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1 FAITH IS? on Sun Mar 18, 2018 5:01 pm



Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

Living by faith is a topic which is often talked about, taught about, and preached about. Faith is reported here to be the support, essence, and assurance of things expected, confident, and trusted for through proof, conviction, and evidence of the object not seen. The product of faith or conviction is the assurance that the object of that trust can deliver what is hoped for. The bible emphatically declares that the “ with men things are impossible, but with God are things are possible “. The object of our trust is God and in Him we confide our faith, hope, and will into his loving care.

For many; it is their faith in God which carries them through the day because of a sickness. With others it is their faith in a vision God has given them which propels them forward, and with others it is their faith in God which sustains them during a crisis. But with each one, they’re exercising their faith in God and hope is the fuel which keeps their faith alive, because “ a hope that is seen is not hope “. Therefore hope is an anticipation with the expectation of fulfillment, hope helps to keep our faith in tact and is a driving force in waiting upon God for the manifestation of what is believed will be supplied.

(1) Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
(2) By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God.
(3) And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience;
(4) And patience, experience; and experience, hope:
(5) And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. Romans 5:1-5

We have now entered into a state of favor, through faith. We now have the hope of glory, and the glory of hope, we enjoy the presence of God and learn to glory (rejoice) in the pressures of life which develop endurance, faithfulness, and expectation which cause us to not be shamed but found full of the love of God which is poured into us during the those times of testing.

But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6

Faith seeks truth, because biblical faith seeks God diligently, faith is persuaded or convinced that God is a reality and then seeks to please him in Spirit and Truth. Faith is a fortifying factor in finding what pleases God and rewards the seeker when faith is sought in that context. Faith then is about confiding in God in all we do and seeking what is in his heart before asking for what is in his hand. Faith knows that we must “ Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness “ before He supplies all our needs according to His riches in glory through Christ Jesus. Faith is much deeper than a few words can express, faith is a lifestyle.

Brethren keep the faith today by entering into your prayer closet today, worship the Lord with thanksgiving, singing and making melody in your hearts as you make your request known unto him, not being anxious but patient allowing the peace of God which passes all your understanding to keep your heart, then reach for your bible and enrich your wisdom with the word of God; understanding what the will of the Lord is; for these days are truly evil. Selah!

Shalom, Agape, & Amen!
Apostle Ritchie

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