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Monday, July 27, 2015

FAITH DEFINED

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.  By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”  Hebrews 11:1-3
       This is where we find the definition of faith in scripture. Notice that faith and hope are interlocking.  The object we are hoping for is also the object of our faith.  Faith is a strong, unshakable belief that God will perform all He’s promised to us in Christ.  God is not a genie, giving us our every whim and desire.  He is rather the fulfiller of promises made.
       While many consider the earth and its inhabitants the result of a random selection process, this Psalmist declares just the opposite: “The skies were made by the Lord’s word, all their starry multitude by the breath of his mouth. He gathered the ocean waters into a heap; he put the deep seas into storerooms.” (Psalm 33:6-7) There are far too many intricacies in this world for it to have been pure happenstance.
       Having faith, while important, can be meaningless unless placed in the right person or thing.  For instance, placing your faith in mortal man is a fruitless effort for we are all flawed and basically unreliable.  We need to place our faith in the One who created all things with a word.  There is nothing greater than Almighty God for He is all-powerful, all knowing & all places at the same time.  If we give our life or more importantly our will over to the Lord, He will never fail us. 
       Why is having faith so important?  The Apostle Paul lets us know in no uncertain terms: “… without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
       Having faith will give birth to trust.  Trusting God is important because your belief in something or someone will fade over time if you don’t have unshakable trust.  Knowing in your heart of hearts that God is incapable of failing to do that which He has promised in His word is vital to the spiritual maturation of a believer.  Having faith and trust is a lethal combination that can conquer any obstacle that you are confronted with.  God is real and is able to do what we need done for His glory.  Until next time, walk with the King and be a blessing!
Resources: Matthew Henry Bible Commentary of the Old & New Testament.

“He is able, more than able

To accomplish what concerns me today.

He is able, more than able

To handle anything that come my way.

He is able, more than able

To do much more than I could ever dream,

He is able, more than able

To make me what He wants me to be.”

[Old church chorus; lyricist unknown]