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The Mysterious Gift of Faith

Hebrews 11:1, Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. How can we know if we have an effective and growing faith? 1) Do you study the Bible or Biblically related material daily? 2) Do you trust God in the small and the large issues of life? 3) Is your life a changed life because of your love and devotion to God? 4) In good times and bad times, is your Christian commitment consistent? 5) Are you able to forgive easily? 6) Are you more interested in Christian commitment than in comfort and convenience? Hebrews 11:6, And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to God must believe that God exists and that God rewards those who earnestly seek Him. If your faith in God is deteriorating, so is your personal relationship with Him. Every good and beautiful blessing from God comes to each of us on the “wings” of our faith. We must not only believe that God exists but also that he cares and is involved personally in our daily lives. Everything we are and ever hope to be as a Christian begins and ends with our faith in God. Without faith we are not sure of ourselves. Without faith it is harder for us to make decisions. Without faith we tend to be more reluctant to dare and to dream. Without faith we look at other people with suspicion and cynicism. Without faith we think the world is against us. Without faith, we can easily lose our enthusiasm for living. Losing faith, we lose our great ideals and purposes and life takes on a weaker tone. Without faith, we can become possessed with a “What’s - the - use?” attitude. Early in the third century, church apologist Tertullian said: “. . . by whom has truth ever been discovered without God? By whom has God ever been found without Christ? By whom has Christ ever been explored without the Holy Spirit? By whom has the Holy Spirit ever been attained without the mysterious gift of faith?” Faith is mysterious because so many questions will have to wait for the second coming of Jesus for the answers. Faith is so mysterious because we are asked to believe without seeing or touching our object of belief. A twelve-year-old boy became a Christian during a revival. The next week at school his friends questioned him about the experience. “Did ...

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