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How to Live a Holy Life | Charles E. Orr

Live by Faith

Live by faith. There is no other true and right way to live. “Without faith it is impossible to please [God],”* (Hebrews 11:6) and of course the life that pleases God is the only life that is perfect. We can please God; we can walk each day in a way that is pleasing to Him. Such a walk is by faith, not by sight. God honors faith. He loves to have His Word believed. He delights to hear the prayer of faith; it avails with Him.

Around the great white throne in heaven the angels are shouting day and night, “Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty…. Blessing, and honour, and glory, and power, be unto [thee].”* (Revelation 4:8; 5:13) But amid all this sound of praise God hears a voice and bends an ear to listen. It is the prayer of faith from the heart of one of His children. There are never too many angels singing nor too many harps resounding for God to hear the voice of His children. There is never too many angels singing that He cannot “hear in the morning.”* (Psalm 5:3) He hears the first faint cry of His heaven-born child. Even the unuttered wish of the heart, the unexpressed desire, the faintest breathing of love, He hears and recognizes as the voice of His child. Faith will wing its way into the presence of God. It traverses the universe until it finds Him and there brings the soul to its rest. Faith will guide us through this world.

Faith touches God. A woman came to Jesus and tremblingly reached out her feeble hand and touched the hem of His garment. He asked, “Who touched me?”* (Luke 8:45) It was not the finger-touch that He felt, but the faith-touch. Today we can touch Him by faith and by no other way. Though many angels may be thronging Him, yet the feeblest touch of faith will reach Him. You may be one of the weakest ones, unnoticed and unknown. A little cabin on the mountainside may be your home, but your feeblest cry of faith will reach the throne of God, and He will send angels to encamp round about you and deliver you. Have faith in God. When all is dark around you, believe in Him. Trust Him when you cannot trace, and believe when you cannot see. Never doubt His Word. Faith will prevail and bring you the desire of your heart. Will you believe?