Graceful Truth — Faith

THE COURAGE OF FAITH

Bill Elliff Faith

""Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine."" (1 Samuel 17:48) David is a stunning example of true faith. While the rest of Israel's army was cowering the back lines, David was enraged by Goliath's mockery of God and was immediately filled with a desire to vindicate God's name. His heart was in sync with God's heart. This union put courage in David's heart. When others were running backward, David ""ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine"" (vs....

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Following FULLY

Bill Elliff Faith

Caleb is one of the heroes of Biblical history. He is not mentioned much, but what we know of him challenges us to live life in full surrender to God. The secret of his life and influence is wrapped up in one phrase, repeated three times in Joshua, Chapter 14. “Nevertheless, my brethren who went up with me made the heart of the people melt with fear; but I followed the Lord my God fully. So Moses swore on that day, saying, ‘Surely the land on which your foot has trodden will be an inheritance to you and to your...

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PREPARING FOR THE WONDER

Bill Elliff Faith

Then Joshua said to the people, ""Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do wonders among you."" (Joshua 3:5) If we are genuinely walking with God, He is always doing things that are beyond the natural. This is simple to understand, for God IS supernatural! When He intervenes, things happen which ""eye has not seen, ear has not heard: all that God has prepared for those who love Him"" (1 Corinthians 2:9). We should expect the supernatural when He is in the equation. PREPARED God knew that the people would not be ready for this unless they were prepared. ""Consecrate...

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12 REASONS YOU CAN TRUST GOD THIS YEAR

Bill Elliff Faith

The great question in most people's minds (whether they realize it or not) is this: ""Can I really trust God? Is He trustworthy? Will He do what He claims He will do?"" Those who have stepped out in faith on His promises have increasingly come to know and believe. But all of us have larger tests: areas where God wants us to try out His faithfulness.  THE PSALMIST'S TESTIMONY One of the reasons we cherish the Psalms is because they are the record of a real man, with real doubts and fears, trials and decisions, who ultimately believed God. He walked...

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THE INDISPENSABLE ELEMENT

Bill Elliff Faith

In scientific equations, there are certain elements that cause certain reactions. If those elements are not present, you do not have what you intended.  For instance, if you take hydrogen out the equation of H2O, you will not have water, the most essential combination of elements in the universe.  FAITH  ... is the essential element for the believer. And faith, in itself, has several parts. You must believe in your head (intellectually accepting things as God says), you must embrace with your heart (spiritual trust), and you must step out physically in response, walking and talking as if what God...

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