Daily Streams

Active Faith

If thou canst believe, all things are possible. to him that believeth – Mark 9:23

Seldom have we heard a better definition of faith than was given once in one of our meetings, by a dear old colored woman, as she answered the question of a young man how to take the Lord for needed help.

In her characteristic way, pointing her finger toward him, she said with great emphasis: “You’ve just got to believe that He’s done it and it’s done.” The great danger with most of us is that, after we ask Him to do it, we do not believe that it is done, but we keep on helping Him, and getting others to help Him; and waiting to see how He is going to do it.

Faith adds its “Amen” to God’s “Yea,” and then takes its hands off, and leaves God to finish His work. Its language is, “Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust also in him; and he worketh.’ —Days of Heaven upon Earth

“I simply take Him at His word,

I praise Him that my prayer is heard,

And claim my answer from the Lord;

I take, He undertakes.”

An active faith can give thanks for a promise, though it be not as yet performed; knowing that God’s bonds are as good as ready money.

—Matthew Henry

Passive faith accepts the word as true

But never moves.

Active faith begins the work to do,

And thereby proves.

Passive faith says, “I believe it! every word of God is true.

Well I know He hath not spoken what He cannot, will not, do.

He hath bidden me, ’Go forward!’ but a closed-up way I see,

When the waters are divided, soon in Canaan’s land I’ll be.

Lo! I hear His voice commanding, ’Rise and walk: take up thy bed’;

And, ’Stretch forth thy withered member!’ which for so long has been dead.

When I am a little stronger, then, I know I’ll surely stand:

When there comes a thrill of heating, I will use with ease My other hand.

Yes, I know that ’God is able’ and full willing all to do:

I believe that every promise, sometime, will to me come true.”

Active faith says, “I believe it! and the promise now I take,

Knowing well, as I receive it, God, each promise, real will make.

So I step into the waters, finding there an open way;

Onward press, the land possessing; nothing can my progress stay.

Yea, I rise at His commanding, walk straightway, and joyfully:

This, my hand, so sadly shrivelled, as I reach, restored shall be.

What beyond His faithful promise, would I wish or do I need?

Looking not for ’signs or wonders,’ I’ll no contradiction heed.

Well I know that ’God is able,’ and full willing all to do:

I believe that every promise, at this moment can come true.”

Passive faith but praises in the light,

When sun doth shine.

Active faith will praise in darkest night—

Which faith is thine?

—Selected

Live Loved

“Whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.” ~ 1 CORINTHIANS 10:31

Proclaim God’s Glory

Whatever? Whatever. Let your message reflect his glory.

“Let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:16 NIV).

Let your salvation reflect God’s glory. “Having believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory” (Ephesians 1:13–14 NIV).

Let your body reflect God’s glory. “You are not your own. . . . Glorify God in your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19–20 NASB).

Your message, your salvation, your body, your struggles, your success—all proclaim God’s glory.

—IT’S NOT ABOUT ME 

 Gracious Father, we pray that every facet of our lives would bring glory to you. We want to honor you with every struggle we face as well as every success. May our words and actions uplift your name. May the testimony of our own salvation draw others to you. May our lives be consistent proclamations of your glory. You deserve all the honor and praise, amen.

Whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father. ~ COLOSSIANS 3:17 NASB

Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. ~ GALATIANS 5:16

If you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. ~ ROMANS 8:13                 

Jesus Always

Put on the armor of Light. To wear this bright, protective covering, you have to put aside deeds of darkness. You live in a world where darkness is prevalent all around you. You need My Light-armor to help you see things clearly—protecting you from being led astray by the worldliness that surrounds you.

I want you to walk in the Light with Me. Make every effort to live close to Me, aware of My loving Presence. Just as you put clothes on your body, you can also clothe yourself with Me. Such nearness to Me will help you make good decisions. Sometimes, though, you will make bad choices that lead you into sin. Do not despair when this happens. Because I am your Savior, I have made provision for all your sin. Moreover, the blood I shed on the cross cleanses you and keeps you walking in the Light.

If you confess your sins, I forgive you and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. I am faithful and just, and I delight in your nearness to Me.

The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

—Romans 13:12

But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

—1 John 1:7

Clothe yourselves with the Lord Jesus Christ, and do not think about how to gratify the desires of the sinful nature.

—Romans 13:14

If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

—1 John 1:9