17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is revealed—a righteousness that is by faith from first to last, just as it is written: “The righteous will live by faith.”
What is faith?
In the greek: Faith( Elpis) el-pece‘
From elpō which is a primary word (to anticipate, usually with pleasure); expectation (abstract or concrete) or confidence: – faith, hope.
Faith: pistis (pis’-tis)
From peithō; persuasion, that is, credence; moral conviction (of religious truth, or the truthfulness of God or a religious teacher), especially reliance upon Christ for salvation; abstractly constancy in such profession; by extension the system of religious (Gospel) truth itself: – assurance, belief, believe, faith, fidelity.
A primary verb; to convince (by argument, true or false); by analogy to pacify or conciliate (by other fair means); reflexively or passively to assent (to evidence or authority), to rely (by inward certainty): – agree, assure, believe, have confidence, be (wax) content, make friend, obey, persuade, trust, yield.
We all express faith on a daily basis. The question is in what do we rely upon? If I sit in my car I am trusting that it will start or if I squat down to have a seat I am convinced it will not fall right out from under me. Do you ever question the things you rely on? Is it that we are relying on things that are temporal instead of something more secure?
I have not always lived by faith but instead on sight or hope in myself. Much to my own lament. I like to always see a clear way ahead, to trust in myself because others disappoint. The truth is I was blind: I disappoint others and myself big time too, I can be self-righteous, and should I try to be righteous by acting a certain right way it would be equivalent to filthy rags. Faith does not come easily but I am drawing near and dying to self daily and accepting that it is a gift; this amazing thing called faith. It’s in trusting and fixing my eyes on Jesus always.
So I often have this dream where I am driving a car; relying on it to get me somewhere. Every time I have this particular dream there’s a light on the dashboard and it’s flashing. The oil light shines on my face but still, I try to move either forward or back and the car stalls. I can’t move anywhere. I need the oil, I need faith, but not in the mode of transportation. I need faith in the one that fills it up, I need to trust that the Holy Spirit is revealing to me the way I should go.
The Bible speaks of faith as something so tremendous that even if you have as tiny as a mustard seed you would be able to move mountains. Some of us mistake this passage as if it’s instructing us to be “Ye’ of little faith!”. I’m pretty sure a little faith should not be our target, but instead a faith that is ever growing and being built up. Even so, if all we had was a seed bit of faith in God and it was believed with a sincere heart then the potential of that faith would be huge. Especially if said faith was watered and fed. I wonder if we really believe that today or if we have become so accustomed to the rhetoric? Do I believe that Jesus is my saviour? That through him I might believe and have hope and a future? Do you believe?
1 Peter 1:21 NIV 21Through him you believe in God, who raised him from the dead and glorified him, and so your faith and hope are in God.
I sat in a Sunday service where I saw people relieved from their pain each according to their faith. Do we have faith enough to see healing? Faith to guide us in the days when we cannot see with our eyes? Faith to cure our blindness? Faith to raise the dead to have eternal life? Faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God. Are we hearing ?
I want to come forward and draw near to God with faith.
Hebrews 10:22-23Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC)
22 Let us all come forward and draw near with true (honest and sincere) hearts in unqualified assurance and absolute conviction engendered by faith (by that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness), having our hearts sprinkled and purified from a guilty (evil) conscience and our bodies cleansed with pure water.
23 So let us seize and hold fast and retain without wavering the hope we cherish and confess and our acknowledgement of it, for He Who promised is reliable (sure) and faithful to His word.
13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.