Focusing upon “Faith”
1.Without faith it is impossible to please God.
2. True faith must be based solely on scriptural facts.
3. Unless faith is established on facts, it is no more than conjecture, superstition, speculation or presumption.
4. Faith standing on the facts of the Word of God substantiates and gives evidence of things not seen.
5. Faith’s evidence must be founded on facts.
6. The same faith by which the Christian life begins is the same faith by which Christians are to “stand,” “walk,” and “live.”
7. Since true faith is anchored on scriptural facts, Christians are not to be influenced by impressions.
8. Probabilities are a big temptation when it comes to exercising faith.
9. Faith has nothing to do with probabilities.
10. The province of faith begins where probabilities cease and sight and sense fail.
11. Appearances are not to be taken into account. The question is whether or not God has spoken it in His Word.
12. Faith must be based upon certainty.
13. There must be definite knowledge of God’s purpose and will without which there can be no true faith.
14. Faith is not thinking that if we believe hard enough something will come to pass; this may be positive thinking, but it is not biblical faith.
15. Faith needs facts to rest upon.
16. God, in His Word, reveals to Christians the facts with which faith has to deal.
17. Real faith is always increased by opposition while false confidence is damaged and discouraged by it.
18. There can be no steadfastness of faith in the daily Christian walk apart from immovable facts.
19. The trials of life that test a Christian’s faith are much more precious than gold that will perish.
20. Once a Christian begins to reckon (count) on biblical facts, God the Father begins to build the Christian up in the faith.
21. God the Father delights to increase the faith of His children.
22. Instead of wanting no trials before victory, no exercise for patience, be willing to take them from God’s hand as a means to increase your Christian faith.
23. Trials, obstacles, difficulties, and sometimes defeats, are the very food of faith.
24. Faith is dependence upon God.
25. Faith that depends upon God begins when self-dependence ends.
26. Self-dependence comes to its end when sorrow, suffering, affliction, broken plans and unfulfilled hopes bring the Christian to that place of self-helplessness and defeat.
27. Only when self-dependence comes to its end do Christians find that they have learned the lesson of faith, to find their tiny craft of life rushing onward to a blessed victory of life and power and service undreamed of in the days of fleshly strength and self-reliance.
28. It is a great thing to learn faith, that is, it is a great thing to learn simple dependence upon God.
29. It will comfort the Christian much to be assured that the Lord is teaching him dependence upon Himself, and it is very remarkable that faith is necessary in everything.
30. The just shall live by faith, not only in their circumstances, but in everything.
31. The Lord allows many things to happen on purpose to make the Christian understand his need for Him.
32. The more the Christian finds Christ in his sorrows or wants, the more he will be attached to Him, and drawn away from this place where the sorrows are, and drawn to Him in the place where He is.
33. The Christian cannot trust anyone further than he knows him.
34. The Christian must not only learn the facts involved, but ever more intimately come to know the One who presents and upholds them.
Dr. Jim is the Pastor of Little Rock Church, and has a daily Radio Show