The Challenge: Speech, Behavior, Faith, Love, Purity
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” (Hebrews 11:1) So there you have a pretty clear definition of faith. It’s the basis for this blog, and the reason it makes sense to us. Faith is believing in God, His Son, and a Holy Spirit, all which we cannot see, and accepting the bible as truth.
“You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him; and you rejoice with a glorious, inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:9)
It’s impossible to have faith if you don’t know what God’s word says. You have to know what you are hoping for and having assurance in. “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” (Romans 10:17) There are so many things that could be said about this topic, but last week I heard a teaching on 5 promises that God has given all of us that we can have absolute faith in. *
1. God is always with me: I will not fear. Deuteronomy 31:6
“Be strong and courageous. Don’t tremble! Don’t be afraid of them! The LORD your God is the one who is going with you. He won’t abandon you or leave you.”
2. God is always in control: I will not doubt. Proverbs 3:5-6
“Trust the LORD with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths smooth.”
3. God is always good: I will not despair. Romans 8:28
“We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God-those whom he has called according to his plan.”
4. God is always watching; I will not falter. 1 Corinthians 10:13
“The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out so that you can endure.”
5. God is always victorious: I will not fail. 2 Corinthians 1:20
“For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God.”
Whenever I read that list, I have to smile. 🙂 It reminds me that no matter what is going on, I’m not alone! We have God on our side and He will never break a promise. Even when we are faithless, He is still faithful– “If we are unfaithful, he remains faithful, for he cannot deny who he is.” (2 Timothy 2:13) So this year why don’t we all add spiritual fitness to our resolutions, and workout our faith muscles.
*Taken from Always True: 5 Great and Precious Promises of