The Just Shall Live By Faith
"For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith"
by Lester Roloff
How can a person live by faith? The greatest thing I ever learned
in my life was to live by faith. God vindicated His Word and has blessed us, so I
know what it is and I've learned to live a good deal by faith. I've made some mistakes.
There are some things I would not do again, but I believe I could say this, the mistakes
we've made have been of the head and not of the heart, but I believe it still pays
to fight and to stand for God. God has wonderfully blessed and given many precious
God honors faith. Don't talk to me about it not being practical. It works. If you live by faith, you're going to pay your bills too. Somebody said, "Well, I'm just living by faith. I'm having a hard time." You're having the best time of anybody if you're living by faith. "We just do the best we can, because we're living by faith." You can't do any better than that. I'm not ashamed to say that God is faithful. I don't want to live any other way. I had rather die right now than not to live by faith. I'd lose all the thrill of living if I didn't live by faith. I don't want to know what tomorrow holds. I just want to trust Who holds tomorrow and go on by faith.
I'm going to do my best to explode your silly notion that faith won't work right now. I get so disgusted with this bunch of Tom Thumbs that run around and act like God's dead. No wonder the world says He's dead. When we worry and fret and murmur and complain and have jealousy and envy and are ugly, they don't see anything in us. You don't have any problem God couldn't solve if you'd give your life to Him and put your faith in Him. "In all thy ways acknowledge him, and He shall direct thy paths." Proverbs 3:6. "Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass." Psalm 37:5. "Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the LORD keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain." Psalm 127:1.
I wish people would trust Jesus. It just grieves me to see the way people live today. I don't see how Jesus puts up with us, when He tells us what He will do for us and we don't believe Him. I remember I was praying one day in my study and was kneeling at a little divan and when I got through praying, there were four one-hundred dollar bills laying right there on the divan where I was praying. Do you think they just fell down? No, I think somebody came in and dropped them down, but nevertheless they came. The Lord is real. I've gone in the pulpit and opened this Bible and I've found hundred dollar bills in my Bible. I was checking out of my motel in Big Spring and looked in the drawer and found a thousand dollar bill that somebody had given me.
God is concerned about you, but the trouble with most of us is that we're not willing to trust Him. We're not willing to put all our faith in Him. God never makes a mistake. He said, "...God will supply ALL your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19. How precious and wonderful the Lord has been.
I believe that God's people ought to live by faith. He said, "Now the just shall live by faith." I believe in salvation by grace, through faith, plus nothing. I believe in eternal security. I just believe that God wants me to live by faith. Christians, we need to have the authority of the Scripture. You and I need to know that God is going to back up His Word. He is going to stand by His wonderful Word. I've learned from people I could learn from and God has blessed me. I've learned some of my most valuable lessons from people that you'd not put much emphasis on at all. Faith is always searching for the truth. If you're not hungry for the truth, forget about trying to live by faith. You'll never make it. All of this started when I started reading through the Bible and believing the Bible and memorizing the Bible, and when I began to throw other junk aside and just stay right with the Book. That's the secret. I know that in me there dwells no good thing, but I praise the Lord that faith is just exactly like it was in the long ago. Moses led the children of Israel across the Red Sea dry shod. Daniel went in the lions' den and came out without a scratch. Shadrach, Mesheck and Abednego went in the fiery furnace and there was not one smell of smoke on them when they came out. Now, the question is Do you believe that the same God that protected them is our God today? Are you willing just to step out by faith? I realize it's going to throw you out of kelter with everything around you, but that doesn't make a lot of difference. They are not going to love you for it, but they will respect you for it. The only thing God honors is faith and the only thing that will honor God is just faith. I'm so glad I learned to trust Him.
Have you ever learned to live by faith? You may ask, "Would faith include every need?" It would. Your husband, your home, your provisions. You would not have to want for anything. "Now the just shall live by faith."
Let me tell you how to live by faith.
The greatest example of faith that ever was was the Lord Jesus. Can you imagine Jesus leaving Heaven and leaving His royal robes and Heaven, with all of its glory, and coming down to be born and laid in the arms of a peasant mother? That's faith. Can you imagine walking into the jaws of death, having nails driven through His hands and having His side pierced, a crown of thorns on His brow and He was rejected by the world. He came unto His own and His own received Him not. [John 1:11 --WStS] Simon Pester denied Him, Judas betrayed Him, many went back and walked with Him no more, and yet when He hung on the cross to die for me, the gates of heaven had closed on Him. He had been cut off from the father. He didn't say, "My Father," He said, "My God." [Matthew 27:46 --WStS] Why? He didn't have a father because He was dying as a sinner. Then He said, "Father, into Thy hands I commend my Spirit." [Luke 23:46 --WStS] "Even though I'm cut off from you and I can't hear from you, I know I'm coming." That's faith. What about your faith?
Justification By Faith ---New Window
by Charles G. Finney
LECTURE V. EXTRACTED FROM LECTURES TO PROFESSING CHRISTIANS
"Under the gospel, sinners are not justified by having the obedience of Jesus Christ set down to their account, as if He had obeyed the law for them, or in their stead. It is not an uncommon mistake to suppose that when sinners are justified under the gospel they are accounted righteous in the eye of the law, by having the obedience or righteousness of Christ imputed to them. I have not time to go into an examination of this subject now. I can only say that this idea is absurd and impossible, for this reason, that Jesus Christ was bound to obey the law for himself, and could no more perform works of supererogation, or obey on our account, than anybody else. Was it not His duty to love the Lord his God, with all His heart and soul and mind and strength, and to love His neighbor as himself? Certainly; and if He had not done so, it would have been sin. The only work of supererogation He could perform was to submit to sufferings that were not deserved. This is called His obedience unto death, and this is set down to our account. But if His obedience of the law is set down to our account, why are we called on to repent and obey the law ourselves? Does God exact double service, yes, triple service, first to have the law obeyed by the surety for us, then that He must suffer the penalty for us, and then that we must repent and obey ourselves? No such thing is demanded. It is not required that the obedience of another should be imputed to us. All we owe is perpetual obedience to the law of benevolence. And for this there can be no substitute. If we fail of this we must endure the penalty, or receive a free pardon."
(Emphasis by WStS.)
How to Go On When You Can't ---New Window
by Lester Roloff
"A test of a Christian's character is what he does after he comes to the blockade in the road and what his attitude is after everything has left him except Jesus. You will never know down here that Christ is all you need until Christ is all you have left. You will never be able to tell the world for sure that He will do in a crisis unless you learn how to live in a crisis. In this message we are going to walk with men in the crises of life. God is going to prove to us that He is sufficient to see every child He has through. When it gets so hard that you and I cannot live for Christ down here, by His grace, He will grab us up and take us Home. 'He is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us' (Ephesians 3:20), and that's the Holy Spirit.
The question is, as a Christian, how far are you willing to go after you cannot go any further? What are you willing to do after you reach the place where you can do exactly nothing?"
The official website for the "Roloff Ministries" ---New Window
Lester Roloff (1914 - 1982), founder of "Roloff Evangelistic Enterprises, Inc.," had a deep need to share his love for Christ with the troubled youth of our country. His life's desire is being carried on by the ministry he started. The website features several booklets written and published by Brother Roloff.
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