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WHAT IS FAITH?
In Hebrews 11:1, the Living paraphrase says,"... It is the confident assurance that something we want is going to happen.
It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Faith is the "substance" of things we hope for. The word "substance" comes from the Greek word, "hupostasis", that means "a setting under or support"...in other words, a foundation.

Faith is the foundation of those things that we hope for...the support on which we build all our ambitions, dreams and life's goals.

Without faith to believe that everything will turn out OK we are certain of an unhappy, insecure and unsuccessful life.
But with faith, all things are possible to him who believes.
Millions of people are hoping for eternal life...and their foundation for that hope is the faith they have in God's mercy and eternal plan of salvation through His only begotten son, Jesus Christ.

Any spiritual hope, or foundation of faith, must be built on a solid rock of truth. Faith in any other salvation than what the One true God has provided is a faith built on sinking sand.

WHERE DO WE GET FAITH?
Romans 10:17 says, "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." (NAS)

 

The beautiful thing about this adventure called faith is that we can count on Him never to lead us astray.

Charles (Chuck) Swindoll

 

God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will, a will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to.

Elisabeth Elliot

 

Faith is not a storm cellar to which men and women can flee for refuge from the storms of life. It is, instead, an inner force that gives them the strength to face those storms and their consequences with serenity of spirit.

Sam J. Ervin, Jr.

God is not a deceiver, that He should offer to support us, and then, when we lean upon Him, should slip away from us.

Augustine


QUESTIONS
Why do you think the scripture says it is impossible to please God without faith?
How much faith do you need to move a mountion?
Why does the word of God create faith in us?

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This is a song of confession of faith in our faithful lord.
My Savior My God By Aaron Shust
If you have the faith of a mustard seed,you can say to this mountain be moved,and it will be moved.
Because it is believeing in something as though it were already done; even though we cannot see it with our eyes;that is what faith is. God word,creates faith in us ;because we believe in His promises and His word.And it shall come to pass to those who believe.


Because we were born sinners and we cannot undo it by doing good works. First and foremost, we have to have faith in Jesus Christ, then surrender to the power of the holy spirit and obey His will.

A FAITH THAT WORKS THROUGH LOVE
by R Bushman

2 PETER 1: 1-9

In 2 Peter chapter two Peter shares a some remarkable things about how to live out the Christian life. In verse three he says that Jesus has the power of God, by which He has given us everything we need to live for, and serve God. He goes on to say that we have these provisions because we know Him because Jesus called us by his glorious goodness.

In these provisions that God has given to us contains according to verse four, “great and precious promises.” And as we shall see as we read further into chapter two that with these provisions, or gifts, that we can share in God's nature and that we won't be ruined by the world and with it's evil desires.

Peter says that because we have these blessings that we should do our best to add some very important things to our lives. Notice the list begins with faith, then the list ends with a God kind of love.

All these things mentioned are fruits coming forth out of our lives because of our relation with the Lord and are the fruit that the Spirit produces in our lives. (see Galatians 5:22-23 )

Add to your faith, add goodness; that is as you are growing in your faith, to develop virtue.

To your goodness, add knowledge; that is in exercising goodness,develop knowledge.
“Study to show yourself approved to God, a workman that needs not
to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” ( 2 Timothy 2:15 )

To your knowledge, add self-control; that is in growing in knowledge, develop self control.

To your self-control, add patience; that is in developing self control, allow God to make you more patient.

To your patience, add service for God; that is as we becoming more patient, we can began to serve God.

To your service for God, add kindness for your brothers and sisters in Christ;

And to this kindness, add love; that is while we showing kindness begin to exercise the love of God.

“And hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.” ( Romans 5:5 )

“If all these things are in you and are growing, they will help you to be useful and productive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who does not have these things cannot see clearly. He is blind and has forgotten that he was made clean from his past sins.” ( 2Peter 1:8-9 )

As I considered this passage it really speaks to my heart that our relationship with God begins with faith, and ends up with love, from something that is a substance of things hoped for, to a having the love of God poured into our hearts to touch this hurting world through our lives.

"Faith works through love." ( Gal. 5:6 )

Prayer Father God help us to learn to add to our faith those things that will makes us into useful vessels for your love to touch the world through us. In Jesus name amen.

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