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In my first blog post, I stated that faith is having confidence the God will fulfill His promises even when they have yet to manifest in your life. I would like to expound on this further, because this is the kind of faith that gets you excited to wake up every day and continue praising God no matter what. This type of faith is what makes you obey God and listen for His instructions in your life. This is the kind of faith that no matter what kind of work you are doing, you do it for His glory. This post will pull from John 14, the New International Version (NIV), to illustrate faith in God.
Last week, I gave you the definition of faith as written in Hebrews 11:1 (NIV), “Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see”. I want to break this down even more because this scripture is almost the lifeline of every believer who desires to live inside God’s Will and who wants to find and walk in God’s purpose for his or her life.
Confidence is defined by dictionary.comas “full trust; belief in the powers, trustworthiness, or reliability of a person or thing”. The person in our case is God. So as a Christian who is faith-filled, I put my full trust in God, I believe in His mighty power, I know that He is trustworthy, and I know that He will always keep His Word.
In other words, I fully trust God because He will always keep His promises to me. I put my hope in His promises even though I am still waiting on His promises to take place in my life. A great example of how God makes a promise is found in the Gospel of John. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:2-3, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going to there to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am”. What a beautiful and praiseworthy promise! Glory to God! What is even more wonderful is that Jesus instructs us on what to do to be allowed to enter into this prepared place. In John 14:23 Jesus says, “Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them”. Then Jesus goes one step further and leaves us the greatest reminder, the Holy Spirit. Jesus told His disciples in John 14:26, “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you”. So not only does the Holy Spirit remind us of Jesus’ teachings, the Holy Spirit teaches us and helps us to have a better understanding of God and His Will. I know that we all want to experience God’s promises while we are here on earth, but this is the ultimate promise. This promise found in John 14:3 is the entire reason that Christians follow Jesus, we want to get into Heaven and live in our Father’s presence for eternity. While we have not seen Heaven, we have faith that Jesus will return and take us back with Him.
So what is it that we have assurance of but we do not see? The answer is “many things”. Jesus promised His disciples in John 14:12-14, “Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”. Yes, you read that correctly, Jesus promised that we would do greater works than He! He also promised that whatever we ask in His name, He will do it! There is a condition attached to this promise. In order for this promise to be fulfilled we have to believe, continue to do good works, and everything we do should be to glorify God. So as long as we meet these conditions, Jesus promised to give us whatever we ask as long as it brings glory to God and draws others to Him.
I hope this helped you understand faith just a little more. It is impossible to please God without faith, that is why it is so important to take the time and fully grasp the significance it plays in the life of a Christian.
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