“Your Spiritual Muscle”
Hebrews 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
A good definition for faith is; having complete trust, dependence and confidence with a firm belief in something or someone for which there may be no tangible proof of existence.
In the 11th chapter of Hebrews, the word faith is used 24 times.
In that same chapter of Hebrews the words “by faith” are used 19 times.
I heard someone describe faith as:
- Seeing the invisible
- Hearing the inaudible
- Touching the intangible
- Believing the impossible
If faith is looked at as a believer’s “Spiritual Muscle”, a comparison can then be made to the muscles in the human body.
Muscles in our bodies become stronger when we feed and exercise them. The same rule can be applied to our faith, the more we feed and exercise faith in our lives, the stronger our faith will become.
The bible gives scriptures that will help with feeding, building and exercising faith giving needed strength to our “Spiritual Muscle”.
2nd Corinthians 5:7 “For we walk by faith, not by sight.“
Walking by faith is remaining focused on what we believe and not what we see. The more we walk by faith, the more our “Spiritual Muscle” is exercised and becomes stronger.
Romans 10:17 “So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
Often times people will put more faith in what people say than what the word of God says.
If a weather report states that there is a 30% chance of rain, many people will leave home and take a umbrella because of the weather report they heard, even though the sun is shining when they leave the house.
Remaining focused on what the word of God says helps our “Spiritual Muscle” to become stronger.
Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
Believing that God exists not only sets believers up for a reward from God, it also builds up strength for our “Spiritual muscle”.
Hebrews 12:1-2 “1 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, Vs 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.“
Having a strong “Spiritual Muscle” will give believers the endurance needed to run, and finish the race set before them.
Father in heaven, thank for remaining faithful to your people. In Jesus name…Amen!
Continuing in His service…Rev