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.
I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Philemon 1:6
Partnerships are something that is used all over the world. It is two or more people, businesses or organizations that work together. People partner with each other to build a business. Businesses partner with other businesses to build each other up.
In a partnership each person or entity involved will bring something that the other needs. Together more can be done than when separate and alone. One partner can be strong in an area the other is weak in, thus strengthening each other.
Although there are many people who are willing to partner with others to build up better, there are also many who do not want to partner with others. This is often seen inside of churches.
Many people in churches and even whole churches, refuse to partner with others to build up God’s kingdom. The refuse to be partners with others because they do not believe exactly the same. Often they differ a little or a lot on some doctrinal belief. One church may use instruments, while another does not believe in their use. One may believe in speaking in tongues, while another does not. These things are seen in both churches and individuals.
Every person and church needs others to help be stronger. No one should work completely alone. Every one needs someone else’s help.
The church, the body of Christ, is made up of people who are individuals, yet, they are to build each other up. Each one can build each other’s faith in God. They can lift each other up when one is down. They can guide each other in God’s word and truth.
As you partner with other believers, you can build someone else up and they can build you up. In this way it can deepen your understanding of what Christ has given you. It can help you understand more of who God is and how He works.
Each person has his own story to tell about what He has learned from God. Be willing to partner up with others to share your story and build them up. As you partner with others, more of this world can be reached for Jesus. And you will also be strengthened in your belief in God.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has given you; that you will partner with other believers in Jesus; that you will work to build others up in Christ; and that you will be deepened in your faith in God.
Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. 2 Thessalonians 1:4
Persecutions and trials are not something most people look forward to. No one wants to be persecuted or put on trial for anything. This becomes especially true when someone is innocent of doing anything wrong.
When a person is summoned for a court hearing to be tried, he usually gets very nervous, especially if innocent. He runs out quickly to find a good lawyer to defend him. He wonders if he will be able to prove his innocence. Many will start to fight back saying that they are innocent. In the process of fighting back, some will end up committing a crime.
It is common to hear of people slandering or cursing their accusers. They run to the media to try and clear their name. Or they try to flee and never face their accuser.
Paul tells the people of the Thessalonian church that he boasts about what they are doing in the face of persecution and trials. They are staying strong and true to God’s word and holding on to their faith.
Over the years, not every believer has acted liked the Thessalonian church. The trials can be real court trials against them, but often they are just trials in life to test their faith. The little day-to-day struggles are trials that test what a person is really like. Slander and lies are the persecutions that many face.
As believers are faced with these types of persecutions or worse and the many types of trials in life, they are given a choice as to how to react to them. Many begin to curse the person or situation, or they get angry with God for allowing it to happen.
Believers are to hold on to their faith and trust God through every situation. They are to not give up on God and take the way of the world.
Persecutions and trials will come your way. Jesus promised them. You have a choice as to how you will react to those situations. They may be big and grand persecutions, but usually they will be the little things in life each day.
Will you give into the trial and act like the world?
Or will you hold on to your faith that God is in control?
Hang on to God and the trial will come to an end in His time.
I pray today that you will have faith in God’s abilities; that you will hold on to God during trials; that you will focus on God and His promises in persecutions; and that you will shine as a witness of Jesus in this world.