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Faith turns a promise into a prophecy! (1)

Much of our lives are lived in the faith arena.

We are either standing and acting in faith or testing whether a person, belief, hypothesis, or concept has proven itself worthy of our faith.

Long before Isaac Newton’s explanation we lived with faith in gravity.  

Before Columbus sailed the ocean blue, faith in the earth’s roundness was held in fragile uncertainty.  

An infant places faith in mother even before mother has an opportunity to prove her faithfulness.

The rules governing our faith are fluid and situational.  

If someone makes me a promise, but rarely fulfills it, I will have faith in their unfaithfulness, and will not take their promise to the bank.

Few of us have faith in promises made by politicians on The Campaign Trail because rarely are these promises kept.  Conventional wisdom in elections is to look at the record, not the lips.

Joseph Addison wrote:

“God has made the best arguments for His own existence in the formation of the heavens and earth.” (2)

Everyday when I look at the incredible and intricate functionality of creation, I cannot help but to have faith in God.  Our best scientists and engineers have yet to come close to creating anything as wonderful as God has made the heavens and the earth.  Furthermore, I have never seen chance, coincidence, and fate yield a result as great a providential blessing as creation.

I cannot see God, but in creation I see His handiwork, His brilliance, His beauty,  His grace, and His mercy.

In Hebrews 11:1 we read, “Faith is the conviction of things unseen.”

Faith is recognizing God’s promise as an actual fact, believing it is true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth, and then simply resting because God said it. (1)

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  1. Reimann, Jim; Cowman, Mrs. Charles E. (2008-09-02). Streams in the Desert: 366 Daily Devotional Readings (p. 178). Zondervan. Kindle Edition. 
  2. Kenneth W. Osbeck, Amazing Grace : 366 Inspiring Hymn Stories for Daily Devotions (Grand Rapids, Mich.: Kregel Publications, 1990), 136.

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