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Thursday, February 26, 2009

What is Faith?

By Steven Coffman

Webster's dictionary says; Firm belief in something for which there is no proof. The bible says; "It is the confident assurance that what we hope for is going to happen. It is the evidence of things we cannot yet see." (Hebrews 11:1, NLT).

Christian faith is not based purely on evidence, but it is definitely supported by evidence. It was by faith that Noah built the Ark. It was by faith that Abraham left his home a moved to another land. It was by faith that Sarah had a child, even though she was old and barren. It was by faith that Moses challenged the Pharaoh and led his people to the Promised Land.

We all face disappointments and setbacks. Life is full of things that try to push us down. Maybe you got bad news concerning your health. Maybe a close relationship ended. Maybe you lost your job. Maybe your stock plummeted. These are what most consider major setbacks. When we are faced with major setbacks, many times we are so stunned by them we lose our enthusiasm for doing anything about it. But if we are going to truly receive God's best, we must bounce-back mentality. When you get knocked down, you never stay down. You get back up again. When the setbacks come you have to shake them off, knowing whatever the enemy meant for your harm God is going to turn around and use for your good.

"So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold..." (I Peter 1:6-7, NLT).

God wants His people to constantly increase, so they can live as an example of His goodness. But, in order to partake of everything He has in store, we have to open our hearts to what He wants to do in our lives. We need to mentally have a vision for increase. If you are not expecting favor, or if you just get satisfied with where you are, then you will truly live below your blessings that you could receive. But if you will have faith and a vision for increase, you will see opportunities, favor, and increase in your life.

Jesus once said to His disciples; "Have faith in God. I assure you that you that you can say to this mountain, 'May god lift you up and throw you into the sea,' and your command will be obeyed. All that's required is that you really believe and do not doubt in your heart. Listen to me! You can pray for anything, and if you believe, you will have it." (Mark 11:22-24, NLT).

When you truly believe and put God first, when you obey His commands, you open the door for His favor and you have the advantage for success! Even if you loose your job, God never closes one door without opening another! Even if someone may have wronged you and it looks like they have the upper hand, even if it looks like things are never going to change, you need to keep reminding yourself, "I have an advantage. God is the one that is truly in control of my destiny. Through my Christian faith in God, I know that He is fighting my battles for me!

Family-eStore will try to provide you with articles of interest to a Christian and patriotic way of life. The articles are written by Steven Coffman (Owner) of Family-eStore.com, (National Essay Contest) winner 1969.

I am a person with strong Christian and patriotic beliefs. Tenacity, faith, and a belief in God, Country and Family are key components to success in life.

The Christian articles are only intended to bring you closer in your relationship to our Father in heaven.

The Patriotic articles are only intended to show pride and patriotism to our "Land of the free and home of the brave", (The United States of America).

I hope that you enjoy and are enlightened by them.

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