Today we are starting a new blog series called “Daring Faith — The Key to Miracles”. In this series, we are going to take a good look at faith.
To start with let’s look at Romans 1:16-17.
“For I am not ashamed of this Good News about Christ. It is the power of God at work, saving everyone who believes—the Jew first and also the Gentile. This Good News tells us how God makes us right in his sight. This is accomplished from start to finish by faith. As the Scriptures say, “It is through faith that a righteous person has life.”
Let’s also look at Hebrews 11:6.
“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”
Ok, so what is faith? A good definition of faith is in Hebrews 11:1.
“Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
Notice the expressions, “Confidence that what we hope for will actually happen”. And “Assurance about things we cannot see”. So, what is it that we are hoping for — and what is it that we can’t see? The answer is WHAT GOD SAYS IS TRUE. In the Bible God gives us over 7000 promises about various things He says He will do. Each promise requires that we believe He will do them. We don’t know when or how, but we believe He will. That’s faith – expecting God to do what He says He will do.
For example, In Romans 8:28 God says He will make everything work together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose. Our lives may be completely messed up right now, and everything might be on fire — but we believe God’s promise. We believe HE WILL work out circumstances for our good, and we are confident. Why? Because we believe God’s in control — and HE WILL DO WHAT HE SAYS HE WILL DO. That’s putting faith in God.
Hebrews 11:1 says faith is the assurance of things we cannot see. So, if we are going to put our assurance in something we can’t see – it had better be reliable. If we put our faith in other things (like ourselves, other people, politicians, money, etc.) we will soon find out that they are not reliable. However, there is nothing more reliable than God, and what He says is true.
Next week we will dig into this and see how we can use it. See you then …