A few words from our friend Charles Spurgeon, in his Morning by Morning devotional. This is from July 8…
‘What is the secret of the strength of faith? First, faith considers what the promise is. God’s promises are emanations of divine grace, overflowings from His great heart.
Then faith asks, “Who gave this promise?” It is God, who cannot lie – God all-powerful, God unchanging. Therefore, faith concludes that the promise must be fulfilled.
Then faith considers the amazing work of Christ as being a clear proof of the Father’s intention to fulfill His Word. Faith also looks back to the past. God has never failed us in the past. So faith concludes, “God will not change His ways and leave me now.” Faith views each promise in connection with the Promise Giver, and says with assurance, “Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life” (Ps. 23:6).’
To you, Christian – God promises to never abandon you:
‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’
Your Father promises to use all things in your life for your ultimate good:
‘And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.’
He will rid the world of evil, and the consequence of sin – death:
“…God himself will be with them and be their God. He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
If you sacrifice your life for Him, you will really gain true life; God will not rip you off:
‘For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will find it.’
If you have accepted Jesus’ payment of your debt to God, your salvation is secure, and nothing can ever separate you from God and His love:
‘I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father’s hand.’
Hebrews 11:1-3, 6, 13-16
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible… And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him… All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country – a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.