This week's devotional: Faith versus Sight

Faith versus Sight 

Faith! Who can fully measure or express the potential represented by that short, simple word? In English, we have two different words for faith: a noun, faith; and a verb, believe. Preachers sometimes try to make a distinction between “believing” and “having faith.” However, there is no basis for this distinction in the original Greek of the New Testament. As far as the Bible is concerned, believing is exercising faith. Conversely, exercising faith is believing.

Perhaps the clearest way to bring faith’s potential into focus is to examine two statements made by Jesus: 

With God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) 

All things are possible to him who believes. (Mark 9:23) 

In each of these statements we find the words “all things are possible.” In the first passage they are applied to God; in the second, they are applied to the one who believes. It is not too difficult, perhaps, to accept that all things are possible to God. Can we equally accept that all things are possible to the one who believes? This is what Jesus told us. In practical terms, what does this mean? It means that, through faith, the things that are possible to God are made equally possible to the one who believes. Faith is the channel that makes God’s possibilities available to us. Through faith, all that is possible to God becomes equally possible to us. No wonder that the Bible, from beginning to end, consistently emphasizes the unique and supreme importance of faith.

Almighty God, heavenly Father, I stand in awe of you. All things are possible to you, but through faith in Christ your possibilities are made mine also. All things are possible to him who believes and that includes me. I accept this truth by faith. Help me to see my circumstances today with eyes of faith. Amen.

All Devotionals are extracts from:

The Power of Faith

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