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Himself: Christ must be our faith


 HIMSELF: Christ must be our faith


The question for each of us then is not �What do I think of divine healing?�  but �What do I think of Christ?�


�You were healed by faith.� A friend one remarked to me.


�Oh, no,� I objected. �I was healed by Christ.�  What is the difference?  There is a a great difference.  There came a time when even faith seemed to come between me and Jesus.  I though I should have to work up the faith, so I labored to get faith.  At last I thought I had it and that if I put my whole weight upon it, it would hold.  I said, when I thought I had faith, �Heal me.�  I was trusting in myself, in my own heart, in my own faith.  I was asking the Lord to do something for me because of something in me, not because f something in Him.


So the Lord allowed me to try my faith, and the devil devoured it like a roaring lion.  I found myself so broken down that I did not think I had any faith.  God allowed faith to be taken away to the point that I had none.


And then God seemed to speak to me so gently, saying, �Never mind, My child.  You have nothing, but I am perfect poswr, I am perfect love.  I am faith, I am you life, I am the preparation for blessing and then I am the blessing, too.  I am all within and all without and all in all forever.�


It is to have �the faith of God,� as Jesus exhorted His disciples (Mark 11:22).  �The life which I now live in the flesh I live-�not by faith on the Son of God, but � �by the faith of the Son of God� (Galatians 2:20).  That is it! It is not your faith or my faith.  We have no faith in ourselves, any more than we have life or anything else in ourselves.  We have nothing but emptiness.  We must be open and ready to let Him do it all.  We must take His faith as well as His life and healing and simply say, �I live by the faith of the Son of God.�


My faith is not worth anything.  If I had to pray for someone, I would not depend at all on my faith.  I would say. �Here, Lord, am I.  If you want me to be the channel of blessing to this one, just breathe into me all that I need.�  It is simply Christ- Christ alone.

 The Best of A. B. Simpson, Keith Bailey, Christian Publications, Camp Hil, PA, 1987.



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