November 17, 2021

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation. By faith we understand that the universe was created by the Word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of visible things. (Hebrews 11:1-4)
As I close out this week of Devotional Thoughts, the Lord lead me to Hebrews chapter 11. As I read through (Hebrews 11) this morning, it occurred to me, the people the author was speaking of were people of faith; they believed in their hearts that God was in the midst of all their circumstances, even the dire ones. Many of them these people experienced personal loss, in some cases even death. Amidst their trying times, they were faced with a choice: To believe or not to believe. It was black or white; there were no gray areas. In all these peoples’ lives, God could only undertake great things for them because they chose to believe in Him by faith. Simply put, they decided to walk by faith through good situations and difficult ones.
If we watch the news on our television or listen on our radios, we will hear things that make us feel depressed and discouraged. The level of anxiety and fear in the world today has reached epidemic proportions. People are under pressure and concerned about the future. That said, if we base our faith on feelings, then we find ourselves living a “yo-yo” Christian life; one day, we will be strong and filled with confidence and optimism. Next, we will be in despair and filled with fear. We do not have to live like this!
Faith has to be practiced. It is based on having knowledge and a heart connection with our Savior, Jesus Christ. Get to know Jesus. I am not just talking about deciding to follow Him. That is the first step. We can only get to know Him if we spend time with Him. Spend time in His Word, in prayer, and listening to Him.
Friends, the closer we get to Christ, the more our faith will grow. The more our faith grows, the less we can be swayed by our feelings and what is happening around us. Would you pray with me?
Father, I come before You today to thank you for Your Son, Jesus Christ. Father, thank You also for Your Word and that I can know You through It’. May I walk in faith and not be swayed by what is happening around me. Father, may You fill me with Your Spirit and Your strength. Amen.

God Bless and have a Blessed Day, Friends <><

 

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