Faith in God
Faith is described in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” This definition of faith reveals that we must, “…live by faith, not by sight” (2 Corinthians 5:7). The Bible says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity” (1 Timothy 4:12). Therefore, faith in God matters.
When others see you, do they believe that you trust God? Do you believe Jesus can do anything without you seeing it first? In Mark 10:52 Jesus heals a blind man because of his faith. “Go,” said Jesus, “your faith has healed you.” Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus along the road.” This shows that the man received his sight because he had confidence in Jesus and had faith in something he could not see.
So, when people watch your life, do they see your faith. When you are sick, do you have faith that Jesus can heal you? Do you have faith that God will protect you? These questions should help you ponder your faith and ask Jesus to grow your faith in him more each day. “For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith” (Romans 1:17).
Romans 5:1 states, “Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.” This verse shows us that through faith we are justified and have peace with God. So, we shouldn’t worry about tomorrow. If we truly believe that Jesus died on the cross, took our sins upon him, and rose again three days later, then we have faith and God can help it grow. So, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Jesus, I pray that everyone who reads this fully trusts in you by faith. Show them that you never leave them nor forsake them. For you say, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you” (Deuteronomy 31:6). So, help us live by faith and have confidence in you. Hebrews 11:32-40 states, “And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” So, we trust in you Lord, and know that by faith we have confidence and peace in you. In Jesus Mighty Holy name I pray, Amen.