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How can you be sure?

Posted by Brandon Patton on Monday, February 4, 2019 @ 10:05 AM

"Faith is the certainty of things hoped for, the assurance of things not yet seen."

Hebrews 11:1

How many times have I been asked "how can I know for sure"? People want to know for sure if they will go to heaven when they die. No doubt this is the big issue. People long for certainty concerning many other issues. Will God forgive me? Does He hear my prayer? Did I pray right? Will He take care of me? What about my children? Our hearts are at times filled with questions that can not be answered by human wisdom. Often people want to find assurance by natural means. They want to "feel" something. They want to hear an audible voice. They want God to give them a sign. However, these natural means are not His ways. "My ways are not your ways" He reminds us in Isaiah. His way is always the way of faith. He communicates with His children by faith. We can find absolute certainty concerning the big issues of life by faith. There is no better definition of faith than is found in His Word in Hebrews 11:1, Faith is the certainty of things hoped for, the assurance or evidence of things not yet seen. Our faith is our evidence. Bible faith has only one source. "Faith comes by hearing the Word of God", Romans 10:17. He could appear to you and assure you of things. Not His way. He could send an angel with a message. Not His way. He could speak from heaven to you. Again, not His way. His way is to send you a book called the Bible, and in that book He answers our questions and assures our hearts of "things not yet seen". If I have heard what He says in His book then I have my evidence or assurance. Faith needs nothing more than His Word to have all the answers to life's questions. A life of faith is built totally on His promises found in the Bible. What a wonderful day it is when I realize that the Creator of the universe has spoken to me. He has answered all of life's questions. Its called the Bible.

Father, I receive your way of speaking to me. Thank you for a book that answers all of life's questions. I will build my life on your Word.  

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