August 17, 2011
Hebrews 11:1 AMP
1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, [a]the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
This is the Strong’s Greek Concordance Number 4102
Phonetic Spelling: (pis’-tis)
Definition: faith, belief, trust, confidence; fidelity, faithfulness.
I love the way this verse reads in the Amplified version. Faith is the assurance, the title deed of the things we hope for.
As a Realtor I know that once you hold the title deed, it is yours! No one can take it away unless you give it to them and sign it over to them.
So if we hope for our children to come to the Lord, or if we hope for the finances to get out of debt, or if we hope for healing for our bodies, do we also have the faith to fill the hope? Do we have divine assurance that this will happen?
You cannot generate hope by yourself. It must come from God. It is a God given gift; a divine gift. Romans 12:3
There is a difference between belief and faith. You may say you believe something, but the devil himself believes. Belief is something you choose on your own usually based on previous experience. Faith is a gift. Human belief is merely confidence. Faith is a God given assurance in something. Something that hasn’t happened yet. Belief is based in the past. Faith is based in the future. Ephesians 2:8-9
When the world says they have faith that their car won’t break down, that is simply belief that their car won’t break down. From repeated past experiences they believe it will function properly on that day and that it won’t break down.
Faith is a gift of the Spirit and is divine assurance. So when a Christian says they have faith that their car won’t break down, it could very well be that they have divine assurance that their car will not break down based on their knowledge of God’s divine care and protection over His children. They have received the faith for the promise ahead.
Evaluate your faith today. Do you use the word faith when you really mean you believe? Is your belief based on repeat experience and knowledge, or do you really have faith based on divine assurance?
Receive faith from the Holy Spirit today. The faith that can move mountains.
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