Monday, January 2, 2012


According to the Merriam-Webster website:

1.  a : allegiance to duty or a person : loyalty b (1) : fidelity to one's promises (2) : sincerity of intentions
2.a (1) : belief and trust in and loyalty to God (2) : belief in the traditional doctrines of a religion b (1) : firm belief in something for which there is no proof (2) : complete trust
3.: something that is believed especially with strong conviction; especially : a system of religious beliefs <the Protestant faith>
That's the technical definition of faith.  However, Hebrews gives us a good picture of what faith looks like.  Hebrews 11.1 (NLT) "What is faith? It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen.  It is the evidence  of things we cannot yet see."
Some people view this as 'name it and claim it' or 'blab it and grab it'...they want to believe that this means God will give us a brand new Mercedes if we just believe it enough.  That is not the case.  This means that if our desires fall in line with the Bible, with God's will and we continue to believe for it then we will get it.  An easy way to look at it is the simple salvation message ~ We cannot see God, we have not met Jesus in the flesh but yet, as Christians, we believe that the Bible is true...that God exists and that Jesus was born and lived not just as a teacher or a prophet or a good person but as God in the flesh, Son of God, Messiah.  We believe that His death brought His resurrection and our salvation.  That is faith, that is the confident assurance that we are going to go to Heaven if we believe and our belief is the evidence of what we can't see.
I gave up trying to put faith to work on material items, I put faith to work on the salvation of others and that events will come to pass with joy and praise of the King rather than grumbling and groaning.  I put faith to work in my life, each step I try to give to Him.  Am I perfect at it?  Hardly.  I stumble more than I walk.  I trip and fall but each time Jesus reaches out and picks me and dusts me off and says, "Good try, let's do it again."  
What do you put your faith to work in or on? 


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