Thursday, August 4, 2016

Faith: The Hall of Fame

Faith: The Hall of Fame

Scripture: Hebrews 11:1

The eleventh chapter of Hebrews has been described as the “Faith Hall of Fame.” Apart from this devotional, it would be of tremendous benefit to any believer to do a study on the life of each person named in this Hall of Fame. The lessons one can learn about the faith they exhibited as they lived life and faced their individual challenges could serve as a model for any modern day believer.

A dictionary definition of faith is belief that is not based on proof. The biblical definition is found in the text for this devotional: “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Two words stand out in this biblical definition of faith. First is the word “substance.” It comes from a Greek word which means “assurance” or “confidence.” So, faith is based on something and is not “blind” or based on nothing. There is a basis for our faith in God and the Bible. There is confidence and assurance developed in us by the Holy Spirit as we give our hearts to God and live by biblical principles that produce faith. The second word that stands out in this scripture is “evidence,” which comes from a Greek word that means “convinced” or “conviction.” In other words, as we begin to exercise faith (acting on the Word) in God, we become convinced by the Holy Spirit that what we are doing is right and pleasing to God. That is why the Bible says, “Faith comes by hearing the Word of God.”

Get God’s view on a matter, act on it, and the result will always be good. This is what it means to have faith.

Daily challenge:
I will stand on God’s Word and be confident that what the Word says is absolutely trustworthy.

Daily Prayer:
O God, I believe Your Word is truth. Help me live daily in full confidence that You have provided everything I now need or ever will need for life and godliness. My faith is firmly fixed in You and Your will, therefore I will not fear or be swayed by circumstances or the opinions of others. Thank You for Your faithfulness in directing my life. Amen.

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