So as William Booth said, “Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again — until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other.”
God our Father has made all things depend on faith so that whoever has faith will have everything, and whoever does not have faith will have nothing. Martin Luther
Let me give you a real test of faith: A man was lost in the desert and was near death for lack of water. Soon he came across a pump with a canteen hung on the handle and a note. The note read as follows: “Below you is all the fresh water you could ever need, and the canteen contains exactly enough water to prime the pump.”
It takes great faith to pour out the whole contents of the canteen for a promise of unlimited water.
What would you do?
Listen to Paul in Philippians 2:17, “Yea, and if I be offered upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I joy, and rejoice with you all.”
In the Greek offered means “poured forth” as a drink offering.
It refers to a drink-offering, where one who was about to offer a sacrifice, or to present a drink-offering to the gods, before he tasted of it himself, poured out a part of it on the altar.
It is used also to symbolize the fact, that, when an animal was about to be sacrificed, wine was poured on it as an act of devoting it to God. (See Numbers 15:6; 28:7, 14).
Paul may have regarded himself as an offering prepared for the sacrifice. In the New Testament it is found only in this verse, and in 2 Timothy 4:6, “I am now ready to be offered.”
We have a similar use of language, when we say that a man sacrifices himself for his friends or his country. Paul did not mean that he was going to be a sacrifice as Jesus Christ was a sacrifice.
Oswald Chambers said, “Faith for my deliverance is not faith in God. Faith means, whether I am visibly delivered or not, I will stick to my belief that God is love. There are some things only learned in a fiery furnace.”
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!