What I Read Today:

Hebrews 11; Acts 9; Amos 7; Psalm 37; 1 Chronicles 18; Genesis 40

We talk a lot about faith these days—faith in people, faith in government, or maybe faith in the church.  

But the biblical definition of faith differs from what we think faith to be.

Here’s how the writer to the Hebrews defines the word faith in chapter 11 vs. 1;

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” ESV

So faith is something we can’t see, but despite that, faith gives us hope of a better tomorrow.  Faith is something within in that we put our trust.  We can’t see faith or touch it, but we no that it is there.  

Some people will put their faith in their abilities.  They’ll put their faith in their careers. They might even put their faith in their church.  All of these things are misplaced faith.  God wants us to put our faith in him.  To hope that he will keep his promises.  To trust that we wait for a better place after our lives have ended.

The writer tells us how important faith is in our lives in Chapter 11 vs. 6:

“And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” ESV

Faith is a requirement in our lives.  We have to trust that Jesus was able to save us from our sins.  We have to trust that God loved us enough to send his son. We have to believe that God keeps his words and can’t ever lie.  If we can’t do that, then we have no faith.  

We can’t be God’s people unless we believe that God exists and trust the promises he’s made each one of us!

What exactly are we trusting God will do?  What is it that the Christian religion is promising to people?

Hebrews 11:!4-16, “For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” ESV

The writer is telling us that after we depart this sin-stained world, we will enter God’s protection.  We will see God’s face.  We will live in a heavenly home, with no more health issues, racism, pain, and suffering. 

We have faith in a living God who cannot lie!  His promises are forever, and his word never fails!

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