Hebrews 11:1 Faith And Confidence

 

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

The world thinks that believers are crazy for believing in God, because He cannot be seen directly. They search to find God physically, but are unable to ever find Him. They act as though faith is a weakness and does not make sense.

However, every person has faith. They have faith or the confidence in something that they cannot see. Without a special microscope, no one can see the cells at work inside the body of a person, yet everyone believes that they are there and are working.

No one can see inside a wall to see the electrical wires, nor can they see the electricity running through those wires, yet everyone believes the light will turn one when they hit the switch.

There is an endless list of things that every person has confidence in that is unseen, yet, to believe in God does not make sense to them.

For the believer he has faith in God, even though He is unseen in the physical realm. He has confidence that God is there and that God will do what He says He will do. That confidence is so strong that there is an assurance or guarantee that is felt for what is unseen.

No one can see salvation directly or the removal of sins. No one can see heaven, yet they believe in all of these things, because God is real to them.

It does not take a lot of faith to believe in God, just as it does not take a lot of faith to believe in the light switch will work. The hope of the light switch is the light will turn on when it is hit. The assurance is knowing the light will turn on when the switch is hit.

Know that God’s word is true in your life. Jesus says He loves you, has removed your sins and will return to get you one day to give you eternal life. Have a firm confidence that God will take care of you as you trust in Jesus.

As you have your faith in God, be willing to share that faith with others. Share with them what you are hoping for. Share with them what you know God can and will do. And hold on to your faith, don’t give it up.

I pray today that you will know God personally; that you will have confidence in God’s word; that you will know what God has in store for you; and that your faith and trust in God will only grow greater. 

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Hebrews 11:1 Another Word For Faith

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

After calling everyone to have faith and to hang in there with faith, the author of Hebrews describes what faith is. It is not some long elaborate description with fancy ten-dollar words. It is very short: it is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Confidence is something that many people lack. Although the confidence they lack is one in themselves. People do not feel like they can really make a difference or accomplish some great task. They may have many hopes and dreams, but do not see it actually possible.

There are many people who have great confidence in mankind. They believe that man can do anything and that man is really good. Their hope is in man. Yet, how many times does mankind let a person down? If mankind is so good, why do things keep getting worse.

The believer in Jesus has faith in something else. His faith is put in God and what He has said and promised. As a believer you have confidence that Jesus does and did take away your sins. You have confidence that some day Jesus will return. You have confidence that God will use everything, both good and bad, to help you grow more like Jesus.

These and many other things are things you hope for. These are things that you desire. At the same time, none of these things, and many other things, can you see. You have to know that you know what you know. You have to know that what Jesus said is true and will happen.

You have faith that the light will turn on every time you hit the switch, yet you cannot see the electricity. This is faith, confidence in something you hope for and cannot see.

Are you living with faith today?

Are you confident in what you hope for in Jesus?

Do you have assurance in what you cannot see that God has promised you?

Trust God. Have faith. He will not let you down. He will not disappoint you. Have confidence in God.

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have confidence in all of God’s promises; that you will exercise your faith in God; and that you will have God’s peace in His Word.

Hebrews 11:1 Seeing Without Sight

“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

Confidence is something every person has to some degree or more in various things. Most people have confidence that they will be able to walk when they get up in the morning; most are confident that they can drive a car; and most are confident that they will still be able to work at their job each day. While many have this inner knowledge that they will be able to do these things, there are many other areas they may not be so confident in. Some may not be confident that he will be able to accomplish the project at work he was given to do; another may not be confident with themselves in being able to drive the car through the heavy rains safely; while another might not feel they can keep going all day.

Faith gives us the inner confidence that we need. We know by faith that God is with us and will give us the strength to do all that is needed to be done. We can have confidence that God has given you the ability to do the job that is needed to be done. All these things are done with the inner part of you at peace…if you have faith.

Along with the confidence faith gives us assurance in what we do not see. Each day when a person turns on the light switch he has assurance that the light will turn on correctly. Every day a person drives down the road he believes with assurance that the other people driving will stay in their own lanes correctly. We know that each day the sun will rise at the correct time. None of these things can be seen until it actually happens. We can only have faith that they will occur as expected.

In life there are many things that we cannot see, but must have faith in. Our walk with God will be like that, in fact it must be like that. God said that the righteous will live by faith. No one can see God or what He is going to do. Each person must trust (have faith) in God and that He will do what He said He would do. We cannot see heaven but must have faith it will be there for us. We cannot see God’s provision from day-to-day, but we must have faith that God will provide. We can know that we know what we know about God.

Today exercise you faith in trusting God. Do not allow fear of the unknown to overcome you. Know that with God all things are possible. Know that God can give you what you need whenever you need it in every area of your life.

I pray that today God will help you to have the faith you need in Him; that God will give you the confidence you can have in Him; that God will help you to know the truths found in the Bible and know they are true; and that God will strengthen you to be able to walk by faith and not just by what you see.