“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen.” Hebrews 11:1 King James version or “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.” Hebrews 11:1 New Living translation
One of the best definitions of faith I’ve ever heard is: Faith is believing something so strongly that you adjust your entire life to it. Not sure who said it or if I am misquoting it but I first heard Elisabeth Elliot say it on her radio program ‘Gateway to Joy’ many years ago. I never forgot it and believe in its truth.
Remember the show, The Beverly Hillbillies? It ran on CBS tv from
1962-1971. It had an interesting premise about a poor family in the Ozarks who discovered oil on their land. “Black Gold or Texas Tea” as the theme song goes. Suddenly these poor people from the mountains believed or “had faith” that they were rich. They didn’t continue living in the Ozarks like poor mortals and tell people now and then that they were rich. Oh no, they packed up their old truck and moved across the country to California’s luxurious Beverly Hills, home to swimming pools and movie stars. They moved from a cabin to a mansion because they acted on the belief that they were now rich. That is a picture of faith. Acting on what you believe to be true. Adjusting your life; your mindset, your routines, your decisions, your values etc., to what you believe to be true.
Concerning faith in God, it is not enough to say you believe only. Consider one of the strongest rebukes in the book of James;
“You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God. Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror.” James 2:19 New Living translation
I don’t know about you but I don’t want my faith to resemble that of a demon! I was concerned about someone very close to me who used to tell me they believed in God, but their life showed only apathy and at times ungodliness. I loved this person very much but I never saw them activate their belief. Belief must be acted upon to become true faith. Otherwise it is useless, just like a credit or debit card you get in the mail is useless unless activated. When my loved one’s life was tragically cut short, my spirit mourned for their soul because I feared their eternal destination. Only God consoles me over this sorrow.
Has your belief been activated to become a faith FLURISHING in the Spirit of the living God? All of us can have a strong vibrant faith if we choose to activate it. Don’t just admire someone else’s faith, build your own by trusting God with your whole self, body, soul, mind and spirit.
I want faith like Abraham who was counted righteous for his trusting faith and called a friend of God in II Chronicles 20:7. James further challenges us about Abraham:
“Don’t you remember our ancestor Abraham was shown to be right with God by his actions when he offered his son Isaac on the altar? You see, his faith and his actions worked together. His actions made his faith complete.”
James 2:21 &22. New Living translation
You can read more about faith in Hebrews chapter 11 which is commonly referred to as the faith chapter if the Bible.
So have you activated your belief? Don’t delay, start FLURISHING in your faith as His friend today!
Shine on. . .