A wise man once advised John Wesley, saying, “Preach faith until you get faith, and then you will preach faith because you have faith.”
A young soldier of the Protestant faith was in emergency need of a chaplain. Since the Protestant chaplain was on leave,the Catholic chaplain went to see the boy.
“Father, I appreciate your coming to see me, but I want you to understand that I am a Protestant. I hope you won’t try to change my faith.” With a gentle smile, the Catholic chaplain replied, ‘My son, I don’t want to change your faith. I want your faith to change you.”
Our word faith comes from the Latin fides, derived from fidere, “to trust, confide in.”
The primary definition of faith is “unquestioning belief,” and a lesser meaning is “complete trust, confidence, or reliance, as children usually have faith in their parents.
John Owen said, “It is faith alone that takes believers out of this world, while they are in it, that exalts them above it while they are under its rage, that enables them to live upon things future and invisible, giving such a real subsistence unto them and victorious evidence of its possessors from fainting under all oppositions, temptation, and persecutions whatever.”
During an earthquake, the inhabitants of a small village were very much alarmed. One old woman, whom they all knew, was surprisingly calm and joyous.
Finally, one of them said to her, “Mother, are you not afraid?” “No. I rejoice to know that I have a God who can shake the world!”
“Fear keeps us up all night long, but faith makes one fine pillow.”
Pastor David Arnold
Gulf Coast Worship Center
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