Consecration to God and faith in God ought to characterise every servant of God.
Our life that is to be a sacrifice to the Lord is to be free from sin. It is not to be a divided, broken, are a polluted service. It is to be with the best affections of our hearts and lives.
To please the Lord should be our highest aim; the fact that we do please him is our highest good and Reward.
The offering of ourselves should be voluntary. No other can be a true offering, and none other can be acceptable. We are to offer our entire life, all that we have and are, to God. No other offering can be such as he will approve.
And who can tell the limits of the possibilities of such ? There are many believers in Jesus, but few consecrated to Him, (Jh. 6:66,67) “From that time many of his, went back, and walked no more with him. Then said Jesus unto the twelve, Will ye also go away?
To the disciples this is what Jesus was saying, Will you abandon me?, You, whom I have distinguished with innumerable marks of my affection-You, whom I have chosen out of the world to be my companions, You, to whom I have revealed the secrets of the eternal world, You, who have been witnesses of all my miracles, You, whom I intend to set with me on my throne in glory; will You go away?
There are only a fewer who will actually prove there faithfulness in fulfilling all of the Lords laws “For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: “(I.Jh.5:3)
Let us note the nature of faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, according (Heb.11:1). Faith
acknowledges the things unseen, and acts as if they were visible. So Noah built the ark (v.7),”By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.”
So Moses forsook Egypt (v.27), “By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.”
“ Blessed is he who hath not seen and yet hathbelieved” (Isa. Zo,29).
Through faith Jacob sought after the birthright (Gen. 25: 31).And because Esau could not see its value he dispised it and sold it. Oh, I see it ”is not equivalent to “ Oh, I believe it.” “For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. (Rom.10:10). God judgeth the heart. A clear head is no evidence of a believing heart.
Notice the object of faith. “Have faith in God ” (Mk.11:22), Means must be used, but means must not be the object of trust. They are but the ditches we dig.
God must fill them (II.Ki. 3:17 ), “For thus saith the LORD, Ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts.”
God can be trusted to fulfil every promise He hath made, for “ God is faithful ” according to (1,Thes. 5:24 )” Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it.” (I.Cor. IO:13). He says, “ I will not suffer My faithfulness to fail ” (Ps.89:33). And again, “ My covenant I will not break. Nor alter the thing that is gone out of My lips ”(Ps.89: 34). How, then, can His $ower be doubted. Nothing shall be impossible with God. “ Is anything to hard for Me ? ” (Jer. 32:27).
The object of our faith is One who cannot lie,” One who cannot change, One who cannot fail.
What are the the ground of faith. The word of God which “liveth and abideth for ever” (I.Pet. I:23).
“ He that believeth as the Scriptures hath said ” (Isa.7,38). Every word of God is pure he is a shield unto them that put their trust in him.(Prov. 30:5).
There is no impurity in God’s word, nothing to be put away and nothing to add to. It is to be received just as it is given.
We are to desire the sincere milk of the Word. Many seek to boil it down before receiving it. They attempt to refine what God has already purified. The Word is not only pure, but “ sure.” “ Sure Word of prophecy.”
The Word of the Lord shall stand for ever (Isa. 40,8). Because it is already settled in heaven ” (Ps. 119: 89).
Then the ground of our faith is as faithful and true as the Object of it. Let us look unto Jesus who is the Author and finders of our faith.
The exercise of faith. Abraham believed God (Rom.4:5), and went out, not knowing whither he went (Heb.11: 8). He had but “ His Word,” as we have.
Caleb believed God when he said “Let us go up at once and possess it ” (Num.13: 30). God had promised to give them the land, and he believed, although the difficulties were great and numberless when he said, “ Nevertheless (although there seemed nothing but failure), at thy word I will let down the net” (Luke 5,5).
His word was all he had, but it was enough. And Peter even ventured to walk on the sea with a “ Come ” from Jesus.
Paul exercised faith when he said, “I believe God, that it shall be eventsit was told me” (Ac.27:5)
There are encouragements for our faith, “Believe and thou shalt see” (John 2:40).
Did Abraham not believe and see when made rich ? Peter believed and saw a great draught. What was Joshua’s testimony ? “There failed not aught which the Lord had spoken. All came to pass ” (Josh. 23,14).
What was Solomon’s testimony,“ Blessed the Lord, there hath not failed one word of all which He promised (I.Kings 8:56). Again, in (Mk.14:16) we read, the disciples went forthand found, as He had saidunto them. If they had not gone forth they could nothave proved the truthfulness of His word.
Is there a single case where faith has been disappointed in all the Revelation of God ? And if not, will there ever be one ?
The need of faith. Have faith in God. He cannot do many mighty works through us, because of our unbelief. If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed nothing shall be impossible unto you” (Mat.17:20).
“ All things whatsoever ye ask, believing, ye shall receive” (Mt.21:21). “ All things are yours, for ye are Christ’s.” This is either true or it is not true. If it is not true, we can have no confidence in God. If it is true, then why is it not our experience ? Might
Jesus not say to us,“ 0 fools and slow of heart to believe all that I have spoken.” Let the question be faced,
“Believe ye that I am able to do this? ” (Mt.9:28).
(3.) If He can say to you, “ Great is thy faith,” you may also expect that it shall be unto you, “ even as thou ask” “(Mt.15:28).
Look at the the result of faith. Many wonderful results are recorded in (Heb.11). It would be impossible to mention all the possibilities of faith, since it is written, “according to your faith it shall be done unto you.”
There is no limit given. We are straightened in ourselves. “ If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth ” (Mk.9:23).
Elias prayed, and it rained not by the space of three and a half years. He prayed again, and the heaven gave rain (Jas. 5:17,18).
Hezekiah trusted in the Lord God, there was none like him (II.Ki.18:5)