Everything you are seeking…. The answer is in the Word but to tap into it, you must walk by the same faith you activated to become saved.
The scripture in Hebrews 11:1 defines faith as the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen. When you said the salvation prayer, it was an act of faith; in that, you took hold of the your salvation (the substance of what you were hoping for) by declaring/ confessing with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believing in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, without you ever seeing Him nor knowing exactly what’s on the other side of your salvation (no evidence). You took a leap of faith! Here is something you do not want to miss==> There is a power in that act of salvation that many of us activated but omitted to continue igniting as we journey in the Lord.
Lets go into the scriptures:
6 But the righteousness that is by faith says: “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down)7“or ‘Who will descend into the deep?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? “The word is near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart,” that is, the message concerning faith that we proclaim: 9 If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved. 11 As Scripture says, “Anyone who believes in him will never be put to shame.”12 For there is no difference between Jew and Gentile—the same Lord is Lord of all and richly blesses all who call on him, 13 for, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?15 And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
16 But not all the Israelites accepted the good news. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our message?”17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word about Christ.
Three key things this scripture tells us:
- Faith comes by hearing (it is an action word) and
- To activate & ignite it you must believe & profess your faith (more in later posts)
- Ignited faith saves (more in later posts)
“Faith comes by hearing” – Root meanings:
Faith comes from the Greek word Pistis (meaning: conviction of the truth of anything, belief – In the biblical context, it is the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and bestower of eternal salvation through Christ)
By hearing comes from the original word Akon transliterated akoe – ak-o-ay(meaning: the sense of hearing or a thing heard such as instruction)
The Word comes from Rhema -hray-ma (meaning: that which is or has been uttered by the living voice, thing spoken)
Who is that living voice?
Answer – God
Concise definition of faith:
Faith is a conviction of the truth of God that comes by hearing the instructions as uttered by His living voice from the instruction manual (The Bible – His living Word).
See post on Living by Faith here