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Daily Reading: Ezekiel 24:1-26:21 ESV, Hebrews 11:1-16 ESV, Psalm 110:1-7 ESV, Proverbs 27:14 ESV

Daily Verse: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 ESV)

HUPOSTASIS (5287): “A standing under” (hupo, “under,” stasis, “a standing”), “that which stands, or is set, under, a foundation, beginning”; hence, in Heb it signifies “substance” in Heb. 11:1.”[1]

Firm foundation.

Faith’s continuing reality becomes a way of life.  Realities exist we can’t see and can’t prove with material evidence, but they still exist.  Even though not tangible, faith gives us belief in the spiritual realm and certainty of its existence.

Describing faith differs for every person; our relationship with Jesus as personal as our lives. Each day starts with Bible reading for me and has for over two decades.  In my late 20s, I began reading through the entire scriptures over 365 days.

In year one, I read through the Bible front to back.  About a 1/3 of the way through the Old Testament, I stopped reading why I can’t remember.  But what I do remember and never forgot; life fell apart.  The sense of peace I had reading the scriptures left me.

Active faith.

Visiting a spiritual mentor, I shared my dilemma with her.  “How’s your Bible reading?” she asked.  When I confessed, I stopped, she encouraged me to begin the journey again.  And so, I did.  Peace returned, and I’ve never stopped again. 

Explaining faith and the assurance we have in Jesus may seem odd.  But I know the difference between a life with God and a life without Him.  I choose Jesus.  Submitting my life to Christ, admitting I didn’t have all the answers, and placing faith in Jesus gives me life to the fullest.  Following my selfish desires led me into a pit of misery I never want to visit again.

Dive into the scriptures and seek Jesus.  Get to know God through the stories of others who gave their lives to Him.  Let your faith bloom as you live for Christ, putting Him first, others second, and yourself last.

Faith blooms best when we exercise it regularly.  Stay grounded in God’s word, trust His promises, and don’t base your decisions on circumstances; instead, trust Jesus and have a little faith!

[1] Strong, J., & Strong, J. (2010). The New Strong’s expanded exhaustive concordance of the Bible. Greek Dictionary of the New Testament (p. 260) Thomas Nelson

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