“Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” -Hebrews 11:1
The two words that stand out for me are, “sure” and “certain.” When true faith is alive in a person, you’ll find they are certain, confident, and positive of what God has shown them will come to pass. It might look bleak, and hopeless, but they’re not moved. They’re absolutely convinced God will do as He has said. Abraham was persuaded He who promised was faithful to bring it to pass. God was to be trusted. It didn’t matter Isaac wasn’t born yet, and he was 99 years old. He knew God promised a son to be birthed through his wife, Sarah, who was a 90-year old woman. For him, it was undeniable, irrefutable, and indisputable; for sure, God was going to do it! After all, “Is there anything too hard for the Lord God to do?” Do we possess this kind of faith?
Faith can’t be explained! I can’t explain to anyone the promises God has made me because they wouldn’t make sense to someone else. Perhaps it might even make me seem crazy, and to be honest, I wouldn’t blame them. However, this is what faith is all about.
Faith, as we know, is like a muscle. It must be exercised. There are running days when I know I’m pushing my exercise to the point of dying, but I also know those days are important to build muscle. Yes, exercise hurts and is painful. It also requires the commitment and the time to do it. It is the same with faith. We want faith. We want that “faith without borders,” but the truth is faith without borders is very painful.
God will take you deep into the ocean where you’ll experience the storms you’ll never see. However, He’ll keep you from drowning and show you the majestic waves. Not everyone is privileged to see these kinds of waves, and not everyone is prepared for them either. I promise you, just like a body builder works hard to build those muscles, so we must work the muscle of our faith. All the trials are worth it because we come to a place where nothing can satisfy us like our God. Nothing can separate us from His love, and nothing can stand in the way of the promises of God. Stand strong. Believe the testing of your faith will produce an intimate relationship between you and your God. Will you say with me, “Give me this kind of faith, God? I will stand certain, positive, convinced, confident, assured that you will do as you have promised.”
You must be confident in what you know and think of God. You must have absolute no doubt and know that you’re right on in with what you believe because He who promised is faithful to accomplish it.
Teresa Allissa Citro
Founder and President, Thread of Hope, Inc.