Now, What Is Faith?
Pastor Adrian Rogers
A nobleman’s son became ill, so he sought Jesus to heal him. When he found Jesus, he asked Him to come to his home. But instead of physically going to the boy’s bedside, Jesus healed him by His word. John 4:50b says, “And the man believed the word that Jesus had spoken unto him, and he went his way.”
Not a wonder, not a sign, not a vision, not angels playing tic-tac-toe on his ribs, or cold chills going up and down his spine…the man believed Jesus’ Word and went on his way.
Faith sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.
Doubt sees the obstacles; faith sees the way. Doubt sees the darkest night; faith sees the day. Doubt dreads to take a step; faith soars on high. Doubt questions who believes; faith answers, “I”!
Life follows faith like night follows day. There is no life without faith.
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The Power of Humility
One of the greatest dangers of the Christian life is spiritual arrogance.
When pride wells up in our heart, it can absolutely take our spiritual legs out from under us, and keep the strong arm of the Lord from being revealed in our lives.
In 1 Peter 5:6, we are given the antidote to pride. It says,Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time.
It is unfortunate, but there are some who emphasize the message of faith that at times do so with a touch of arrogance rather than humility. The result is that it has really turned some people off to the whole message of faith.
Our faith always needs to be coupled with humility.
There are only two people in the Bible Jesus said had great faith. One of them was the Roman centurion whom we find in Luke 7. When you study his story, you find that because of his good works, the elders of the Jews said he deserved Jesus' help. But the centurion had a far different view of himself. He said he was not worthy for Jesus to enter under his roof.
The other person that Jesus said had great faith was the woman with the possessed daughter in Matthew 15. Two elements stand out about her as we read her story. She was persistent and she was humble.
Great faith cannot be divorced from great humility. Humility is a necessary ingredient for the soil of our heart, without which a healthy faith cannot grow.
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