Faith

By on Mar 18, 2019 in Faith |

Faith Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” As we begin this week’s devotional series, meditate on this thought: We are called as believers to live our entire life built on promises made by Christ. What a challenge; especially with many things vying for our loyalty in today’s culture. Many things promise to satisfy only to disappoint. There is one thing that we can hang our hat on—the promises of God’s Word. This was not unusual for many Old and New Testament believers. They lived looking forward to the future hope, and the promises of Christ meant so much to them that they lived excited about what Christ said. Question: Do we live excited about what Christ said? Not only were they excited about what Christ said, they lived their whole life and structured the course for their lives based on what Christ said....

Faith—Day 5

By on Jan 26, 2018 in Faith |

Faith—Day 5 Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Every word of this popular devotional passage has been carefully chosen to emphasize the characteristics of faith, including the adverb in the beginning phrase. “Now” in “now faith” is used to invoke a feeling that is intensified more than normal. As we come to the conclusion of this week’s devotional series, let’s give attention to, “The conviction of things not seen.” In Greek the word for conviction is, ĕlĕgchŏs, el´-eng-khos; the overall meaning is, proof that makes someone entirely agree, understand, and realize the truth or validity of something. Faith is proof. Usually when someone asks for evidence of something they are generally speaking of what they have been able to witness for themselves. This witness is the direct result of what...

Faith—Day 4

By on Jan 25, 2018 in Faith |

Faith—Day 4 Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for. In Greek the word hoped for is, ĕlpizō, el-pid´-zo; which is to look forward to something with the implication of confidence about something coming to pass. As we go through life as believers, our faith gives us confidence. This type of confidence transforms our attitude about things to come. I recall the first time  I filed my taxes. Although young and still living at home without a care in the world, I remember the level of anticipation I experienced while waiting for my income tax check. Although I had not received the check, my anticipation of the tax check provided me with some security because I knew I had some money coming. For those six weeks, I saw everything differently. With nothing in my pocket, I walked...

Faith—Day 3

By on Jan 24, 2018 in Faith |

Faith—Day 3 Hebrews 11: 1  “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Can you imagine going through life with all of life’s disappointments, setbacks, and failures without having hope? Can we live without hope? There is a story of a man who had reached his wit’s end and decided to climb on a rail high above a river and jump in to take his life. A police officer caught the man as he was jumping and pulled the defeated man back over the rail. The police officer said, “Please give me five reasons why life is not worth living, and then I will give you five reasons why life is worth living for the both of us.” The officer said, “If I do not convince you that life is worth living then you can jump.” The man agreed and after giving his five reasons why life was not worth living, the police officer gave his...

Faith—Day 2

By on Jan 23, 2018 in Faith |

Faith—Day 2 Hebrews 11: 1 “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” I have long been fascinated with the African impala antelope. In the United States, you can find this mammal at zoos enclosed by a wall.  My fascination with the African impala antelope is that these beautiful, meek, social creatures have the ability to run fast, leap 10 feet into the air and cover a distance of 30 feet in a single jump. Just think, what could you do if you had the ability of an African impala antelope? In what sports would you excel? What records would you break? What would your attitude be when faced with trouble knowing you can run fast, leap high and jump far? Well, my fascination with the African impala antelope is, with all of the ability God has given these creatures to escape trouble, a three-foot wall easily confines them. That’s...

By on Jun 15, 2015 in Faith |

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1