Simple Faith Gives Unusual Confidence

For Lord’s Day, May 18, 2014
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Dear Saints,

My Mother and I recently hunted for treasures at the East Lake Goodwill’s large book section.  I uncovered a vein of gold which I know many of you have already been mining for years at great personal profit, Charles Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening (in hardback!).

His text for May 14 in the evening was Isaiah 40:11: “He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom.”  Jesus, the Good Shepherd, told us that He goes out to get the one wayward sheep and carry it back in His arms to rejoin His flock (Luke 15:4). Among several ways listed that Christ carries us, this one really touched and motivated me to have faith like a child in our Heavenly Father day by day (Mat. 18:3):

Frequently, He “carries” them by giving them a very simple faith, which takes the promise just as it stands, and believingly runs with every trouble straight to Jesus.  The simplicity of their faith gives them an unusual degree of confidence, which carries them above the world.

Beloved, may we pray to God, “We believe, help thou our unbelief” (Mark 9:24). And may we pray, “Increase our faith” (Luke 17:5). And may we simply trust that He will answer these simple prayers, and thus enjoy the unusual confidence and peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4:7), which carries us above the world, because it is not of the world but of Christ (John 14:27).

Semper Reformanda,
Pastor Grant

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