“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
~Hebrews 11:1 (ESV)
Hello, Biblical Blossoms! I am so happy that I get to be able to share my favorite theme with you all this week–fearless faith. Now, when I say fearless faith is my absolute favorite topic, I mean that I wear the word “faith” around my neck daily, it is gracefully tattooed on my ankle, it is boldly strewn across my Bible cover, and it will likely be my first daughter’s name someday in the *far* future. This phrase “fearless faith” might seem quite self-explanatory, however, I have seen so many young women absolutely petrified by fear while still claiming to have faith in Christ’s sovereignty. A lot of this has to do with how we as women desperately need to have security–or rather “control”–within our lives, our marriages, our relationships, friendships, and even for our children. The only problem is that the more we stretch ourselves to control and secure all that we love or over the situations that can harm what we hold most dear, we 1) blind ourselves to God’s work in our lives and 2) end up reaching our breaking point in some form or another.
Ladies, we desperately need to surrender our naive need for control to our Father and have fearless faith that He knows what is best. Sometimes we need to revert back to and remind ourselves of the well-known Sunday school song, “He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”, because He does! We just need to loosen our grip long enough to have fearless faith in our Savior.
What is faith? Faith comes from the Greek word “Πίστις” (Pistis). It is defined as the conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things. It is the assurance that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ. It is the belief that Jesus is the Messiah, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God. (Blue Letter Bible) Faith itself is the reliance upon Christ for salvation.
If you do not believe these things above, then you do not have faith. If you do not have faith, you will not enter the kingdom of God. There is no second, third, or another wacky way to heaven. Having faith that Jesus died on the cross for your sins is the only way. He is the only way. Plain and simple as cheerios.
This is why defining faith is of utmost importance. Mainstream culture today has worked “faith” into a “vibe”. It changes throughout the day or with our feelings/circumstances. This is inherently false teaching. We are called to have steadfast faith in Christ, unwavering and unrelenting. (Hebrews 10:23 ESV) If we do not know what “faith” means, it is so easy to get swept into these unfounded falsehoods of the world and become part of the world. Faith is hard, it is messy, and it is the least we can do to glorify the One who gave everything for us.
How can we have fearless faith and why must it be fearless? The world will always seek to subdue those with the largest faith. Indeed we are called to wield the shield of faith to extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one. Our faith is our biggest defense against falsehoods and fallacies. We can have fearless faith by being rooted and built up in Him, through boldly and confidently proclaiming His goodness, grace, and justness. We show our faith to others by walking in fidelity, in assurance that Jesus is our Savior and not by what the world has to offer us. It is guaranteed that the world will not be kind to us but we must be firm and steadfast in our faith, remaining fearless in the face of immorality and fleshly desires.
How can we have fearless faith? Thankfully, the Bible gives us pretty clear directions on how to wield our shields. Humbly ask Jesus to increase your faith. All you need is the faith of a mustard seed to allow it to grow into something beautiful. (Luke 17:6) Uplift and encourage one another and hold fast to the confession of our hope because the Day is coming nearer and nearer. (Hebrews 10:19-25) Hear through the word of Christ and be discerning between what is truth and what is false teaching. (Romans 10:17) Finally, be obedient to God’s calling in your life. Obedience and faith go hand in hand. You do not have control, as hard as that is to acknowledge. The only security that is guaranteed is that through the Savior. Be obedient to His calling, listen to what He is telling you, and through having fearless faith, you can trust that all things work together for good according to His will for those who are called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
~The Brown-Eyed Bookaholic