Major Ian Thomas: Faith


As Christians we are so often asking for what we’ve already received in Christ rather than thanking God and affirming what we’ve been given. This is one of my favorite Major Ian Thomas quotes on the subject.

How did they (the children of Israel) get through Jordan?

They put their feet in the waters of Jordan and stood still. Why? God told them to! What happened? God divided the waters and they went through on dry land. Why? God said they would!

“As ye have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him” (Col 2:6).

How are you to walk in Jesus Christ? As you received Him. How did you receive Him? By faith. Was that very difficult?

How then are you to walk in Him? By faith! Will that be any more difficult?

As you have learned to thank Him for His death, so you thank Him for His life, humbly assuming that He lives in you, as you have already humbly assumed that He died for you. Is that not simple? And how long has it taken you to find this out?

Remember, He does not give you strength – He is your strength! He does not give you victory – He is your victory! He cannot be your life without being all you need, for “in him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead bodily, and you are complete in him” (Col 2:9).

Then count upon the fact – and stop asking for what you have!

Winner of 147 Grammys (or so), Ron Block is the banjo-ninja portion of Alison Kraus and Union Station. When he's not laying down a bluegrass-style martial-arts whoopin' on audiences around the world, he's taking care of his donkey named "Trash" and keeping himself busy by being one of the most well-read and thoughtful people we know.


  1. Keith S

    Thanks Ron. These were some great and timely thoughts.

    I had to think of a few more verses about our responsibility/privilege to let God dwell in us, and by that, allow Him to BE our victory and life.

    Colossians 3:16 “Let the word of Christ dwell in you…”

    1 John 4:15-16 “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwelleth in him, and he in God. And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in him.”

    How humbling to be the dwelling place of God.

  2. Nick and Susan

    I enjoyed reading that. I found that last line, ‘stop asking for what you have!’ quite poignant. So much seems to come down to simple trust and faith. Much food for thought.


  3. Tony from Pandora

    How many times must we be reminded of this. I’m nearly 33 years old and grew up a Christian, and EVERY SINGLE DAY, I have to remind myself of this. It’s so easy to get caught up in selfishness.

  4. Jaclyn

    Love this–it’s the major lesson God is so patiently teaching me these days.

    Major Ian Thomas’ Bible also so inspires me: gold from finger oils and rainbow from highlighter, the Word well travelled! I want my Bible to look like that someday.

  5. Davetheshortwinded

    You should have heard this man of God speak!! Wow! I heard him several times at Biola and will always remember him and that missing digit (can’t remember which hand). What an inspiration some of God’s children can be for us. Thank you for this reminder of his practical wisdom.

  6. John Thornhill

    One of Major Ian Thomas’s most helpful quotes for me was…

    God is more interested in WHAT I am than WHERE I am.
    And if I am What I ought to be, and by the grace of God can be
    Then I shall find that I am, where I ought to be!!!!

  7. Phillip Trees

    Your Brother in The Lord and pastor at Feed n Seed will be referencing this in my sermon Sunday! Miss you! Come on by sometime soon!

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