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TITLE: Now Faith is!
By William Stevenson

This is a short note on what faith is. I alwys use the King James (authorised version)of the Bible, but put it into contemporary english to avoid confusion by those reading. As a preacer I odten do the same when reading to an audience.
Feel free to give advice on technique and if you have reason to disagree with my interpretation of the word do say so giveng reasons for your objection. My target audience is those struggling with the practical outworking of God's word.

Hebrews 11 v 1 to 3: “Now Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report. Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God. So that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
Who has not asked, “What is this thing called ‘Faith’ only to be told that, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” While this is a scriptural answer it remains very inadequate to the searching mind. It is meant by this to imply that faith gains it’s substance from the very promises of God and that the time we can expect to experience the impossible is when we have the evidence of the written word of God. Too true O, Sage! If God has said it, I can experience it, when I believe it.

We’ve all seen the car sticker that reads, ‘God Said it! I Believe it! That Settles it!’ this would suggest that to settle the matter I must believe it. While this is true in everyone’s individual experience the reality is that God has said it! And that settles it! It is only necessary for me to believe in order to make it a reality in my own life. Everything that anyone receives from God is a gift of His gracious favour,. All is “Grace”, they are all unmerited free gifts from the one of whom it has been said that, “every good and every perfect gift comes down from above – from the Father of lights who never varies.” James 1:17 But faith is more than just a matter of getting things from God.

Now Faith is
It is being sure that the things that we hope for already exist with God who calls the things which are not as if they already were. Visions and dreams have no real substance without God, but with God all things are possible.
Faith - Gives reality to things not yet seen through the promises of God.
Faith - is the very foundation of knowledge for when we believe, then we see.
Faith – is A Good Christian testimony as a result of confidence in God’s consistency.
For this reason it is written that the Just shall live by faith (Habbakuk 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Galatians 3:11; and Hebrews 10: 38.)

Now Faith is possessed by all.
You have probably said, “I wish I had faith like you.” Or “My faith is not as strong as yours but in Romans 12:3, We read that “God has given to everyone the measure of faith according to the gift of Christ.” No wonder Jesus often asked, “How come you have no faith?” or “Where is your faith?” or rebuked his disciples for having so little faith. It was not that they did not have it, but that they did not use it.

Now Faith Is!
Faith is an eternal quality so that it exists at all times or as 1 Corinthian 13 tells us, “Now Faith, Hope and Love are always there.” We must use our faith and feed it on God’s word. When we read that faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God, faith is being given through the word preached and must be accepted and used so that Jesus said, “Be careful how you listen!” In every situation we have two gifts offered faith and unbelief and we are free to choose. What is your choice?

Now Faith is?
Hebrews 11 v 6 tells that we must believe that there is a God who longs to bless us.
God the Creator of All things – is revealed in nature – His eternal power and Godhead. and
is further revealed through His word the Bible – everything about Him. And
is fully revealed in our Lord Jesus Christ – for in Him lives the fullness of the Godhead in physical form.

Now Faith Is:
Confidence in God’s immaculate Character:
Reliance on God’s measureless Grace:
Experience of God’s limitless mercy:
Knowledge of God’s Unchangeable Nature:
Believing in God’s reliable Promises:
Understanding of God’s more sure Word:
Refusal of all contradicting lies about God: That is what Faith is!
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