Message for January 28, 2018 from Pastor Shirley

Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses]. Hebrews 11:1

    This verse tells us that faith is a conviction that we have that regards something that allows us to be able to act on it as if it were assured of happening. This assurance where does it come from. We read in Hebrews 12:2 that Jesus is the author and perfecter of faith. Romans 12:3 tells us that God has allotted to each a measure of faith. Faith is a gift from God according to Ephesians 2:9. As we read these scriptures we see that God faith is a free gift from God and comes to us at our salvation. Jesus is the author (the originator) and the perfecter of faith (the one who perfects it in us). We have been given faith so it is not something that we make happen. It is developed as we give ourselves more and more to the Word. Romans 10:17…and faith comes from hearing and hearing by the word of God.

    We have already have faith and we don’t have to white knuckled (so to speak) to make the Word work in our lives. Just believe. Faith is what causes us to believe that God’s Word is true. Even when we don’t see any evidence of it yet. The assurance we have is that  God is faithful to His Word.

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