“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen,” (Hebrews 11:1). It doesn’t matter what you see or what you don’t see. Nor, does it matter what the circumstances or even others are speaking.
Faith has never been about or worked by seeing what it is believing for first. Faith works independently of the visible. What true faith does is it grabs hold of and grounds itself with confidence that says, if God said it, that’s what I choose to believe. If His Word promotes something as true, then it must be true. End of discussion.
And yet, a discussion is often what we deal with. It comes through voices and ideas that speak contrary to what faith was hoping for. It speaks against what faith was believing for.
Today, refuse to enter those discussions. If “faith is the substance of things hoped for” then we must be mindful of what conversations are feeding our faith. Communications with others, or even within one’s own self that speak doubt will sow seeds of discord against what God’s Word has already spoken to be true.
Refuse their arguments and hold on to that pull of God, that drawing of His voice that says, to just trust Him. Trust what He says. Trust that His conversation, written in His Holy Book, is the one we need to draw an attentive ear to.
If they could, many conversations of this world will pull you from His conversation of truth. But, hold on to what God says, dear friend, as if it is your life preserver in these tumultuous waves. Because it is.
If you keep your heart steadfastly focused on Him you will not soon be moved. Just as sure as He is, so are the beautiful things His Word promises us.
Where have you placed your confidence today? From upon what have you built your foundation of faith? Whose conversation is your ear giving more time to? And, whose words are feeding and supporting all that you believe?
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for.” Conversations contrary to that supporting faith – turn a deaf ear to, for they are not nourishing you where you need to be nourished. Those words are not building you where you need to be built.
Refuse their invitation to get involved with them, because when you are a child of God, what the Father speaks is what I need to hear the most. The best support system one can find, who is truly trying to live a life of faith, is going to be found in what God affirms as true in His Word. Get into agreement with Him. Get into agreement with what He declares for your life and over your life, and avoid all other toxic discussions, for they will not profit you or your spiritual journey.
What we see before us, whether it’s visible or not, is never supposed to take the center stage in our faith journey. Nor is it the voice of others. The center stage of our faith journey is all about what God says. It’s God’s voice over all!
Draw near to what God says. Take every bit of it to heart and build your faith upon it. In His Word resides the confirmation of everything you need. In His speaking, your faith will be made strong.
“As for God, his way is perfect: the word of the LORD is tried: he is a buckler to all those that trust in him.” – Psalms 18:30
“For he spake, and it was done; he commanded, and it stood fast.” – Psalm 33:9
“So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:11
“But he answered and said, It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” – Matthew 4:4
“Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away.” – Matthew 24:35
“My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me:” – John 10:27
“So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” – Romans 10:17
“All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” – 2 Timothy 2:16
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