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The true confidence which is faith in Christ, and the true diffidence which is utter distrust of myself--are identical.

    Topics: Faith

Faith does not grasp a doctrine, but a heart. The trust which Christ requires is the bond that unites souls with Him; and the very life of it is entire committal of myself to Him in all my relations and for all my needs, and absolute utter confidence in Him as all sufficient for everything that I can require.

    Topics: Faith, Commitment

Faith is the sight of the inward eye.

    Topics: Faith

God keeps giving Himself as long as we bring that into which He can pour Himself. And when we stop bringing, He stops giving.

    Topics: Faith

So for us, the condition and preparation on and by which we are sheltered by that great hand, is the faith that asks, and the asking of faith. We must forsake the earthly props, but we must also believingly desire to be upheld by the heavenly arms. We make God responsible for our safety when we abandon other defense, and commit ourselves to Him.

    Topics: Faith

There can be no faith so feeble that Christ does not respond to it.

    Topics: Faith

Faith has in it the recognition of the certainty and the justice of a judgment that is coming down crashing on every human head; and then from the midst of these fears and sorrows and the tempest of that great darkness there rises up in the night of terrors the shining of one perhaps pale, quivering, distant, but divinely given hope, "My Saviour! My Saviour! He is righteous; He has died; He lives! I will stay no longer; I will cast myself upon Him!

    Topics: Faith

If our faith in God is not the veriest sham, it demands, and will produce, the abandonment sometimes, the subordination always, of eternal helps and material good.

    Topics: Faith

Logically, faith comes first, and love next; but in life they will spring up together in the soul; the interval which separates them is impalpable, and in every act of trust, love is present; and fundamental to every emotion of love to Christ is trust in Christ.

    Topics: Faith, Love

Nothing but Christian faith gives to the furthest future the solidity and definiteness which it must have if it is to be a breakwater for us against the fluctuating sea of present cares and thoughts.

    Topics: Faith

That is faith, cleaving to Christ, twining round Him with all the tendrils of our heart, as the vine does round its support.

    Topics: Faith

The act of faith, which separates us from all men, unites us for the first time in real brotherhood; and they who, one by one, come to Jesus and meet Him alone, next find that they are come to the city of God "and to an innumerable company."

    Topics: Faith, Unity

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