Posted: November 26, 2013 in Hebrews

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” – Hebrews 11:1



a:  Pledge, guarantee

b:  Security

c:  The state of being sure or certain about something

d:  a strong and definite statement that something will happen or that something is true

   Faith is the cornerstone of the Christian life.  It is what has confused and confounded skeptics and non-believers since the beginning of time.

   Just take Noah for example.  He had the faith to believe that God wanted him to build an ark; that there were floods coming.  He had to build this gigantic vessel amidst the taunts and jeers of his neighbors.  For 120 years Noah built and preached while he was building.  Jesus tells us that the people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark.  And they were swept away.

   Believers embrace hope; we rely on faith.  Faith and hope go hand-in-hand.  It means trusting in the security of God’s promises in Christ to us.  It is an eternal joy of the heart that carries us from day to day; especially when situations are difficult.

   We carry the light of hope into a world that so desperately needs to be permeated by the Lord’s unquenchable fire.  We possess in our very souls the assurance that God’s will is to be done and every knee will someday bow to the King.

   In this, we have the conviction that the Holy Spirit whispers quiet truths to our hearts.  We have the conviction to feed our Holy fire by sharing the joy we have found with those who have yet to hear.  We have conviction to believe that deep truly calls to deep.

   Our task in this lifetime is to hold tight to God’s pledge to us.  Every word in the scripture is true.  Even though we have not seen, we have the assurance that God is here and active, that Jesus went to prepare a place for us, and that He is coming back.  Despite what the world looks like, He has assured us that there is more.

   We have the conviction that what we are told in the bible is truth.  That God set the world into motion and He commands all.

   In truth, this should bring us such unfathomable joy that we must share it with the world.

   Father, I pray that we might build our faith and remember that you have planted the gift of hope in our hearts.  Help us to share that with a hopeless world.


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