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A STUDY OF FAITH (1 of 2)
Jesse M. Hendley
Friends, today we are taking up a study of FAITH. In
Luke 17:5 we read, "The Apostles said unto the Lord
Jesus, Increase our faith.”
If the Apostles, who lived so close to Jesus, said,
"Increase our faith," then surely we should pray the
same thing. The most important thing in our lives is
FAITH, because it alone can bring us salvation, a life
pleasing to God in this world and heaven.
No Faith Displeases God
Persons who have no faith displease God. In
Deuteronomy 32:20 God said of the people of Israel, "I
will hide My face from them. I will see what their end
shall be. For they are a very perverse generation,
children in whom is no faith. "They have moved me to
jealousy with that which is not God. They have
provoked Me to anger with their vanities. I will move
them to jealousy with those who are not a people." And
He goes on to describe judgments that will take place,
terrible consequences because they have no faith.
All over the world are people who have no faith, the
faith spoken of in the Bible. Many people do not come
to the Bible. They have no faith. That is the reason
many people talk against the churches today. They have
no faith. (I am talking about churches where the Word
of God is being preached and taught.) People are
afraid of thinking about God and the things of
eternity because they have no faith. Most people today
have no faith. I speak of the Bible-faith. And God is
displeased. Judgment is coming upon an unbelieving
world because of lack of faith. I speak not of general
faith like believing in the existence of God, but the
kind of faith the Bible teaches.
In the New Testament we read of "little faith," "great
faith," and "no faith." In Matthew 6:25 we read the
words of the Lord Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount
delivered to His disciples. "Therefore I say unto you,
Be not anxious (take no thought) ...
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