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The Pilgrim Path (9-11-2020)

The Pilgrim Path---Hebrews 11: 1, 2

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.”

FAITH

“Do we have faith that can believe things unseen? Hope built upon outward probability is carnal hope. Faith carried out to things not seen is a faith to live by. Though Christ is now behind the veil of heaven, can you yet love and enjoy him and converse with him in heaven as if you did see him? ‘Though you have not seen him, you love him. Though you do not now see him, you believe in him and rejoice with joy that is inexpressible and filled with glory’ (I Peter 1: 8).” Thomas Manton

“There are three evidences of strong sight: (1) When we have it, faith is able to see things afar off. (2) When there are clouds obscuring our hopes, faith’s sight can pierce through them. (3) When there is little light with many obstacles, faith yet breaks through to see things remote! Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Richard Sibbes

“Weak faith is all for the present. If it does not receive its desires immediately, it grows impatient and lays down sad conclusions against itself---‘My prayer was not heard,’ or ‘God does not love me!’ Thus, it is difficult to keep from fainting. But strong faith can trade with God and wait for his leisure. He knows his investment is in a good hand, and is not too quick to call for it, knowing that the longest voyages have the richest returns.” William Gurnall

“Faith would rather part with the dearest thing on earth than part with God. To strengthen the eye of faith, let us take heed of Satan, that he doesn’t dim our sight with the dust of the world.” Richard Sibbes

“Among all the gifts of God there is nothing more useful than faith. It is profitable for this life and the life to come. It is profitable for all parts and purposes in our lives. The use of it will be manifold and rich in every manner.” Samuel Ward

“We might beg ourselves rich if we could but hold our withered hands to Christ, and learn to seek, ask and knock. Faith lives and spends upon our captain’s account who is able to pay for all. If there were millions of worlds, and as many heavens full of men and angels, Christ would not be pinched to supply all our wants. Christ is a well of life, but who knows how deep it is to the bottom?” Samuel Rutherford

“Faith looks for the hand of heaven in the events of life. It looks beyond to the heart of God. ‘The Lord took away’ said Job. God always acts from love, and the saints’ good is always the end of his dispensations. Faith’s heart is upon future glory.” Thomas Lye

“We must live the life of faith now---faith as wide as the Word of God, and narrow as the Word of God.” John Duncan

“Be wise and attend to the obeying, and let Christ manage the providing. Come and survey your Father’s storehouse, and ask whether He will let you starve while He has laid up so great an abundance in His garner? Look at His heart of mercy; see if that can ever prove unkind! Look at His inscrutable wisdom; see if that will ever be at fault. Above all, look up to Jesus Christ your Intercessor, and ask yourself, while He pleads, can your Father deal ungraciously with you? If He remembers every sparrow, will He forget one of the least of His poor children? Charles Haddon Spurgeon

Matthew Henry prayed for FAITH:

“As we have received Christ Jesus the LORD by faith, let us walk in him with the same faith. Let us be rooted and built up in him, established in the faith as we have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving. Let every word of yours profit us as it is mixed with faith. By our faith let us receive the testimony of Jesus, and then offer our own testimony that you, our God, are always true. Work in us that faith which makes substance out of things hoped for and provides confirmation for things not seen. Let us look beyond visible things that are temporal and focus on invisible things that are eternal. Amen.”

I would not have the restless will that hurries to and fro,

Seeking for some great thing to do, or secret thing to know;

I would be treated as a child and guided where I go.

Anna L. Waring, 1850

Grace and Peace in Jesus Christ Our Risen LORD, Pastor Jason