Felt like re-posting a blog I did earlier in the year on faith. Right now our church is in limbo as we start this new work and as we are trying to do things the way God would want them done and I felt that a discussion on faith was warranted again as we wait on the Lord and try to have faith that it’s going to all work out.
Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.
According to the Miriam-Webster Dictionary, the definition of faith is as follows: Belief and trust in and loyalty to God; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust.
People often believe in many things. For instance, I believe that when I sit in my chair, it will hold me up and will not fall. I believe that when I get in my car, it will start. I believe that when I open my eyes in the morning, I will be able to see. We have faith in all kinds of things, both tangible and intangible. However, by definition of the Miriam-Webster dictionary and Martin Luther King, Jr., faith is when you can’t prove something but you believe it anyway.
My son asked me the other day why we believe in God. I tried to describe faith on my 8 year old son’s level. I’m not sure that I did a good enough job, so I think this quote and these Scriptures come at the perfect time. I will have to share them with Stephen.
Hebrews 11:1 states, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
All throughout Hebrews chapter 11 the Bible states, By Faith… By faith Able, by faith Enoch, by faith Noah, by faith Abraham and so on and so on. All of these great men of history, not just the Bible, are listed in this chapter having done something absolutely amazing…BY FAITH!!!
Luke 17:5-6 states, “The apostles said to the Lord, ‘Show us how to increase our faith’. The Lord answered, ‘If you had faith as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mulberry tree, ‘May you be uprooted and thrown into the sea’ and it would obey you!”
Have you ever seen a mustard seed? It is so tiny! And God states that if we had faith, true faith, even that small, we could tell the mulberry tree to throw itself in the ocean and it would go right then and there!
So, how do we get this faith?
Romans 10:17 says, “So faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.”
Simply put, this means that we cannot have faith unless we hear the words of God and we cannot hear the words of God if we are reading the words of God and praying and listening. It’s that simple. Pray, read, seek God’s face! He’s right there waiting to give you and increase your faith so that you can live a full and abundant life in Him!