Faith, Hope & Love: What Is Faith?

Here is the devotional:

As mentioned on Day 1, faith is simply putting our trust or confidence in something or someone and having a belief that isn’t based on proof.

She acted in good faith.
He clung to his faith that his wife would survive.
They took everything we said on faith.

A worldly faith is different from the faith we’re addressing here as followers of Jesus. The best place for us to learn about our faith is throughout the Bible.

For example, it was tremendous faith in God that led a young shepherd boy named David to conquer a 9-foot Philistine giant in battle (1 Samuel 17). It’s by faith that we’re saved by the grace of Jesus (Ephesians 2:8). And when we have confidence and hope in God, we’re told that such faith is what pleases Him (Hebrews 11:1,6).

We all have faith in something, but the question is, “In what?” Do we place our faith in our spouse? Do we trust in our employer to provide? Do we rely on ourselves and our abilities? We must place our faith in our God who loves us, because there will be a day when any or all of those earthly options will fail us.

The reason faith is so important for the follower of Jesus is that it helps us to truly learn about God and His loving heart toward us. The more we learn about Him and experience His character, the more we’ll trust Him as He’s guiding us. Because there will be days when things happen that our minds can’t grasp and when the pain of a situation is beyond our ability to endure it. It’s in those times that our understanding of who God is and how much He loves us helps us rest and place our faith in Him.

How do we live it out?
Simply start. We live out our faith anytime we choose to trust God despite our fears, when we use our spiritual gifts to impact others, and when we love others well by pointing the way to our loving Savior, to name a few things. Over time, we’ll see our faith increase.

Just like our physical bodies grow, our spiritual ones do as well. This is a lifelong pursuit of Jesus and learning to trust Him. God knows our hearts and gets that living out our faith often comes with insecurity and fear. That’s why the author of Hebrews wrote that faith is what pleases God.

What do I do when my faith is low?
We do what we know to do that will build our faith back up. We fill our minds with things that encourage us and make the conscious choice to say, “God, I don’t know how this will turn out, but I trust you.” And then we move forward, one step at a  time, even if the step is a bit shaky. Before we know it, our faith is being built back up.

Here are the scriptures referenced:

(For we walk by faith, not by sight:)
2 Corinthians 5:7 KJV

For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Ephesians 2:8‭-‬9 KJV

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 KJV

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 KJV

Here are Stu’s thoughts:

Accepting Jesus as who he is is just as easy as you sitting down into your favorite chair.

You have faith that the chair will support you as you plop into it.

So you sit down.

Accepting Jesus is like plopping down in that chair. You just do it.

You have no proof that the chair will actually support until you sit down. There’s your proof.

And you “technically” have no proof that Jesus is who he claims until you accept it. Then everything changes and you realize oh heck this is real!

Our faith in Christ sustains us through the difficult times. Why?

Because while we have that faith in Christ we also have faith in God’s Word as truth. He tells us numerous times throughout scripture to not be afraid and that he will never leave us.

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