the cross of Calvary and say,—‘In my hand no price I bring; Simply to Thy
cross I cling.’ ” The Desire of Ages,
assurance is given us in seeking to live by faith? 1 Peter 1:7–9; Philippians 4:6, 7.
us keep our eyes fixed upon Christ, and He will preserve us. Looking unto Jesus, we are safe. Nothing can pluck us out of His hand.” Steps to Christ, 72.
are some of the things that faith accomplished in the past, and what will it
accomplish today? Hebrews 11:29–35;
1 John 5:4.
is simple in its operation and powerful in its results.” The Spirit of Prophecy, vol. 2, 322.
“It is faith that connects us with the power of
heaven, and that brings us the strength for coping with the powers of
and Herald, September 22, 1910.
“The Christian life is a battle and a march. But the victory to be gained is not won by
human power. The field of conflict is
the domain of the heart. The battle
which we have to fight—the greatest battle that was ever fought by man—is the
surrender of self to the will of God, the yielding of the heart to the
sovereignty of love. The old nature,
born of blood and of the will of the flesh, cannot inherit the kingdom of
God. The hereditary tendencies, the
former habits, must be given up.
“He who determines to enter the spiritual kingdom
will find that all the powers and passions of an unregenerate nature, backed
by the forces of the kingdom of darkness, are arrayed against him. Selfishness and pride will make a stand
against anything that would show them to be sinful. We cannot, of ourselves, conquer the evil
desires and habits that strive for the mastery. We cannot overcome the mighty foe who holds
us in his thrall. God alone can give
us the victory. He desires us to have
the mastery over ourselves, our own will and ways. But He cannot work in us without our
consent and co-operation. The divine
Spirit works through the faculties and powers given to man. Our energies are required to co-operate
“The victory is not won without much earnest prayer,
without the humbling of self at every step.
Our will is not to be forced into co-operation with divine agencies,
but it must be voluntarily submitted.
Were it possible to force upon you with a hundredfold greater
intensity the influence of the Spirit of God, it would not make you a
Christian, a fit subject for heaven.
The stronghold of Satan would not be broken. The will must be placed on the side of
God’s will. You are not able, of
yourself, to bring your purposes and desires and inclinations into submission
to the will of God; but if you are ‘willing to be made willing,’ God will
accomplish the work for you, even ‘casting down imaginations, and every high
thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of
God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of
Christ.’ 11 Corinthians
10:5. Then you will ‘work out your own
salvation with fear and trembling. For
it is God which worketh in you both to will and to
do of His good pleasure.’ Philippians
“But many are attracted by the beauty of Christ and
the glory of heaven, who yet shrink from the conditions by which alone these
can become their own. There are many
in the broad way who are not fully satisfied with the path in which they
walk. They long to break from the
slavery of sin, and in their own strength they seek to make a stand against
their sinful practices. They look
toward the narrow way and the strait gate; but selfish pleasure, love of the
world, pride, unsanctified ambition, place a barrier between them and the Saviour. To
renounce their own will, their chosen objects of affection or pursuit,
requires a sacrifice at which they hesitate and falter and turn back. Many ‘will seek to enter in, and shall not
be able.’ Luke 13:24. They desire the good, they make some effort
to obtain it; but they do not choose it; they have not a settled purpose to
secure it at the cost of all things.
“The only hope for us if we would overcome is to
unite our will to God’s will and work in co-operation with Him, hour by hour
and day by day. We cannot retain self
and yet enter the kingdom of God. If
we ever attain unto holiness, it will be through the renunciation of self and
the reception of the mind of Christ.
Pride and self-sufficiency must be crucified. Are we willing to pay the price required of
us? Are we willing to have our will
brought into perfect conformity to the will of God? Until we are willing, the transforming
grace of God cannot be manifest upon us.
“The warfare which we are to wage is the ‘good fight
of faith.’ ‘I also labor,’ said the
apostle Paul, ‘striving according to His working, which worketh
in me mightily.’ Colossians 1:29.