Summary: This sermon is a part of A Christian's Heart series dealing with the qualities of a faith-filled heart, qualities like belief, patience, and child likeness.
A Christian’s Heart
“A Faith-Filled Heart”
So far in our series we’ve looked at a servant’s and wounded healer’s heart, along with a heart that is filled with integrity, grace, forgiveness, and the Holy Spirit. Today we’re going to looking at a faith-filled heart, or a heart that is filled with faith.
However, if a faith-filled heart is what we need, then the first thing we must ascertain is what exactly is faith.
Webster’s on-line dictionary defines faith as a “belief and trust in and loyalty to God,” and a “firm belief in something for which there is no proof.”
Oxford’s on-line dictionary says it is a, “Strong belief in God or in the doctrines of a religion, based on spiritual apprehension rather than proof.”
What we’re faced with in these definitions is they come up short as to what faith is, and so instead of going for some dictionary’s definition, let’s go the Bible’s description of faith as found in the book of Hebrews.
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Hebrews 11:1 NKJV)
The word, “substance” in the Greek means to have a foundation or assurance. It’s having the guarantee of what we’re hoping for.
The word, “evidence” in the Greek means to have a conviction concerning the truthfulness of something.
With these two definitions, this description of faith can easily be expanded the way the Amplified Bible translates this passage.
“Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].” (Hebrews 11:1 AMP)
Faith then is being sure of what we don’t see and yet hope for. It’s seeing the future in the present.
Faith is an act of both the mind and heart to believe what is not made assessable to our natural senses. But it goes even further. It’s also the actual possession of their reality, and that is what the title deed represents. The person who holds the title deed to a piece of property actually possesses the property. It’s not a future possibility; it’s the actual possession.
By faith, therefore, we actually possess those things our souls and spirits long and hope for, which are God’s promises including heaven and eternal life. It’s not that they will be ours, rather by faith we’re in possession of them right now, and they’re as substantial as the chairs we’re sitting in.
Faith then possess God’s promises completely convinced of their reality, even though we cannot perceive them with our natural senses.
Faith is actually the exact opposite of the modern rationalistic mindset that says, “Believing is seeing.”