Reflections From The Bible And Life

The Power Of Faith

Before I start blogging about faith, what is faith? Based on Hebrews 11:1, “faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Faith is being sure of what we hope for and what we don’t see. It is being sure of what’s in store for the future. We have to be fully confirmed, for us to say that we have faith in God.  Hebrews 11:6 states, “without faith it is impossible to please God, for whoever would approach him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.” We must believe that He exists, for He rewards those who seek Him earnestly.

 
There are 3 fundamentals of faith:
We need to act in faith. By reading Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6:13-15, and James 2:17, by faith, despite his age, he chose to follow what God commanded him to do. He respected what was directed by God, even when he could not see God. The fear of warnings given by God about events as yet unseen, were as real to him as if he could see it with his own eyes. He respected the warning, and despite his old age, he did what he was told to do, and he followed every detailed instruction, with the length of the ark three hundred cubits, its width fifty cubits, and its height thirty cubits, and so on and so forth. 
 
Imagine if you were Noah and you were of retirement age, and you are told to build an ark that size all by yourself, to save your family and some animals. Would you do it as well? 
 
James 2:17 states, “So faith by itself, if it has no works, is dead.” It would be useless to say you have faith, inspire others with biblical wisdom, yet when you yourself face such trials you end up in the same situation as the people who you try to help. We have to believe, and not just know. We have to act in faith.
 
We need to believe by faith. Hebrews 11:8, Genesis 12:1-3, and Hebrews 11:9-10 describes how Abraham acted by faith. Abraham was told that he would receive his inheritance at an unknown place, yet he blindly followed. Imagine the quality of life which he must have left behind, and instead, he became a wanderer, living in tents, where he was just a mere stranger. This promise that God told Abraham did not happen instantly. In fact, the 2 generations that followed after him, his son, Isaac, and Jacob, Isaac’s son, also lived in tents. They were as foreigners in this land where they were told to settle. Despite this, Abraham remained faithful, for he believed in the promised of God, and looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. Abraham did not need any proof from God, for He trusted God and believed in His wisdom, His goodness and in His sovereignty.
 
“True faith rests in the true character of God and asks no further proofs than the moral perfection of the one who cannot lie. It is enough that God has said it” – A. W. Tozer
 
We need to persevere by faith. Christianity is an endurance race, not a sprint competition. Genesis 18:11-12 shows us that decades have passed since the time God made His promise to Abraham. He was 75 at that time, and in this verse, he was already around 100, so around 25 years after. This is where his faith has persevered. He might have lost a bit of faith by sleeping with his servant, thinking that Sarah was too old to bear a child, but in the end he still listened, and Sarah became pregnant, as mentioned in Hebrews 11:11. God is in the business of doing miracles. He is faithful and able.
 
Hebrews 6:12 states, “so that you may not become sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” We have to believe in His sovereignty, His goodness, His perfection, His wisdom, His perfect timing, and we should have the patience to wait for His perfect timing to bless us with His promises, for us to actually inherit His promises. 
 
In Jesus’ own words in Matthew 19:26, he says, “For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.” What we may perceive as an impossible feat may be easily possible with God. We shouldn’t be impatient nor feel insecure nor lose hope, as long as we know that He is on our side and that He will not abandon us. We should know that in His perfect timing, and not ours, He will bless us, and when He does, we will be blessed in abundance that we will be overwhelmed. 
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