What Do You Believe?
There are a lot of different definitions for faith.
One website says "Thankfully, the Bible contains a clear definition of faith in Hebrews 11:1: 'Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.' Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is 'trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove.'"
Another website says that faith is the strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.
Again, I disagree.
Not that elements of these definitions don't have merit, I think of faith differently. Faith is the foundation of what you build your life on. I don't know anyone who builds their life on something that they cannot explicitly prove or on spiritual apprehension.
So what do I believe?
#1 - The Bible.
#2 - The Church.
#3 - God's promises.
#4 - A Risen Savior.
Each on their own, may not inspire you to believe. But put them together and you will have a different story. Let's start with #4 - A Risen Savior. The Bible painstakingly goes to great lengths to show us an empty tomb (which no one argues with) and a risen Savior. #3 - God's Promises are found in the Bible. More importantly, there are people who have been recipients of His miraculous promises. This points to the validity of The Bible and that there is a Risen Savior. #2 The Church. I am talking about the church that has existed for over 2,000 years. The Church is a living testimony to the God's faithfulness to us. A faithfulness that is expressed to us in God's Word because of a Risen Savior who keeps His promises. #1 - The Bible. People will argue that the Bible isn't God's Word. But reasons #4, 3, and 2 would say otherwise.
Faith isn't something that I am hoping is real. Faith is real and I live my life by it. Trust the Word of God today.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, I believe in your Word. I trust it. I want to live my life by it. AMEN