Suggested further reading: Hebrews 11:1-6
Have you got this faith? If you have, you will find it possible
to refuse seeming good and choose seeming evil. You will
think nothing of today's losses, in the hope of tomorrow's gains.
You will follow Christ in the dark and stand by him to the very last.
If you have not, I warn you, you will never war a good warfare
and `so run as to obtain'. You will soon be offended and turn back
to the world.
Above all this, there must be a real abiding faith in the
Lord Jesus Christ. The life that you live in the flesh you must live by
the faith of the Son of God. There must be a settled habit of
continually leaning on Jesus, looking unto Jesus, drawing out of Jesus and
using him as the manna of your soul. You must strive to be able to
say, `To me to live is Christ.' `I can do all things through Christ
which strengtheneth me' (Phil. 1:21; 4:13).
This was the faith by which the old saints obtained a good
report. This was the weapon by which they overcame the world.
This made them what they were.
This was the faith that made Noah go on building his ark,
while the world looked on and mocked; and Abraham give the choice
of the land to Lot, and dwell on quietly in tents; and Ruth cleave
to Naomi, and turn away from her country and her gods; and
Daniel continue in prayer, though he knew the lions' den was
prepared; and the three children refuse to worship idols, though the
fiery furnace was before their eyes; and Moses forsake Egypt, not
fearing the wrath of Pharaoh. All these acted as they did because
they believed. They saw the difficulties and troubles of this course.
But they saw Jesus by faith and above them all, and they pressed
on. Well may the apostle Peter speak of faith as `precious faith'
(2 Peter 1:1).
For meditation: Have you eternal life by faith in Jesus,