May 1 Just Resting

Photo by Laura Jostes

Photo by Laura Jostes

Devotion taken from Streams In The Desert compiled by Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

“God that cannot lie.”  Titus 1:2

Faith is not working up by willpower a sort of certainty that something is coming to pass, but it is seeing as an actual fact that God has said that this thing shall come to pass, and that it is true, and then rejoicing to know that it is true, and just resting because God has said it.

Faith turns the promise into a prophecy.  While it is merely a promise it is contingent upon our cooperation.  But when faith claims it, it becomes a prophecy, and we go forth feeling that it is something that must be done because God cannot lie. ~ From Days of Heaven Upon Earth.

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I hear men praying everywhere for more faith, but when I listen to them carefully, and get at the real heart of their prayer, very often it is not more faith at all that they are wanting, but a change from faith to sight.

Faith says not, “”I see that it is good for me, so God must have sent it, but, “God sent it, and so it must be good for me.”

Faith, walking in the dark with God, only prays Him to clasp its hand more closely.  ~Phillips Brooks

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The Shepherd does not ask of thee

Faith in thy faith, but only faith in Him;

And this He meant in saying, “Come to me.”

In light or darkness seek to do His will,

And leave the work of faith to Jesus still.

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“Philip, like Andrew and Peter, was from the town of Bethsaida.  Philip found Nathanael and told him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, and about whom the prophets also wrote–Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.

“Nazareth!  Can anything good come from there?” Nathanael asked.

“Come and see,” said Philip.

When Jesus saw Nathanael approaching he said of him, “Here is a true Israelite, in whom there is nothing false.”

“How do you know me?”  Nathanael asked.

Jesus answered, “I saw you while you were still under the fig tree before Philip called you.”

Then Nathanael declared, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God;  you are the King of Israel.”

Jesus answered, “You believe because I told you I saw you under the fig tree.  You shall see greater things than that.”

John 1:44-50

Lord God, help us to walk this day by faith.  May we see Your Word as a light unto our path illuminating each step of the way, trusting in your promises.  There is nothing that can separate us from your great love.  We give you thanks and praise!  In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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