Faith’s Checkbook

A promise from God may very instructively be compared to a check
payable to order. It is given to the believer with the view of
bestowing upon him some good thing. It is not meant that he should read
it over comfortably, and then have done with it. No, he is to treat the
promise as a reality, as a man treats a check.

He is to take the promise, and endorse it with his own name by
personally receiving it as true. He is by faith to accept it as his
own. He sets to his seal that God is true, and true as to this
particular word of promise. He goes further, and believes that he has
the blessing in having the sure promise of it, and therefore he puts
his name to it to testify to the receipt of the blessing.

This done, he must believingly present the promise to the Lord, as a
man presents a check at the counter of the Bank. He must plead it by
prayer, expecting to have it fulfilled. If he has come to Heaven’s bank
at the right date, he will receive the promised amount at once. If the
date should happen to be further on, he must patiently wait till its
arrival; but meanwhile he may count the promise as money, for the Bank
is sure to pay when the due time arrives.

Some fail to place the endorsement of faith upon the check, and so they
get nothing; and others are slack in presenting it, and these also
receive nothing. This is not the fault of the promise, but of those who
do not act with it in a common-sense, business-like manner.

God has given no pledge which He will not redeem, and encouraged no
hope which He will not fulfill. To help my brethren to believe this, I
have prepared this little volume. The sight of the promises themselves
is good for the eyes of faith: the more we study the words of grace,
the more grace shall we derive from the words. To the cheering
Scriptures I have added testimonies of my own, the fruit of trial and
experience. I believe all the promises of God, but many of them I have
personally tried and proved. I have seen that they are true, for they
have been fulfilled to me. This, I trust, may be cheering to the young;
and not without solace to the older sort. One man’s experience may be
of the utmost use to another; and this is why the man of God of old
wrote, “I sought the Lord, and he heard me”; and again, “This poor man
cried, and the Lord heard him.”

I commenced these daily portions when I was wading in the surf of
controversy. . . .

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