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Believing In The Unseen

“By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.” -Hebrews 11:3-
           
The foundations of the earth were established upon faith. It is because of faith and through faith that we can believe what Christ has done for us and be saved. The Bible says that without faith, it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 11:6). Therefore, in all things we must believe and as Christ said: “Have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).
Now, you could look up in any dictionary the definition of faith, but the best definition comes directly from Hebrews 11:1:
“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” (NIV)
So for all who say “I have to see it to believe it”, that is not faith. That is not believing. We must believe in the unseen. Faith is essential; throughout Hebrews chapter eleven it explains how great works were done by God through people all because they had faith. In fact, many of the scriptures begin with the words “by faith”. 
By believing in what we cannot see we can have hope that good things will come into existence. We can be assured that with God, anything is possible. Having faith permits us to see ourselves victorious in all our circumstances and allow us to envision something much better than what is in our present. Through faith, we can walk in all of God’s promises and His perfect will for our lives. We may not see it just yet, but by believing it, we are placing it into our future.
Besides ensuring a good future and doing the works of God, faith allows us to do what others have found impossible.
“If you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you”
—Matthew 17:20b
According to this verse spoken by Jesus, it does not take much faith to do the impossible. Mustard seeds are very small. Could you imagine if you had faith even bigger? In the book of Matthew chapter fourteen, the story of Peter is told. Peter’s faith was so strong he was able to walk on water. The minute he lost faith he doubted and began to drown. It was proven to Peter that it was possible to walk on water, that what he wanted to do could be achieved, but he lost faith. My friends don’t be like Peter and lose faith especially after God has proven to you what you are capable of.
So I encourage you to walk by faith and not by sight (2 Cor. 5:7). If you do, I am sure God will do even greater things in your life.

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