Thursday, December 13, 2012

Faith ~ Feeling

Faith is the confidence that we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. Hebrews 11:1 NLT

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 NIV

I love the the NIV version of the Bible verse, yet I love how they  both show the bigger picture......Belief! This is my favorite bible verse and you could say my life verse! I have been walking by faith for a very long time, unsure of the whys or whens but just trusting in the Lord to lead my way and guide me!

Why do we have Faith? Because it is in our Hearts ~ we feel it in our souls and hearts!

My head spins with so many thoughts over this verse, as I sit here and try to write about my feelings on it. My mind goes a million miles a minute and I can't seem to find the right words or how to put the words together to express my thoughts.

I see words like a diagram in my head on Faith, like the picture below:

All of these thoughts lead right back to GOD, he is the solid base of my Faith, of my Belief! 

The first word that keeps popping out at me is Amazing!   I think of this unconditional love God has for me, I can't see it but I sure can feel it in my heart and soul. 

Then Security  keeps flashing at me over and over. I can't place a shield all around me to block out all the negative evil things of this world (though I would love too) but I know I am safe, I have security in God's arms. He has arms wrapped around me, No I can't see him holding me but I sure can feel them and I know I am secure.

TRUST ~  this one flash non-stop in my thoughts, trust in the Lord Lauren and his promises, trust his word, trust in your Faith! I put all my trust in the Lord and my feeling of my Faith because I know they are real!

The Dictionary defines Faith as: 1. confidence or trust in a person or thing. 2. belief that is not based on proof

The Thesaurus says: definition of faith is: trust in something.

Steven Furtick writes in his book GREATER (which is awesome) on pg. 62 ~"In Scripture, faith isn't just about believing and certainly not about mere thinking. Faith is about action. In fact faith is action. Faith doesn't come full circle, through lofty thoughts but through simple steps. It's why James so pointedly said "Faith without works is dead." (2:26 NKLV) faith isn't a state of mind - it's a course of action. Faith is work."

I read this passage in his book and I think TRUST, my faith in action is Trust, trusting in the Lord. Trust that he is my confidence, my belief and my everything.   

I could go on and on about my thoughts on faith, but that would take you on a very long and probably confusing path. So instead I will leave you with a poem I like about faith.

"By faith"
by: Keith and Kristyn Getty

By faith we see the hand of God
In the light of creation's grand design
In the lives of those who prove His faithfulness
Who walk by faith and not by sight

By faith our fathers roamed the earth
With the power of His promise in their hearts
Of a Holy city built by God's own hand
A place where peace and justice reign

We will stand as children of the promise
We will fix our eyes on Him our soul's reward
Till the race is finished and the work is done
We'll walk by faith and  not by sight

By faith the prophets saw a day 
When the longed-for Messiah would appear
With the power to break the chains of sin and death
And rise triumphant from the grave

By faith the church was called to go
In the power of the Spirit to the lost
to deliver captive and to preach good news
In every corner of the earth

We will stand...

By faith this mountain shall be moved
And the power of the gospel shall prevail
For we know in Christ all things are possible
For all who call upon His name