Posted by: wwyeshua | August 20, 2014

GROWING IN FAITH – Hebrews 11:1

Growing in faith

Do you know what faith is? The Bible tells us that it is being sure of what we wish for and positive of what we still do not see. (Hebrews 11:1)

God loves us and He can do all things. This means that God is always able to take care of us. So, we can trust God and have faith that He is always with us, no matter what; and that God will fulfill His promises even though sometimes we have to wait for it a little while before He answers. That is faith! 

Do you remember the story in Genesis when God created the universe out of nothing? He spoke it into existence and that is what happened. He spoke the stars, the moon, the sun, the plants and the animals into existence. If we know that He can do that, we can trust God to answer our prayers that we ask in faith. 

Jesus told His disciples to have faith. He said: “You can pray for anything, and if you have faith, you will receive it.” (Matthew 21:22)

 Children praying

Did you know that when we live with lots of faith, we are blessed? 

When we trust God, we find out that He keeps His word. This makes our faith grow and helps us trust Him even more. 

The Bible is full of stories of how people had faith in God, and how He blessed them! Let’s read about one of them. Woman touching Jesus garment

There was a woman that had been very sick for a long time. She had faith and believed that if she could just touch Jesus’ robe that she would be healed. So she managed to touch the hem of His robe and she was instantly healed! When Jesus realized she had touched Him, He told her: “Daughter, your faith has made you well. Go in peace. Your suffering is over.” (Mark 5:34)

There is another story of when Jesus helped the centurion, who was a Centurion's faithRoman military officer that had at least 100 men under his command. He sent some people to ask Jesus to heal one of his servants who was paralyzed and in terrible pain. So Jesus told them that He would go with them to the centurion’s house and heal his servant. When He was not far from the house the centurion sent friends to say to him, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come into my home. Just say the word from where you are, and my servant will be healed.” When Jesus heard this, He was amazed. And turning to those who were following Him, He said, “I tell you the truth, I haven’t found faith like this in all Israel! (Luke 7:2-10) 

So guess what happened? That very same moment the servant was healed. The centurion really believed in Jesus and in the miracles that He had done and would continue to perform; and that is the kind of faith that we should have also. 

There are many people in the Bible that had a lot of faith in God. Perhaps you know some of them such as: 

Noah, who built the ark and he, his family and the animals were saved from the big flood.

 Noah thanking God for saving them

Moses who lead the people of Israel right through the Red Sea as though they were walking on dry ground.

 Moses parting the Red Sea

Joshua and the people of Israel who marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

 Joshua and the Jericho walls

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, who refused to worship the gold statue and were thrown in the fiery furnace. But guess what? Jesus came and saved them and the fire had not harmed their bodies, nor was a hair of their heads singed; their robes were not scorched, and there was no smell of fire on them.

 Shadrack, Mishack  and Abendego in the firey furnace

And Daniel who continued to worship God, regardless of the order that was given by the king. He was thrown in the lions den for his faith and love for God. But again the Lord was faithful and nothing happened to Daniel even though those were some ferocious lions.

 Daniel in the lion's den

So let’s remember to always trust in the Lord and have lots of faith, because God loves us very much and wants only the best for us. 

“Always be joyful. Never stop praying. Give thanks no matter what happens. God wants you to thank Him because you believe and have faith in Jesus Christ.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)

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Goodbye, until next time. Until then, remember to say your prayers obey your mom and dad and do not forget to go to church and Sunday school next week.  

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