Exercising Faith

David Wilkerson (1931-2011)

Faith is a command and God responds to those who exercise it. Most of the written testimonies we receive in our office contain this truth. In every instance when a believer exercised the truth of God's Word, Jesus came to that person. And his ministering Spirit brought them comfort and renewed their strength in their dark hour.

Of course, it isn't always easy to exercise faith when we're hurting. Often we simply don't have the strength when pain is overwhelming us. At such times Christians can let God's promises slip away.

C.H. Spurgeon, one of the greatest preachers in history, suffered from severe depression —during his era this condition was known as "melancholy." What was Spurgeon's remedy? He clung to the Psalms. God's enduring promises were the only true source of comfort for Spurgeon when his world seemed to be falling down around him. When the great preacher didn't have the strength to read them himself, he had someone read them to him because he knew they would bring him comfort and strength. "So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Romans 10:17).

"He who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). This word is meant especially for believers in the midst of a trial. The Lord is saying, "I have a reward for you in your trial. I have set aside a blessing of strength for you at this time, and I want you to have it. Go after it!"

We must saturate ourselves with God's Word — to be mindful of his promises, trust in his faithfulness and cling to what is true. It is the only way to cut off the demonic voice of torment.

The more we understand and believe in the greatness of our God, the more we will be prepared for the days ahead.