As gold is the most precious among the metals, so is faith among the graces.
Faith cuts us off from the wild olive of nature & grafts us into Christ.
Faith is the vital artery of the soul: ‘The just shall live by his faith’
Such as are destitute of faith may breathe, but they lack life.
Faith enlivens the graces; not a grace stirs till faith sets it working.
Faith is to the soul what the animal spirits are to the body,
exciting lively activity in it.
Faith excites repentance; it is like the fire to the still which makes it drop.
When we believe God’s love us, this makes us weep that we should sin against so good a God.
Faith is the mother of hope; first we believe the promise, then we hope for it.
Faith is the oil which feeds the lamp of hope.
Faith & hope are two turtle-dove graces; take away one & the other languishes.
If the sinews are cut, the body is lame; if this sinew of faith is cut, hope is lame.
Faith is the ground of patience; he who believes that God is his God,
Faith believes that all providences work for his good, patiently yields himself to the will of God.
Thus faith is a living principle.
And the life of a believer is nothing but a life of faith.
His prayer is the breathing of faith Jas. 5:15
His obedience is the result of faith Rom. 16:26
The godly by faith lives in Christ, as the beam lives in the sun:
We live; yet not us, but Christ lives in us’ Gal. 2:20
We by the power of faith see above reason, trade above the moon
2 Cor. 4:18
By faith our heart is finely quieted; we trusts ourselves & all our affairs to God
As in a time of war, men get into a garrison & trust themselves & their treasures there, so ‘the name of the Lord is a strong tower’
Prov. 18:10 & we trusts all our worth in this garrison.
I know whom I have believed & am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed to Him against that day’
2 Tim. 1:12
God trusted Paul with his gospel & Paul trusted God with his soul.
Faith is a catholicon — a remedy against all troubles.
It is our sheet-anchor that we cast out into the sea of God’s mercy & we’re kept from sinking in despair. ‘
‘If only faith is firm, no ruin harms.’
Adapted from Thomas Watson