Understanding Faith….


Since most people don’t read the Bible, they know little about God. Many aren’t even sure whether God is real. What about you? What kind of faith do you have? Do you want to have more? Do you understand what faith really is?

“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see” (Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. See All…, New International Version).

Do you see much faith in the world around you? Much of society today is secular-oriented and virtually devoid of faith. Since most people don’t read the Bible, they don’t know much about the true God.

Many are not even sure there is  a God. Others, although they believe in Him, don’t know what kind of God He is. This situation shouldn’t surprise us. After all, it’s impossible for people to have living faith in a God they don’t know or even know much about.

What about you? Have you thought about—do you know —what God is able and willing to do for you?

The God of the Bible tells us that we can come to know and develop a relationship with Him. We can know what He has planned for us and our families in this life and in the future. We can rest assured that He wants good things for us. His Word tells us that “godliness is profitable for all things, having promise of the life that now is  and of that which is to come” (1 Timothy 4:8For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come. See All…, emphasis added throughout).

Not only can we come to know God, to believe  in  God, but—much more—we can learn to believe  God.

There is a huge difference. Many people believe in  God. They assume He exists, although they probably haven’t given His existence much thought. But God is not real enough to them, and this lack of reality affects what they think and do.

To believe  God, on the other hand, is to have faith that God can and will do for us whatever He has promised to do.  The Bible tells us that the ancient patriarch Abraham “believed God” and explains that “he did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to [and would] perform” (Romans 4:3For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. See All…, 20-21).

God expects us to act  on this trusting belief. He requires that we have living faith  in His existence, power and promises.

Faith isn’t some magical ingredient. It does, however, lead to a confident attitude toward God. Faith motivates our minds to the assurance of God’s power and will to act in our lives. Faith becomes more than a mental conviction as it grows into a commitment—not only to trust God to involve Himself in our lives but, with His help, to do His will. We can rest assured that God’s will does not include frivolous or unproductive behavior—only, as we saw above, “godliness [that] is profitable for all things.”

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