Read: “Faith is the assurance of things you have hoped for….” Hebrews11:1 (VOICE)
Reflect: My deepest hopes are to overcome those little nagging defects of character that block my progress year after year. Sometimes it’s hard to see myself free from those debilitating habits. What does it mean to have the assurance of things hoped for?
The idea of overcoming these self-defeating character traits causes me to shrink back in fear and mentally change the subject.After all these years it seems hopeless.It’s hard to believe I can change. I pray, “Jesus if you can do anything, help me.” I might hear Jesus reply, as he did to the man who, presenting his sick son said, “… if you can do anything, take pity on us and help us.” “‘If you can’?” said Jesus. “Everything is possible for one who believes.” Like that man I could exclaim, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:22-24
Everything is possible if we have faith, even the transformation of that nagging habit into a powerful Christ trait. The word for “power” and “possibility” (dynatos) is the same in the Greek New Testament. Every possibility of goodness is contained in Christ, and he is the power that brings our hopes for becoming like him into reality when we believe.
Faith is viewing a particular expression of his goodness as already being our very essence and nature, even before we transform into it. We are sure that we are becoming like Christ who lives in us. We see it.We vividly imagine acting like Christ with joy and gratitude. When we believe this way, he deploys his power to make the change happen. This is the meaning of “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for…”.
React: Like Abraham, let us be fully convinced that what God has promised, he is able to do (Romans 4:21).
Pray: Dear Father, I believe; help me overcome my unbelief.