How would you describe faith?
Is it a vague cloudy vapor which
hovers somwhere over your mind.
Or maybe more like
a belief hiding somewhere
deep within your heart
that you feel is too personal
you prefer not to share.
What if I told you that faith
can be so much more than
vaugue, cloudy, or indescribable...
what if you realized that God's gift
can be your title to so much more?
For that's how Paul describes it...
Now faith is the
substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.
This should help us to see it as
more like the title of a possession...
the Lord's guarantee to fulfill
that which He births deep down
and then proves true and tangible
so others can also take hold of
that which God intends.
Faith is meant to be shared,
surprising, contagious and evident.
And God wants us to be certain of it.
Like we hold the title to a home or a car.
So if it's our faith we claim,
like our car... we don't need
to carry the paper receipt around
everywhere we go, to prove it.
Nor is it required for us
to show the receipt n order
to believe we have it.
We can simply grab the keys and
keep driving it, giving others a ride
and enjoying the benefits.
If we own it, we know it.
Our faith is the deed.
The car is just the evidence
of our faith realized.
Similarly, God wants us to be
assured of our faith, just like He was
when He spoke the world in to being,
bringing something from nothing...
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.
God wants us to know
that just because we don't
hold something in our hands today
doesn't mean it can't appear
in the future... for He is able
to create something from nothing.
Similarly, many heros of faith
proved they carried the same deed...
stepping out with seemingly
empty hands, but knowing God
would provide what they hoped for...
By faith Abraham obeyed
when he was called to go out
to the place which he would receive
as an inheritance.
And he went out,
not knowing where he was going.
And not just men, but women too...
By faith Sarah herself also
received strength to conceive seed,
and she bore a child when
she was past the age, because
she judged Him faithful
who had promised.
Each of these, and
so many more, held the title...
the deed to the posession of faith,
their hope and assurance in God
that He would provide...
that what He promised would
be true for their future.
And the evidence proved it...
as assurance became substance,
and so much more than just
vaugue, cloudy, indescribable
feelings we fail to understand.
So so let us be bolder,
more confident in our faith...
knowing that God has given
us possession of a hope,
a deed to the future that
WILL BE realized.
Word of God
train me today...
To take hold of this substance, my faith,
and realize it as true, fulfilled and real.
To step out, like these heroes, realizing
the evidence of my hope long before
I ever see it, expressing my faith fully.
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