Faith is confidence in God; we get that confidence by reading Scripture, by seeing how God has worked in the lives of other believers, and by experiencing the work of God in our own lives. Faith is taking control over fear and doubt by engaging our minds, thinking clearly about what we know is true about God.
– Temptations Men Face, Tom L. Eisenman, Page 236
C. S. Lewis noted that people do not suddenly renounce their faith in God due to some event or newly acquired insight. Rather, over a long period of neglect, the once strong relationship between man and God slowly dies.
–Men Without Friends, David W. Smith, Page 114
… faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God.
–The Pursuit of God, A W Tozer, Section VII, Kindle Edition, Location 810
Let faith support us where reason fails
–Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer, Page 7
Any faith that must be supported by the evidence of the senses is not real faith.
Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer, Page 43
The testimony of faith is that, no matter how things look in this fallen world, all God’s acts are wrought in perfect wisdom.
–Knowledge Of The Holy, A.W. Tozer, Page 44
These things feed my faith: epiphanies of beauty in nature, sunburst of grace and forgiveness, the portrait of God I get in Jesus, stirring encounters with people who truly live out their faith. And these feed my doubts: God’s baffling tolerance of history’s atrocities, my unanswered prayers, sustained periods of God’s seeming absence. Meetings with God may include ecstasy and joy, or withdrawal and silence; always they include mystery.
–Prayer: Does It Make Any Difference?, Philip Yancey, Page 50
Let me say, first of all, that this faith means utter impotence and helplessness before God. At the bottom of all faith there is a feeling of helplessness.
–Absolute Surrender, Andrew Murray, Moody Press – Chicago 1895, Kindle Edition, Page 56
Unbelief never lets us get beyond the difficulties—the impregnable cities and the impossible giants. It preoccupies itself with them, brooding over them, pitting them against mere human resources. Faith, on the other hand, though it never minimizes the dangers and difficulties of any circumstance, looks away from them to God and counts on His invisible presence and power…If we compare ourselves with our difficulties, we will always be overwhelmed. Faith looks away from the greatness of the undertaking to the greatness of an ever-present, all-powerful God.
–Giants in the Land, David Roper, Our Daily Bread, August 20, 2016
What is faith? It is total dependence on God and a willingness to do his will. Faith is not something we use to put on a show for others. It is complete and humble obedience to God’s will, readiness to do whatever he calls us to do. (Editor’s note: context – Luke 17:1-10)
–Mustard-Seed Faith, Tyndale House Publishers, Life Application Daily Devotional, October 4th, 2016
Anytime (yes, any time) there is a new furrow to be plowed, a new path to be cleared, a new idea to be tried, or a new strategy to be implemented, fear of failure stands tall as a giant. And all too often, it pushes its way in and gains a foothold. It has been my observation that the greater the possibility of impact, the greater the fear of failure ahead of time.
– Dropping Your Guard, Charles R. Swindoll, page 69
Each time you fall He will pick you up again.
–Mere Christianity, C. S. Lewis, Page 203
And hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. 2 Timothy 2:6, NLT
A wise farmer knows what he can’t do. He can’t put life in a seed. He can’t make it rain. He can’t force the seed to grow. There’s much that’s out of his hands. But he does his part. He plants, he waters, he cultivates—and he waits! As believers, we plant seeds (acts of obedience to God) in one another’s lives. We deposit seeds (the gospel) in the lives of those who don’t know Christ. The actual results of these actions are in God’s hands. But we often get to be the first to enjoy those results because we’re there. If we recognize the way we’re farmers, we remember we’re in the field every day. Every moment becomes a new opportunity to persistently plant followed by patient waiting to see what God will do.
– Tyndale Men’s Devotional NLT Translation, Tuesday April 21st, 2015
Fishers of Men
And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 NASB
When Christ calls us by his grace we ought not only to remember what we are, but we ought also to think of what he can make us. It is, “Follow me, and I will make you.” We should repent of what we have been, but rejoice in what we may be. It is not, “Follow me, because of what you are already.” It is not, “Follow me, because you may make something of yourselves;” but, “Follow me, because of what I will make you.
– How to Become Fishers of Men, C. H. Spurgeon, Sermon 1906, delivered at the Metropolitan Tabernacle, Newington