(1) Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
In the phrase “faith is the substance of things hoped for,” Paul is not really defining what faith is, but rather he is showing what faith does in an operative sense: Faith undergirds what we hope for. Substance means “that which stands under.” Faith is the foundation for what we hope, the foundation for our relationship with God and everything that it implies within His purpose. Faith is the very beginning of everything that really matters spiritually.
By saying that it is the “evidence” or “assurance” (the word can literally be translated “title deed,” but “assurance” seems to be the best all-around word) of things hoped for, the author comes much closer to defining what faith is. In its simplest form, faith is merely belief. As our understanding becomes more complex and operative, when we begin to put faith to work, it becomes “confidence,” and finally, in its best form, when it becomes fully operational, it is “trust.” This trust, this full measure of faith, is alive and works within our relationship with God.
— John W. Ritenbaugh
Praying together brings about unity and peace. Here’s my prayer for you. Lord remove any division, struggles or hardships that the reader may be facing at this present moment. Send a spirit of peace and serenity into there household. Let every weapon that’s been formed be destroyed. Now, I thank you in advance for the good report.
“For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that for outweighs them all.” 1 Corinthians 4:17 (NIV)
“What is the purpose of your problems and difficulties? God wants you to learn something. Every storm is a school. Every trial is a teacher. Every experience is an education. Every difficulty is for your development.
Most of us are slow learners. If you don’t learn something the first time, God will bring it up again in your life. It will come back because God is more interested in your character than he is in your comfort. He is more interested in making you like Christ than he is making things easy for you.” Rick Warren
You may be facing a major difficulty right now: an illness, financial problem, strain in a relationship or just a day-to-day struggle. Does God have a message for you while you’re going through your difficulties? Yes, he will never leave you or forsake you. Stay encouraged and get connect?
The first step to a healthy remarriage is you. Is this a surprise? Life wounds all of us. The losses, disappointments and hurts of life will not heal themselves—you must choose to heal. In fact, you will not grow until healing has taken place—and this takes time. (From the book, “Looking Before You Leap … Again!”)
Every 45 seconds a marriage ends in America. With it ends not only a covenant of love, but also the stability of a home, financial solidity, and a model of committed love for children to take into their own marriages. Every 45 seconds, American loses more than another marriage. It loses another building block in the structure of what secures her future: strong, loving relationships based on respect, commitment and integrity. This year alone 1.2 million families will experience the rupturing and fragmentation of divorce. Hearts shattered. Children devastated. Hope lost.
Statistics say it all…
1.2 Million couples across America file for divorce each year.
$112 Billion is the annual cost of divorce to taxpayers
4 Weeks of work time is lost during the first year after a divorce
$150 Billion is the annual cost of divorce to U.S. businesses
America is only as strong and healthy as the integral relationships that make her grow and prosper. Committed marriages establish solid families which build strong communitites. Where marriages are committed to serving Christ and each other, relationships thrive.
There is hope in mist of your crisis, just make God your center peace.