Chapter XI

Ventures of Faith

In closing this little talk together, I want to beseech you that you take some new ventures in faith. There are many adventurers in the world. Vast fortunes have been spent in exploration. Many have risked their lives and many have lost them for the sake of discovering new territory.

Can we not as Christians venture out on the promises of God into new realms of faith and blessings? Can we not venture out and scale the heights to higher ground? Are we so fearful, so lacking in real courage, that we cannot step out upon God’s promises and risk our all on his faithfulness? No matter if Peter did sink for a moment beneath the waves, he had at least the courage to venture out. Are we always going to stay in the same little circumscribed limits? If we will not venture out and put His Word to the test we will never know what He means by “The great and mighty things” He speaks of in Jeremiah 33:3, “Call unto Me, and I will answer thee, and show thee great and mighty things, that you know not.” His Word says He will lead you out into a larger place. He will “show you a new thing.” How can I know whether I have little or great faith or any faith at all, if I do not put His promises to the test; if I do not make ventures in faith.

Some day an emergency will come into your life, when only God can help you, and you will need a strong faith—you will need to know how to appropriate these promises for your desperate need. Then there is the wonderful possibility of blessing and service for others, as you see God’s Word fulfilled in their lives. The possibilities of the faith life are unlimited. No man dare limit our faith. We have only touched the dim outer edge of what God has for us. Jesus said, “I am come that ye might have life and have it more abundantly.” The faith life is indeed an abundant life. The promises of God are so numerous, so all-inclusive, that there is a promise for every need; hundreds of promises in God’s Word; promises abundant, unfailing, inexhaustible, exceeding great and precious promises… “Streams that Never Run Dry.”