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True Faith

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Hope is a vital factor and a stepping stone in developing living faith. Hope tells us, our expectations in God will somehow work out- hopefully! On the contrary, faith holds on through testing, and believes that God will keep His word to us, by favoring us, and working miracles for us-no doubts! In Matthew 9, two blind men followed and shouted loudly at Jesus, “Have pity and mercy on us, Son of David!” As Jesus often did, He asks them a question, “Do you believe that I have the power to restore sight to your eyes?” The men replied, “Yes, we believe!” Then Jesus touched their eyes and healed them, and spoke this very important Word of Truth, which is a vital ingredient for creating living faith, “You will have what your faith expects!” True faith is the power that enables us to receive from God, while unbelief put limits on God. The scripture states In Matthew 13 that when Jesus visited Nazareth, “He did not do many works of power there, because of their unbelief (their lack of faith).” Often, when we begin in faith to ask the Master for a touch and request His intervention in our various needs, we may begin to anticipate and try to figure out how He may work things out.  But when things don’t seem to be going accordingly, then our faith is tried. During testing our deceitful, negative, spiritual enemy works hard to tear down our hope and faith by planting fear and doubt in our hearts. We must go against what we are feeling and resist the temptation to draw back in fear, as we hold on to the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus and stand on His Word. As we learn to stand, our faith in the Logos (word) will continue to grow into a maturing, living, loving, vibrant, powerful spiritual oneness with our Creator. By faith we will be able to expect great things from Him, and receive them!  True faith will be tested to see if it is authentic – not dependent on what we see or feel in the natural. God already knows what is in our hearts before the test; testing is not for God, but for us to be able to recognize we need the Spirit’s help to give us living faith. Life is a school, and if we find our hearts full of fear and doubts, instead of hope and faith, we don’t need to condemn ourselves, but we simply must turn back to the Lord Jesus- holding on to His mercy and grace to help us wrestle through the struggle! The Holy Spirit is our teacher and desires (more than we do) to help us grow in faith. God always honors living faith, because we are assured and believe that He and His promises are a true reality. True faith produces a “rest” for God’s people that cannot be taken away, and is the Victory that overcomes the world!

“Now faith is the assurance [the confirmation, the title deed] of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses]” (Hebrews 11:1).

 

 

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