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Contents

Salvation                                                   
Introduction                                                        
Chapter 1             Noah                             
Chapter 2             Elijah                            
Chapter 3             Abraham                       
Chapter 4             Joseph                          
Chapter 5             David                                     
Chapter 6   Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego  
Chapter 7             Daniel                           
Chapter 8             Joshua and Caleb                   
Chapter 9             Many More                   
Chapter 10           Our Testimony   
          

Scriptures taken from: [KJV] King James Version
Words in ‘red bold italics’ is Jesus speaking.
John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  [KJV]

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SALVATION         

What is salvation?? Salvation is being rescued from the penalty of sin and from God’s horrible wrath. YES! God has two sides. He is a loving God, without a doubt! But He is also a God of wrath. I cannot teach God’s love and an eternity in Heaven without teaching God’s wrath (holy anger) and the “everlasting destruction” of Hell. If I were to do this, I would be a false teacher! I must be very careful what I teach, for I will be held accountable by Almighty God! James 3:1  My brethren, be not many masters, knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation. [KJV] This verse terrifies me! So --- just why do I teach God’s Word when I know teachers will receive greater judgment? When I became a Christian, God gave me the ‘gift’ of teaching, and He told me to go and teach. What I fear more than this verse is refusing to obey God! That is why I teach!

Salvation is as easy as ABC!
A --- ALL people need salvation! ALL people must ADMIT they are a sinner. They must admit they are wrong and God is right! Pride most often steps in and won’t allow the person to do this. Sin is refusing to acknowledge just who God really is; and refusing to admit He is in control; that He does have authority, over us, over all things! Sin will lead to spiritual death, which is eternal separation for God.
2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ: [9] Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction    from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power; [KJV] You may not think so, but let me warn you, you do NOT want to be in Hell, separated eternally from God.
          B --- BELIEVE God! He plainly tells us the only way to Heaven is through His Son. God loves you and made a Way to receive salvation; so easy that even a child can have it! Simply BELIEVE God!
John 3:15-18 That whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life. [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. [17] For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved. [18] He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. [KJV] Do you believe this? Do you believe God? John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: [13] Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God. [KJV] If you believe God, and accept His Son as your Saviour and Lord, you are “born again” spiritually, into God’s family! God’s wrath is completely removed from you! You are God’s child.
          C --- COME to Jesus! Open the door of your heart to Him! He will never force Himself on you! You must willingly COME to Him, then COMMIT your life to Him!    A --- Admit you’re a sinner, repent! B --- Believe God!  C --- Come to Jesus!

FAITH IN THE BIBLE
INTRODUCTION


         Faith is believing in your mind and heart that something is true. Faith is trust, assurance, confidence, sureness and reliance. Faith is unquestioning belief and trust in God. Faith is the result of teaching (Romans 10:14-17). Faith includes assent, or agreement. Agreeing to God’s    
Truth is the basic nature of faith. Saving faith is so called because eternal life cannot be separated from it. Faith in Christ Jesus is a saving grace. We rest upon Him alone for our salvation. This is made clear to us in the Gospel. The object of saving faith is the whole revealed Word of God. Faith accepts and believes it as the Truth. Our act of faith unites us to Christ. This specific act of faith justifies us before God (Romans 3:22, 25; 5:1; Galatians 2:16; Phil. 3:9; John 3:16-36; Acts 10:43; Acts 16:31). Faith rests on Christ alone as our Mediator. Faith is associated with a deep sense of sin, a clear view of Christ, an approving will, and a loving heart.  Faith is where a sinner, conscious of his sin, flees from his guilt to Christ his Saviour, and transfers the burden of all his sins on Him. Faith is reliance and trust in the one and only Saviour whom God reveals. Faith makes Christ ours. Because God said it, we can believe it. Faith rests on, “Thus saith the Lord.” God's Word encourages and urges us to embrace Him. Faith gives us power and wisdom to be victorious as we live life here on Earth, and also gives us a blessed hope for the life to come.

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 1 --- Noah

         

This book has been written that it might “Increase our faith.” As I bring forward some amazing and inspiring acts of faith, think of these men. They were just common everyday people, yet their faith in Almighty God permitted them to do tremendous feats; actual miracles.
          When I think of all the men of faith in the Bible, Noah is right up there at the top.
Genesis 6:9 These are the generations of Noah: Noah was a just man and perfect in his generations, and Noah walked with God. [KJV] . . . What a wonderful testimony of Noah given by God!
Noah was a truly righteous man, he was the only blameless man living on earth at that time. He constantly followed God's will and enjoyed a close relationship with Him.
          The descendants of Cain and Seth intermarried and their descendants were famous for their ungodliness. People became more and more corrupt, and God resolved to flush the Earth of its wicked population. Genesis 6:7 And the Lord said, I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth; both man, and beast, and the creeping thing, and the fowls of the air; for it repenteth me that I have made them. [KJV]
          But because Noah was a righteous man, God entered into a covenant with him, and promised deliverance from the threatened deluge (Genesis 6:18). Noah was instructed by God to build an ark to save himself and his family. Genesis 6:14-16 Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch. [15] And this is the fashion which thou shalt make it of: The length of the ark shall be three hundred cubits, the breadth of it fifty cubits, and the height of it thirty cubits. [16] A window shalt thou make to the ark, and in a cubit shalt thou finish it above; and the door of the ark shalt thou set in the side thereof; with lower, second, and third stories shalt thou make it. [KJV] Noah built the boat, just as he was instructed by God. He used good timber; made rooms in it and covered it with tar inside and out. It was 450 feet long, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. The roof had a space of 18 inches between the roof and the sides that was used as a window and probably for ventilation as well. The ark was three stories high and had one door in one of the sides.
          Noah worked for a period of one hundred and twenty years building the ark. During this time he became a preacher of righteousness. His constant testimony against the unbelief and wickedness of that generation never declined.
          Most of us have trouble sticking to any project, whether or not it is directed by God. It is interesting that the length of Noah’s obedience was longer than the lifespan of people today. This great challenge in Noah’s life gives us something to consider. He lived his lifetime in obedience, patience, consistency, persistence and gratitude.  Noah did everything just as God commanded him. 
          When I think of the patience this man of faith had --- it is astounding! 120 years he toiled --- in building this massive ‘ship’ and in his preaching to those who came to ridicule and mock him. Building a ship in the middle of a dry land. Can you imagine what he must have tolerated? If it were not for his faith in God, he could never have survived. He would have given up; thrown in the towel! I often wonder what I would have done as the people taunted him; sneering and insulting him.      
          But, finally the tables were turned! Noah and his family loaded the ark with animals of every kind. Then Noah, his wife and sons and daughters-in-law entered the ark and the “Lord shut him in” (Genesis 7:16). The judgment that God had promised, and of which Noah had been preaching, now fell on the guilty world, “the world that then was, being overflowed with water, perished” (2 Peter 3:6). Can you even begin to imagine the horrible cries of devastation that fell on Noah’s ears? Their screams and pounding on the ark, begging Noah to allow them in as the flood waters came? But it was God who had shut the door, and God did not open it. It was too late! They had their chance, many chances, and they refused to listen.
          That ark that Noah built all those years ago, is a likeness (representation) of Christ, our Saviour. All those souls ‘in the ark’ in those years gone by were safe. They were saved from destruction. So it is with Christ today! All souls that are “in Christ” (Romans 8:1) have no condemnation (judgment to Hell) waiting for us. 
          Another thing I think of is that the Words of Christ ring loud and clear --- to those who will listen.
Matthew 7:14 
Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.  [KJV] I don’t know how many people were in the world in the days of the Flood. I’m sure it was thousands, perhaps hundreds of thousands. How many were saved? A very meager “few,” only eight souls! That is just a “few.”
          The ark floated on the waters for one hundred and fifty days, and then rested on the mountains of Ararat (Genesis 8:3-4). It was a considerable time after this that God finally granted Noah permission to leave the ark. Noah and his family were shut up a whole year (Genesis 6-14). When they left the ark, the first thing Noah did was to build an altar, the first of which there is any mention, and he offered the sacrifices of adoring thanks and praise to God (Hebrews 13:15). God had kept His Promise to Noah, and granted him possession of the Earth. Noah “lived after the flood three hundred and fifty years, and he died” (Genesis 28:29).
          Are you like Noah? Do you “walk with God”?
Do you have faith in the one and only eternal God of the universe? Do you obey God? Will you be one of the meager “few” that will be permitted to enter Heaven? Remember, ALL those outside the ‘ark’ perished! Not one soul outside the ark lived. As you read these words this day, are you “in Christ”? He is your ‘ark’ and will be glad to “shut you in” Heaven; if you just have faith in Him and accept what He has done for you (John 1:12-13; 14:6). Trust Him!

 

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 2 --- Elijah

          I love reading about the prophets of old. I don’t know why, but Elijah is my favorite. One day in eternity I am going to sit and talk to this man for a long, long time.
          1 Kings 17:1
And Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the inhabitants of Gilead, said unto Ahab, As the Lord God of Israel liveth, before whom I stand, there shall not be dew nor rain these years, but according to my word.  [KJV] Elijah took a message to King Ahab from God, telling him the rain, and even the dew would cease. After he told his message to Ahab, he left, at the command of God to a hiding-place by the brook Cherith, beyond Jordan. By faith, Elijah did as God commanded and there the Lord had ravens bring him bread and meat in the morning and evening; and he drank from the brook.
When the brook dried up, God sent him to a widow who lived in Zarephath, a city of Zidon. The woman had only enough food for one more meal for herself and her son. Elijah told her to make him something to eat, and the Lord would see to it the food would not run out. And it was as he had said. They had food. The barrel of meal just didn’t run out. This had to take faith on Elijah’s part.  
          One day, the woman’s son got sick, so bad that the boy died. She cried out to Elijah, “O man of God, what have you done to me? Have you come here to punish my sins by killing my son?”  Elijah replied, “Give me your son.” He took the boy's body and carried him to the upper room, where he lived, and laid the body on his bed. Elijah cried to the Lord, “O Lord my God, please let this child's life return to him.” The Lord heard Elijah's prayer of faith, and the life of the child returned. He came back to life! Elijah then brought him down from his room and gave him to his mother. The woman told Elijah, “Now I know for sure that you are a man of God, and that the Lord truly speaks through you.Faith can indeed work miracles!
          A vast famine prevailed in the land because of the drought Elijah had predicted. In the third year (1 Kings 18:1) the Lord told Elijah to go to King Ahab. The king met with Elijah, blaming him as the trouble maker of Israel. “I have made no trouble for Israel," Elijah replied. “You and your family are the troublemakers. You have refused to obey the commands of the Lord and have worshipped the images of Baal instead. Now bring all the people of Israel to Mount Carmel, with all 450 prophets of Baal and the 400 prophets of Asherah, who are supported by Jezebel.”  So Ahab summoned all the people and the prophets to Mount Carmel.       
          Then Elijah told the prophets of Baal, “You go first, for there are many of you. Choose one of the bulls and prepare it and call on the name of your god. But do not set fire to the wood.” So they prepared one of the bulls and placed it on the altar. All morning they called on the name of Baal “O Baal, answer us!” But Baal did not answer! They then danced around the altar. About noon Elijah started to mock them. “You'll have to shout louder,” he taunted them, “surely he is listening. Or maybe he is thinking, or he is on a trip, or maybe he is asleep and needs to be wakened!” They shouted louder and louder, and following their normal custom, they cut themselves with knives and swords until the blood gushed out. They raged all afternoon until the time of the evening sacrifice, but still there was no reply, no voice, no answer from Baal. 
          Then Elijah called to the people, “Come over here!” They crowded around him as he repaired the altar of the Lord that had been broken down. He took twelve stones, one to represent each of the tribes of Israel, and he used the stones to rebuild the Lord's altar. Then he dug a trench around the altar. He piled wood on the altar, cut the bull into pieces, and laid the pieces of meat on the wood. Then he commanded the people, “Fill four barrels with water, and pour the water over the offering and the wood.” When they had done this he said, “Do the same thing again!” And when they were finished, he said, “Now do it a third time!” So they did as he commanded and the water ran around the altar and even overflowed the trench he had dug.
          1 Kings 18:36 And it came to pass at the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that Elijah the prophet came near, and said, Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and of Israel, let it be known this day that thou art God in Israel, and that I am thy servant, and that I have done all these things at thy word. Hear me, O Lord, hear me, that this people may know that thou art the Lord God, and that thou hast turned their heart back again.  [KJV] Just a brief 63 word prayer from this man of faith, and immediately, fire of the Lord flashed down from Heaven and burned up the young bull, the wood, the stones, and the dust. It even dried up all the water in the ditch! When the people saw all this, they fell flat on their faces and cried out, “The Lord is God! The Lord is God!”
          Then Elijah commanded the people that all the prophets of Baal be seized and killed. 
Elijah then said to Ahab, “Go and enjoy a good meal! For there is mighty rainstorm coming!”
So Ahab prepared to feast, but Elijah climbed to the top of Mount Carmel and fell to the ground and prayed. Then he told his servant, “Go, look  out to the sea.” The servant went and looked, “I didn't see anything.” Seven times Elijah told him to go and look, and seven times he went. Finally the seventh time, his servant told him, “I saw a little cloud about the size of a hand rising from the sea.” Soon the sky was darkened with black clouds. A heavy wind brought a terrific rainstorm. The drought was broken. God allowed it to rain!
          Elijah didn’t give up hope, nor did he stop trusting the Lord God. The sincere prayer of God’s humble servant was heard and answered. The rain came, just as God had said it would.
         
Do you ever doubt the Lord? Do you ever give up hope? Do you ever feel that your faith isn’t as strong as it should be? Do you truly love the Lord God? Do you obey God as you should?
These are some questions we all need to ask ourselves. God will increase our faith if we ask.

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 3 --- ABRAHAM

          Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: [KJV] Abram lived among his relatives in his native country of Chaldea. He then, with his father and his family and household, left the city of Ur, where he had dwelt, and went where the Lord God directed him. By faith, he simply trusted the guidance of Him who had called him. Abram, with a large household, maybe a thousand souls, now lived a migratory life, dwelling in tents.      
          Passing along the valley of the Jabbok, in the land of Canaan, he formed his first encampment at Sichem (Genesis 12:6), in the oak-grove of Moreh. It was here that he received the Great Promise from God. Genesis 12:2-3 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: [3] And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.  [KJV] This Promise would not only give Abram temporal (worldly) blessings,
but spiritual blessings as well. This also is saying that Abraham would be a blessing to ALL peoples, red, yellow, black or white! God was telling him that he was the chosen ancestor of the great Deliverer (Christ, Messiah) whose coming had been long ago predicted (Genesis 3:15).
          Genesis 15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.  [KJV]  “The word of the Lord” (an expression used here for the first time) “came to him.” He now better understood the future that lay before the nation that was to spring from him, and it gave him faith to live as God would have him live.      
God had promised Abram that Sarai would bear him a son (Genesis 17:19), but she became impatient in waiting for the promised child. She convinced Abram to take Hagar, her Egyptian maid, as a concubine, thinking that if a child might be born, it would be considered as her own. Hager gave birth to a son, Ishmael. When Ishmael was thirteen years old, God revealed yet more explicitly and fully His gracious purpose and plan for Abram; and it was then that the patriarch’s name was changed from Abram to Abraham (Genesis 17:4-17). The ritual of circumcision was also established as a sign of the covenant at that time. God then announced that the heir to these covenant Promises would NOT be Ishmael, but the son of Sarai. Even though she was now ninety years old; she would bear a son, and God instructed that his name would be Isaac. At the same time, Sarai’s name was changed to Sarah. On that memorable day of God’s thus revealing His plan, Abraham and his son Ishmael and all the males of his house were circumcised (Genesis 17).
          Abraham moved to Beer-sheba, about 25 miles down the valley. It was probably here that the promised heir, Isaac was born, Abraham being a hundred years old. A feeling of jealousy now arose between Sarah and Hagar, whose son, Ishmael, was no longer regarded as Abraham’s heir. Sarah insisted that both Hagar and her son should be sent away.      Abraham had his faith put to a severe test by a command that suddenly came to him to go and offer up Isaac, the heir of all the Promises, as a sacrifice on one of the mountains of Moriah. His faith stood the test.  Genesis 22:3 And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him.  [KJV] Abraham proceeded without hesitating to carry out God’s command; but when he was about to slay his son, whom he had laid on the altar, his uplifted hand was stopped by the angel of Jehovah, and a ram, that was entangled in a thicket near by  was seized and offered instead.
          The Promises made to Abraham were again confirmed (this being the last recorded word of God to the patriarch). Abraham went down from the mountain with his son, and returned to his home at Beer-sheba (Genesis 22:19).
          God truly tested Abraham's faith and obedience. Each time God called, he would answer:
“Here I am.” Because Abraham obeyed God, even to the point of sacrificing his only, long awaited son, God blessed him richly. Abrahams’s descendants were like the stars of the sky and the sand on the seashore. All the nations of the Earth have been  blessed (through Jesus) because he obeyed God.         
Abraham’s life was filled with faith. At God’s command, he left home and went to another land, obeying without question. He simply believed the Promises that God made to him. Don’t be surprised if God asks you to give up secure, familiar surroundings in order to carry out His will. We are often called to leave worldly contacts, interests, and comforts. IF we are heirs of Abraham’s faith, we will obey, even though we don’t know what may happen. We must always keep our eyes on God’s Promises. Abraham’s faith was tried, but he simply and completely obeyed the call of God.
Many times the Promises of God linger, and we do not receive the things promised, exactly when we think they should come. This is where our faith comes in. Faith can grab hold of those blessings, and we can love them and rejoice in them, knowing they will be ours! All true believers yearn for the heavenly inheritance; and the stronger our faith is, the more earnest those desires will be. God is not ashamed to be called the Father of all true believers; for He has great mercy and love for them. We should never be ashamed of being called His people. We should take great care that we are not a shame and reproach to our God. It is our duty to cast out any doubts and fears, by looking, as Abraham did, to the Almighty power and wisdom of God.
Does your faith cause you to obey God? Do you obey even when you must deny yourself or make sacrifices? Have you given up what God called for, fully believing that He would make up your losses, and even bless you in your the most trying times?
Abraham believed and was blessed. We can be too!

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Chapter 4 --- JOSEPH

          Joseph was the older of the two sons of Jacob by Rachel (Genesis 30:23-24). Jacob loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors (Genesis 37:3). This coat induced the jealous hatred of his brothers (Genesis 37:4) because they knew their father loved him more than he loved them.     Their anger increased when he told them his dreams (Genesis 37:5-11). Joseph dreamt they were out in the field tying up bundles of grain. His bundle stood up, and their bundles all gathered around and bowed low before it! They were furious! “So you are going to be our king, are you?” his brothers scoffed. And they hated him all the more for his dream and what he had said.
          Then Joseph had another dream, and he told his brothers about it. “The sun, moon, and eleven stars bowed low before me!” This time he told his father as well as his brothers, and his father rebuked him. “What do you mean?” his father asked. “Will your mother, your brothers, and I actually come and bow before you?” His brothers were jealous of Joseph, but his father gave it great thought and wondered what it all meant.
          Joseph’s brothers had taken their flocks to Shechem, about 60 miles from where they lived. Jacob sent Joseph to find out how they were doing.  Joseph found out that they had left Shechem for Dothan, so he went there. As soon as the brothers saw Joseph coming they began to plot against him. They would have killed him if Reuben had not stepped in. So instead, they sold him to a band of Ishmaelite merchants for twenty pieces of silver, which was ten pieces less than the value of a slave. They just wanted rid of him. Joseph ended up being sold as a slave to Potiphar, Pharaoh's officer and captain of the guard (Genesis 37:36). The Lord blessed the Egyptian's house for Joseph's sake, and Potiphar made him overseer over his house.    Potiphar's wife brought false charges against Joseph, and he was at cast into prison (Genesis 39-40). A while later the “chief of the cupbearers” and the “chief of the bakers” of Pharaoh's household were cast into the same prison (Genesis 40:2). Each of these new prisoners dreamed a dream in the same night, which Joseph interpreted; the event happening just as he had said.
          Genesis 41:1-7 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. [2] And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. [3] And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. [4] And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. [5] And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. [6] And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. [7] And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.  [KJV]
          Joseph was summoned to interpret Pharaoh’s dream. “Both dreams mean the same thing,” Joseph told Pharaoh. “God was telling you what He is about to do. The seven fat cows and the seven plump heads of grain both represent seven years of prosperity. The seven skinny cows and the seven withered heads of grain represent seven years of famine. This will happen just as I have described it, for God has shown you what He is about to do. The next seven years will be a period of great prosperity throughout the land of Egypt. But afterward there will be seven years of famine so great that all the prosperity will be forgotten and wiped out. Famine will destroy the land. This famine will be so terrible that even the memory of the good years will be erased.”
          Pharaoh was well pleased with Joseph's wisdom in interpreting his dreams, and he set him over all the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:46). As Joseph had interpreted, seven years of plenty came, during which he stored up great abundance of corn in granaries built for that purpose. These years were followed by seven years of famine “over all the face of the earth,” when “all countries came into Egypt to Joseph to buy corn” (Genesis 41:56-57; 47:13-14). During this period of famine Joseph's brethren also came down to Egypt to buy corn. The history of his dealings with them, and of the manner in which he at length made himself known to them, is one of the most interesting narratives that can be read (Genesis 42-45). Joseph told his brothers to return and bring Jacob and his family to the land of Egypt. Accordingly Jacob and his family, to the number of threescore and ten souls, together with “all that they had,” went down to Egypt. They were settled in the land of Goshen, where Joseph met his father, and “fell on his neck, and wept on his neck a good while” (Genesis 46:29).
          Genesis 45:5-8 Now therefore be not grieved, nor angry with yourselves, that ye sold me hither: for God did send me before you to preserve life. [6] For these two years hath the famine been in the land: and yet there are five years, in the which there shall neither be earing nor harvest. [7] And God sent me before you to preserve you a posterity in the earth, and to save your lives by a great deliverance. [8] So now it was not you that sent me hither, but God: and he hath made me a father to Pharaoh, and lord of all his house, and a ruler throughout all the land of Egypt.  [KJV] Joseph’s faith enabled him to forgive his brothers completely. Although what they did to him all those years back was meant for harm, God meant it for good; of this Joseph was fully aware. God had sent him there to keep his brothers and their families alive so that they would become a great nation. Joseph’s faith never failed him in any of his trying times.
Does your faith stand firm? Does your faith allow you to forgive wrongdoings? We need to think about what we’d do if something like this happened to us.

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 5 --- DAVID

          David was the eighth and youngest son of Jesse, who lived in Bethlehem. His father seems to have been a man living a humble life. His mother's name is not recorded. As to his personal appearance, we only know that he was red-haired, with beautiful eyes and a fair face (1 Sam.16:12; 1 Sam.17:42). He tended his father's sheep on the uplands of Judah, and learned many lessons in this humble lifestyle. While David cared for his flocks, Samuel paid an unexpected visit to Bethlehem, having been guided there by God (1 Sam.16:1-13). There he offered up sacrifice, and called the elders of Israel and Jesse's family to the sacrificial meal. Among the many who appeared before Samuel, he failed to find the one he wanted. David was sent for, and the prophet immediately recognized him as the chosen of God, chosen to succeed King Saul, who had been departing from the ways of God.  In anticipation, Samuel poured the anointing oil on David’s head. David then went back again to his shepherd life, but “the Spirit of the Lord came upon David from that day forward,” and “the Spirit of the Lord departed from Saul” (1 Samuel 16:13-14).
          The armies of Israel and the Philistines were in battle in the valley of Elah, about 16 miles south-west of Bethlehem. David was sent by his father with provisions for his three brothers, who were fighting on the side of the king. When he arrived in the camp of Israel, David was told how the champion of the Philistines, Goliath of Gath, had been taunting Israel. As David was talking with his brothers, Goliath came out from the Philistine ranks. He brazenly challenged the army of Israel. The Israelite army ran away in fear.
          The king had offered much money and one of his daughters for a wife, to anyone who would kill this defying giant.   
          David considered Goliath a pagan Philistine who was being allowed to defy the armies of the living God? He kept asking questions about the giant. David's brothers accused him of just wanting to see a battle. They tried to get him to go back to his sheep. Finally King Saul sent for David because of all the questions he was asking.  
          “I'll go fight this Philistine!” David told Saul. “Don't be ridiculous!” Saul replied. “There is no way a boy like you can go against this Philistine giant.” But David insisted he could do it. “I take care of my father's sheep, and any time a lion or a bear comes to steal a lamb from the flock, I go after it with a club and take the lamb from its mouth. If the animal turns on me, I kill it.”    
1 Samuel 17:37 David said moreover, The Lord that delivered me out of the paw of the lion, and out of the paw of the bear, he will deliver me out of the hand of this Philistine. And Saul said unto David, Go, and the Lord be with thee.  [KJV] David’s complete trust and faith in the Almighty God had saved him many times while he was caring for the helpless sheep in his care. He was confident that God would not desert him at this time. Saul consented, and David went. As David started toward the giant, he picked up five smooth stones from a stream and put them in his shepherd's bag. Armed only with his shepherd's staff and sling, he started across the stream to fight Goliath. Goliath walked toward David with his burly shield bearer ahead of him, sneering in contempt at this ruddy-faced boy. “Am I a dog, that you come at me with a stick?” he yelled at David, cursing David by his gods. “Come over here, and I'll give your flesh to the birds and wild animals!” Goliath shouted.
          1 Samuel 17:44-51 And the Philistine said to David, Come to me, and I will give thy flesh unto the fowls of the air, and to the beasts of the field. [45] Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. [46] This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. [47] And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord's, and he will give you into our hands. [48] And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. [49] And David put his hand in his bag, and took thence a stone, and slang it, and smote the Philistine in his forehead, that the stone sunk into his forehead; and he fell upon his face to the earth. [50] So David prevailed over the Philistine with a sling and with a stone, and smote the Philistine, and slew him; but there was no sword in the hand of David. [51] Therefore David ran, and stood upon the Philistine, and took his sword, and drew it out of the sheath thereof, and slew him, and cut off his head therewith. And when the Philistines saw their champion was dead, they fled. [KJV]
          The result was a great victory to the Israelites. David simply had faith in the living God and he came out victorious.
          David's popularity as a result of this heroic feat made Saul very jealous (1 Sam.18:6-16). Saul conceived a bitter hatred for David, and sought to kill him (1 Sam.18:18-30). To escape from the vengeance of Saul, David fled to Ramah (1 Samuel 19:12-18) to Samuel, who received him, and he dwelt among the sons of the prophets, who were there under Samuel's training. It is assumed by some, that the 6th, 7th, and 11th Psalms were composed by David at this time. This place was only 3 miles from where Saul lived, and he soon discovered where the fugitive had gone.  Saul was enraged at the failure of all his efforts to seize David, and gave orders for the massacre of the entire priestly family at Nob, eighty-five persons. News finally reached David of Saul's death (2 Samuel 1). David composed a beautiful elegy in honor of Saul. David was then anointed as king of Israel.
          Because of David’s faith, we have inspiring and beautiful Psalms to help us in our faith.

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 6 --- SHADRACH, MESHACH, and ABEDNEGO

Nebuchadnezzar, king of Babylon, in the first year of his reign, took Jerusalem, and carried many souls away in captivity. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego were among those leaving Israel.
          Nebuchadnezzar had a huge golden idol made, and demanded that everyone worship it. This was the moment of truth. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego simply refused!
          Nebuchadnezzar flew into a rage and ordered Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to be brought before him. When they were brought in, the king asked them if it were true. They said it was true, that they would not worship anything except the living God. He offered them another chance to bow before the statue, or be thrown into the blazing furnace. He wanted to know what god could rescue them from his power.
          A small compromise would have allowed them to live, but they were wise enough to see that compromise would have poisoned the very faith that bound them together. They didn’t hesitate to place their lives in the Hands of God.
          Daniel 3:16-30  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. [17] If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. [18] But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.  [19] Then was Nebuchadnezzar full of fury, and the form of his visage was changed against Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego: therefore he spake, and commanded that they should heat the furnace one seven times more than it was wont to be heated. [20] And he commanded the most mighty men that were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, and to cast them into the burning fiery furnace. [21] Then these men were bound in their coats, their hosen, and their hats, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. [22] Therefore because the king's commandment was urgent, and the furnace exceeding hot, the flame of the fire slew those men that took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. [23] And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. [24] Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counsellors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. [25] He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God. [26] Then Nebuchadnezzar came near to the mouth of the burning fiery furnace, and spake, and said, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, ye servants of the most high God, come forth, and come hither. Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, came forth of the midst of the fire. [27] And the princes, governors, and captains, and the king's counsellors, being gathered together, saw these men, upon whose bodies the fire had no power, nor was an hair of their head singed, neither were their coats changed, nor the smell of fire had passed on them. [28] Then Nebuchadnezzar spake, and said, Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, who hath sent his angel, and delivered his servants that trusted in him, and have changed the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they might not serve nor worship any god, except their own God. [29] Therefore I make a decree, That every people, nation, and language, which speak any thing amiss against the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, shall be cut in pieces, and their houses shall be made a dunghill: because there is no other God that can deliver after this sort. [30] Then the king promoted Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego, in the province of Babylon.  [KJV]
          Victory was theirs, to the greatest degree! 
Can you even begin to imagine the faith of these young boys? I don’t know how Nebuchadnezzar knew the fourth Man looked like the “Son of God” but I feel quite sure that is exactly Who was there with those three faithful ones that fateful day!
          It is so sad and painful, to reflect how often public education tends to corrupt the principles and morals of youngsters today. Why didn’t the three young men just bow to the image and tell God: “I really didn’t mean it.” But they didn’t! They had resolved never to worship another god, and they very courageously took their stand. As a result, they were condemned and led away to be executed. The young men did not know whether they would be delivered from the fire; but they did know that they would not fall down and worship an idol.
          Are you ready to take a stand for God --- no matter what? When you stand for God, you will always stand out. My husband and I can verify this. The ones taking this position today are few and far between! But then, that’s what Jesus said (Matthew 7:13-14; Luke 18:8).
          Taking a stand for/with God may at times be painful, and it may not always have a happy ending. But if we are prepared to say, “If He rescues me, great! If He doesn’t, His will be done,” God will absolutely be on our side. We have more to consider than this brief life on Earth!
          Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were pressured to deny God, but they chose to be faithful to Him no matter what happened! They trusted God completely and were determined to be faithful to Him regardless of the consequences. If God always rescued those who are true to Him, Christians wouldn’t need faith. Their ‘religion’ would be a great insurance policy, and there would always be long lines of selfish people ready to sign up. But, that is not how God works! We should be faithful to serve God whether He intervenes on our behalf or not. Our eternal reward that is waiting for us is worth any suffering we may have to endure here on Earth. 

   

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 7 --- DANIEL

          Daniel was a great prophet, although he is not spoken of in the Old Testament as such. His life and prophecies are recorded in the Book of Daniel. He was a descendant from one of the noble families of Judah (Daniel 1:3), and was probably born in Jerusalem about B.C. 623. At the first deportation of the Jews by Nebuchadnezzar, Daniel and three other noble youths (Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego) were carried off to Babylon, along with part of the vessels of the temple. There Daniel was compelled to serve the king of Babylon, and in accordance with the custom of the times, he received a Chaldean name, Belteshazzar. He most likely resided in the palace of Nebuchadnezzar. His training in the schools of the wise men in Babylon (Daniel 1:4) was to equip him for service to the empire. He was distinguished during this period for his devotion and his strict observance of the Mosaic Law (Daniel 1:8-16), and he gained the confidence and esteem of those who were over him. He paid strict attention to his education, and soon mastered the wisdom and learning of the Chaldeans, even to excelling his associates. After three years of discipline and training in royal schools, Daniel was remarkable for his expertise in the “wisdom” of his day, and was brought into public life. Soon he became known for interpreting dreams (Daniel 1:17; Daniel 2:14). He  rose to the rank of governor of the province of Babylon, and became “chief of the governors” over all the wise men of Babylon. He made known and also interpreted Nebuchadnezzar's dream; and many years afterwards, now an old man, amid the alarm and shock of the terrible night of Belshazzar's ungodly and profane feast, he was called in at the insistence of the queen-mother to interpret the mysterious handwriting on the wall. Daniel interpreted the handwriting, and “in that night was Belshazzar the king of the Chaldeans slain.”
          The one deed of faith that stands out boldly in Daniel’s life is his allegiance to God, even in the face of death.
          Daniel 6:6-10 Then these presidents and princes assembled together to the king, and said thus unto him, King Darius, live for ever. [7] All the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions. [8] Now, O king, establish the decree, and sign the writing, that it be not changed, according to the law of the Medes and Persians, which altereth not. [9] Wherefore king Darius signed the writing and the decree. [10] Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed, and gave thanks before his God, as he did aforetime.  [KJV]
          Daniel’s faithfulness to God exposed him to much persecution. The administrators and princes went to the king wanting to make a law that for thirty days anyone who prayed to anyone, divine or human, except the king, would be thrown in the den of lions. They were jealous of Daniel, and they knew that Daniel was very loyal to pray to his God. So, they talked the king into signing the law.
          But when Daniel learned that the law had been signed, he went home, knelt down as he always did in his upstairs room, with its windows open toward Jerusalem. He prayed three times a day, just as he had always done before, giving thanks to his God.
          The officials went to Daniel's house and found him praying. They went back to the king and told him what they had seen. “Did you not sign a law that for the next thirty days anyone who prays to anyone, divine or human—except to Your Majesty—will be thrown to the lions?”
          “Yes,” the king answered, “that decision stands; it will not be revoked.”
          “Well,” they tattled, “Daniel, one of the captives from Judah, is paying no attention to you or your law. He still prays to his God three times a day.” Hearing this, the king was very angry with himself for signing the law, and he tried to find a way to save Daniel. He spent the rest of the day looking for a way to get Daniel out of this predicament. In the evening the men went together to the king and said, "Your Majesty knows that according to the law of the Medes and the Persians, no law that the king signs can be changed."
         
          At last the king gave orders for Daniel to be arrested and thrown into the den of lions. “May your God, whom you always worship, rescue you,” he told Daniel. A large stone was brought and placed over the mouth of the den. The king sealed the stone with his royal seal, so that no one could rescue Daniel from the lions. Then the sad king returned to his palace and spent the night fasting. He refused his usual entertainment and couldn't sleep at all that night. Very early the next morning, the king rushed out to the lions’ den. When he got there, he cried out, “Daniel, servant of the living God! Was your God, whom you worship continually, able to rescue you from the lions?”
          Daniel answered, “Long live the king! My God sent His angel to shut the lions’ mouths so that they would not hurt me, for He has found me innocent in His sight. And I have done no wrong to you, O king.
          The king was overjoyed and ordered that Daniel be lifted from the den. Not a scratch was found on him because he had trusted in God. 
          To forbid prayer for thirty days is to rob God of all the devotion He has from man, and to rob man of all the comfort he has in God. When we are in want or distress, doesn’t our hearts direct us to call upon God? Could we live one day without God? Could we live thirty days without prayer? Yet those who, without any law stopping them, present no heart-felt, serious prayers to God for long periods of time (if ever), are far more numerous than those who serve him continually, with humble and thankful hearts. (Mat.7:13-14)
          Persecuting laws, then and now, (such as no prayer in schools) are made by those who hate God. We should have set hours for prayer, being in a constant attitude of prayer. Daniel prayed openly and outright. Though a man of vast business, he did not excuse himself from daily exercise of devotion.
          Let us, like Daniel, never be guilty of cowardice in the cause of God. A life without prayer is simply a soul being throw away. Daniel prayed, giving thanks, never cutting out any part of the service to make the time of danger shorter. The privilege and duty of prayer is founded on the sufficiency of God as a loving and Almighty Creator and Redeemer, and on our desires as sinful creatures. We must turn our eyes to Christ, and keep them there!
          Daniel indeed was cast into a den of hungry lions, but was miraculously delivered! Faith, without a doubt, does work miracles!  Think of Daniel, locked up with those ravenous beasts! Now think of Daniel when he saw the mouths of those beasts shut tight. Not even one tiny scratch did Daniel receive! This must have transmitted peace and gladness to his soul, knowing his God had saved him! 
          Daniel was a man of ultimate faith and righteousness, as were all those who have been mentioned in this booklet.
          I wonder what I would have done in Daniel’s situation. Would I have stopped my daily habit of prayer? Or would I have had faith to stand fast?   What about you???

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 8 --- JOSHUA and CALEB

Numbers 13:26-30 And they went and came to Moses, and to Aaron, and to all the congregation of the children of Israel, unto the wilderness of Paran, to Kadesh; and brought back word unto them, and unto all the congregation, and shewed them the fruit of the land. [27] And they told him, and said, We came unto the land whither thou sentest us, and surely it floweth with milk and honey; and this is the fruit of it. [28] Nevertheless the people be strong that dwell in the land, and the cities are walled, and very great: and moreover we saw the children of Anak there. [29] The Amalekites dwell in the land of the south: and the Hittites, and the Jebusites, and the Amorites, dwell in the mountains: and the Canaanites dwell by the sea, and by the coast of Jordan. [30] And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it. [KJV]
          Numbers 14:6-9 And Joshua the son of Nun, and Caleb the son of Jephunneh, which were of them that searched the land, rent their clothes: [7] And they spake unto all the company of the children of Israel, saying, The land, which we passed through to search it, is an exceeding good land. [8] If the Lord delight in us, then he will bring us into this land, and give it us; a land which floweth with milk and honey. [9] Only rebel not ye against the Lord, neither fear ye the people of the land; for they are bread for us: their defence is departed from them, and the Lord is with us: fear them not.  [KJV]
          The Lord told Moses to send men to explore the land of Canaan, the land which He was going to give to Israel. Moses was to send one man from each of the twelve tribes. So Moses did as the Lord commanded him. He sent twelve men, all tribal leaders of Israel, from their camp in the wilderness of Paran.  
          Moses gave the men instructions before he sent them to explore the land: “Go northward through the Negev into the hill country. See what the land is like and see what kind of people live there; see if they are strong or weak, few or many. See what kind of land they live in? Is it good or bad? Do their towns have walls or are they unprotected? How is the soil? Is it fertile or poor? Are there many trees? And bring back samples of the crops you see.”    
          So the twelve men went up and explored the land from the wilderness of Zin as far as Rehob, near Lebo-hamath. Going northward, they passed first through the Negev and arrived at Hebron.  When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also took samples of the pomegranates and figs. After exploring the land for forty days, the men returned to Moses, Aaron, and the people of Israel at Kadesh in the wilderness of Paran. They reported to the whole community what they had seen and showed them the fruit they had taken from the land.
          They reported to Moses: “We arrived in the land you sent us to see; it is a magnificent country, a land flowing with milk and honey.” They showed Moses and the people the fruit they had brought back with them. Then they continued: “But the people living there are powerful, and their cities and towns are protected by high walls and very large. We also saw the descendants of Anak who are living there! The Amalekites live in the Negev, and the Hittites, Jebusites, and Amorites live in the hill country. The Canaanites live along the coast of the Mediterranean Sea and along the Jordan Valley.
          Only Joshua and Caleb tried to encourage the people as they stood before Moses. “Let's go at once to take the land, we can certainly conquer it!” But the other ten men who had explored the land with them answered, “We can't go up against them! They are stronger than we are! All the people we saw were huge. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak. We felt like grasshoppers next to them, and that's what we looked like to them!”
          The people of Israel seemed ready to enter Canaan before the twelve spies were sent out. They should have been assured of the success they could have from the Divine power of God, and the many miracles that they had seen. But because the ten men distrusted God’s power and Promise, they made the Israelites doubt and distrust God also. How sad it is that we stand in the light of our unbelief! When the messengers returned; the majority (Mat.7:13-14) discouraged the people from moving forward to Canaan. The Israelites placed their confidence in the judgment of men, when they should have trusted the Word of God!
          Although the spies had found the land every bit as good as God had said it was, they would not believe it to be as sure as He had said. Hopelessness set in, caused by doubt, even though the Truth of God should have been clear after all God had done for them in delivering them from Egypt and its Pharaoh.
          The representation of the evil spies caused great tragedy for now the Israelites would wander in the wilderness 40 years.
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          Joshua and Caleb, however, encouraged them to go forward.  Even though they were the minority, they were right! Let this be a lesson to us. Just because the vast majority think something is right; it may not be right! Just because ‘everybody’s doing it’ --- does not mean it’s right! We must not place our trust and confidence in man, but in God alone!
          Any difficulties that stand in the way of salvation, dwindle and vanish before an active faith when you trust in the power and Promise of God. All things are possible, to him that believes, through the power of God. But our carnal sense and carnal professors are not to be trusted. We can do nothing without the power of Christ in our lives. He is the Vine, we are just mere branches who must receive strength and nourishment from Him (John 15:1-5). Unbelief ignores the Promises and power of God, it magnifies every danger and difficulty, and it fills our heart with discouragement. May the Lord help us to believe! FAITH makes all things possible.   Amen!

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 9 --- MANY MORE

          I have by no means put in this tiny booklet all the men --- and women of faith in the Bible! The 11th chapter of Hebrews names more: Abel, Enoch, Sara, Isaac, Jacob, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, and Samuel. Then there are Job, Ezra, Hannah, Esther, the disciples, Phillip, Mary, Joseph, Elizabeth, Simeon, Anna, Paul, etc. There are many! The Bible is full of testimonies of the faithful ones! I do not mean to slight anyone! It’s just it would take much more room than this small book to hold all of them! I love reading about the staunch faith of those in the Bible.
          All the men whom I have written about were just common, everyday people. I did not mention their faults and weaknesses. Each and every man and woman of faith had them! Some more than others, but ALL were weak or faulty in some respect, yet God chose them to do mighty works for Him!
          Abraham’s faith was tested by difficulties.  Yet his faith stood fast and Abraham was declared righteous with God. Our lack of faith brings us problems and trouble; and each time we complain, it shows we are lacking. Faith is following God despite any difficulties that may arise. With true and firm faith, we will endure to the end. How well we withstand pressure shows how mature we are. Let us always remember that God’s provision is as large as our faith. Faith opens the door to new and abundant resources. Faith is actually believing in what unbelievers consider impossible.  We must always let our lives show evidence of our faith. 
          Faith does not always stay on an even keel. It seems to soar one day, then drop off the next; but with prayer, God can rekindle even the smallest amount. Humility (not knowing all the answers) develops true faith, whereas adversity destroys counterfeit faith.  Do you trust God in everything? What would you do if you lost everything, as did Job? Job had lost his all his possessions and family in the first of Satan’s tests, but he reacted rightly toward God. He humbly acknowledged God’s sovereign authority over everything God had given him. Satan lost the battle! Job passed the test and proved that people can love God for who He is, not for what He gives and does for us.  Faith never guarantees prosperity, fame or personal comfort. 
          Faith in God keeps us from losing hope and helps us resist fear and temptation. Faith allows us to be comforted and optimistic because we know God is greater than anything or anybody! Do you ever feel sluggish in your faith, as though you are just going through the motions? Has sin ever driven a wedge between you and God, making Him seem far away? David felt this way. He had sinned with Bathsheba and had just been confronted by Nathan the prophet. In his prayer he cried, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation” (Psalm 51:12).
          God truly wants us to be close to Him and to experience a full and complete life, which is available only through faith and trust in Him. When sin remains unconfessed, it makes an intimate relationship with Him impossible. Confess your sin to God. You may still have to face some earthly consequences, as David did, but God will give back the joy of your relationship with Him.
          Faith comes alive when we apply Scripture to our daily duties and concerns. We need discernment to help us understand, and we need the desire to apply Scripture where and when we need help. The Bible is like good medicine—it goes to work when it is applied to the affected areas. As you read the Bible, be alert for lessons, commands, or examples that you can put into practice. 
          Faith will NOT eliminate all feelings of rejection or disappointment, and it does NOT always exempt us from suffering; but we must be faithful regardless of the circumstances.
          Is your faith real? What motivates your faith?  For better or worse, our faith can affect others. We cannot force another person to be a Christian, but we can do much through our words, actions and love to give him or her a chance to respond. Look for every opportunity to bring your friends to the living Christ.  
          There is a big difference between faith and belief. Faith is more than belief. Even the devils believe there is a God. James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.  [KJV] By faith, you accept what Jesus has done for you, receive Him into your heart and life as the only One who can save you from sin, and live out your faith by obeying His commands.
          Although we start out with good intentions, sometimes our faith falters. This does NOT  necessarily mean we have failed. When our faith falters, we need to reach out to Christ, the only One who can help us. Even though we are afraid, we must still look to Christ. When you are uneasy about the troubles around you and doubt Christ’s Presence or ability to help, you must remember that He is the only One who can really help. We can turn small faith into sufficient faith. Jesus will not condemn us for poor faith; but He wants to show us how important faith is in our lives. If you are facing a problem that seems as big and immovable as a mountain, take your eyes OFF that mountain and look TO Christ for more faith. Christ can increase your faith! 
          Prayer is the key that unlocks faith in our lives. Effective prayer needs both an attitude (complete dependence) and an action (asking). Prayer illustrates our reliance on God as we humbly invite Him to fill us with faith and power. There is no substitute for prayer, especially in circumstances that seem impossible. Anything is possible with a prayer of faith. Like a tiny mustard seed, a small amount of genuine faith in God will take root and grow. Almost invisible at first, it will begin to spread, first under the ground (inside us) and then visibly (in our words and deeds). Faith can produce major results that will uproot and destroy opposition.
          Adults are not as trusting as little children. To feel secure, all children need is a loving look and gentle touch from someone who cares. They believe us if they trust us. Jesus said that people should believe in Him with this kind of childlike faith. We do not need to understand all the mysteries of the universe; it should be enough to know that God loves us and provides forgiveness for our sin. Child-like does NOT mean childish or immature. It means we should trust God with a child’s simplicity and responsiveness.
          Real faith always results in a changed behavior. Along with those who refuse to believe, many people believe but refuse to admit it. This is just as bad. Matthew 10:32-33 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. [33] But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.  [KJV] People who will not take a stand for Jesus are afraid of rejection or ridicule. But the praise of people is fickle and short-lived. We should be much more concerned about God’s eternal acceptance than about the temporary approval of other people. 
          Jesus’ resurrection is the key to our faith.  Why? (1) As He promised, Jesus rose from the dead. (2) Jesus’ resurrection proves the living Christ is ruler of God’s eternal kingdom. (3) We will be resurrected because He was resurrected. Death is not the end, just the beginning! (4) The resurrection is the basis for us to witness to the world. Jesus is Man; He is also the Son of God.

FAITH in the BIBLE
Chapter 10 --- Our Testimony

          Both my husband and myself were late comers to Christ. Ever since we were married, we always ‘went to church’. It just seemed the ‘thing’ to do.
          I was raised in a non-Christian home. There was no Bibles, no prayers, no church --- except me. God had His Hand on me from day one! I was the only one in our family who ‘went to church’.
          So many people have the wrong idea about salvation, eternal life, --- going to Heaven. They think if they are good, moral people, they will automatically ‘go to Heaven’. WRONG! You can go to church 7 days a week, have your name on the church roll, be from Godly parents, participate in rites and sacraments, do good to others, etc. But unless you have faith in Christ Jesus as your Saviour and Lord, you will never enter Heaven.
          “But a loving God would never send me to Hell” is what so many say! http://www.godcannotlie.org/booklet_a_loving_god_wouldn't_send_me_to_hell.htm
God does NOT SEND you there! You CHOOSE the destination, all by yourself! When you refuse to believe God, when you refuse to accept His precious Son to save you, you have chosen Hell.
And for many years both Paul and I chose NOT to believe God! All those years of attending church were not in vain though. A dear old Sunday School teacher finally got through to us. We finally realized we did NEED Christ! And from that day on, we were new people! God changed us! I praise Him for His loving patience with us both down through the years! Thank You Jesus! For now, we both know we have a “mansion” waiting for us. That “mansion” is “reserved” with our name on it. 1 Peter 1:4  To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,  [KJV]  Thank You Jesus!
          After we became “born again” we did change, because you cannot be a child of God and not change. God gives you a new heart, and He changes you! We try to imitate Jesus in what we do and say. Do we always succeed? NO! I wish I could say otherwise. But we are not perfect, nor will we be, until Jesus gives us those new bodies and takes us home to Heaven.
          Down through the years, we have seen how faith works. It is absolutely amazing! I’ll give you a couple examples. My husband was a horseshoer. When we would have to order supplies, it would be a big bill. I remember vividly one Sunday morning at the little country church we attended. We always gave money to the Gideons. They are an organization that take Bibles to schools, hotels, motels, hospitals, etc. Every penny they receive goes to buying Bibles. Well, this particular morning, the Gideons showed up. Normally, it was announced at least a week in advance. Not this time! My husband looked at me and said, “What are we going to do now?” I told him to give what we always gave, and God would take care of it. So, that’s what we did. We no longer had enough money in the bank to cover the supplies we would have to order.
          BUT!! God does indeed work in mysterious ways, to say the least! The next day he went to the place where he would sometimes eat breakfast. It was also like his ‘office’. The one waitress took calls for him, from people who wanted their horses shod.
Many owed him money. Nearly everyone paid him what they owed him that morning!
          BUT!!! That’s not the end of the story! God wasn’t done with His blessings to us for our faith and trust in Him! A few days later, a man called and wanted his two horses shod. He lived along a river, and he was having trouble with people who rafted the river. He finally decided he’d had enough. He was going to sell out and move away. The horses and anything that went with the horses was the first to go. When he priced everything, Paul couldn’t refuse. He called me and told me to bring the horse trailer, so I did. We loaded up everything and went home. Within an hour, we had sold one horse and one saddle, for almost what we paid for everything. The next morning, Paul sold another saddle. By the time we were done, God had blessed us 7 fold! And we are the world’s worst salesmen!
          Another incident comes to mind. Paul finally had to retire from the horseshoing. We moved from Arkansas to Wickenburg, Arizona. We attended a small country church about 20 miles from where we lived. They got a new pastor, and things went down the hill, big time! He was a young, cocky and very proud sort of a man. It was done his way, or not at all.
          My brother is a musician, and he had a friend who was a singer. When this man sang Gospel songs, it gave you chills. He was terrific. They agreed to come to the church and do a concert. The people in the church were thrilled. The concert was to take place in January; this was about November. The pastor had ample time to announce it. And he did not forget because everyone kept reminding him. The weeks passed by. No announcement! Mid-December --- no announcement! A week before they were to come --- no announcement! Everyone is asking us if they had canceled. No! They had NOT canceled!
          I was so distraught, knowing that this man had kept the whole church from a fantastic blessing. I always helped the treasurer count and keep records after church. I did this day, but I was crying, because I knew I wouldn’t be back. Paul and I had discussed it and agreed if he did not announce the concert, that was it!
          That man literally tore up the church! Several said they would not let anyone run them out of their church. But, they quit. The treasurer had been there 30 years, she left! He asked one family to leave. What a mess!
          WE started going to a church in Wickenburg. It wasn’t long that the Sunday School teacher and the family who was asked to leave contacted us. They wanted to start a church in the same little town where all the confusion took place. We agreed.
          We had some meetings and decided what our guidelines would be. Mainly, just two things: #1. Congress (the little town) would be our mission field. Everyone agreed it was a rough place and it well deserved to be our mission field. #2. There would never be a collection plate passed. Over the years we had seen the reactions of so many people --- they would say: “All churches are after is my money.” Everyone heartily agreed and made a vow to the Lord.
          We rented a building there in Congress. The man who was the Sunday School teacher became our pastor; and a good one he was (and is). His mother played the piano. The man who was asked to leave the other church was the Sunday School teacher. I was the secretary and treasurer.
          Nearly everyone who left the other church, came to the new, non-denominational church. People donated chairs, tables, desks, room dividers, etc. The ladies sewed curtains and seat cushions for the chairs. Our aim was to build a church instead of renting. Things were going great! They couldn’t have been better! Within a year, we had $10,000.00 in the bank account towards the proposed new building. Then someone donated a nice size plot of land! It was utterly and absolutely amazing to watch how the Lord worked! All because of FAITH! I drew up plans for the church. Paul and I, and some others, would build the Church.
          Then Satan stepped in!
Some of the  members wanted money sent away to other missions. This was breaking a vow to God! Then, one Sunday, we walked in and there right in front, on a stand, a collection plate! We nearly flipped! Another vow to God broken! God had been so good to us! Couldn’t those people SEE that? Their excuse for the collection plate was that they thought it would bring in more money. How much more did they want? As long as our faith stood fast, God smiled down on us; but when they broke their promises to God, things changed. God was no longer happy about what was going on. 
          Paul did put up the building, (I helped) but it was not a happy time for us. God punished that church. It was over a year before He allowed them in.
          There is one more incident I would like to tell you about; and that is our ministry. If someone would have told me 20 years ago that Paul and I would serve God in a prison ministry, I would have had trouble believing it. But, God indeed does work in very mysterious ways! When God started giving me ‘poems’ several years ago; at first, I refused to believe what was happening. I didn’t even like poetry! Yet, the words kept coming --- running around in my mind. I couldn’t escape them. Finally I started writing down what God gave me. I deeply regret the ones I didn’t jot down, for if I don’t write the words at the time God gives them to me, they are gone! I can’t remember them, no matter how hard I try.
          The poems were just the start. It wasn’t long, that I realized God wanted more. He wanted us to reach out “Go ye therefore.” So, we did. At first, we were a little concerned about the money part of it. But we kept on, and God blessed us in amazing ways. Now, there is no concern whatsoever about finances. Any time the bank account gets down to -0- and we need something, the money is there! He has never let us down, not once! It truly is amazing to watch how God looks after us as we serve Him. But then, it really is His ministry, not ours! We are just His servants.
          Is our faith perfect? Oh my, no! I wish it were! But it gets stronger with each passing day.  Faith is amazing!
          Faith is a firm trust and belief, in which we fully admit to God’s Truth. Faith is a belief and hope in God and His Word when we hear the message of salvation. John 1:12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:  [KJV]
          Faith is being sure and confident in what you hope for, even though you may not be able to see it. Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  [KJV] To have faith is to be sure of what we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see. It is only by faith that we understand that the Universe was created by God's Word, and that things we see were made out of what couldn’t be seen.
        No one can please God without faith, for whoever comes to God must have faith that God exists and rewards all those who seek Him.
It was faith that made Noah hear God's warnings about things in the future that he couldn’t possibly  see. He obeyed God, and he and his family were saved. The world was condemned, but Noah received righteousness from God that comes by faith.
          It was faith that made Abraham obey when God called him to go out to a country which God had promised to give him. He left his own country without knowing where he was going. By faith he lived as a foreigner in the country that God had promised him. He trusted God to keep His Promise.
          It was faith that made the walls of Jericho fall down after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days.
          All those who have faith make it clear that they are looking for a country of their own. It is a better country we long for, the heavenly country. And because of our faith, God is not ashamed for us to call Him their God, and He has prepared a city for us where we shall live eternally.
          Man, on his own is weak, but we can become strong; and defeat armies of hardships, if we just demonstrate and develop faith! Faith is a fruit of the Spirit.
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,  [KJV] These fruits are the natural work of the Holy Spirit within us. Faith is a by-product of Christ’s control; we cannot gain it without His help. If we want faith, we must join our lives to His. We must know Him, love Him, remember Him, and imitate Him. Do you want faith and the other “fruits” in your life? Don’t ever quench (hinder) the Holy Spirit from working in your life. Allow Him to do His job and you will never lack anything in your spiritual life, and He will greatly assist you in this temporal life on Earth too.

JUST KEEP YOUR FAITH

God’s love is like the calm, after a storm,
Comforting and peaceful; and so warm!
In life, many storms do come about,
Just keep your faith; and don’t ever doubt!

God’s love is like a warm gentle rain,
Falling on dry, parched land again.
We , like the land, must have rain to live,
Just keep your faith; and His love He’ll give.

God’s love is like a mountain, so tall,
Strong and majestic; He won’t let us fall!
Satan will try to tempt you, ev’ry day,
Just keep your faith; and to the Lord, do pray.

God’s love is like an anchor, dropped deep,
Moored securely; us He will keep.
Great angry billows roll thru’ our life,
Just keep your faith; He takes away strife.

God’s love is like a lighthouse, so high,
His light shines far out; no one can deny!
No matter how great the storm; He’s there!
Just keep your faith; no one can compare!
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer  # 188

(Jer. 31:3; 17:7; Naham 1:7; Ps. 46:1; 25:6; Deut. 4:37; 7:8; Is.26:3;
John 3:16; Rom. 5:8; 8:32; Eph. 2:4-5; 1 John 3:1; 4:9,16-19;
Heb.11:6; Jude 5; Mat. 17:20; Mark 9:23)
TRUST GOD IN ALL THINGS!

FAITH

Without faith, you simply can’t please God,
No matter where on this Earth you trod.
Faith is to simply trust and believe,
All God says; just let your heart receive.

Abraham believed God, long ago,
God counted him righteous, for doing so.
Times have changed; but God never will,
We must believe also, this day still.

Faith is vict’ry that o’er comes the world,
No matter how many darts are hurled.
Satan will try us; day in, day out,
Just faith can give us the vict’ry shout.

We’re saved by our faith, thru’ God’s grace,
Without faith, we’ll never see God’s Face!
Believe the Lord God, and you’ll see Heav’n,
You’re saved thru’ Christ; the only way giv’n.

He that cometh to God, must believe,
‘Tis the only way, Heav’n to achieve.
God demands faith; not v’ry much to ask,
He makes it easy, in Heav’n, to bask.
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By: Connie Kramer Mar.20,1996 # 172
(Heb.ch.11; Ep.2:4-9)

FAITH AND OBEDIENCE

Faith and obedience are tied in one,
Faith is the start, where it has all begun.
Obedience is close, ne’er out of sight,
We must trust AND obey, to win the fight!

Those without faith will never see Heaven,
Only with faith, is eternal life giv’n.
But once you trust Jesus to save your soul,
You must OBEY Him, or you are not whole.

If we trust Him, we obey; out of love,
We want to work and serve, our God above.
Faith without works is dead, being alone,
By our works, faith is proven; faith is shown!
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By: Connie Kramer Jan.11,1996 # 100-B
(Mt.7:21-27; 12:50; Ac.5:29; Jn.14:15,23; Ro.10:17; Jam.2:17; 1 Jn.5:4)

FAITH CAN’T BE UNANSWERED

Faith can’t be unanswered by God,
No matter where, here or abroad.
Your faith pleases the Almighty One,
Eternal life thru’ faith has begun.

Faith won’t be unanswered by Him,
No matter when, morn or night so dim.
Your faith is precious to our Lord,
It’s simply taking God at His Word.

Faith is believing what God does say,
It’s trusting completely, night or day.
God won’t turn His back ever on you,
He will answer your faith so true.

Faith is not having one single doubt,
It’s knowing He will show the right route.
With His children’s faith, God is pleased,
Just go to Him, He’ll always appease.

Faith is always answered by Him,
Even tho’ to you things look dim.
God won’t ever turn His back on faith,
Not even when you take your last breath.

When we have faith, we have hope beside,
For the love of God in us does abide.
Hope of eternal life that He gives,
Thru’ answered faith, yet while we live.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Apr.10,1996 # 200
(Jn.6:28-29; Ro.5:1; Gal.3:6,24; Phil.3:9; Heb.10:38; 11:6; 1 Jn.3:23)

Faith is the Channel

Faith is the channel, that we all need,
A channel, that is awesome indeed.
This channel brings you, to God, so near,
As His many blessings, do appear.

Faith is the channel, that brings God’s grace,
Just faith can bring a smile, to God’s Face.
Work of no kind, can salvation bring,
From faith alone, does salvation spring.

The channel of faith does justify,
For on God’s mercy, you can rely.
Just by faith, can you access God’s Throne,
We should rejoice, in God’s glory alone.

The channel of faith, God’s peace does bring,
From His loving grace, forgiveness does spring.
You are no longer, God’s enemy,
Faith in Christ, gives great victory.

You’re “born again”, by Jesus’ powe’r,
Receive Christ by faith, at any hour.
Faith’s channel brings sanctification,
Set apart for God, means He’ll ne’er shun.

Faith also does channel, righteousness,
For your “filthy rags”, God would ne’er bless.
Christ’s righteousness, God transfers to you,
The moment, to Christ, you say “I do.”
The channel of faith, makes you God’s heir,
The burden of God’s wrath, you’ll ne’er bear!
The golden road in Heav’n, does await,
You’ll ne’er see the mis’ry, beyond Hell’s gate.

Faith brings to you, life eternally,
A wondrous gift from God, giv’n so free!
Faith alone gives you a mansion on high,
If the Lord Jesus, you don’t deny.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer Mar.4,2008 # 1169
Rom.1:17; 3:25; 4:5,7; 5:1-10; 8:17, 34; Eph.1:7; 2:8-9, 19; 3:12; Heb. 7:25; 1 John 2:1,20; Rev. 13:8; 20:15 Heb.2:11; 8:12; 13:12; 10:10; 13:12; 1 Cor. 1:30; 2 Thes. 2:13; 1 Peter 1:2; Col.1:14; James 5:15; 1 John 1:9; 2 Tim. 1:9; Titus 3:5,7; Isa.64:6; John 14:2-3; Gal.3:29; 1 Peter 1:3-7; Rev.21 & 22.

FAITH, THE

Faith comes in many diff’rent forms and ways,
As we live our lives, our faith is display’d.
A baby in Christ, with faith all so new,
Satan will try to get you to change your view.

There are some believers whose faith is weak,
Strength from Christ Jesus, is what they should seek.
“Increase our faith,” the disciples did ask,
As in His love, they serenely did bask.

Those who are mature, their faith they do keep,
As strength and wisdom, from the Lord they do reap.
They finish the course, they fight a good fight,
Their faith keeps them walking, in Jesus’ light.

Then there are those, who from the faith go wrong,
They listen to Satan, he is so strong.
They err, backsliding from God’s Holy Word,
Leaving their “first love,” Christ whom they ador’d.

Then some believers, from faith do depart,
They forsake the Truth, from which they did start.
To seducing spirits, they now pay heed,
The doctrines of devils, they allow to lead.

Sad but true, some the faith they do deny,
No longer on Christ Jesus, do they rely.
They provide not, for their own family,
These shall be condemned, for eternity.

Concerning the Truth, some people do err,
Overthrowing the faith, please do not dare.
Our beliefs, with God’s Word, should always agree,
Or the shores of Heaven, we’ll never see.
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By: His servant, Connie Kramer April 30, 2005 # 1067
(1 Tim.3:6; Rom.14:1; 2 Tim.4:7; 2:18; 1 Tim.6:21; 4:1; 5:8; Rev,2:4-6; Luke 17:5. Also see; 1 Cor. 15:35; 2 Cor. 5:1-10; 1 Thes. 4:15-18).

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