By Stephanie Montague
Faith may be one of the most difficult concepts for some. We often take stock of our lives and things around the world and question how to have faith in such challenging times. It seems that faith is a thing to have or not have enough of–but is it a real thing?
The Bible says in Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We see here that faith is an actual substance. According to the definition, substance is a particular kind of matter with uniform properties or real physical matter. Faith is a tangible thing in which we can apply. We can think of faith like jelly. You put jelly on some bread and it takes the bread to the “next level” of goodness. Our faith is the sweet substance of things we hope for in life. If we are sick, spread that faith jelly and see it as turning it around into something sweet– your healing.
Last week, we talked about affirmations and Proverbs 18:21 which states “Death and life are in the power of the tongue; and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Our mouths can speak life or death into our lives. This doesn’t have to be a physical death but an emotional or spiritual one. Hearing words of encouragement and praise can empower a small child or adult. That’s the power of encouraging words.
Working your faith often seems hard. We think that we need a huge amount of faith to overcome things that seem big. However, the bible says in Matthew 17:20 (NIV), “Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.”
Lastly, there are times when others seems to have tremendous faith. And, there we are with our humble mustard seed wishing for our faith get bigger. We should never look at anyone has having “better or more” faith than us because God has made sure we have very own portions. Let’s work our faith applying it with the good fruits of the words from our mouths.