Acts 15:9 – And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.
Our Text for Today is one of the most powerful confirming texts about faith in the Scriptures. It simply lays the foundation for faith deeper, stronger, and more revealing. What can we say about it? Here of some of the leading thoughts.
- So, then faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.
- Without faith it is impossible to please God.
- Faith works by love.
- Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen.’
- If you have faith as a grain of mustard seed, you can move mountains.
- By grace we are saved, through faith.
- The just shall live by faith.
Our God is a faith God. Our works don’t please Him. Our righteousness does not please Him. Our eloquence does not please Him. Our contacts do not please Him. Our intelligence does not please Him. What pleases Him is faith, and the highest level of that faith is faith that will immediately act on whatever the Word of God says. When a Roman centurion said, “Speak the Word only, and my servant shall be healed,” Jesus said that was the greatest faith He had ever witnessed.
You see, the true works we do are rendered by faith. We are made righteous by faith. We speak by faith, calling things that be not as though they are. It is only faith in God that pleases Father. It is only the Name of Jesus spoken in faith that pleases Father. Faith, only faith. That is how any overcoming believer MUST live.
Faith is the great equalizer. I have heard it said that everyone stands on the same footing at the foot of the cross. That may be so, but if you will rise higher, if you will proceed to the upper room life, that is to be filled with Holy Ghost, you MUST do so by faith. And if you will go yet higher to a life of ministry in which you are a powerful blessing to others, you MUST do so by faith. And if you will stand victorious in every arena of life, overcoming the enemy in the Name of Jesus, you MUST do so by faith. There is NO other way. Faith, only faith.
Manna for Today – Acts 15:1-21; Mark 11:22-24; Romans 10:17; Hebrews 11:1-6; Galatians 5:6