Life of Faith 21: Turn the Valve

By Richard Sibbes   Two things are opposite to this life of faith. One, Despair.  This cuts the pillars of hope.  Against many, as Luther for one, have been tempted to despair, but yet setting on the work, have overcome.  So the Israelites were afraid, upon the evil report of the spies of Canaan; but [...]

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Life of Faith 20: Faith and Prayer

By Richard Sibbes Let's set upon all Goliaths, therefore, by the word and Spirit, and with everything set our will against them, that we strongly desire and endeavor to be rid of such hindrances and encumbrances, and we will in the end find a notable victory over them; and so in all troubles and frustrations, [...]

Life of Faith 19: His Promises, Life, and Victory

By Richard Sibbes   Therefore he will take courage for any duty, to encounter and resist any sin; on this ground, as he should say, "Don't I have a storehouse of strength to go to? Isn't he full of grace and goodness? Aren't all his works done for us ? Don't I have so many, [...]

Life of Faith 18: Looking to Him for All

By Richard Sibbes   let's see some trials to discern whether we live this life of faith in sanctification. If it is this way with us, There will he a setting of ourselves under Christ's government in all things.  Faith will do all that Christ commands, depending upon him for strength; and the one who [...]

Life of Faith 17: Praying for Strength

By Richard Sibbes   Thus we seek every day to live our lives, as we not only live the life of faith in justification, but also of sanctification; how out of Christ’s fullness to attain and give to us grace for grace. Therefore in all our wants we go to him still.  He is not [...]

Life of Faith 16: Faith, Love, Death and Life

By Richard Sibbes   Christian affections are as the wind, to carry us on in a holy life.  Thus strength, reason, and affections, these make a man work.  First, love sets us to work : "we love him," the apostle says,  "because he loved us first," (1st John 4:19).  We have his love first shed [...]

Life of Faith 15: Reasons for Growing in Holiness

By Richard Sibbes   With justification of necessity comes sanctification.  What will stop God's mercy?  His anger for sin committed; in that case, he would deny his Spirit.  With reconciliation also comes the Spirit: as in Ephesians 1:13, the apostle says, "In whom also, after you believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of [...]

Life of Faith 14: Christ Justifies and Sanctifies Us

By Richard Sibbes   The life of faith in sanctification, springs from these grounds: Faith lays hold on Christ, as God offers him.  How is this?  See 1st Corinthians 1:30—"Because of him, you are in Christ Jesus, who was made to us wisdom from God, and righteousness and sanctification, and redemption."  God gives Christ, not [...]

Life of Faith 13: Finding Joy in Justification

By Richard Sibbes   One may ask: "But what is the reason that many who are justified yet do not find daily comfort?" Perhaps they smear up themselves, and do not search the bottom of their corruption: as Psalm 32:8, David, when he kept close his sin, his bones waxed old through his roaring all [...]