Morning, March 19, edited from Spurgeon’s Morning and Evening

“Strong in faith.” — Romans 4:20

Christian, take good care of your faith; for remember, faith is the only way by which you can obtain blessing. If we want blessings from God, nothing can fetch them down but faith. Prayer cannot draw down answers from God’s throne except by the earnest prayer of the man who believes. Faith is the angelic messenger between the soul and the Lord Jesus in glory. Let that angel be withdrawn, and we can neither send up prayer, nor receive the answers. Faith is the telegraphic wire which links earth and heaven—on which God’s messages of love fly so fast, that before we call he answers, and while we are yet speaking he hears us. But if that telegraphic wire of faith is snapped, how can we receive the promise? Am I in trouble?—I can obtain help for trouble by faith. Am I beaten about by the enemy?—my soul leans by faith on her dear Refuge. But take faith away—in vain I call to God. There is no road between my soul and heaven. In the deepest wintertime faith is a road on which the horses of prayer may travel—yes, and all the better for the biting frost; but blockade the road, and how can we communicate with the Great King? Faith links me with divinity. Faith clothes me with the power of God. Faith engages on my side the omnipotence of Jehovah. Faith ensures every attribute of God in my defense. It helps me to defy the hosts of hell. It makes me march triumphant over the necks of my enemies. But without faith how can I receive anything of the Lord? Let not him that wavers—who is like a wave of the Sea—expect that he will receive anything of God! O, then, Christian, watch carefully your faith; for with it you can win all things, however poor you are, but without it you can obtain nothing. “All things are possible to him who believes.”