荒漠甘泉02/22

荒漠甘泉∕2 月 22日

原作∕Mrs. Charles E. Cowman

 

「你若能信,在信的人,凡事都能。」(聖經馬可福音九章 23 節)

 

  我們難得能聽到信心準確的解釋。

 

  有一次,我們聚會的時侯,一個青年人問起怎樣可以從神那裡得到需要的幫助;於是有一個親愛的老婦人站起來,伸出她的指頭來指著那個青年人,很鄭重地回答說:「你只要相信神已經做了,事情就成了。」這才是信心準確的解釋。

 

  多少時侯,我們最大的危險乃是:求了神之後,我們不相信神已經作了,我們倒設法去幫助祂,還請別人去幫助祂;然後看神怎樣去做這件事。

 

  真的信心,一經「阿們」神的「我肯」,就放手,讓神獨自去完成祂的工作。它的不二法門就是,「當將你的事交託耶和華,並倚靠祂,祂就必成全。」(聖經詩篇三十七篇 5 節)。── 譯自《地上的天上生活》(Days of Heaven upon Earth)

 

  活潑的信心,在得到了神的應允以後,立刻能發出讚美和感謝來,雖然應允還沒有實踐;因為它知道神的支票和現款一樣好。── 亨利馬太(Henry Matthew)

 
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“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 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 connot, 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 healing, 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 head. 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.

 

 

 

 

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