Studies and Exercises in Faith

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised) And let us consider one another to provoke unto love and to good works.

As usual I’m going to be very open and vulnerable. One thing I’ve been learning is that pressure makes us ugly. This week I have begun to feel the beginning of God’s pressing on my faith and trust. He has been using financial need that greatly outweighs the “seen” provision to test my faith based on the knowledge of who He is and His character. With each new financial pressure, I have seen myself become more self-focused. I see now why Jesus said be anxious for nothing. Because when we are anxious, we are taking our eyes off Jesus and placing them on ourselves. That is not faith. Anxiety is the opposite of faith. The directions for faith are given in Hebrews 12:2 “Looking Unto JESUS…” When we look at the character and personality of our Father through Jesus, what cause do we have to be anxious?

It’s another study point that this verse also includes considering and provoking one another to love and good works.  I wonder if this means provoking them to take steps of faith by encouragement and support…

Studying Faith

Faith is the substance of things hoped for…

The evidence of things unseen…

This verse is astounding. It is beautiful. Each time I read it my mind is stretched. Faith is a substance. The next verse says that “through faith the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” So by our faith and our declaration/prayer, we are forming our reality. This of course is through our hope and understanding of God and His will through Jesus and the Spirit.

I wonder what the substance of faith looks like in the spirit world. Hmm…

One definition of faith given in the amplified version is “that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence in His power, wisdom, and goodness” (Heb 10:22).  I also like the way the amplified depicts our walk of faith in Romans 1:17:

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith… (KJV) Both springing from faith and leading to faith. (AMP) So, by taking steps of faith, we are creating a springboard for greater faith choices.   These first choices create a well of faith experiences with God from which we can draw in order to propel us to make those choices in the future.  This reveals the righteousness aspect of His character. ( Righteousness is most closely defined as just.) By going from faith to faith, we are taken from glory to glory. 

Hebrews 10:35 Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.

3 comments

  1. your posts sound like look like devotionals i read in my Joyce Meyer daily devotional book.
    A contributing factor to my reduced faith moments is my inability to walk in agreement with what God directs me to do. That isn’t very clear let me try again; I know God is able and willing to do things I ask Him to do(help me not to be impatient with really difficult residents!) But when i have deflected a blow intended for my face and I feel enraged that I have been attacked I have extracted myself from agreeing with Gods’ directive to love my neighbor. He is hampered from working His will when I walk in flesh… Your encouragement on this would be greatly appreciated.

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