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faith rests on the pure Word of God alone

"I trust in your word." (Psalm 119:42 NIV) 

"The strength of our faith is in direct proportion to our level of belief that God will do exactly what He has promised. Faith has nothing to do with feelings, 
impressions, outward appearances, nor the probability or improbability of an event. If we try to couple these things with faith, we are no longer resting on the Word of God, because faith is not dependent on them. Faith rests on the pure Word of God alone. And when we take Him at His Word, our hearts are at peace.  

"God delights in causing us to exercise faith.  He does so to bless us individually, to bless the church at large, and as a witness to unbelievers. Yet we tend to retreat from the exercising of our faith instead of welcoming it. When trials come, our response should be, 'My Heavenly Father has placed this cup into my hands so I may later have something pleasant.' 

"Trials are the food of faith. Oh, may we leave ourselves in the hands of our Heavenly Father! It is the joy of His heart to do good to all His children."  

—George Mueller, quoted in Streams In The Desert, by L. B. Cowman, edited by Jim Reimann (Zondervan, 1997).  From the April 15 reading.

Thank you, Molly D, for sharing this quote with me!


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