Monday, January 2, 2017

Daily Devotional January 2 - Faith, The Raw Truth

"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear." Hebrews 11:1-3

What can your faith do?
What is faith?
Why do we need faith anyway?
Does faith wax and wane, go up and down?
These are the questions we have asked ourselves at one time or another.

1. What is faith?
Faith is the spiritual substance that unites God and mankind for the purpose of accomplishing the will of God for the benefit of mankind. We have heard it said that whether or not you and I are faithful to God, God will accomplish His will - to the end that God doesn't really need us to do anything and His purposes will be fulfilled anyway.

As a matter of fact many Christians today believe that because they were elected or chosen by God that there is nothing that they need to do or can do, again to accomplish God's will.  Many believe, that because God is sovereign, we can do nothing towards accomplishing God's will.  Many things have been said, that are not true, in an effort to reduce the truth about what our responsibility is - in seeing God's will accomplished in our life.

I believe God calls you and me to accomplish:
His will in our life, and
Our goals in His will.

Watch this closely: God calls you and me to accomplish:
His will in our life, and
Our goals in His will.
This is all accomplished by faith.

God will give us the desires of our heart. Once we understand what we want and check it with God's will, we can have assurance that we will receive that thing we are looking for.  We find God's will in our life through this invisible faith. And God's gives us our desires/goals in His will.
Again - What is faith?
Faith is the spiritual substance that unites God and mankind for the purpose of accomplishing the will of God for the benefit of mankind.

2. Why do we need faith?
We need faith to grow spiritually
We need faith to love
We need faith to pray
We need faith to hear God
We need faith to please God
We need faith to be healed
What are some other things you need faith for?
Faith is substance:
Not some ethereal concept
Not some false premise
Not some Christian word without meaning
Faith is what makes it all happen.

Faith can grow. It can grow greater or lessor. Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.

What can your faith do?
We must have faith in God and in ourselves if we are going to accomplish God's will in our lives. The question "What can your faith do" is a real question that goes deep into our being and asks us to be honest with ourselves.

Tell me oh Lord, what would you have me do?
Tell me O Lord, where would you have me to go?
Tell me O Lord, when can I get started?
Take some time to reflect on who you are as a person.
Take some time and thank God for who He is.
Make these moments a faith building experience.
God will tell you, "According to your faith be it unto you."

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