Emanna for 07/02/2019

Trying Not to Believe

Bible Verses

Rom 1:17 For the righteousness of God is revealed in it
[the gospel]
out of faith to faith, as it is written, "But the righteous shall have life and live by faith."

Words of Ministry

The righteousness of God is revealed in the gospel out of faith and to faith, meaning that as long as we have the faith, we have the righteousness of God... Do not say that you have no faith. As long as you call on the name of the Lord Jesus, He is rich to you. When you call, "O Lord Jesus," He is your faith. Perhaps you will say you have no feeling that you believe. In response to this, I will tell you what happened to me over 40 years ago when I read a book about the assurance of salvation. This book said strongly that as long as we believe we are saved. Immediately I asked myself, "Have you believed? Do you have faith?" I began to doubt. For some days I was bothered about this and I was unable to eat and sleep well. I did not have the feeling that I believed. After I had been troubled for days, the Lord was merciful to me and helped me. The Lord said, "Stupid man, approach this question from another angle and ask yourself, ‘Do you not believe?' Try your best not to believe." I tried not to believe in Jesus, but I was unable to do it. I simply could not stop believing in Him. This was the proof that I had the faith. Provided we have this faith, God's righteousness is revealed out of this faith and to this faith. Although you may make every attempt to cast away your faith, you cannot do it because faith has come into you. Within you there is something that the Bible calls "the faith." As long as you have the faith, you have the righteousness of God.

Bible verses are taken from the Recovery Version of the Bible and Words of Ministry from Witness Lee. Life-study of Romans, pp. 28-29. Both are published by Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA. (Repeat 3/4/98) Please visit us at www.emanna.com Comments to: comment@emanna.com.