What is faith to a Christian? I think it is the Faith mysterious treasure beating in the hearts of God’s people, but I’m not sure. I know my answer is accurate, sounds good and it’s even spiritual, but it does it answer my question?
“Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (Hebrews 11:1)
I tremble in wanting to know – in wanting more. I tremble in my weakness when I read,
“Without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”(Hebrews 11:6)
How many times do we have to rebuke doubts, repeat affirmations, read Scriptures and claim His promises before we get it right? My faith sputters, halts and fails.
There must be a better way.
I bow, in the Secret Place, and tell Him I can’t do it – my faith is weak.
In that moment of weakness and yielding, I see the truth. My faith-building techniques will never prevail. I will still bypass confrontation with Jesus by my efforts.
I see it, like a blaring neon sign in my Bible.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith…” (Hebrews 12:2a)
I see it! Yes! I see it. Faith is a gift given.
Faith – this mysterious treasure beating in the hearts of God’s people comes from Jesus. He understands our weaknesses, sees our doubting fear and meets our discouragements head on. It is true; we’re accustomed to trusting what we see, hear and feel – what we can touch, but with God all things are possible. Faith is believing.
Faith comes not from ourselves, but from Him. Our earthly nature cannot believe without proof.
Skepticism and unbelief push us far from Him – from His love. As long as we are in these bodies, we lack the equipment to see divine facts. Our natural senses are useless in the world of the spirit. God knows this and sends us what we need.
Faith is a gift given.
This faith lifts us from the depths our finite, limited nature to greater heights in God’s real world – the Spiritual world. Faith touches our soul, gives us the wisdom to understand and peace in knowing the difference.
So how do we get this faith in the here and now?
To receive faith – true faith – we must yield our natural minds to Him. Such revelation comes from Christ into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.
The revelation comes by prayer:
“Jesus, Sir. I know You speak, but I can’t hear You. Open my ears to hear, my eyes to see and my mind to know. I yield. I trust You.”
Without fail, He gives us faith – a revelation to know. It’s like manna from heaven given enough for today, and He is faithful to give what we need tomorrow
With such faith – such inner revelation – I can pray right. With such insight given – Jesus’ word to me – We talk about my cares, concerns and so much more. We fellowship in faith.
I trust Him to do His will. Such treasured will is the source of my joy. Now, this is faith – perceiving as a real fact what can never be revealed in the senses.
Faith is answered Prayer.
- In His “No” we’re given assurance. Whatever God does is right.
- In His “Not now” we’re given peace. He knows the right time and place.
- In His “Yes” we sing hallelujahs.
He treasures His treasure and His treasure you are.
I needed answers to my questions, and He answered me.
Has this ever happened to you?