Scripture: Hebrews 11:1-3

“Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, 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]. For by [faith— trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report. By faith we understand that the worlds [during the successive ages] were framed (fashioned, put in order, and equipped for their intended purpose) by the word of God, so that what we see was not made out of things which are visible.”

Observation:

What really is faith? A couple definitions from dictionary.com say that faith is a confident TRUST in a person or thing, also a belief that is not based on proof.  In the above scripture, faith is described as the assurance that we have in our heart because of our TRUST in God. Although we do not see or have whatever we are believing Him for within out 5 senses, faith knows that it belongs to us NOW. Whenever we ask God for anything according to His word with a confident trust in Him and a confident expectation in His character to fulfill what His Word says He will do, we can know that his word is at work and working on our behalf! In the beginning when God created the world… He spoke, He declared ” Let there be light” and light was. By faith He spoke the world into existence. Our heroes of faith that Hebrews 11 talks about describe the kind of faith that the men and women in the old testament had in God. They were not moved by what they saw, felt or heard other people say.. they were led by faith, they faith in God and in what He specifically spoke to them. They lived by faith and not by sight, and they did not have the Holy Spirit dwelling on the inside of them…they knew God. Were they perfect, no! But they had a confident trust in God… if He declared something as so, it would come to pass.

Application:

What is it that you are believing God for? You might say… I have no idea even how or where to begin believing God for anything…maybe you feel like “your faith does not work” Let me encourage you… faith is like a muscle, the more you use it, the stronger it gets… but if you never work out or use your muscle it will be weak… if you never use your faith to believe God for anything your faith in Him will not be strong. I challenge you to believe God for a cup of coffee… that is something small.. it may seem insignificant in comparison  to what you may be in need of now.. but when you begin to trust God in the small areas, trusting Him in the bigger things in life become that much easier, because you have seen the faithfulness of God in action to provide. Just like God spoke in the beginning, we are to speak His word over our situations, we are to declare His promises over our lives. Whether we are believing God for healing in our bodies, financial increase, peace within our families, what ever impossible situation you may be facing.. be encouraged that our God is more than able to make the impossible happen. The doctors do not have the final word, the bank does not have the final word, people do not have the final word.. God says that He is the beginning and the end, the alpha and the omega and He will fulfill that which He has began and He will turn your situation around and make it better than if it ever happened. So believe God for a cup of coffee… go into a coffee shop without your wallet… ask God to provide you with a cup of coffee… begin to step out and trust God to do things in your life that you have never seen before!!

Prayer

Father you are always ever so faithful! I thank you Lord that you have given us a measure of faith and we have opportunities to grow and develop our faith by allowing ourselves to trust you with our lives, our situations and the impossible circumstances that come our way. God I ask that you would teach us the importance of declaring your Word, Your truth and Your victory over our circumstances. You always cause the righteous to triumph! Just like the heroes of faith trusted you by the Words your spoke to them, I make a choice to trust Your Word that you are our healer, our provider, the way maker when it seems there is no way… You cause the impossible to be possible. You are God, you are my God, you are my deliver, you are my healer, my provider, my help, my fortress… in You I live and move and have my being. I chose to live my life by faith and not by sight. Help me God to continue to grow in faith and trust you more and more. God you will never disappoint, you will never fail and never forsake… I trust you God.. you are glorious and in you there is freedom, peace, joy and life abundantly!!! I declare that faith is NOW and I receive from you all that I am in need of!! I am asking you God to provide me with a cup of coffee today, and I thank you for it!

In  the name of Jesus! Amen, so be it!!