"Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen... But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him."
(Hebrews 11:1, 6 KJV)
What exactly is Faith? Webster's Dictionary says faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence." Though Webster's Dictionary says we don't need evidence to have faith, as Christians we do have evidence for our faith if we need it. 1) We have the Holy Bible: 66 books, 40 authors, written in 3 languages, over 1600 years, prophecy, and moral and spiritual truth. 2) We Christians have the resurrection of Jesus Christ; confidence in His words, and evidence of God's truth in our lives. 3) We have archeological finds that prove what the Holy Bible has stated so we believe and have faith in the Holy Bible.
The nearest definition of faith we have in the Holy Bible is found right here in Hebrews 11:1 which is above. In the NIV Bible, Hebrews 11:1 says, "Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see." The single most important thing in a person's life is their faith in Our Awesome God. An important point, though, is that faith is only as good as the object in which it is placed, so place your faith in Jesus Christ who has proved Himself. All the faith in the world in something false won't help you. It will only increase your doubt the next time you are asked to have faith in something.
Faith is "an unquestioning belief that does not require proof or evidence". But don't think you can make something happen just because you believe it. Our Awesome God is a reality to me. He is in my heart and helps me daily. I see His miracles physically happen around me. Faith and belief in Jesus Christ encourages us to do right to all around us, loving and helping each other. We have faith in our Our Awesome God because of His character. We just need to remember our God never lets us down, He never changes, He loves us and He knows how much we have. How great is your faith in God?
Our church is a loving church that wants to help others to a better understanding of Our Awesome God and His love, mercy and grace for all of mankind. Join us at Living Word Baptist Church as we love others while preaching and teaching from our Holy Bible about God and His Son, Jesus Christ. Our church has a Bible Study at 9:30 AM on Sunday and Worship Service at 10:30 AM and then at 6:00 PM there is another Bible Study along with a children's program called AWANA which goes until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM, we have Prayer Requests with prayers and Bible Study. We love visitors!
"And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;"
(Luke 18:1 KJV)
Read Luke 18:1-8. One of the greatest problems for the Prayer Team is our failure to pray until we get an answer. We need to remember that our time is not God's time. We may begin with good intentions, praying for a couple of weeks, a month or more, but then we begin to doubt or find someone else to pray fervently about, we slack off and soon that person isn't even on our prayer list.
This, of course, is a big mistake with serious consequences. When the person praying starts not completing what they started for Our Awesome God, it often leads to not completing most things you start. People who start not completing tasks can develop a habit of failure because of unfinished tasks. When you give up, you are opening yourself to failure and defeat. God knows the lessons we need to learn and perseverance is one God needs to teach most of us.
At this point, someone should ask, "How long should we pray?" The best answer would be this: Pray until the prayer is answered or until your heart is quiet and assured that Our Awesome God will answer it. Don't stop until you know God wants you to. We need to remember how much Satan wants us to stop praying for that person. It is a real battle because he can bring doubt to you and your prayer life. God uses your prayer to Him as a weapon against Satan and to teach you how important perseverance is.
As we pray more and more and build up our experience, we will know when Our Awesome God is giving us that feeling of assurance that He will take care of it so we can stop praying about that person. There actually comes a time when we stop praying because we believe in Him and have faith that He will take care of it. Have you reached that time?
Intercessory Prayer is available at our church and we have had some marvelous results as Our Awesome God is answering prayers. Come join us as we learn more through prayer and perseverance. May God continue to bless you and your’s.
Join us at LWBC as we work in Our Awesome God's vineyard to tell everyone about Jesus Christ and His salvation. We start with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and Worship Service at 10:30 AM. Our programs include Bible Study groups along with AWANA for children on Sunday evening at 6:00 PM until 7:30 PM. Wednesday at 7:00 PM is Prayer Requests and Bible Study. Let's see what we can do and learn! We welcome all people and love them!
Flo & Bill