Words of Encouragement: FAITH (Part 2)
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
As we discussed last week according to (Hebrews 11:1) the biblical definition of faith is “the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” What exactly does the phrase “the assurance of things hoped for” mean? It means to have faith in God that He will provide the things that you are hoping for. For example, you might be hoping for a new job, healing in your body, salvation for a family member, or better finances. Another great example of this is heaven. Many of us who are saved have faith that heaven exist and hope that we will be in heaven once we leave this earth. We have no physical evidence that heaven exist but because we have faith in His word, we believe that it does.
Faith is the “I know you will Lord” area walk with God. His willingness to move in our lives isn’t based on what we “think” He can do. If God operated on what some of us actually think He can do, many of us would have that “wavering faith”…that faith that changes as if God changed. In Romans 1:17 its states, “For in it the righteousness of God is revealed for faith, as it is written, the righteous shall live by faith”. So here we see that faith is not only an action but also a mind state and lifestyle. Faith is something that affects our lives on a daily basis. We drive on faith, we have faith that the food we purchase is not harmful, we even have faith that we will wake up in the morning. We use our faith for all of these things but there is no physical evidence that we will actually make it from one place to the next safely or even wake up in the morning. If we didn’t have faith/trust for these things it would be very difficult to operate in this life. Having faith is an action that allows the issue or problem to be put in God’s hands.
We must continue to have faith (in things hoped for) even when the things or people around us are contrary to what God’s word says about our situation. The bible says in (Titus 1:2) that “in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began.” This scripture shows us that God’s word never lies, it holds true, and it is the final authority over our lives. There will be times when God commands us to act and we will have to use our faith in Him to accomplish what He asks of us. Lets discuss the story of Noah. God told Noah to build an arch for his family and the animals to keep them safe because God would destroy the land by water. Noah had faith in God, acted on Gods instructions, and hoped that in following God’s instructions his family would be protected from the flood even though he had no physical evidence that the flood was actually coming. His faith not only saved him but also showed God that through obedience his faith was made known.
Having faith is not only the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen; you must also ACT on your FAITH.
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