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Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1

What is faith? Some say faith is believing when there is no evidence—believing something because you want it to be true. Some say faith is the opposite of science—that science is fact and faith is folly. But real faith is believing because of evidence.

Everyone has faith. No one can live without faith. You walk up stairs, believing they will hold your weight. You get into a car, believing the other drivers will obey the rules of the road and stay on their side. You go to a stadium with thousands of other people, believing there will not be a terrorist event there. You believe and have faith every day. Your experience helps you “know” or believe that things will continue as they have in the past. Faith is possible because of facts.

Faith is a religious word. Christian faith is trusting “the faith once delivered to the saints” (Jude 1:3). Faith is believing God, the Bible, and Jesus Christ. Faith is trusting the eyewitnesses that recorded the ministry and teachings of Christ (2 Peter 1:16). Faith is understanding the truth that God has revealed. Some people say faith is only a religious word, but…

Faith is also a science word. Science.org reported that it will soon be possible to store “215 petabytes (215 million gigabytes) [of computer information] in a single gram of DNA. The system could, in principle, store every bit of data ever recorded by humans in a container about the size and weight of a couple of pickup trucks.”1 A researcher can expect (another way of saying faith) that storing the world’s information on DNA is possible. Why? Because we know that DNA already stores information. Start with facts, knowledge, and information. Get more facts, knowledge, and information. Put them all together and you can predict (expect, faith) something. Note: Consider the question, “Which came first, DNA or the organism that made the DNA?”

Faith is trust. “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear” (Heb. 11:3). You cannot see small atoms and particles, but scientists can now prove they exist. In 1897 J.J. Thompson discovered electrons. But electrons and atoms did not begin in 1897. They have existed since creation. Through faith we know that the sun will rise, winter will pass, and there will be air to breathe. Even though you cannot control any of those, your experience helps you trust they will continue to happen. The sun always rises, spring always comes, and you still breathe. “Through faith we understand” (Heb. 11:3).

By faith we do. Faith in God led Abel to offer, Noah to build, Abraham to go, Sarah to conceive, and Moses to stand (Heb. 11). Faith is more than only a mental belief. Faith is doing something because you believe something. Strong faith allows you to trust God enough to let Him do His work. As it has been said, “Let go and let God.” For example, it is impossible to do anything to force God to accept you for salvation! The answer to the question, “What must I do to be saved?” was simply, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 16:30-31). Faith is when you stop trying to earn God’s favor and simply trust God.

Without faith it is impossible to please” God (Heb. 11:6). One of the greatest joys in the Christian life is realizing that you cannot live the Christian life by yourself. It is impossible to live up to God’s high standards. When you are in control, God is not in control. Strong faith only happens when you say, “I can’t do this.” When you stop trusting yourself and fully trust God, God is pleased. Then, and only then, do you really show your faith in God. Faith is both holding and letting go at the same time. Examples:

God calls a young man to be a pastor. The young man must realize that he cannot be a good pastor without the Lord working through him. He must have faith in God—strong faith that trusts Him!
God burdens a couple to become missionaries. They cannot serve the Lord on a mission field in their own strength. They must have faith in God—strong faith that trusts Him!

God touches your heart to share the Gospel with a friend. You alone cannot persuade a person to receive Christ as Savior. You must have faith in God to lead you—strong faith that trusts Him!

God touches your heart for the deaf ministry. You must learn sign language and Deaf culture, spend time with Deaf people, and sacrifice your time. But this is not enough. You must have faith in God—strong faith that trusts Him!

You cannot do these things on your own. Study, learning, and practice alone cannot make you successful. You should do the best you can in everything you do (Ecc. 9:10), but you must first and continually surrender yourself to God. Let God do His work through you.

Do you think you cannot serve God? Have faith in God. For salvation, say, “I can’t do this,” and trust Jesus for salvation. For ministry, say, “I can’t do this,” then decide to do what God asks you to do. Trust God to work through you. Learn to say, “I can’t do this,” and then learn that God can!

Is God calling you to deaf ministry or to become a missionary, pastor, or ministry leader? Contact me. Let’s talk about what God can do through you.

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