Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #39 --- Faith
Quotations on Faith (Set No. 2)
You may measure any faith and you may test your own by its power to vitalize all your life, to permeate and direct every motive, to make itself felt as the constant determinative force of your life.
---Henry F. Cope, Flesherton Advance, Flesherton, Ontario, Canada, April 1, 1909.
Our faith in God’s goodness and power is shown by what we do under the influence of His rich promises.
---Carleton R. Ball, The Evening Times, Washington, D.C., Aug. 16, 1902.
Faith finds an ever-widening scope in God’s unfathomable wisdom.
---S Parkes Cadman, Brooklyn Daily Eagle, Brooklyn, N.Y., April 16, 1934.
Walking in faith is walking in the light of His face.
---Elijah Powell Brown, Aberdeen Herald, Aberdeen, Wash., Dec. 5, 1904.
Faith always looks at the bright side of a dark picture; unbelief always looks at the dark side of a bright picture.
---Octavius Winslow, quoted by John R. Whitney, Minneapolis Journal, Minneapolis, Minn., Oct. 26, 1901.
Faith is imagination armed with knowledge.
---Roy L. Smith, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Jan. 9, 1934.
Sweeter is labor with God’s blessing on it, as faith recites each day hope’s secret sonnet.
---Edmund J. Kiefer, Buffalo Courier-Express, Buffalo, N.Y., Sept. 27, 1936.
Faith and love refer to the heart; truth and knowledge have to do with the mind. The warmth of faith and love determine the wealth of truth and knowledge. The intensity of the former gives accuracy to the latter. Faith is the foundation and all that springs from faith is to be expressed in love.
---Harold J. Sutton, The Alliance Weekly, New York, N.Y., June 30, 1954.
Many shipwrecks of faith are made upon the icebergs of frozen philosophy.
---William Jennings Bryan, The Daily Standard Union, Brooklyn, N.Y., Nov. 6, 1912.
There is nothing too high for faith to scale, no circumference too great for it to fathom.
---Billy Sunday, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Richmond, Va., Jan. 14, 1919.
By faith men receive the renewing power that makes them children of God. By works they show that this power has accomplished its purpose, that they are children of God. Men are justified by faith, but faith is justified by works.
---J.E. Gilbert, Evening Star, Washington, D.C., Sept. 15, 1906.
The secret of security is in a heart fixed on God and on the things which are made precious through faith in God. If our hearts are fixed on God, He will take possession of our lives. If we grasp His hand He will take hold of ours. If we cast our anchors among the great unseen realities of God’s love and care—which have been revealed through Christ—our anchor will hold in all the storms of life.
---Herbert O. Erbele, Lyons Republican & Clyde Times, Lyons, N.Y., Oct. 21, 1954.
Faith is that act and habit of the soul by which God is brought in from the distance and enthroned in the heart and over the life.
---Charles M. Hawkins, Kansas City Journal, Kansas City, Mo., May 17, 1897.
Reason is the mind’s lamp, faith is its reflector.
---John Wesley Holland, Livonia Gazette, Livonia, N.Y., Jan. 24, 1936.
Faith is a grateful arch which spans the chasm between man the finite and God the infinite.
---Charles Edward Locke, Warrensburg News, Warrensburg, N.Y., Jan. 14, 1909.
Faith is the basis of everything that is true and good and helpful in the world. Faith is seated in the understanding, and has an eye to see the good and sense it as well as an eye to see the bad and fleet from it.
---J.J. Bullen, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, May 15, 1911.
Every step in the Christian life must be taken in faith. Faith is the signboard that points the way, the staff upon which the pilgrim leans, and when the way grows dark, it is a good angel that encourages him and leads him home.
---C.B. Bagby, The Evening Times, Washington, D.C., Aug. 9, 1902.
Your feelings result from your faith and not your faith from your feelings. To rejoice in the Lord always is a glorious principle, but to mean anything to you it must be the result of your faith in Him and obedience to His will.
---D.R. Dungan, Aurora Daily Express, Aurora, Ill., Jan. 11, 1900.
Faith in Christ begins the Christian’s life, and the same trust and confidence in Him gives the Christian power to master his body and to daily work in His steps, and to finish His work. Your unhappiness and weakness does not prove that Christ is not able, but that you do not use Him.
---Watson M. Fairley, El Paso Herald, El Paso, Texas, Feb. 24, 1917.
Confidence in God implies faith in His Son, indeed, the belief that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of the living God, is both the beginning and the center of the Christian system.
---O.A. Bartholomew, The Evening Telegraph, Philadelphia, Pa., Dec. 24, 1866.
The eye of faith sees visions of the future. Faith sees Him that is individual. Faith is “the substance of things hoped for,” or the demonstration of things not seen. Faith is like a telescope, for it reveals things beyond the eye of sense to see.
---Henry Crampton, Holt County Sentinel, Oregon, Mo., May 28, 1897.
God tests the faith of His saints not to break it, but to prove and strengthen it.
---Newman Hall, The Evening Telegraph, Philadelphia, Pa., Nov. 18, 1867.
We can never be great in this life until we conquer by a great faith. Faith makes the man. There are no boundaries to a life of faith. It has no limits. Faith makes us unafraid, regardless of our circumstances. We all have some faith. Why not cultivate the little we do have until it grows dominant in our lives?
---Chelsea H. “C.H.” Kelley, Williamson Daily News, Williamson, W. Va., Dec. 30, 1949.
We often place a low valuation on ourselves, although God has invested in us wonderful possibilities for good which it is for us to develop and from which we should return dividends to him. It may be that our word is the only word some men close to the brink can hear. The grasp of our hand may be the only grasp that can put new faith into some man whom discouragement has caused to distrust.
---C.L. Tate, Oswego Daily Times, Oswego, N.Y., July 24, 1909.
If men are truly imbued with faith, it will prompt them to godly deeds. This is the kind of belief that will save man. It will cause men to emulate the nobility of the Redeemer. The citadel of such a belief will remain unmoved in the storms of the powers of darkness. The doctrine is eminently reasonable that faith without works is dead and will have no effect in saving man.
---George Bywater, Salt Lake Herald, Salt Lake City, Utah, June 17, 1895.
Faith and persistency are life’s architects, while doubt and despair bury everything under the ruins of endeavor.
---Theophile Meerschaert, The Indian Advocate, Sacred Heart, Okla., April 1908.
Faith is the first step on the stairway to heaven.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, Oct. 17, 1929.
Faith is a director in the Trust Company of God.
—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, April 24, 1924.
If you've got no joy in your religion it's because you've got a leak in your faith.
—Billy Sunday, Nashville Banner, Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9, 1924.
Faith is putting your hand in God's hand and following where He leads without question.
—J. Benjamin Lawrence, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Oct. 7, 1915.
To deny God is to deny the handiwork of His intelligence.
—James E. Talmage, Daily Enquirer, Provo, Utah, Jan. 31, 1891.
If your faith does not justify itself by its fruits there's little use worrying over its roots.
—Henry F. Cope, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill., Nov. 8, 1908.
Faith is a cardinal virtue in any enterprise of a spiritual character. Faith is the belief of testimony. Prove what you believe by your deeds, not words.
—Arthur Growden, The Daily Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., April 11, 1926.
Whenever anyone begins to weaken in their attachment to, and belief of, the word of God, there is a giving away sooner or later of the whole moral life. Faith determines conduct always. You cannot live better than you believe.
—J.L. Vipperman, The Commercial Dispatch, Columbus, Miss., Dec. 11, 1930.
Let us take up the chisel of Faith and the mallet of Good Works, and pound, pound away upon the crude rock of worldly wickedness, chipping away all iniquity, and when we have polished the stone with gospel truth, then with the finer tool of the Holy Spirit let us carve these words, “Seek intelligence, which is God’s glory.”
—Ben E. Rich, Southern Star, Chattanooga, Tenn., Feb. 24, 1900.
Faith is a synthetic mixture of belief, trust, adventure and expectancy. One cannot have faith unless these four elements are properly mixed. ... Faith is the power line between the heart of the omnipotent Christ and the life of the believer.
—Norman W. Cox, Baptist Record, Jackson, Miss., Sept. 24, 1942.
Faith is spiritual perspiration as well as inspiration.
—Adrian W. Cannon, Amo Servitum, Los Angeles, Calif., January 1968.
Faith is not a decision made only once, but a decision made new every day. Faith is not something into which we are reborn full-grown in one dramatic experience. We grow in faith and we grow into faith.
—James M. Wert, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, April 25, 1987.
Any person who has known God comes to this relationship by faith. Without faith there is not enough evidence to prove God. With faith there is not enough evidence to disprove Him. Faith is more than an inclination to believe; more than a capricious act of the mind. Faith seeks, finds, and interprets evidence. But faith sees beyond the evidence at hand.
—Browning Ware, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, June 14, 1968.
A faith that proves itself is ready for the larger service. The faith of dependence becomes through testing, a faith of independent aggression. ... There can be no bestowment of Spirit except through the channel of a faith that sees the end of such faith's mission. A blind faith is not a vital faith; and the Spirit is not given except to him whose life is utilized upon one specific end. Faith receives nothing by accident.
—Charles T. Alexander, The Baptist Chronicle, Alexandria, La., March 2, 1911.
Faith is not "the venture." It is the courage behind the venture. It is knowledge, courage and decision combined. It is not so much the voice of reason as the acceptableness of command authority. God must be, first, an authority. His authority must be law, regardless of the power of our reason to define his will. Faith accepts, it does not argue. It executes; never hesitates. It ventures, because so commanded, and never questions the so-called sanity of the command of Him who calls the venture. ...
Without faith man could not persist. Our habits are merely faith in action. Every promise we give is by faith. Faith is not fanatical, or disastrous; it is fed by the soul, not passions.
Faith unravels the puzzles and tangles of life. It is not dull, but keen. It is the accomplishment of noble thinking. Faith does not narrow the soul, by living in the past or present. It dignifies life by living in the future. Faith, let alone and unmolested, will demand greater things than we know life has.
Faith gives the soul a thirst for immortality. It never plans the successes of the future by the accomplishments of the past. Faith demands perfection. We are constantly making promises to the demands of faith, but never executing.
—F.B. Shepherd, The Living Message, Morrillton, Ark., July 15, 1926.
One can have high spiritual experience in a moment's flash. But to really catch the Spirit of God, we must live with Him. ... The door through which God enters our lives is faith. It is not by feeling but by believing that we possess God. When God comes into us we become a different person. ... The Holy Spirit is like electricity. Electric power will not go in where it cannot come out. You cannot have the Spirit of God as a private affair. There is no such thing as a solitary Christian. If you want God to come into you, you must be willing to let God go through you. He must go with you into every activity of your life. You must share Him with others. Your abilities and resources become His.
—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 20, 1960.
Faith in God's infinite love is the only ocean which is deep enough to drown every trouble.
—Dean Allen, Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, N.M., April 29, 1923.
How do we acquire faith? First and foremost, it is a gift of God. It is associated with the first and great commandment. As we love our Father in Heaven with all our heart, might, mind and strength–and begin to apply this love–He blesses us with faith. The personal contribution is important. Belief is mental assent, but it is the moral acceptance of responsibility of such assent which is included in faith. Faith is the foundation of hope which springs from our aspirations, ambitions, and confidences for the future. It is the secret of ambition, the soul of heroism, and the motivating power behind effort.
—Eric B. Bailey, Accelerator, Sydney, Australia, June 1967.
Faith is a combination of confidence in God and commitment to God. In confidence or trust we recognize the truth of God's claim in Christ. This confidence resembles what we mean when we talk about "trusting another person." But faith is more than this confidence and trust. Faith describes the relationship of our lives committed to the God whom we trust. Grace is the hand that God reaches down from heaven, faith the hand that man reaches up from earth. Faith lays hold of God, but what is far more important, it gives God something to lay hold of. Grace is the hand that gives, faith is the hand that receives. The result is a way of life.
—Edward B. Hollenbeck, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., Sept. 17, 1964.
He who travels the wrong road takes his journey twice. Beware, you who are on the wrong road and expecting to return to the right one sometime in the future. This wrong road is a broad one at the start, but it is going to narrow down as you go along till you haven't room to turn and will be forced to go on to inevitable destruction. Sometimes friends and relatives have to pick the erring one up boldly and get him turned back for the weary return journey. The man who is strong is the man who through Christian faith keeps to the highway, avoiding bypaths and pushing courageously through the detours that come to test that faith.
—George B. Webster, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, June 29, 1925.
Many times we pray for an increase of faith but do not realize that faith grows by severe exercise. After we pray and God sends some severe test to strengthen our faith, we cringe and draw back from the very things that will strengthen our faith. There are some things that God cannot do, and one of them is to give us the strength that comes from severe trial. We will have to get it by actual exercise. The way to learn to swim is to plunge into the water. ... The way to get strong faith is to exercise it in severe tests. "Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth." (Hebrews 12:6.) We are not called in this world to a life of ease, but of discipline. We are in God's school, and He is not now instructing us in the easy branches, or those always to our liking. It is a school of hard problems, the solution of which strengthens our manhood and teaches us how to fly toward Heaven. The way we get the proper use of our spiritual wings is by properly using our knees. We prosper best when we have just enough to keep us on our knees a good deal of the time.
—Orville Jackson, Searcy Daily Citizen, Searcy, Ark., May 28, 1982.
Without faith we can neither retain what truth we have nor be prepared for greater truth to come. ... Each truth that appears is as a golden wedge widening the gap for a greater truth to follow. ... The knowledge that we receive and assimilate strengthens and enlarges our souls and prepared them for the reception of further knowledge, higher, wider and deeper still. The lesser ever goes before the greater, preparing its way. But if we receive not the lesser, how can we prepare for, how can we hope to obtain the greater? Reject not the truth when it is presented to you; for if God offers a gift of knowledge to a man and he refuses to receive it, he will be condemned. It is an insult to Deity to fling His gifts back into His face. God never offers a blessing where He does not desire it to be received, where He has not first given the capacity to receive. Hence our accountability in the premises. ... Despise not the truth because of its lowly origin, nor wait for it to become popular before embracing it.
—Orson F. Whitney, The Journal, Logan, Utah, June 5, 1895.
Our faith is not mere opinion, not a mere feeling, but is a firm and unshakable adherence of the mind to truth revealed by God. The motive for it is the authority of God. ... Faith is not a blind movement of the mind, but depends on a rational motive. ... The intellect does not freely and naturally yield its assent except to evidence. We need the illumination and inspiration of the Holy Spirit to move our intellect and will in faith. We need God's grace. In the act of justification, God infuses into our souls a habit of faith, which is a supernatural virtue by means of which our mind is disposed to give assent to revealed supernatural truths. Christian faith, therefore, consists in the fact that we assent to the truth, not on account of direct evidence, but on account of the authority of God, who testified through Christ.
—Matthew John Wilfred Smith, North-Central Louisiana Register, Alexandria, La., April 24, 1959.
Faith means that state of mind which impels to action; that form and degree of belief or conviction which gives its possessor no rest until he expresses it in words and deeds. ... But that kind, or form, or degree of faith which does not cause its possessor to perform the works of righteousness, to be true, chaste, honest, virtuous and law-abiding, is dead, and hence is worthless as a means of salvation. Men who die with that kind of a faith in Christ die in their sins, and are as far from being saved after they are dead as they were before. A faith to be a saving faith must cause its possessor to be obedient to all of the commandments of God as fast as they are made known to him; it must cause him to conform his life, his walk, his conversation, his dealings with his fellowmen, and his attitude towards God, to truth and righteousness. In other words, it must cause him to repent of his sins, which means to abandon them and cease to repeat them.
—B.F. Cummings, Liahona The Elders Journal, Independence, Mo., Dec. 19, 1908.
Faith is very much more than mere shadowy belief. It is that attitude of mind and heart that has broken down the barriers between God and His faithful children, enabling them to approach Him acceptably and with no reservations. In this sense faith is rare. Were it not so the fruits of faith would be more abundant–more love, more good will, more tolerance and charity, more good works, more manifestations of the Spirit, more righteousness; thus more real saints.
—Joseph F. Merrill, Millennial Star, London, England, Sept. 12, 1935.