Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.For by it the elders obtained a good report. Hebrews 11:1,2
Faith pleases God. Faithful people get God’s attention. If your Christian life seems stagnant, what would make it be hot, and on fire for Jesus?
In our Chemistry class, the lesson was on carbon, and how it is a catalyst for the ignition of sugar. Sugar, on its own, will not ignite, but when carbon powder is mixed with it, It will start on fire by holding a lighted match next to it.
I thought of how sometimes we need a catalyst to produce a reaction. The heat is there, but we need a spark of ignition!
Sometimes as a Christian, we need a ‘faith catalyst’ to get our spiritual life activated.
When we are experiencing weakness, complacency, worry, and other negative things in our life, maybe a bigger dose of faith would be just the thing we need to get rid of them?
An interesting article on faith can be found here: http://www.acts17-11.com/faith.html
In this study, the author, tells us how to acquire more faith by showing us from scripture. Rom 10:17 (NIV) Faith comes by hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ. Quoting the article by Dean and Laura VanDruff:
Contrary to popular teaching, faith is not mental delusion, presumption or self-deception, but a work of the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
Another interesting thing to note is that without faith we cannot please God. Heb 11:6 (NIV) Without faith it is impossible to please God….
I love how It is said that Abraham was as dead, an old man without children, yet God promised him children as numerous as the sand on the seashore. He believed and had faith and God’s promises were fulfilled through Abraham’s son, Isaac.
Rom 4:18-21 (Phi) Abraham, when hope was dead within him, went on hoping in faith, believing that he would become “the father of many nations”. He relied on the word of God which definitely referred to “thy seed”. With undaunted faith he looked at the facts–his own impotence (he was practically a hundred years old at the time) and his wife Sarah’s apparent barrenness. Yet he refused to allow any distrust of a definite pronouncement of God to make him waver. He drew strength from his faith, and, while giving the glory to God, remained absolutely convinced that God was able to implement his own promise.
When things and circumstances become impossible, there is a verse that always gives me hope, Matthew 19:26 But Jesus beheld them, and said unto them, With men this is impossible; but with God all things are possible.
With God in us, and with a strong faith, our Spiritual life can be so ‘on fire’, active, joyful, and beautiful! I want more faith! It is my prayer that the Holy Spirit, along with God’s Word, will help me to obtain more faith! How about you?
Dear Jesus, I pray that through Your Holy Spirit, You would give me more faith. It is that catalyst that will bring about a good change in my Christian life. It pleases You that I have faith and desire to have more. Please make it strong, help me to grow closer to You. Help me to have a desire to hear, read, and activate Your Words in my life. Thank You! Amen.
I found a video on YouTube that shows how a catalyst will help a sugar cube ignite: