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.
May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
Life is tough. There are never ending problems everywhere. There is pain. There is suffering. There is violence, hatred, sickness, death and sin. When a person looks at the world, there does not appear to be any hope.
People all around the world are committing suicide because of the loss of hope and the amount of pain they are in. All types of drugs are used by people to help cope with all the pain that they are going through, both physical and emotional. Doctor’s prescribe many different types of drugs to people to help them calm their nerves and be able to deal with life.
Fear runs rampant among people. Fear of the government, fear of other people. Fear of death or sickness. Fear of the unknown.
Even in the church, there runs a level of fear. People fear that they are not good enough for God and will not be allowed into heaven in the end. They fear that God has not forgiven them.
Yet, God does not work with fear, He works with love and grace. God is there to encourage a person and give Him real hope and strength to make it. Believers have a hope of a better life, one that will be found in eternity. This can encourage a believer to stay strong and true to God’s word, despite what this world looks and acts like.
God, in His great love and grace, is giving every believer strength to do what needs to be done, to do the good works He has called every believer to do. He is giving strength to overcome sin and be His witness in this world, and to look past the momentary and painful sufferings of this world.
Take a look at what God has given you. Take a look at what God has promised you. Be encouraged and rely upon His strength to keep moving forward in His ways, to do good and be His witness.
Know that some day you will inherit eternal life in heaven. All that you are going through today will be worth it when you step into eternity with God.
Be encouraged and strengthened today.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will know the salvation He is giving you; that you will know God’s love and grace to you; that God will strengthen you; and that God will encourage you to keep going in Jesus.
Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9
Paul opens this second letter to the Corinthian church talking about suffering. The church had probably heard about some of the sufferings he was going through. He wanted to let them know it was true, but it was for a purpose.
A death sentence is a very heavy sentence upon any person. It means that life is going to end. Criminals have been given death sentences for major crimes that they have done. As they are brought down to finalize that sentence, many are unable to walk on their own. It is a great weight to bear and no one wants it.
Very few people will receive a literal death sentence in this life. However, most people will have troubles that feel like a death sentence. Problems in life come up that are so heavy that if feels as if there is no more life left for the person.
These problems can be financial, marital, physical sickness, persecution, or many other things. Many people have felt the pressure of different problems in life so much that they choose to end their life in suicide.
Believers will have many of these problems come up in their life. Often one will wonder why there is such a high level of problems…why if feels like a death sentence upon his life.
The reason for these pressures is to push one towards God, to rely upon God. In himself, one cannot survive the high pressures of a death sentence. The believer cannot survive the attacks of the enemy on his own. He needs God’s strength and power to make it.
God is greater than any death sentence or problem in your life. Jesus beat the greatest problem in life–death. He did die and rose again. God can do the same thing for you.
As long as God has a purpose for you in this life, He will deliver you from the attacks of the enemy. The attacks may be painful and difficult, but you will survive. In the end you will gain eternal life in heaven.
Do not despair under the death sentences that the world is trying to give you, God is on your side. Rely upon His strength and power to overcome that death sentence.
I pray today that you will know what Jesus did for you; that you will trust in God’s power in your life; that you will know the reward God has waiting for you; and that God will give you comfort in all of your troubles.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
All over the world there are people who want joy and peace. They want to see an end to wars and fighting. They want to see an end to crime. They want to have joy and happiness in their lives with the absence of anything negative looking.
The world seeks the joy in things that they have or do. People feel that if they have certain items, their life will be filled with joy. Or if they have a certain position in a job or society, they will be filled with joy. Or if they take certain drugs, they will find joy in life.
The challenge with all of these methods of seeking joy and peace, is that these things are all temporary. They do not last when things go tough. The world is filled with and ruled by sin, keeping joy and peace away.
True joy and peace comes in trusting in Jesus. The peace is found in trusting that God is actually in control. There is a peace in knowing that God is in control of everything that is going on. Nothing happens without His permission. Everything that happens is for the best of a person.
The joy is found in the hope that a person can have in Jesus. It is knowing that He has saved the person. It is knowing that there is coming a day when there will be no more sorrow or tears. There is coming a day when there will be eternal life with God.
Both of these are found only in the hope that a person has in Jesus. Believing that He did die and raise again. Believing that Jesus did remove all sin. Believing that Jesus will return again some day.
As you believe in Jesus, you will be filled with an eternal hope. That hope will bring about joy and peace in your life, despite the circumstances going on around you or in your life.
The Holy Spirit will give you the power needed to keep moving forward in this life with joy and peace. Know this joy and peace and share it with every person you meet. Everyone wants to have joy and peace, and you have it.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the joy and peace found in Jesus; and that God’s Holy Spirit will strengthen you with His power.