Petal Barclay-Smith


Faith Works


By PBS Ministries

Preacher and Evangelist, the late Dwight Lyman Moody said: “There are three kinds of faith in Christ:  1. Struggling faith, like a man in deep water desperately swimming. 2. Clinging faith, like a man hanging to the side of a boat. 3. Resting faith, like a man safely within the boat (and able to reach out with a hand to help someone else get in).

There is nothing on earth that pleases Christ so much as faith. In the Book of Hebrews 10: 23-25, we learn that we must “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful.  And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds,  not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day

Our God is a faithful God. He honors His words. He is not a God that shall lie. Whatever He has promised us, it will come to pass, but we must hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm.  This will take mustard seed faith. For we live by faith and not by sight. Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It is by faith that we are saved through Christ Jesus, it is by faith that we understand the universe was formed by God’s command, so that what is seen is not made out of what was visible.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God who has plans for our lives, plans that will prosper us and not harm us, plans to give us hope and a future.  Many times, those plans seem very long in coming and as we wait, our struggles become mountainous.  I encourage us to continue to delight ourselves in the Lord and He will give us the desires of our heart.

The process of waiting is never an easy undertaking, but the Bible tells us, they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not go weary, they shall walk and not faint. My prayer is that the Lord will teach us to wait upon Him. Through our faith in Christ, we can encourage another sister or brother to withstand the test of time for at the end there will be rejoicing. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.  

The stronger ones in the faith are to encourage the weaker ones, stimulating one another to love and good deeds.  We are admonished in 1 Peter 4:8-10 to keep loving one another earnestly,since love covers a multitude of sins. We must show hospitality to one another without grumbling. As God has gifted us, we are to use our gift to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.  

Our trials are only to test our faith, to show that it is strong and pure. We may go through the fire like Job, but when we are out, we will be like pure gold and it will bring much praise, honor and  glory to God.

It was by faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

It was by faith that Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise.

It was by faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

I challenged us to stand true to what we believe. Be courageous. Be strong in our faith.  Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful. Let us have the Job kind of faith. Let our faith be as strong and Noah’s and Sarah’s, so when we have been tried and tested and come through as pure gold, we will give all the thanks and praise to God. Amen

The Lord has laid this song on my heart a few days and I want to share it with many of you who are waiting for God to fulfill His promises to you. I want to let you know that, It is your time! Be blessed.

6 comments on “Faith Works

  1. ebun23
    October 3, 2013

    Love this! Very timely. God bless Petal.

  2. shadeakinbiyi
    October 4, 2013

    Amen! Bless you for this encouraging word. 🙂

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