I know I was meant to be a participant and not just a spectator; I ask “Why not?…” not “Why?”; know I was meant to walk among the Giants of the Faith.
I am saying yes to God, to do what the Scripture tells us, “Give diligence.” Take care that my faith as well as yours is of the right kind-that it is not a mere belief of doctrine, but a simple faith, depending on Christ, and on Christ alone. I want to help others to be diligent heed to your courage. Plead with God that He would give you the face of a lion, that you may, with a consciousness of right, go on boldly. Study well the Scriptures, and get knowledge; for a knowledge of doctrine will tend very much to confirm faith. Try to understand God’s Word; let it dwell in your heart richly.
When we have done this, “Add to our knowledge temperance.” Take heed to your body: be temperate without. Take heed to your soul: be temperate within. Get temperance of lip, life, heart, and thought. Add to this, by God’s Holy Spirit, patience; ask Him to give you that patience which endures affliction, which, when it is tried, shall come forth as gold. Array yourself with patience, that you may not murmur nor be depressed in your afflictions. When that grace is won look to godliness. Godliness is something more than religion. Make God’s glory your object in life; live in His sight; dwell close to Him; seek for fellowship with Him; and thou hast “godliness”; and to that add brotherly love. Have a love to all the saints: and add to that a charity, which opens its arms to all men, and loves their souls. When you are adorned with these jewels, and just in proportion as you practice these heavenly virtues, will you come to know by clearest evidence “your calling and election.” “Give diligence,” if you would get assurance, for Luke-warmness and doubting very naturally go hand in hand.
We can do all things through Christ who strengthens us! With the Lord of all sovereignty behind us, we can be confident that He will ever enable us to accomplish His will.
My Prayer for you and me; Help us, Lord, to grow in faith! I thank You for granting us Your power to trust ever more deeply in You!