The exercise of faith requires courage.
- Courage to sacrifice the material in exchange for the spiritual.
- Courage to sacrifice our own will to do the will of God.
- Courage to sacrifice and obey the Word of God in exchange for His promises.
- Courage to sacrifice the flesh in exchange for salvation of the soul.
- Courage to sacrifice the visible for the invisible.
- Courage to sacrifice the kingdom of this world for the Kingdom of Heaven.
The Lord Jesus proposes this kind of faith to those who are determined to trade their everything in this world for everything in God’s Kingdom. Faith is an exchange.
Who has faith to do this? Who is ready for all or nothing?
To those who want to save their soul, Jesus says:
“For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” (Matt 16:25)
To those who want to be great and first He says:
“…but whoever desires to become GREAT among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be FIRST among you, let him be your slave…” (Matt 20: 26,27)
To whoever wants to be His follower He says:
“If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me.” (Matt 16:24)
You don’t need to be very spiritual to understand that the power of faith to take possession of the Greatness of God depends on having courage to sacrifice.
Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen are only things to come, spiritual and invisible.
No use in insisting to see, hear, smell, take, taste, touch and feel all the benefits from the world of faith that are exclusive to those who are convicted of that! For those blessed with this kind of faith, the only sign from God is the most absolute certainty.
Don’t forget: Faith is a revelation.
Those who have it, have it; those who don’t, then seek it!