Recently I was asked about Faith, and as I thought about it I recognized that faith can be a complex word, loosely used and with diverse meaning to any one individual. The word ‘faith’ can be a safe term used to imply a belief in God or higher power; faith or confidence in a person, a theory, a code of ethics, an innate object, or a religion ~ a complex word all of its own! What does faith mean to you?
To me, Faith is a very powerful word. It’s an unwavering conviction, an inward confidence, trust, belief, reliance, assurance in a Sovereign God ~ and all that He says through the Word of God. Biblically, faith is described as:
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].” Hebrews 11:1
Faith is personally believing the promises of God are real for you, in your life today; believing with assurance, before you even see them come to pass with your five senses. By faith ~ though we may not see the outcome this minute, we know deep in our spirit, the promises are fact because faith is Now.
I once asked a friend if anyone or anything could convince her that she did not love her precious grand-daughter? Unequivocally she said NO! Faith is when we unequivocally believe ~ nothing or no-one could convince us otherwise ~ in a God who, through Jesus Christ, forgives all our sin, heals all our diseases, redeems our lives from the pit and corruption, beautifies, dignifies, and crowns us with loving-kindness and tender mercy! Faith is believing in all God did for us and all He has promised us, without doubt!
Faith is NOT intellectual understanding! Faith is NOT what we’re feeling! Faith is NOT hoping, praying and crossing our fingers, for that is doubt. Faith if NOT knocking on wood. Faith is knowing with unwavering conviction …
“beyond the shadow of a doubt that you have eternal life, the reality and not the illusion. And how bold and free we then become in his presence, freely asking according to his will, sure that he’s listening. And if we’re confident that he’s listening, we know that what we’ve asked for is as good as ours.” 1John 5:14-15 (The Message)
What is your faith in? What are God’s promises? If I can come alongside you, help you become acquainted with what God says about you and promises you, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org Next time we’ll talk about Faith in Action.