One of our main goals here at Elevate Through Faith is to help our readers grow their faith in God. So it is only fitting that the first post discuss faith and what faith looks like in the life of a believer.
Faith is unwavering belief in God. Belief is defined in the dictionary as “confidence in the truth or existence of something not immediately susceptible to rigorous proof; confidence, trust”. What this tells me is that faith is not an opinion or a feeling, because both of these can be fleeting. Yes, you can feel God’s presence, but faith is believing even when you do not feel His presence. The reason the definition of faith does not mention feelings, tangibility, or any of the five senses is because if you cannot require continuous proof and consider yourself to have faith.
Now if you are reading this and you need some sort of proof, don’t stop reading just yet. There are many things that we were taught in school that we believe only because it was taught to us and we can find the facts in a book. For example, I believe that Christopher Columbus sailed the ocean blue. Surprisingly, I believe this even though I have never laid eyes on Mr. Columbus or his ship. Nor do I know anyone who has met Christopher. I also believe that water is made of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen, though I have never taken these elements and produced homemade water. Have you? If you haven’t but still believe that water is H2O, I know that you have what it takes to have unwavering faith in God. Just keep hanging around Elevate Through Faith, we’ll get you there.
Just like the books you read in school, the Bible is a factual and historical account. So let’s look at the Biblical definition of faith. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) states, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Some may look at this verse and believe that it is only speaking about the belief in God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. A more mature believer will realize that it is also telling Christians to believe in the promises of God, even if they have yet to fully manifest in your life.
Numbers 23:19 (NLT) states, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Deuteronomy 7:9 (NLT) states, “Understand, therefore, that the Lord your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his convenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands”. These two verse are promises that God will keep His promises. But let’s look at some of the other promises of God:
Matthew 6:33 (NLT) says, “Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need”. God promises to provide and sustain you if you just put Him above everything and everyone else. Go back and read the whole chapter, just before this verse Jesus was telling the disciples not to worry about what they will eat, drink, or wear because God values us above birds and flowers, yet He takes care of them and He will take care of us as well.
Joshua 1: 9 (NIV) says, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go”. This ties into one of my favorite scriptures 2 Timothy 1:7 (NLT) “For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline”. Which is another scripture attached to a promise. God tells us not to be afraid, because we have Him and He has promised to fight our battles. Exodus 14:14 states “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm”.
These are a very small percentage of the promises of God. As believers, we have faith that God will fulfill every promise to us. So instead of allowing worry, fear, or doubt to overtake us, we choose to exercise our faith and trust in God alone.
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Thanks for reading,