There are many words in our language that have several defintions. One such word is faith. When you ask someone to define this word, you may receive a different interpretation from each person you ask.
For most words, knowing the defintion is nice, but usually no big deal. Knowing the true definition of this faith words could be potentially life-changing. We look up most words in the dictionary. However, I believe this one is best looked up in the Bible. It is defined as the confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see (Hebrews 11:1). Another translation says it makes us sure of what we hope for and gives us proof of what we cannot see.
Breaking this down, I see it as two things. One is confidence that what we are hoping for will come about. It is also a confidence that our desires will be realized even though we cannot yet see it. It’s a simple definition to me.
Knowing this defintion and living by it can have powerful impacts on your life. When you are confident that things will turn out your way, even if you can’t see it yet, you tend to act in a way that brings success. Also, there are countless stories in the Bible about people who were rewarded for their great faith. Please know that those stories continue in today’s world.
You may ask…can I develop my faith? If so, how? The answer…you certainly can! Besides prayer and asking for divine help in that area, you can also develop your own faith. When you visualize success in your mind, you are developing proof of it, even though you don’t see it in reality yet. This then helps create the assurance of what you hope for. Do this on a regular basis, and your faith will grow. It’s worked for me. If you don’t believe me, try it for yourself. As your faith grows, you will see miracles in your own life.
Many people have dreams, but lack the faith to carry it out. Focusing on this definition for your desires can help you create that faith. Your faith will grow as your successes pile up. I can tell you in faith that it’s true : )