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 4:2 Prove Yourself Faithful

 

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Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful. 1 Corinthians 4:2

It is very common for a person to be given a trust. This is the control of something, or ability to make choices regarding something. A common place of trust is in someone’s assets and or business in the event of a death. The person is given control of everything the person owns to deal with in a correct manner. The one who has been given the trust is expected to make choices in behalf of the original maker of the trust.

When a person is given the trust, there must be a certain amount of trust in that person. He is given an extreme level of power over the assets of someone’s materials. There have been many times when the person given the trust, has not proven himself faithful. They take the money and materials and do something with it for themselves and not as expected.

There are many who have done this and were caught and charged for theft. They were dishonest and unfaithful. In the end, they often end up with a large fine and time spent in jail for their theft or failure to handle the trust correctly.

Believers are also given a trust, some assets of extreme high value that need to be dealt with correctly. Every believer has been given the message of the salvation that Jesus provides for every person. They have been given God’s word to pass on to every other person on this earth.

As God has given His message and word to the believer, He expects that person to prove faithful with that message. There are many who are not faithful with the message and hoard it to themselves or use it against others, condemning them.

To use God’s message faithfully, means to live by that message and share it with others. God did not give His message of salvation for one person only, but to be shared and distributed to every person. He wants everyone to be saved.

God has trusted you with His message to this world. You have believed in Jesus and are being saved. Now what are you doing with that message?

Are you proving yourself faithful with the message? This is sharing it with everyone you meet in love and concern for the person.

Or are you hoarding it only to yourself?

I pray today that you know the salvation Jesus provides; that you will share the message of Jesus the world; that you will be found faithful with God’s message He has trusted you with; and that many will believe in Jesus because of the message you share.

Romans 15:13 Overflowing With Hope

 

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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.

Romans 4:5 Not Work, But Faith

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However, to the one who does not work but trusts God who justifies the ungodly, their faith is credited as righteousness. Romans 4:5

The majority of the people around the world like to earn what they get. They are willing to work in order to get something. Many do not want to just get something for free.

One challenge is that many people want a lot more for what they work for than what they actually deserve. People want a very large paycheck for a small amount of work, yet, they still want to be able to say that they worked for the paycheck.

There are also many who make the statement that a person will treasure what he works for more than what is just given to him. This implies that people must work more for the things that they want.

This type of thinking has also come into the thinking of many people in the church. People work very hard to be a “good” Christian. They will go to church, carry a Bible, quote a few good verses, don’t drink/smoke, and dress very nicely on Sunday. While none of these things are bad in and of themselves, none of them help a person with being righteous.

Righteousness, which is being right and holy before God, is only achieved by faith in God’s grace and mercy. It is faith in what Jesus has done for the person that makes a person righteous before God.

All of the actions that a believer does, should be done out of love for God and thankfulness for what Jesus has done for him. None of these actions need to be done to make a person righteous.

As a believer, you must have faith in the work Jesus has done for you. Having faith in God is putting your trust in Jesus. Trusting that Jesus has forgiven you and will save you.

While having that faith, you must work for God as though your salvation depended upon your own work. The works you do, do not earn your salvation, but prove that you are saved. It shows that you are grateful to God for what He has done for you.

As you are going through your life, stop working to earn your salvation from God. The price has already been paid. The work has already been done for you. Just trust God and live for Him.

I pray today that you will know what Jesus has done for you; that you will have faith in the work of Jesus; that you will know the forgiveness Jesus gives you; and that you no longer work for your salvation.