Believe What God Says He Will Do for Us
By A. W.Tozer
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins
may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall
come from the presence of the Lord. - - Acts 3:19
True faith requires that we believe everything that
God has said about Himself, but also that we believe
everything He has said about us!
Until we believe that we are as bad as God says we are,
we can never believe that He will do for us what He says
He will do. Right here is where popular religion breaks
down. It never quite accepts the severity of God or the
depravity of man. It stresses the goodness of God and
man's misfortune. It makes sin a pardonable frailty and
God is not too much concerned about it --- He merely
wants us to trust in His goodness.
To believe thus is to ground faith upon falsehood and
build our eternal hope upon sand. God has spoken. We
are all under solemn obligation to hear the affirmations
of the Holy Ghost.
To manipulate the Scriptures so as to make them
excuse us, compliment us and console us is to do despite
to the written Word and to reject the Living Word. To
believe savingly in Jesus Christ is to believe all He has
said about Himself and all that the prophets and apostles
have said about Him.
A dreamy, sentimental faith which ignores the judg-
ments of God against us and listens to the affirmations
of the soul is as deadly as cyanide. A faith which
passively accepts all of the pleasant texts of the Bible
while it overlooks or rejects the stern warnings and
commandments of those same Scriptures is not the faith
of which Christ and His apostles spoke!
Yours in Christ,
Paul N. F.