Thursday, September 13, 2012

Our Daily Bread Designs Bible Verse Thursday #46 - What is Faith?

"Now Faith is confidence in what we Hope for 
and assurance about what we DO NOT SEE."
~Hebrews 11:1

Today I want to talk for a little while about “faith”. Every body has some type of faith, people have faith in many different things, when we get into our car we have faith that it will crank and get us to our destination, we have faith that our doctor knows what he or she is doing, every body has this mindset of faith of some kind or another.  No one can live a single day without exercising faith.

Faith is also expressed in the spiritual realm. Each of us regardless of our backgrounds expresses faith. The difference between the faiths we exercise in our daily routine and our religious faith is the object of that faith.  

Everyone places his or her faith in something or someone. The Moslem puts his faith in the Koran and in Mohammed. The humanist put his faith in himself, a religious person in his own good works. None of these can save, because in each case the object of faith is wrong.  Our faith is only as good as the object in which we place our faith.  We’re told in the Bible that we are to personally put our faith and trust in Jesus Christ.

Acts 4:12 Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

To understand what faith is we must get past certain misconceptions about faith.  There are people that think that as long as they are sincere about what they believe then that faith will be good enough.
But Paul says in 2 Tim. 1:12 -- for I know whom *I have believed- so saving faith is not in an object or some self concocted idea, but its in Jesus Christ.  If your beliefs are not founded on the right person it don’t matter what else you believe.

Hebrews chapter eleven tells us what real faith is. “Now faith is the sub stance* of things hoped for,”-- notice the word “sub-stance”, a good way to understand the meaning of “sub- stance” is to think of a sub-floor, it is what is holding up what is above it, it is the unseen support.

Faith is the affirmative response to God’s will and Word. Man possesses faith when He takes God at His Word. We don’t need to see something to believe it. Faith is the acceptance of something simply because God has said it.

Jesus said in JN.20: 29 “… blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed”
True faith is simple obedience to and believing God’s word in spite of circumstances or consequences. Faith is described in a two-fold way. It is the “substance of things hoped for,” and “the evidence of things not seen.” again, the word “sub stance” means literally ‘to stand under or to support.’ Faith is the foundation that gives the believer the confidence to stand. “faith is the confidence of things hoped for.”

God has two ways in which men can come to Him today. The first is that you can come to Him by works. That is if you can present perfection in your works, God will accept you—but so far nobody has been able to do that. Adam didn’t, and no one since has ever been able to do it. Abraham didn’t, and David didn’t, and Daniel didn’t. None of them made it by being perfect. Therefore, this is not a satisfactory way to come to God, but many people are hobbling along that futile route.  

The second way you  can come to Him is by faith.  God put down the principle once and for all that men must approach Him on only one basis: by faith, and that salvation will be by faith in Christ. Not only did Abraham see Christ’s day and rejoice, but also did Abel.  There at the very beginning God made clear the way to Himself: Heb. 9:22 “Without shedding of blood, there is no remission of sins.” We come to God on one basis, that we are sinners and that the penalty for our sins must be paid. That is the reason a lamb had to be slain. That lamb couldn’t take away sin, but it foreshadowed the coming of Christ who is “the Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world.” And it was offered in faith.  

God made the way very clear at the beginning, God has made it very clear to us: Christ is the way to Himself; God gave Him to die for our sins. Abel, illustrates to us the way of faith—it is the blood-sprinkled way, the way that is Christ.

Your challenge this week is to create a project using this scripture or another verse that describes what faith is.   When uploading your project, please use keyword ODBDBVT46 and then hop over to Our Daily Bread Designs Forum and share with us!


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