Monday, January 23, 2012

Now Faith Is...

 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1, KJV)

The Bible says that faith gives substance to the things you hope for. In other words, faith brings those things into your life. Notice this verse starts by saying, “Now faith...” It’s not “later” faith or “one day” faith. It’s faith for today, right now.

So, what does it mean to have “now” faith? The basic definition of faith, according to the Bible, is simply believing in God’s goodness and believing that He guides, empowers, and encourages the people who seek after Him. It is confidence, reliance, assurance and conviction in His Word as truth—right now. As challenged as you are right now, can you believe that God wants to move you forward starting today?

For me I believe there are marked moments in time that are designed to grow us forward in our journey of Faith. The challenge is that we must recognize them as opportunities God affords us and then do something with them. You see, ignoring them is as much a choice as doing something with them.

In Ecclesiastes 9:11, AMP version,“...time and chance happen to them all.” In the NIrV version it reads, “…God controls the timing of every event. He also controls how things turn out.”

Before the foundations of the world, God laid out a plan for your life. He created you with a purpose, for a purpose, and for you to be successful! He has marked moments already laid out that are going to come across your path. These moments are not ordinary. They are destiny-altering moments. They are designed to thrust you years ahead. But it takes faith to believe.

Ecclesiastes tells us that time and chance come together for every person. That means you will have opportunities to grow closer to Christ and trust Him and HE will lead your steps. You will find yourself in the right place at the right time to meet the right people, have opportunities to share your faith, advance in your career, and to fulfill your dreams. God has already prearranged for you times of increase, promotion and blessing.

Today, open your eyes of faith and see the good things God has in store for your future. Thank Him for what He’s doing and what He’s about to do. Thank Him for divine connections and marked moments because He is ready and willing to fulfill every dream and desire He’s placed within your heart!

Whatever you are hoping for, open your heart and expect that God is working on your behalf, right now. Dare to believe that God will come through for you today. Stand strong and declare that the victory is yours, now! Let your words put action behind your “now” faith and receive His strength and power to see victory in every area of your life! The LORD is my strength and my song; he has given me victory. (Psalms 118:14 NLT)


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