“Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it…It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen.” Hebrews 11:1, 3 (ncv)
“How did you receive the Holy Spirit? Did you receive the Spirit by following the law? No, you received the Spirit because you heard the Good News and believed it.” Galatians 3:2 (ncv) “So faith comes from hearing the Good News, and people hear the Good News when someone tells them about Christ.” Romans 10:17 (ncv)
Like an old oak tree, dig your roots in deep to withstand the strongest winds and torrential rains, and remain firmly rooted and established in the Faith of Christ Jesus. Let no one deceive, mislead, or delude you with well-crafted persuasive, arguments to uproot you. Don’t let anyone capture you with empty philosophies and high-sounding nonsense that come from human thinking and from the spiritual powers of this world, rather than from Christ’s Truth. (my paraphrase of Colossians 2:4-8)
Steadfast, disciplined, persistent, determined, stable, firm-standing.
I really hate getting up on my soapbox here, but I feel I should because I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, the power of God which gives me eternal life. So if you don’t want to hear me “preach” I’ll say thanks for stopping by.
Sects of society in the world we live want to undermine the faith of Christians. Using misinterpretations, humiliation, and ridicule, they’re determined to destroy our faith.
“When they tell evil lies about us, we speak nice words about them. Even today, we are treated as though we were the garbage of the world—the filth of the earth. I am not trying to make you feel ashamed. I am writing this to give you a warning as my own dear children.”
1 Corinthians 4:13-14 (ncv)
Stand strong. Be courageous. Dig deep into God's word to deepen and strengthen your faith. Remember, “Faith comes from hearing the word of God.”
“I pray that Christ will live in your hearts by faith and that your life will be strong in love and be built on love.” Ephesians 3:17 (ncv)
Further reading: Mark 4:1-12: Matt 13:1-15; Luke 8:4-10
“Courageous” sung by Casting Crowns