“Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God”   Psalm 145:13b

Do you feel confident today that God is always faithful? That He is exactly who He says He is? Aren’t you glad He doesn’t change His mind or get PMS or forget about His promises? Friends or family may let you down or even betray you. But not God. He is completely faithful throughout our entire life – not only to you, but all His children.

“For I the Lord do not change” (Malachi 3:6).

Do you lack confidence today? The Bible says,

Faithful is he that called you, who also will do it” (1 Thessalonians 5:24).

He will be your adequacy.

Are you fearful about something? He said,

I hem you in – behind and before; you have laid your hand upon me
(Psalm 139:5).

He is watching over you – behind, in front and overhead.

Are you facing an impossible task? Pray and discuss it with Him.

Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we receive mercy and find grace to help us in time of need” (Hebrews 4:16).

We just have to ask. He will answer.

Have you messed up? Feel guilty?

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:9).

He will cleanse you – make you completely pure.

Do you want to be more faithful to those you love? You can. Daily ask the Holy Spirit to fill you and direct you.

But the fruit of the Spirit is…faithfulness” (Galatians 5:22-23).

The Holy Spirit will produce faithfulness in you.

Father, thank You for being faithful. How comforting to know that You never leave us or forsake us. You will provide what we need. You will enable us to be faithful – to You and to others. Thank You! Amen.

When I was in my thirties, I believed in God—was a Christian, was a churchgoer, but I did not know that I was created to glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. I learned that to experience a full and meaningful life, I needed to yield the control of my life to God (I had never done that), then I could experience His love and power moment by moment. This is the prayer I prayed. You can too!

Dear Father, I need You. I acknowledge that I have been directing my own life and that, as a result, I have sinned against You. I thank You that You have forgiven my sins through Christ’s death on the cross for me. I now invite Christ to again take His place on the throne of my life. Fill me with the Holy Spirit as You commanded me to be filled, and as You promised in Your Word that You would do if I asked in faith. I now thank You for directing my life and for filling me with the Holy Spirit.

Does this prayer express the desire of your heart? If so, bow in prayer and trust God to fill you with the Holy Spirit right now.

“Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in Him.”  Psalm 34:8

Faith in scripture is described as being known through all the senses:

•    Faith is sight: “Look unto me, and be ye saved.” (Isaiah 45:22, KJV)

•    Faith is hearing:  “Hear me, that your soul may live.”  (Isaiah 55:3)

•    Faith is smelling:  “All your robes are fragrant with myrrh and aloes and cassia.” (Psalm 45:8); “your name is like perfume poured out.” (Song of Solomon 1:3)

•    Faith is spiritual touch. By this faith the woman came behind and touched the edge of Christ’s cloak (Luke 8:43-48) and likewise we handle the things of the good word of life.

•    Faith is equally the spirit’s taste. “How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth.” (Psalm 119:103)  “I tell you the truth, unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man, says Jesus, and drink his blood, you have no life in you.” (John 6:53) This “taste” is faith in one of its highest qualities.

One of the first experiences of faith is hearing. We hear the voice of God, not with the outward ear alone, but with the inward ear. We hear it as God’s Word, and we believe it to be so; that is the  “hearing” of faith.

Then our mind looks on the truth as it is presented to us. We understand it and perceive its meaning; that is the “seeing” of faith.

Next we discover its preciousness. We begin to admire it, and find how fragrant it is; that is faith in its  “smell.”

Then we embrace the mercies which are prepared for us in Christ; that is faith in its “touch.

Therefore what follows from all of these enjoyments? Peace, delight, communion – which are faith in its  “taste.”

Any one of these paths to faith is saving. To hear Christ’s voice as the sure voice of God in the soul will save us. But true enjoyment is the aspect of faith where Christ, by holy taste, is received into us, and made, by inward and spiritual understanding of His sweetness and preciousness, to be the food of our souls. It is then we sit “under His shadow with great delight.” (Song of Solomon 2:3, KJV) and find His fruit sweet to our taste.

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good.”  1 Peter 2:2-3

Question: Which way of  “perceiving faith”  is most effective for you, and why?

By Charles Spurgeon
Used by Permission
published in “Mornings & Evenings”