I'm currently reading Renewed Day By Day, Vol. 1, a daily devotional compiled by Gerald R. Smith with various writings by A.W. Tozer. I was so blessed by today's devotional on faith, and wanted to share it with you so you too may be blessed and encouraged to trust int he promises of God's Word!
"This we must remember: faith is not a noble quality found only in superior men. It is not a virtue attainable by a limited few. It is not the quality to persuade ourselves that black is white or that something we desire will come to pass if we only wish hard enough. Faith is simply the bringing of our minds into accord with the truth. It is adjusting our expectations to the promises of God in complete assurance that the God of the whole earth cannot lie! (italics mine)
"As long as we question the wisdom of any of God's ways our faith is still tentative and uncertain. While we are able to understand, we are not quite believing. Faith enters when there is no supporting evidence to corroborate God's word of promise and we must put our confidence blindly in the character of the One who made the promise.
"A man looks at a mountain and affirms, "That is a mountain." There is no particular virtue in that affirmation. It is simply accepting the fact that stands before him and bringing his belief into accord with that fact. The man does not create the mountain by believing, nor could he annihilate it by denying. And so with the truth of God! The believing man accepts a promise of God as a fact as solid as a mountain and vastly more enduring. His faith changes nothing except his own personal relation to the word of promise. God's Word is true whether we believe it or not. Human unbelief cannot alter the character of God!"
"Christ and satan create a spiritual dichotomy which you cannot ignore. It divides the whole world. You belong to one camp and only to one. Christ will allow no equal, and neither will satan. Therefore, you cannot side with both. The test of your allegiance is really quite simple. You are the subject of the one you crown in your heart - not the one you flatter with your tongue."
William Gurnall, The Christian in Complete Armour, Vol. 1, pg. 147