Faith. What is faith? “Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.”
Faith. “Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.”
Faith. “Since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Faith. “It is by grace you have been saved, through faith –and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God– not by works, so that no one can boast.”
Faith. “We live by faith, not by sight.”
Faith. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”
Faith. “I tell you the truth,” said Jesus, “if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (The little picture is of a mustard seed. It doesn’t have to be bigger!)
The gift of faith! What a blessing! And all thanks to Jesus.
What promise attached to faith! “Nothing will be impossible for you.” Do we need tons of faith? It doesn’t have to be bigger than a mustard seed!
“Have faith in God,” Jesus said. “I tell you the truth, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in his heart but believes that what he says will happen, it will be done for him. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive him, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.”
Faith and forgiveness go hand in hand. Through faith in Jesus we are forgiven. The other side of the coin is that to exercise our faith we have to be willing to forgive.
“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”
Tomorrow we’ll have some Scriptures on HOPE.
Thank God every day for the Gift of Faith.
(Scriptures cited: Heb 11:1, 6; Rom 5:1; Eph 2:8-9; 2 Cor 5:7; Heb 12:2-3; Matt 17:20; Mark 11:22-25; 1 Cor 13:13.)