Sunday, August 7, 2005

Faith

 

I got this from dictionary.com


faith   Audio pronunciation of "faith" ( )  Pronunciation Key  (fth)
n.

  1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a person, idea, or thing.

  2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence. See Synonyms at belief. See Synonyms at trust.

  3. Loyalty to a person or thing; allegiance: keeping faith with one's supporters.

  4. often Faith Christianity. The theological virtue defined as secure belief in God and a trusting acceptance of God's will.

  5. The body of dogma of a religion: the Muslim faith.

  6. A set of principles or beliefs.


I got this from Hebrews 11


Heb 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.


In fact, Hebrews 11 is called the “Faith Chapter”. In it, we find that from Old Testament to New Testament, men and women of faith are mentioned and rewarded by God. I recommend you read the whole chapter.


If faith is as Hebrews 11:1 says, “substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen” how do we get it? We make our commitment to the Christian life, read the Bible and feel a change coming over us. Is this faith? Yes, probably so. There is more.


Faith is unflinching. It means we believe or have faith even when things are at the worst. Or the best. It's not an easy thing to do. We have faith that the doctor will have the answer for our ills, yet our faith could also call on the Great Physician for healing. We don't have to stop relying on the medical profession, that would be foolish, but our faith in can move mountains.


Mat 17:20 And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.


Have you seen a mustard seed? How big is your faith? Do you believe it works for others but not for you? Let me ask you this: why would Jesus say such a thing if it weren't true? Do you believe him? Do you believe in him? Ask yourself these questions. It's a matter of trust, actually. We have to trust the Lord more than we trust the world and place all our faith in Him.


We tend to hold on to things, thinking that we can better solve the problem. If we trust God enough, He will answer every need. He loves us unconditionally. He wants us to trust him implicitly and let it all go to Him. The journey to fully letting go is a long one, possibly a lifetime journey. The Lord doesn't look so hard at the times we fail to have faith in Him,but He is blessed by the times we come toHim and leave our desires, our problems, our lives at the foot of the cross.


Are you willing to leave it all at the feet of Jesus? Pray with me.


Lord, I am tired of the burden of carrying my cares around with me. You have said that whatever I ask in Your name shall be given. Today I lay my woes and my wants at your feet and ask You to guide me. I offer it all to You, Lord. Thank you for loving me. In it all, I will give you all the honor, all the glory and all the praise. In Jesus precious name I pray, Amen.

4 comments:

randlprysock said...

This was better than church!  I love this entry as it was exactly what  I needed to hear today!  Go Penny!  
Hugs,
Lisa

lsfp1960 said...

I needed that today...thank you.

dshark1044 said...

I am enjoying reading your devotional.  Thank you for sharing your thoughts and heart.
dianna in ga

cdittric77 said...

The right prayer for me to hear today. thank you.
Peace and love,
Charley
http://journals.aol.com/CDittric77/Courage