We opened up the day by talking about “Faith” from the 30 Character Qualities and Jeremiah 29:11, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (NIV). We defined faith, compared it to believe (such as believing some things can lead to doubt instead of faith), talked about the relationship between faith and believe and also some of the circumstances surrounding these two words such as James 2:18-19. Aliyah’s devotion testified to these truths in Scripture.
Life would be almost impossible without faith. The biblical definition of faith, which comes from Hebrews 11:6 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” This means being sure of what you hope for, and being convinced of what you have not seen. Also in the song “That’s what Faith must be” by Michael Card, faith is expressed as “hearing with your heart, seeing with your soul, being guided by a hand you cannot hold, and trusting in a way you cannot see.” Many times throughout the Bible, faith is expressed by God’s people. Some examples of faith are Joseph, when he faced many trials and knew that God would still be faithful. Abraham, when he was asked to sacrifice his only son though he was promised a great nation. And the story of the fiery furnace where God showed how he can deliver even when it seems life is over. Luke 17:6, Matthew 17:20, and Matthew 21:21 say “if you have faith the size of a mustard seed you can move a mountain.”. 2 Corinthians 5:7 says “We live by faith, and not by sight.”. Faith is an important component in everyday life. It’s an important not only to believe that Christ died on the cross to pay our penalty or that he resurrected, but that we rely on His death as payment for our sins. Faith is believing what the Bible says and obeying it. Hebrews 11:6 says ” Without faith it is impossible to please God.”.