Hello blog readers! We’re 4 days away from starting a new year, and I pray that each of you experience the fullness of God’s love in the days and years ahead. I encourage you to start the new year in His Word.
In my last blog, God placed in my heart to share a message of hope. He actually spoke scriptures to me about hope. It was amazing to hear from Him. (His timing is always Perfect) 🙂 Today’s message is full of scripture. His word is so good!
Psalm 119:103 How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!
Today, I feel He’s urging me to encourage you to have faith. He truly is Perfect in all His ways. Faith and hope belong together!
Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
(NLT) Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Faith is something so powerful and critical for every child of God. I prayed to have my faith strengthened because so many things are attached to having faith. 1 Peter 1:7 describes faith as being “of greater worth than gold”. It’s very exciting to think about!
I’d like to list some of the reasons why we all should ask for a double portion of faith!
- We receive our salvation and our spiritual inheritance by faith.
1 John 5:13 I write these things to you who believe in the name of the Son of God so that you may know that you have eternal life.
Galations 3:22 But the Scripture declares that the whole world is a prisoner of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe.
We are promised eternal life with God. Our faith in Jesus sets us free from the prison of sin that separates us from Him. It releases us from the authority of the enemy! Faith places us back under the authority of the One who loves and cherishes us — in the Kingdom of Light.
Acts 26:18 to open their eyes and turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.
What an amazing free gift (Eph 2:8)! It’s your birthright!
John 1:12 Yet to all who received him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
- Our Helper, the Holy Spirit, is sent to us through faith!
Ephesians 1:13-14 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession–to the praise of his glory.
- We’re shielded from the enemy’s attacks through faith!
Ephesians 6:16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Have faith in God’s protection over you and your family. Your faith is your shield! Pray for a double portion! No weapon formed against you shall prosper!
- The Holy Spirit can overflow us with hope by faith (as we trust)!
Romans 15:13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Imagine what it would feel like to overflow with hope! And to be filled with all joy and peace!! It can be done by the power of the Holy Spirit. What another exciting reason to have faith!
- We can’t please God without faith!
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
The 11th chapter of Hebrews speaks about the many blessings that God’s people received by faith. These are people who pleased God very much — and they are commended for their acts of faith.
The enemy knows if he can weaken your faith, he can block many of your blessings! Stand firm against his schemes (Eph. 6:13).
Thank God for His promises — and have great faith in all of them!
1 Peter 1:3-5 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
The Bible tells us repeatedly to stand firm in our faith (1 Cor 16:13). Stand firm in the way of the Lord (Phil 4:1). Stand firm, be strong, and believe with all your heart that God is faithful in keeping His Word.
2 Corinthians 5:7 For we live by faith, not by sight.
God gives us everything we need to be victorious. You can do all things through Christ who gives you strength. All things includes having mighty faith.
Fix your eyes on Jesus. He is the perfecter of faith! Who better to strengthen yours?
Hebrews 12:2 fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
I encourage you to get in God’s Word in the year ahead. Hearing God’s Word brings forth faith — which comes with so much abundance!
I leave you with a prayer by the Apostle Paul. I pray this for every one who reads this blog. I pray that your faith in Jesus, and in all of God’s promises grows stronger by power of the Holy Spirit.
Have faith in Him — and He will do more than you can ever imagine.
Ephesians 3:16-21 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge–that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
**Some of the scriptures in this article are in parenthesis and not typed out. This is to encourage you to participate, and look them up in your Bible. You’ll find that the more you actively get in His Word and study it, the more it comes alive in you. I pray this blesses you!**