Keeping Our Faith Alive (28)


Just as Jesus was concluding His message on the mountain, He exhorted everyone to hear His words and do them. Such a one would be as one who built his house upon a rock. When the rains came, winds blew, and floods came, the house stood firm. For our faith to be that firm, we must stand on the right foundation

Faith is the substance of things hoped for; the conviction of things not seen…” (Hebrews 11:1). “Substance” is “a setting or placing under.” Faith has consistency. It is the basis for our actions and words. It is underneath our character and behavior. This is how we keep our faith alive.

Faith is not what you feel. Emotions are wonderful, but they are not a good foundation upon which to place your faith. Feelings come and go. They are up and down. You may “feel like it” one day, and the next “not feel like it.” The weather can change your feelings. Lack of sleep affects feelings. Do not permit your emotions to decide if you love God or whether or not God loves you. God’s word promises us of His love, grace, and mercy. That is where your faith should stand. If you let “goose bumps,” a “tingling sensation,” or chills prove God’s love for you, it may be the flu you have, not faith…

Have the courage to stand upon God and His Word always. Choosing to believe in God is an act of trust. We should believe Him, because we judge the evidence to be greatly in His favor. It is a responsible choice, a wise choice, and a courageous choice.