Declaring and Decreeing It is So!

I have been thinking on faith a lot lately because my husband and I have some major decisions to make in the next few weeks. We are praying daily that we will hear the voice of God as to His desire for us and His direction on these matters. And once we hear him, that we will have the faith to step out and the courage to do what He says. 

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary list these definitions of faith: “belief and trust in and loyalty to God; firm belief in something for which there is no proof; complete trust.”

According to that definition, we must fully believe God and trust Him. And why wouldn’t we? He tells us in Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you…plans to give you hope and a future.” So we know that God has only our best interests at heart and we can trust Him to tell us those plans.

But there’s also that part of the definition that states “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.” Tony Evans,’ Senior Pastor Of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship, definition of faith is: “Faith is acting like it is so, even when it isn’t so, so that it might be so, simply because God said so.” I had to read that several times, but the more I read it, the clearer it became. Allow me the liberty of breaking that down just a bit more (with all due respect to Dr. Evans): Faith is acting [living my life] like it [whatever I am believing God for] is so [already in existence] even when it  [whatever I am believing God for] isn’t so [not in existence] so that it [whatever I am believing God for] might be so [might come into existence] simply because God said so [declared and decreed whatever I am believing God for into existence.] In other words: Faith is living my life like whatever I’m believing God for is already in existence even when whatever I’m believing God for is not in existence so that whatever I’m believing God for might come into existence simply because God declared and decreed whatever I’m believing Him for into existence.

What is your definition of faith? How does your faith help you get through your daily life? Leave your comment – I would love to “chat” with you about this!

2 thoughts on “Declaring and Decreeing It is So!”

  1. Faith is not a fact-less belief in something. Faith is the absolute conviction of the heart, soul and mind that something is real and necessary in your life. In believing which is faith in action we discover the evidence of that something we have placed our faith to be true.

    In terms of God, our faith does not make him real, only real to us. God exists. He does not need our faith to be, like Tinkerbell in Peter Pan. But our faith in God must be a growing thirsty desire to know God more everyday. Faith without facts has no hold on our lives. The closer we are to the focus of our faith the less distracted our faith becomes. The more focused our faith the more our faith clarifies our relationship with God and we avoid praying amiss and thank him more for what God has done rather than negotiate for what we need or desire. Faith involves trust. “Your will be done Lord! Thank you my God and Heavenly Father.” Remember Jesus went to the cross with that kind of faith response.

    1. Coach Brown,
      Thank you for your comments and your insight. My husband and I thank God everyday for what He has done for us – we are truly grateful. But the Bible says, in Matthew 7:7 “Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:” So, we are thankful, we pray for the needs of others, and we pray for our needs, especially when we need wisdom.

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