December’s “Encouraging Word”
by Tony Cooper, Executive Director (for Birmingham Christian Family magazine)
WHAT ABOUT FAITH?
What is faith and how important is it? The dictionary defines faith as confidence or trust in a person or thing. A Biblical definition is found in Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Saving faith is believing that God exists, having confidence that He is able to do what He says He will, placing your trust in Him! Hebrews 11:6 tells us that, “without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a reward of those who seek Him.”
Faith is the foundation of our relationship with God. This personal relationship begins with Salvation. Ephesians 2:8-9 says, “For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God; not as a result of works, that not one should boast.” John 3:16 reveals that, “God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life.” Your faith is only as good as what you place your faith in.
Your faith constructs your belief system. Your belief system forms your values. Your values help determine your convictions. Your convictions assist with forming choices and making decisions. The choices we make help guide our future. Consequences are the result of decisions made; whether good or bad.
This is the reason why where we place our faith is so important. What is the object of our trust, confidence and belief? Where do we go for help when we are overwhelmed and at the end of our rope; that point of despair when we reach the place of feeling helpless and hopeless?
I encourage you to place your faith in Almighty God. He has proven Himself to be faithful, reliable and more than able!
Read the post on the magazine website here.