If you were to ask people on the street to describe what the word “faith” means to them, I’m guessing you would receive a wide variety of answers. Some people connect the word faith directly to their religion, or possibly a reliance on the existence of a higher power. Whereas others would discuss their belief, relationship, and trust in God. Sadly, you would even come across people who believe faith is closely related to luck or karma. Fortunately, we don’t have to guess how God views the concept of faith because scripture lays out it’s meaning to us. And we stand on the firm foundation that God’s Word NEVER falls short, and NEVER leaves us feeling empty handed. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) tells us that
“Faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”
Do you have Christ-confidence characterized by a firm trust in your Savior? Do you have certainty in our Lord who assures us that, through His grace, we will spend eternity in Heaven with Him? I don’t know about you, but even though I don’t physically see God in the flesh, his presence surrounds me each and every day. (As you’ll soon read about in our upcoming posts!) Our hope is for you to begin to confidently feel his presence too. When it comes right down to it, God makes it clear and simple… that the basis of faith and a relationship with Him is a matter of the heart. In the book of Acts when Paul & Silus are asked “What must I do to be saved?” They replied without hesitation saying,
“Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you will be saved.”
How fortunate we are to have faith in our Savior who loves us so much that we are offered salvation unconditionally! We see in Ephesians 2:8-10 (NIV) that it is a loving gift; something that can’t be earned.
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God- not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Over the course of August, you will find that our weekly posts all center around the theme of “Faith.” We at Broken and Gracefully Loved all approach the topic differently as we share our journey stories, reflections, and what we have learned from our own experiences. We are also SO excited to have two of our very first guest bloggers this month. Their insights on the topic of faith are truly powerful! You won’t want to miss any of our August posts… So GET READY as we explore this important subject, while seeing past the brokenness to discover how WE ALL are gracefully loved!