Taking God by His Word: Using Faith

This devotional was done by Otis “Touches” Codling

Focus scripture Matthew 5:18
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

We know by definition in Hebrews that “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” (Hebrew 11:1), right?
But what is faith?

  • It is not a hunch, and it is not positive thinking.
  • Faith does not believe everything will work out.
  • Faith is not responding in emotions or feelings to miracles and signs.
  • Faith does not believe simply that God can.

Faith knows that GOD WILL. Real faith is dead to doubt.

  • Faith is taking God at His word.
  • It is dumb to discouragement.
  • It is blind to impossibilities.
  • It knows that God will.

Now this is the kind of faith we need.
According to Romans 5:1 “Therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
We all know that God honours His word above His name, right?  Its scriptural at that too (Psalm 138:2).
This appears to be the easiest of rules; to honour the Word of God above the name of God.  But practically no other rule is harder, certainly none is so little kept.
Between man and man, the social law of faith is so strict that if you do not believe what a man says you are held to commit the greatest wrong you can inflict upon him.  On the same hand, think of this…. God, has the same sense of jealousy for His own truthfulness and same indignant feeling of wrong and outrage when His word is questioned….
So you see, when we doubt God and question His word He gets “mad/angry”.
Because it seems as if we are saying He is telling a lie, and God doesn’t need to do that.

Unbelief is saying that God is telling a lie…. It is no light matter to treat any word of God as an unreality, it is an insult thrown in His face.
Who does God take at his word?
The timid man? The loiterer? The man who has no peace? The unhappy man?
The man who doubts his interest? The man who puts away the promises? Can anyone of these escape the condemnation?
Are we taking God at His word?
God says “All have sinned” (Romans 3:23). Do you realize yourself a helpless sinner?
Jesus said, “It is finished” (John 19:30). Have you accepted your salvation as a finished thing or are you thinking “I must do something to secure my salvation?”
He says, “him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out” (John 6:37) but do you ask, “I fear He will not receive me”?
He says, “The blood of Jesus Christ cleanseth from all sin” (1 John 1:7) but do you say, “no, not quite all”?
He says to penitents, “your sins are forgiven you” (1 John 2:12) but do you read it “I shall be forgiven by-and-by”
He says “Take no thought – I will provide” (Matthew 6: 29-33) but you are anxious.

Is all this taking God at His word?
You must go back to the simplicities of childhood. If his/her’s confidence has not been abused, a little child takes everybody at his word, and never suspects anyone.
You must take honouring views of what God’s Word is. The Spirit of God Himself is in that Word.

You must acquaint yourself with the Speaker.

How shall we trust the Word if we do not trust the Speaker?

Prayer: Our reigning King, we approach Your throne humbly to ask for Your forgiveness.  Help us to take Your Word for what they are and never doubt it.  Help us to listen to and believe in Your words because You are not like man so You cannot lie.  Thank You, Lord for being the same trustworthy and dependable God.  Have Your way in our hearts as we ask You to remove everything that hinders us from relying on Your Words, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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