Faith

By November 17, 2014 Blog, Devotional One Comment

faith

What does it mean to have faith? This word is tossed around often within today’s society. So what is faith? Faith is the ability to envision what needs to be done and to trust God to accomplish it even though this may seem impossible to some people. You will come across two types of people considering faith. First, you will run into the person who is going through a difficult situation that seems impossible and will just be ready to give up. Second, you will run into the person who is in the same type of scenario but instead of giving up they will trust God in their difficulty. These people are usually known as the visionaries who dream big dreams, pray bold prayers, and attempt to accomplish incredible things for Jesus. These people tend to be optimistic, hopeful, persevering, and future-focused. These people also tend to be very convincing about the truth of Scripture because they themselves are so convinced of the truth and power of God and his Word. So the question for you is which person are you? The first person or the second person?

Faith is seen very often throughout scripture. The first that comes to mind is the life of Jesus. In one sense, the life of Jesus and his ministry can be summarized as one of faith because he continually trusted in God the father in all things. Faith can also be seen within the life of Paul the apostle, which is seen in the book of Acts. Stephen is also known as being “full of faith” (Acts 6:5). Mary was a woman of faith shown within scripture by trusting in God to give her a child even though she was a virgin (Luke 1:26-38). Scripture also has the “Hall of Faith” I like to call it in Hebrews 11. This gives many more examples of people throughout scripture who have displayed a life of faith.

Furthermore, the Christian today is called to a life of faith. There has to be faith since none of us were the twelve disciples who were with Jesus and seeing Jesus do many miraculous signs and wonders. The faith of a believer is trusting in the gospel message of what Jesus did during his time on earth as well as his crucifixion and resurrection. We are called to have “child like” faith. We are to be like a child who trusts their father in wherever the father may lead. The father is not going to lead their child into danger. The father is going to look out for the best interest of his child. The same is with God and us the father. My encouragement to you is to have that child like faith and have faith that in whatever situation you are in, God will be there alongside of you and guiding you.

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