Evidence of Your Faith

From the book: “Intensive Faith Therapy” by Vanessa Collins

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:1

court supremeWe will focus on the second part of our scripture today.  According to the author of Hebrews, faith is the “evidence of things not seen”.  It is by our faith that we stand on the promises of God, even when we do not see the actual manifestation.

In our judicial system, evidence is very important in legal matters, especially criminal and civil cases.  If the system is running correctly (which, unfortunately, does not happen all the time), the party that can prove his/her case by the preponderance of evidence wins the case.  The stronger your evidence, the more likely you will have a ruling in your favor.

The best evidence you can have in a courtroom is factual, tangible evidence.  If you can, so to speak, produce the “smoking gun with fingerprints”, you have something that, in most cases, the judge will allow you to admit as evidence.  It will be admissible in court.  Admissible evidence leads directly to something else.  You can trace it to a logical conclusion.  You do not have to infer or guess where or to whom it points.  It is direct.

Sometimes, factual evidence is not available.  In this case, the lawyer may have to refer to circumstantial evidence or even hearsay.  In most cases (again, where the system is running properly) one rarely gets a major conviction based solely on circumstantial evidence.  The bigger the issue, the more evidence is needed in order to get a ruling in your favor.

How does this relate to our study?  Faith is the evidence of what we do not yet see.  How strong is the evidence that you will receive the promises of God that you are seeking?  Are you standing on strong, factual evidence or is your case weak, based on hearsay of what you think God might do?

What factual evidence do we have concerning the things of God?  Our biggest “smoking gun” if you will, is the Word of God.  As Christians, we believe that the Word of God is true.  We also have a true and righteous judge.   Psalm 96:12-13 tells us that the Lord shall judge the world with righteousness, and the people with His truth.  Therefore, we can stand on the Word of God as evidence to that which we seek. God even instructs us to put Him in remembrance of His Word (Isaiah 43:26).  If God says in His Word that He will do something, you can depend on that Word.  In Isaiah 46:11, The Lord tells Isaiah;

…I have spoken it, I will also bring it to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it.

The Word of God is our strongest evidence that God will do what He has promised.  When this evidence is presented, a favorable ruling can be counted on.

What other evidence can we use?  Lawyers often rely on the testimony of witnesses to convince the jury and judge to rule in their favor.  The best witnesses are those that are credible and are basing their testimony on actual facts that they have experienced.  If they can say, “I know this happened because I saw it”, your witnesses will have a great impact on the case.  However, if they say that we were told that something happened but they did not actually witness it, it may be ruled as hearsay and not viewed as strongly as other testimony.

What testimony are you using to build your case and build your faith?  Proverbs 14:5 tells us that a “faithful witness will not lie”.  Are you listening to the witness of the “faithful” in God?  You need to surround yourself by those that will give you ammunition for your case.  Leave the doubters alone!  You need people in your life that know that God will make a way.  You will then have a faith that is strong and able to withstand the scrutiny of the courtroom of life.

For your edification, answer the following questions.

What type of evidence would a lawyer rather have in a courtroom, factual or circumstantial?

 Answer the following questions in your own words.

Why is the Word of God strong evidence for the Christian?

Why is the testimony of a faithful witness important to you?

 We want to not just hear the word, but put it into action in our lives.  Answer the questions below to help you apply this lesson to your life.

What is one of the major promises that you are seeking God to fulfill in your life right now?

What evidence do you have in the Word of God that God will do what you are seeking?

Name the “faithful witnesses” in your life that you are using to build your faith.

What is their testimony relative to your situation?

Lesson Summary

Court is now in session!!!  We know that our faith must be tried and the evidence must weigh out. We know that we have solid, truthfully evidence of God’s goodness and faithfulness to His people in the Word of God.  We are going to search out the scriptures and find our evidence.  We believe that God is a faithful judge and that He is no respecter of person.  We have no time for doubters and unbelief.  We believe God’s Word and we are building strong faith in Him. God is faithful and He faithfully takes care of His children.  See you in court!!!

Commanded to Trust

Coco CayWe are commanded to trust God.  It is not a suggestion. It is not a request. It is a command. Not to do it is sin. Not to do it indicates character flaws in our Christian personality. Therefore, if we are having trouble trusting God, He is obligated to give us situations in our lives that force us to trust Him. He wants us to mature. He loves us that much.

Let us look at a few of the scriptures that command us to trust God. First, we find Psalm 4:5. In this Psalm, David instructs those that are observing him to offer sacrifices of righteousness and to put their trust in the Lord.

Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the LORD.
Psalm 4:5

We are often challenged to trust God in the area of integrity. We may cheat a little on our taxes, or even fudge the expense report a little. It is often hard to walk in integrity with God when everyone else seems to do the opposite. We are admonished here in Psalm 4:5 to offer sacrifices of righteousness and put our trust in the Lord. We must strive not to be as the world. Just because “everybody is doing it” does not mean that it is acceptable to practice unrighteousness. We must make up in our minds and show by our actions that we want to live upright before God. Only when we do this will we see His awesome power at work in our lives.

Look at Psalm 62. In this Psalm, David proclaims his trust in God for deliverance. In verses 1-7, David realizes that his only salvation and defense is in God. Therefore, he promises to wait on God. Then, in verse 8, those that are listening to this song are told likewise to trust God.

Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us.

We are to trust in God at all times. It tends to be easier to trust God when things are going well. When there is money in the bank and our loved ones are well or when we are in good physical and mental health, it is not hard to trust in the delivering power of God. But when the money runs out, when our children are cutting up or when we are in excruciating pain, our trust in God begins to waver. In this verse we are commanded to trust God at all times, during the good and the trying times.

How do we bring ourselves to trust God in trying times? We may have a desire to trust God but just cannot bring ourselves to do it. How do we get past this barrier?

One way is given to us in the verse, “pour out your heart before Him.” We must seek true relationship with God. In true relationship, we have trust. Think about some of your most trusted friends. If that relationship has grown over the years, many times there were a lot of “heart pouring” sessions that took place. They would cry on your shoulder and you would cry on theirs. Over the years, you have built a relationship with that person and, for the most part, you have a sense of trust in them.

We must pour out our hearts to God. God wants us to. Although He knows our situation, we are still commanded in scripture to keep lines of communication open with Him. Why? It is through communication that we build relationship. When we pour out our hearts to God, we let our defenses down. Therefore He can be a defense for us. When we go to Him seeking deliverance, He will deliver us.

Do you want to be mature in God and trust Him for deliverance? Good.  However, there is only one way to develop that kind of trust. He must deliver you and in order for Him to deliver you, you must be a situation that requires deliverance. How can we trust God to deliver us if we never have problems that require deliverance AND we never seek His help? One thing is for certain; life will continue to give us problems that require deliverance. The question is will we continue to seek our deliverance from God.

For your edification, answer the following questions.
In Psalm 4:5, what sacrifices are we instructed to offer to God?
According to Psalm 62:8, who are we to pour out our hearts to?

Answer the following questions in your own words.
Why is it easier to trust God when things appear to be going well?
How do you think one can offer “sacrifices of righteousness”?

We want to not just hear the word, but put it into action in our lives.  Answer the questions below to help you apply this lesson to your life.
Take a few moments to do a little personal inventory.  Are there areas in your life that the Holy Spirit has brought to your attention where you are not exercising righteousness?  List them here.
Ask God for guidance as to how He would have you handle these areas.  Most of the time God has already told us what to do, but we are afraid.  Describe the actions you should take in order to resolve the issues you have listed above.

Lesson Summary
Trust in the Lord! The command is clear. We are to put our trust in God. We have already tried trusting other things to no avail. Therefore, we have no one else to trust but God. God is all-powerful.  He is able to handle our situation. We may not understand why we are where we are right now but we must believe that God is on our side. We can trust Him. He wants us to trust Him. He requires us to do so.