2nd November 2011

What Do You Believe In?  Part 2

“‘If you can?’ said Jesus. ‘Everything is possible for one who believes.’ Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, ‘I do believe; help me to overcome my unbelief!’”
Mark 9.23-24 (NIV)

The bible defines faith in Hebrews, chapter 11, verse 1, as ‘the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ A Christian’s faith may seem ethereal, vague and flimsy, but it is actually the strongest single link we have to God. It is like an anchor holding us steady in times of calm and peace, or in times of turmoil and uncertainty, such as we live in today.

Do you believe in the politicians who got us into the crazy debt situation we face as a nation today? Do you believe in the banks, or rather the people who run them, who seem to have forgotten morality and the basic rules of caution and prudence as long as the big bonuses keep rolling in? As we look around our world and society today we see a culture of greed, dishonesty and a lack of moral values. Can we have belief in all of that? Christian faith does not wrap you up in a hermetically sealed bubble insulated from the effects of all of that. But Christian faith gives you absolute confidence that there is a better way and a brighter future for Christians and for all humanity.

Properly understood, the Bible is a book of hope. In essence it tells us that humanity makes the wrong choices and gets into a mess time after time. But God sent his son, Jesus Christ, to pay the penalty for humanity’s sins. In time, maybe not so far into the future now, Christ will return in power to rule this world and usher in a time of real peace, real prosperity and real joy. A time when all humanity will have the opportunity to learn the right way to live. A time when humanity will truly love God and love their neighbour. A time when belief in God will be as natural as believing in air, gravity and photosynthesis.

Father in this troubled and sometimes difficult world, give us the faith of Christ and faith in Christ, that our belief may grow and keep us close to you.

Study by Keith Hartrick

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One Response to “2nd November 2011”

  1. John Rodgers on November 2nd, 2011 7:43 pm

    Hello Keith
    Thank you for an excellent day by day giving hope for the future in this troubled world. This hope for the future was something which caused many of us to become interested in the Bible and eventually brought us to Jesus Christ our Saviour. If we are to be fishers of men then this hope for the future on this earth is a very good bait. Thanks again John.

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