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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1 Corinthians 15:2 Hold On Firmly

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By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 1 Corinthians 15:2

The word ‘gospel’ means good news or message. The gospel that Paul preached was that Jesus died and rose again. Jesus had done this in order to be able to forgive every one of their sins and to remove their sins. He paid the penalty for the sins of every person who ever lived. Paul says that they are to hold on firmly to this gospel message.

To hold on firmly is to grasp a hold of something and to not let go.

Many children have a dream that they begin to hold on to. They desire to be someone or do something some day. As they grow older, most children lose or let go of that dream. Others will say that they cannot do it and so they give up on that dream or hope that they had.

A few people will hold on to that dream and keep striving to reach it. Those who keep holding on and not give up, often will reach their dream.

While Christians do not have a dream, they do have a hope to hold on to. That hope is the salvation that Jesus provides. There have been many in the church who began to believe the gospel message, but later let go of it. The cares of this world pulled them away from holding onto that gospel message. Or they get caught up in working for their salvation, rather than having faith in the work of Jesus.

All a believer must do is trust in what Jesus did for him and strive to live for God.

There may be times when it is a struggle for you to believe that God will save you, but you must trust His word. Hold on to that message and never give it up. If any point you give up believing that Jesus will save you, you have believed in vain. Everything you believed in becomes worthless to you.

The world will try to get you to stop believing in Jesus and that He is a waste of time. Do not fall for that, but keep believing.

Holding on will take work and effort, but it is worth it in the end. Do not let go of the gospel message in your life.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus provides you; that you will trust in the work of Jesus; that you will hold firmly to what you believe in Jesus; and that God will build you up in Christ Jesus. 

1 Corinthians 1:21 Foolishness In The Message

 

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For since in the wisdom of God the world did not know him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe. 1 Corinthians 1:21

The world claims that Christianity is foolishness. Many people do not want to follow Jesus, because it does not appear to make sense to them. People have a hard time with the concept of turning the other cheek, loving their enemies, trusting in someone who they cannot see, and many other reasons.

Most people feel that they are wise in the choices that they are making. They feel as though they do know what is best for them. Yet, in all of the wisdom of this world, they miss out on God.

God’s wisdom is outside the way of man’s wisdom. In the short view of looking at Jesus and God, it does not always make sense. Looking at the surface of the gospel message, it is foolishness. God sent His one and only son, Jesus, to die on a cross for people who hate Him, did not serve God, and did not want anything to do with Him. Jesus is willing to forgive any wrongs done, with no permanent consequence. He is willing to give eternal life to someone without payment.

Why would a man allow himself to be killed in order to save a bunch of people who do not love or want him? Why would God allow this?

It was because of His love for all people. His wisdom is found in His immense, endless love for all people.

The message is a simple one, that will astound the wise. It becomes a stumbling block, because it is so simple, it looks foolish. Yet, this is the best way to save every person on this planet. And it pleases God to work in this manner, because His goal is to save every person on this earth.

Sit back and think about what God has done for you. Be amazed at the way He was able to provide forgiveness of every sin you have ever done or ever will do. And this was done before you even loved Him.

Do not allow His great wisdom and the foolishness of the message be a stumbling block to following Jesus. Be willing to believe in it and be saved. Also be willing to preach or tell others of what Jesus has done for them.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will tell others the gospel message; that you will trust in God’s great wisdom; and that many will come to know Jesus through your message.

Luke 1:3-4 Know For Yourself

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With this in mind, since I myself have carefully investigated everything from the beginning, I too decided to write an orderly account for you, most excellent Theophilus, so that you may know the certainty of the things you have been taught. Luke 1:3-4

Luke starts out his book as to why he is writing it. He was not one of the original twelve disciples of Jesus. Luke looked into everything about Jesus on his own and came up with his own conclusions. He chose to write it all down in order so that Theophilus could know everything about Jesus for certain.

Children grow up learning a lot of their information from their parents and the schools that they attend. Most will continue into adulthood believing what they were taught without questioning it in any way.

Not everything that is taught by parents or schools is entirely accurate. Currently many things are being taught to children that are inaccurate and can cause confusion as to what is the truth. Children, and many adults, do not take the time to determine what they really believe for themselves because it takes time and work.

This can also occur in Christian homes and the church. Many people grow up believing what their parents taught them. They only go to church because that is what their parents did. They only believe in Jesus because that is what their parents did. They also believe only because that is what the pastor of a church said. They have not found out what they believe for themselves.

Each person must take the time to personally know what the Bible says. He must take the time to find out who Jesus is and what He did. This takes reading the bible and studying it on a regular basis with lots of prayer.

You may have grown up in the church, or just started believing in Jesus. What do you believe and why do you believe it? Is it because someone else told you? Or is it because that is what the pastor says?

Or is it because that is what God’s word says?

Take time to read what the Bible says to find out what you believe and why you believe it. Look at what others teach and find out if it lines up with the Bible or not.

Luke wrote so Theophilus could know for certain, you can know also.

I pray today that you will know what the Bible teaches; that you will have a personal relationship with Jesus; that you will be able to answer why you believe what you believe; and that you will be a witness of Jesus to this world.

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Mark 11:22 Have Faith In God

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“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. Mark 11:22

Jesus and the disciples had been walking along one day and He saw a fig tree that was not producing fruit. Jesus cursed the tree saying it will never bud again. The following day, they saw the tree all withered up and dead and the disciples were amazed at it. Jesus told them that they needed to have faith in God and the power of prayer.

A lot of people claim to believe in God. They do believe that He does exist and is out there somewhere. However, many of those same people do not believe that God is really concerned with them or even that He is the only God. They do not believe that everything the Bible says is true for them.

People wonder why God would be concerned with them or even care for them at all. They look at their own lives and see it as insignificant or that they do not need God in their lives.

Often when people pray, they do not really believe God will answer them. It is believed that God is busy or does not really care about them. Or they remember past sins and think that God is holding those sins against them.

Throughout the Bible there are many promises of God to people. God promised that He would never leave or forsake a believer. He promised that He would meet all your needs. He promised that He would forgive you of all your sins. God promised that He would hear your prayers. He promised that He would answer all of your prayers. These promises can be claimed by everyone who has faith in Him today.

Jesus goes on in this passage to talk about being able to have a mountain moved out of the way if one has faith in God.

This faith is knowing that God’s promises are true and that God is faithful and will do what He promised.

You may have mountains in your pathway that need to be removed. You may have things that hinder your growth and need to be removed. Have faith in God and believe that what He says is true. Then obey Him and watch Him do miracles in your life and meet all of your needs.

Have the same faith that Jesus did. God will work through you if you have faith in Him.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that you will have faith in God; that God will show Himself faithful to you; and that you will obey God in every area of your life.

Mark 9:16 What Are You Arguing About?

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“What are you arguing with them about?” he asked. Mark 9:16

A man had brought his demon possessed son to the disciples to have the spirit removed. The disciples were unable to remove the demon and so the teachers of the law were arguing with them about it. Each group had their own idea of how to cast the demon out. Jesus asked what they were arguing about.

Arguments are a common thing to see, no matter where a person looks. There are arguments as to how a play was made, or not made in a sport. Arguments about who should be the next politician, about how a politician is doing, about what is the best movie, or who the best actor is. Arguments about what rights should or should not be allowed. Arguments about what is freedom. And the list goes on forever.

Arguments even occur within the church. Many dispute what the best doctrine is, or how to be saved, or when to be baptized, or the place of tongues in the church.

The disciples and the teachers of the law were arguing about the best way to get the demon spirit removed from the boy. Yet, the best way was completely overlooked. The best way is by faith, by belief in Jesus and in God.

People love to make things more complicated than what they really are. They cannot see the simplicity of the gospel message and that God loves them and wants to save them at all costs.

Individuals will even argue with God about the best way to meet a need or about a path that one must walk. There is a lack of belief in God.

There may be times you have been in an argument with another believer or even God Himself. You did not agree with what was going on and felt you knew better.

Get yourself into God’s Word and see what God has to say about the situation. Seek God in prayer to help you understand what is going on and the best path to take.

Seek to find common ground with others, rather than just argue for your point of view.

God is a God of love and unity, not division. The only thing God wants you to be divided against is sin. Don’t waste time arguing on points that really do not matter. Believe in God and trust Him.

I pray today that you will know what God wants; that you will not waste words arguing with others; that you will speak the words of God; and that you will have a belief and trust in God.

Mark 5:36 Don’t Be Afraid

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Overhearing what they said, Jesus told him, “Don’t be afraid; just believe.” Mark 5:36

Jairus was trying to get Jesus come to heal his daughter. While he was talking to Jesus, some people came and told him that his daughter had died. Jesus told him not to be afraid, but to just believe.

When a person has a loved one who is dying, he is often filled with fear. Fear brings on panic. He is filled with panic that the person will not be healed in time.

People often run to the emergency room wanting the sick person to be taken care of immediately. When the ER personnel do not move fast enough, the person panics and gets upset. They are afraid that the doctors are not moving quick enough to take care of their loved one.

In this life people cannot fully see the big picture or the future. They cannot see what is going to happen next. All they can see is the present.

The future can often look bleak and dark with no hope. The doctor gives a diagnosis that is negative with no hope. The answer seems to be that there will only be death in the end.

Having no hope is often seen in sickness, but can also show up in the finances, unemployment, marriages, and many other areas of life. The world tells people to give up and quit because there is no hope. As with Jairus’ daughter, he was told to quit because she was dead.

In Christ Jesus, people have a hope that the world cannot see. He is the God of life and healing. God may not always reveal what is going to happen next, but a believer can know that it is for the best. 

You can know the promise of God that He will provide for your every need. You can also know the promise that God will never leave you or forsake you. Know all the promises of God for your life.

All of God’s promises are based on His perfect love for you. With His perfect love in your life, it will cast out all fear. You have no reason to be afraid, no matter what is thrown at you in this life. All you have to do is just believe the promises of God. Trust God and believe what He said and you will not be afraid.

I pray today that you will know the promises of God; that God’s peace will be in your life; that you will not be afraid of anything; and that you will believe all God’s promises to you.