Today’s thought is the word Faith.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Indeed, by faith our ancestors received approval. By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.”Hebrews 11:1-2
We’re staying at home a lot. And we’re with the ones we love, I hope. Now’s a good time to let them know how much you love them.
Last night I walked up to my wife, Mary, and I asked her: “Is your name Faith, because you’re the substance of things I’ve hoped for.
During this 30 days quarantine, I’m posting thirty thoughts. Today’s thought is faith.
A few things about Faith.
Tangible Experience: Faith is a reliance on something. Like when you sit in a chair. It may not seem like faith. It’s not a big deal. Everybody sits in chairs. It’s tangible. Your faith that the chair will hold you is based on experience. The chair gives you rest. You hope for the opportunity to rest again. It’s the physical tangible substance of that hope.
Full Humble Heart: Faith is like getting pregnant. You either are pregnant or you are not. Faith lives in the full assurance of a true, sincere, and humble heart. You know you need something, like with the chair, you know you need rest. But faith is not just for sitting; it’s active, and it’s redemptive. It’s more like approaching the judgment seat of the God of all creation, knowing all the ways you have failed to love, all the ways you have lied, cheated, stolen, and betrayed your own conscience in your lifetime. Faith approaches that judgment seat with humility, and a full heart of trust in your lawyer, your advocate before the throne of God, Jesus Christ, the righteous one who gave himself taking our punishment upon himself. Like Above all, faith is for salvation, to be set free, to be made clean, to know you are forgiven.
“let us approach with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water.”Hebrews 10:22
Joy: The fruit that comes from the life of a forgiven person is joy. The benefit of faith is the joy of relationship. We don’t have faith in faith. We don’t have faith in a chair, or in our own hearts. We have faith because we trust a person. I listen closely and I watch intently to find out if I can trust someone. Everyone lets me down. I let myself down. Nobody is righteous, except one person, Jesus Christ. I have faith in the person of Jesus Christ. He set my feet on a solid foundation, a strong chair that I can trust for eternity. And with that kind of faith, I not only experience joy for myself, I experience joy in my relationships in my family, with my wife, and most importantly, I know that with faith, I can please God. I can make God happy too.
“And without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.“Hebrews 11:6
Has this quarantine and Covid-19 pandemic rattled your faith? Can you redirect your faith to the substance of what you hoped for? Share how your faith is growing during this time.
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