THEME: THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH
TEXT: HEBREWS 11:4-6
HYMN: EMHB 402 Faith of our Fathers living still.
What is faith? It is confident assurance that what we expect is going to happen. It is the certain evidence of things we cannot yet see (NLT)
“Now faith is being sure we will get what we hope for. It is being absolutely sure of what we cannot see (CEV) “Faith is being sure of what we hope for. It is being certain of what we do not see (Wycliffe)” Faith is fundamental to perseverance for perseverance is nothing more than a series of choices for the future,” says Gerald Hansthrone. Hebrews chapter 11 is the hall of fame for the ancients who, by faith, persevered and got what they hoped for.
“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the thing (we) hoped for, being the proof of things (we) do not see and the conviction of their reality (faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the physical senses.). It, therefore, follows that no one can walk with God, who is unseen without faith. Faith makes our prayers heard. We read and believe the Scriptures with faith. It is by faith that we believe many of the Bible miracles e.g. the parting of the Red Sea; the feeding of 5,000 people (excluding women and children) with five loaves of bread and two fish.
Faith nullifies doubt and fear. Faith is a sure confidence that what we profess, we believe in it. Confession of faith is an expression of what we believe and we say it confidently. Everything about Christian faith is an expression of faith. Faith is a formidable force that makes the Christian pilgrimage effective. We should, therefore, walk by faith and not by sight.
MEMORY VERSE: Hebrew 11:1 “Now faith is the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
PRAYER: Give me the faith that can move mountains and the grace to live for You all the days of my life in Jesus Christ’s name. Amen