How faith is activated
First of all
let us remember what the Apostle Paul declared his faith was not activated by what he saw with his natural eyes, for his faith
was the substance of things hoped for.
One-way of putting
it is this way, my faith is my substance and the word substance means material or stuff. Another way of putting it is faith
is my stuff. All I need is faith and or trust.
proclaimed clearly, “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?” He went on to list the things that many have
to face during their lifetime. We must hear what he was telling us and believe it with all of our hearts. He also said, “For
I am persuaded”, this meaning that he was convinces.
He did not doubt
he was not swayed into believing in anything other than the love of Christ.
One must remember that Apostle Paul by no means had an easy life, let’s face
it most of his writing were done while he was in a dungeon with very little to convince him had he been looking around the
environment, summing up all his naturals material goods.
He was not operating
in the realm of his natural eyes could see while he was suffering from the beatings that were inflected upon him.
Yet here we
are living with all modern conveniences and still can’t put one foot in front of the other with out complaining about
how hard life is.
Yet the power
of the living Christ was sustaining him, he had acquired a far greater support through the Holy Ghost that was dwelling inside
I am aware that
some may come back with a reply to this word, yeah but after all he was the Apostle Paul. My reply or questions back at you,
what, do you think he did not have feelings?
Was he not hungry
and thirsty, suffered the cold nights and the burning heat from the day? Do you think he was not hurting with the pain racking
through his body?
Do you actually
think just because he was an Apostle that this made him some sort of super human being with no feelings?
Do you think
Jesus felt no pain? Do you think he felt nothing while hanging on the cross dying for us? Even while He was dying, He got
thirsty for a drink. Do you think He felt nothing because He was the Son of God? Jesus had a human body, so He felt pain,
hunger, thirst, all the things any human being feels.
sufferings that our Lord Jesus went though for us, has given us hope and faith for our salvation He suffered giving His life
so that we could be redeemed from sins, He did no sin yet He suffered for our sins.
Truth is, there
has been much suffering for mankind to live a full life and to be filled with the spirit of God.
Paul was going through sufferings while he was writing the books he was assigned to
write for the Bible. Here we are complaining about how hard it is to read and asking the question why should I read the Bible.
Answer is how can you gain the knowledge about faith if you do not read the Bible.
Do you really
think that the writing on faith would of had more of an affect had Jesus came with all the glamour that the World is so set
Oh but let me
tell you something, He may have came in a humble setting the first time but Jesus Christ is soon to be coming in all His
full glory, praise God!
of Paul’s life was an example to follow for he could not go by what he saw around him .If Paul had been inside a palace
writing then what the people would have said about that was yeah right, he can write about faith here he is setting up inside
The Bible was
not written just to shout of a bunch of rules and restrictions it was written so we could learn the ways of living by faith
and to know God.
is in need of a healing, restoration, salvation whatever the need may be it is only going to come through faith in God.
We cannot even
compare out lives to those that were the forerunners, yet all we can do is drag around wondering why things just don’t
pop out of heaven onto our laps.
Faith is the
substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seem. The only way we can activate faith is to believe
and to speak faith ,not what we see with our natural eyes, no matter what things may look like around us. It is a total trust
I pray this
opens your eyes as you read.
Sonja © 2/9/2010