PREACHED By L. Roloff



Thirty Thoughts On Faith

  • Faith is real. It is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Spiritual substance is the evidence of the only things that are real.

  • Faith is a gift. "As God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith." Romans 12:3. "For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves. it is the gift of God: not of works, lest any man should boast." Ephesians 2:8-9.

  • Faith is the life of Christ. "The life which I now live in the flesh, I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave Himself for me." Galatians 2:20. "And be found in Him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." Philippians 3:9. "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe." Romans 3:22.

  • Faith is the rope tied to the bucket of reality, dipping itself into the fullness of God.

  • Faith is stepping when there is no place to step, like Moses at the Red Sea when commanded of the Lord to go forward. Like the black man who was chided because of his great faith in God when someone said, "I guess if God told you to jump through that brick wall, you'd jump." He said, "Yes, sir; it's my responsibility to jump and God's to make a hole in the wall."

  • Faith is victory. "This is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith." I John 5:4b.

  • Faith is living the overcoming life.

  • Faith is more forceful than fire. Jesus became the fourth man in the fire for the Hebrew children and they came out without the smell of smoke.

  • Faith is the key to the lions' jaws. It delivered Daniel without a scratch.

  • Faith is the power that destroyed the walls of Jericho.

  • Faith is the road to the city not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. Abraham must have become the laughing stock of his neighbors and friends and business associates and yet, faith justified him as we see Lazarus in Abraham's bosom. He certainly had found that city.

  • Faith became deliverance for the millions of Israelites without a shot being fired and with only one casualty, and that cost Moses a sentence of forty years in the wilderness. You know, faith never uses force or the flesh or pressure – it works altogether by spiritual laws and principles. That's the reason it is so despised and misunderstood by the world. Faith scarcely makes the headlines with man, but it makes the "Who's Who" of heaven.

  • Faith is seeing the unseen – the invisible. Moses, by faith, saw Him who is invisible. It looks like everything is in the very grip of the picture show hour and the seeing time now. The thing that got Eve – when she SAW. The thing that precipitated the flood – when the sons of God SAW. The thing that wrecked Achan – when he SAW, lusted, and took. The thing that knocked David from the pinnacle of power – when he SAW Bathsheba. The thing that brought about a brokenhearted Moses – when the people cried to Aaron for a god they could SEE. Oh, how could so much junk crawl up in our homes and churches to blind the eye of faith and dishonor God.

  • Faith is endurance. "He endured as seeing Him who is invisible." Hebrews 11:27b

  • Faith is the opposite of fear. The parents of Moses were not afraid because they had faith. Hebrews 11:23.

  • Faith is pleasing God. "Without faith, it is impossible to please Him." "He that cometh to God must believe that He is." Hebrews 11:6. "Now faith is." Hebrews 11:1a. Faith makes Jesus current with your problems. Faith makes Him a today's Saviour and Helper.

  • Faith is Bible living. "The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach," Romans 10: 8.

  • Faith is salvation. "By grace are ye saved through faith." Ephesians 2:8a

  • Faith is the Christian's keeping power. "Who are kept through the power of God through faith." I Peter 1:5

  • Faith is the hand and arm that is reaching after the garment of God for certain healing. The woman for twelve years had exhausted money, strength, and every hope and yet, when by faith she touched Him, she felt that she was made whole and she was. Even though she had an element of fear, she was still made whole and Jesus commended her.

  • Faith is man's extremity and God's opportunity. Faith works better when the last straw of human help has been exhausted. When Jacob was shut up to faith at Jabbok, he came out with the victory.

  • It's life's extension cord. Hezekiah prayed after the undertaker had knocked on the door, and God gave him fifteen more years.

  • Faith is the authority of God. The centurion cried out, "Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed."

  • Faith is the mixture that makes the Gospel effective, Hebrews 4:2.

  • Faith is the storm-stopper. Jesus said, "Peace, be still," and the waves laid down like obedient dogs. After fourteen days of abstinence, Paul stood on the wind and rain swept deck and said it would be all right, "For I believe God." Acts 27:25

  • Faith is man resting and God working.

  • Faith is receiving. Mark 11:24.

  • Faith is giving all. The little boy who came to hear Jesus and brought his lunch of five loaves and two fishes gave all he had. I don't believe he would have given his whole lunch away, or maybe any of it, before he heard Jesus, but after he heard the Saviour speak, he gladly offered it all. That's Scriptural. "...faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." Romans 10:17

  • Faith is God in action on the battlefield, winning every battle and making real what Christ made possible.

  • Faith is complete surrender demonstrated by Jesus on the cross, denied by Peter, forsaken by His own, betrayed by Judas, with heaven's gates closed in His face, with the angels silent, his telephone line to the Father's house clipped, deserted by the Spirit, and yet, He said, "It is finished." Luke 23:46. "Father, into Thy hands I commend my spirit." John 19:13.

  • Do you remember the story of the little girl on the mission field who pled with the missionary to let her go live with her in her home? The missionary said, "Honey, I don't have the provisions to take care of you. Let us pray and believe that someone from the homeland will send provisions." When the missionary had gone back across the hills to the little neighbor village where she lived, she found a letter with a check sufficient to take care of the little girl. She said to one of her converts, a faithful servant, "Will you go back across those hills and find that little girl and bring her?" In a few, moments, the servant left and then in just a few more moments he was back with the little girl holding to his hand. The missionary said to the little girl, "How did you get here so quick?" She said, "Well, Miss Missionary, I knew that if you prayed and I prayed and we both believed, I might as well get on my way and so I did." That' s child-like faith.

    "If you had been living when Christ was on earth,
    And had met the Saviour kind,
    What would you have asked Him to do for you,
    Supposing you were stone blind ?"

    The child considered, and then replied,
    "I expect that, without doubt,
    I'd have asked for a dog, with a collar and chain,
    To lead me daily about."

    And how often thus, in our faithless prayers,
    We acknowledge with shamed surprise
    We have only asked for a dog and a chain
    When we might have had OPENED EYES!

    Can you hear Jesus asking His disciples these questions – "Where is your faith?" "How is it that ye have no faith?" "Oh, faithless and perverse generation ... If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove." "If thou canst believe, all things are possible to him that believeth."In this day when much of the work of God looks wilted and Christianity looks awfully pale, it is no time to retreat, but a time to retrench and retread and rewind, and even though we must be living in the days of the final apostasy, where faith has faded into form and lost its fire, I believe there can be something genuine when Jesus comes again. With Jesus interceding above and the Holy Spirit indwelling and abiding in our heart, there is no excuse or reason for failure. I keep hearing that song, "The thing that you have prayed for is on its way and paid for, so hold on a little longer, hold on." Yet, I've come to the place where I've had to confess to God that I couldn't hold on. He would have to hold me on. And my faith is unswerving and unwavering. I'm fully persuaded that what He has promised, He is able also to perform, Romans 4:21.

    L. Roloff









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