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!