Friday, October 12, 2012

Encouragement: "Testing the Genuineness of our Faith"

Testing the Genuineness of our Faith
Pastor Charles Haddon Spurgeon (1834-1892)
"In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ." (1 Peter 1:6-7)
"Untested faith may be true faith, but it is sure to be small faith, and it is likely to remain little as long as it is without trials. Faith never prospers so well as when all things are against her: Tempests are her trainers, and bolts of lightning are her illuminators."

"When a calm reigns on the sea, spread the sails as you will, the ship does not move to its harbor; for on a slumbering ocean the keel sleeps too. Let the winds rush and howl, and let the waters lift themselves, though the vessel may rock and her deck may be washed with waves and her mast may creak under the pressure of the full and swelling sail, it is then that she makes headway toward her desired haven."

"No flowers are as lovely a blue as those that grow at the foot of the frozen glacier; no stars gleam as brightly as those that glisten in the midnight sky; no water tastes as sweet as that which springs up in the desert sand; and no faith is so precious as that which lives and triumphs in adversity."

"Tested faith brings experience. You could not have believed your own weakness if you had not been compelled to pass through the rivers; and you would never have known God’s strength if you had not been supported in the flood. Faith increases in quality, assurance, and intensity the more it is exercised with tribulation. Faith is precious, and its trial is precious too."

"Do not let this, however, discourage those who are young in faith. You will have trials enough without seeking them: The full portion will be measured out to you in due course."

"Meanwhile, if you cannot yet claim the result of long experience, thank God for what grace you have; praise Him for that degree of holy confidence you have now attained: Walk according to that rule, and you will still have more and more of the blessing of God, until your faith will remove mountains and conquer impossibilities."
~by Charles Spurgeon

1 comment:

  1. My faith is not in me, it is in the exceeding great and precious promises that have been given to us by God. His Body and Blood, given FOR YOU, received by faith, FOR THE FORGIVENESS OF SINS. Justified by faith in His Gospel, not by faith in my feelings ABOUT His Gospel. This is the Reformation Faith that was preached by the Apostles, confirmed by the Fathers, ABANDONED by the PAPACY, and NEGLECTED by Geneva. RETURN to the Confessional Evangelical Faith (www.bookofconcord.org).

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