Bless You O’ Believers In God’s Word,           May 27, 2012

   The following message is by Pat Morley of Man In The Mirror ministries. It is so good I thought I would share it with you. I will give it to you just the way he wrote it, word for  word.                                                                                                                     What Faith Is. Volume 470. May 14, 2012.                      Last Friday I started a new series, The Man Who Became Himself, at the Man in the Mirror Bible Study. First up was, “How Did Abraham Become Himself”? (available online May 25th). Abraham is nothing if not a study in faith. He was called to leave everything familiar to him and settle in an unknown land. By faith he obeyed (Hebrews 11:8). He was promised a son, yet was still childless 24 years later. By faith, he was enabled to become a father (Hebrews 11:11). Then God tested him by asking him to sacrifice the one thing he most wanted to keep-the-son he loved so much. By faith, he passed the test (Hebrews 11:17).                                                                                               What is Faith?                                                                     * Faith is believing God in the face of unbelievable circumstances.                                                                    * Faith is believing my Bible when it makes no sense, humanly speaking.                                                              * Faith is relying upon the authority of Scripture over my own best thinking.                                                                             * Faith is letting the reality of the unseen rule over the unreality of the seen.                                                                                                                     * Faith is subordinating the tumult I feel in my emotions to that previous decision I made in my will to trust Jesus.                                                                                  * Faith is believing God will do every single thing He has promised, in its perfect time.                                                                                               * Faith is not trusting God where He has not promised, but where He has.                                                                      * Faith is believing God will supply all my needs, and that in the chambers of   His private counsel He has measured my need on the scales of mercy.                                                 * Faith is continuing to believe, trust, and wait when the hot, scorching breath of adversity blows unrelenting across the landscape of my circum stances.                                                                                                     * Faith is not, not, not a leap in the dark; but a careful, reasoned step into the   light, into light, into The Light, into that glorious light that sets us free, free at last, from bondage to sin, decay and death.                                                       * “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not  seen” (Hebrews 11:1).                                                                                   ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~         (Pastor Lyle) I wouldn’t normally say this about the Sunday bulletin, but I would urge you to take your scissors and cut this message out and paste into the back of your Bible. You need to make this faith-description a regular and constant reminder of what faith is. Cause your faith to grow. Make it grow!                                                                                                      “But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” (Jude 1:20-21).                  God bless you. We love you. I love you.                                                                            Pastor Lyle, Sister Jean, and your BJWC Church Leadership