Saturday, April 22, 2017

Do you have faith? Do you have Assurance? Faith commeth by hearing the word of God!

By John Foll, Written between 04/03/2017 and 04/07/2017, and on 04/22/2017.
© Copyright 2017 John Foll

Do you have faith? Do you lack the faith to believe that God can save you, bad as you are? Do you have faith to claim God’s rich promises for you in the Bible and become an overcomer? Do you have faith that can move mountains, mountains of doubt?

Have no fear! If you have many doubts and struggles and do not yet have the assurance of your own salvation, you may yet gain this assurance! If you will just listen to God’s word in the Holy Bible and cooperate with Him, humbling your heart before Him, you will gain all the faith you need to believe His word, and claim His rich promises for you! This is God’s promise to you, as we will see in this mini study! This will enable you to get your rich reward in Heaven that Jesus and His Father have promised to all who love them. John 14:1-4. Because faith commeth by hearing: hearing the word of God. “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Romans 10:17 KJV. And as E. J. Waggoner taught in his book,“The Gospel in Creation”, Chapter 1: the First Day, p. 19-20, 33-37, 41-42, we have a rock solid foundation that we can build on: we can build on the word of God! It is impossible for God to lie.That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:  Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.” Hebrews 6:18-20 KJV. Because Jesus is our mediator with the Father (1 Timothy 2:5) and paid the price for our sins (Romans 6:8-10), we have a strong refuge so that we can lay hold of the hope set before us, it is impossible for God to lie. So let us build upon ‘the rock’ of Christ, the solid rock of Jesus, the solid foundation! Matthew 7:24-27; Luke 6:47-49; Isaiah 28:16. For you can believe that God loves you, as Jesus declared in John 3:16, and there can be no stronger foundation than this, because it is impossible for God to lie, and because He is all powerful, loving and kind, and can never fail!

Let us therefore believe the word of God in the Bible, and not doubt Him or His love for us and all of humanity. In reading, studying and meditating on His words and His precepts in the Bible, and in the faith building stories contained therein, as well as the stories showing the consequences of sinning and falling away, we are warned and warmed, and our faith in God will grow: if we feed on and continue to feed on His word, and continue to ‘hear’ His word and want to obey. The same supernatural power that created the universe is contained in the word of God. When God speaks, what He says always comes to pass (unless it is a conditional promise and the conditions were not met), because He speaks not as a man speaks, but in His words are contained the creative power that created the Universe, and He is our God, who formed man out of the dust of the ground and breathed into him the breath of life! Genesis 2:9. When God speaks, and says let there be light (Genesis 1:3), there will always be light, because if it doesn’t exist, when He speaks, His word creates it. And in Jesus’ word, which is the word of His Father, there is life and life more abundantly! John 10:10. Yes, we have studied this in many of our Jones and Waggoner articles here, but continue to listen and hear these words of God, and they will take effect in your heart; if you cooperate with Him, they will produce faith in your heart. They cannot fail to produce these effects, because they are the words of God! This is how you get faith, so that you can please God! By reading, hearing and listening to the words of God contained in the Bible! It says in Hebrews, “And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6 NASB. But as we have seen, since faith comes from the reading, listening to and hearing the word of God (and doing - implied), then it is plain enough that how we can please God is by reading, listening to and hearing the word of God, since this is how we gain faith! And as A. T. Jones would say: there can be no faith without the hearing and the listening to the word of God. It is evident therefore that this is the only way we can get real faith, because God and His Son are the only sure foundation that we can build on.

There is a wonderful power in the word of God regardless of where it is found in the scriptures! – The same power that created the heavens and the earth! This power will transform you and remake you, if you will just read and listen to it! It is not any work of yourself, but the work of God that will happen, if you listen to His words and let them produce their results in you. If you let these words preach to your soul, though you be weaker than the weakest, and the greatest of sinners, they will work their miraculous power in your life and change you, giving you life!Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land:” Isaiah 1:18-19 KJV. God’s word has the power to help you believe that you are forgiven and white as wool, if you have confessed your sins, and just listen to it. 1 John 1:9. His words have the power to help you to believe in Jesus His Son, that you may have eternal life (John 3:16-17), and that you may claim all of God’s wonderful promises in the Bible for yourself, that you may have all your true needs and true desires met. You don’t have to be a mighty faith warrior in order to become a giant of faith, be happy, full of Joy, be an overcomer, and eventually gain eternal life! For if you will listen and continue to listen to and meditate on all His words of truth, His Law of Love, faith and promises in the scriptures, His word alone: His mighty power will do all of this for you! Amen!

And may the love of God, and may the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all! Amen. 2 Corinthians 13:14 NASB.

P.S. If you will just let God’s word do its work in your heart, He will work such a miracle of His grace in your heart, and mighty will be the results! Don’t resist His love for you! Why would you want to? When such peace, love, joy and faith and power to be good and to do good can be yours and you will become so happy! And your life will finally please God! Amen!

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