Faith in God


By Robert S. Candlish

      “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform”

      (Rom. 4:21).

      I at least never dream of calling in question the omnipotence of God. I perfectly well know, and am firmly convinced, that what he has promised he is able also to perform. And yet I see not how that knowledge and conviction will of itself make me, or any man, strong in faith.

Very true, O friend. To believe that God is omnipotent, however strongly, with whatever full persuasion, when that belief is the mere admission of a dogma in theology, a general truth or proposition, proved by reason and affirmed in Scripture; so to believe and be fully persuaded and assured that what God has promised he is able also to perform; will go but a little way towards strengthening or establishing you in that faith which glorifies God. But let me again remind you that the faith in question is believing God; not believing something about God, but believing God. It is a personal dealing of God with you, and of you with God. He and you come together; he to speak, you to hear; he to promise, you to believe; you to ask, he to give.

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