Hebrews 11:1 - Developing Strong Convictions.

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV) Now faith is confidence 
in what we hope for and assurance about what we 
do not see. 

Hebrews 11:1 (NLT) Faith is the confidence 
that what we hope for will actually happen; it 
gives us assurance about things we cannot see.  

Hebrews 11:1 (ESV) Now faith is the 
assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of 
things not seen. 

Hebrews 11:1 (GNT) To have faith is to be 
sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of 
the things we cannot see. 


   Dictionaries usually define 
conviction as a fixed or strong belief - but conviction 
is much more than that. In addition to your 
beliefs, your convictions include your values, 
commitments, and motivations.  
   I like the definition of conviction I 
once heard from the great Bible teacher Howard 
Hendricks. He said, A belief is something you will 
argue about. A conviction is something you will 
die for.  
   Your convictions determine your conduct. 
They motivate you to take a stand and act 
according to your values. 
   When you first become a Christian, you 
often do things simply because Christians around 
you suggest or model them. You may pray, read 
the Bible, and attend church services because of 
their example.  
   This is fine for a new Christian; little 
children learn the same way. However, as you grow, 
you must eventually develop your own reasons for 
doing what you do. Those reasons become 
   Biblical convictions are essential for 
spiritual growth and maturity. Ironically, many people 
today have strong convictions about minor issues, 
like football or fashion. At the same time, they 
have weak convictions about major issues - like 
what is right and what is wrong. 
   Hebrews 11:1 says, Now faith is the 
assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of 
things not seen (NRSV). 
   Developing strong, biblical convictions 
takes time and commitment. But its worth it. In 
the long run, theyll help you live a 
consistent, faith-driven life. [Daily Devotional by Rick 
Warren: https://pastorrick.com/devotional/] 


What Is Faith?
   The thought that the righteousness of 
Christ is imputed to us, not because of any merit 
on our part, but as a free gift from God, is a 
precious thought. The enemy of God and humanity is 
not willing that this truth should be clearly 
presented, for he knows that if the people receive it 
fully, his power will be broken. If he can control 
minds, so that doubt and unbelief and darkness 
shall compose the experience of those who claim to 
be the children of God, he can overcome them 
with temptation. The simple faith that takes God 
at His word should be encouraged. God's people 
must have that faith which will lay hold of 
divine power; for by grace are ye saved through 
faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift 
of God. Those who believe that God for 
Christ's sake has forgiven their sins should not, 
through temptation, fail to press on to fight the 
good fight of faith. Their faith should grow 
stronger until their Christian life, as well as their 
words, shall declare, The blood of Jesus Christ 
his Son cleanseth us from all sin. 
   Faith is trusting God"believing that He 
loves us and knows best what is for our good. Thus 
instead of our own way, it leads us to choose His 
way. In place of our ignorance, it accepts His 
wisdom; in place of our weakness, His strength; in 
place of our sinfulness, His righteousness. Our 
lives, ourselves, are already His; faith 
acknowledges His ownership and accepts its blessing. 
Truth, uprightness, purity, have been pointed out 
as secrets of life's success.... Every good 
impulse or aspiration is the gift of God; faith 
receives from God the life that alone can produce 
true growth and efficiency. 
   How to exercise faith should be made very 
plain. To every promise of God there are 
conditions. If we are willing to do His will, all His 
strength is ours. Whatever gift He promises is in the 
promise itself.... As surely as the oak is in the 
acorn, so surely is the gift of God in His 
   Faith that enables us to receive God's 
gifts is itself a gift.... It grows as it is 
exercised in appropriating the Word of God. In order 
to strengthen faith, we must often bring it in 
contact with the Word. 
   How often those who trusted the Word of 
God, though in themselves utterly helpless, have 
withstood the power of the whole world.... These are 
the world's true noblemen. They are its royal 
line.  {FH 63} 

   Faith is not feeling. Faith is the 
substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things 
not seen. [Hebrews 11:1.] True faith is in no 
sense allied to presumption. Only he who has true 
faith is secure against presumption, for 
presumption is Satans counterfeit of faith. 
   Faith claims Gods promises and brings 
forth fruit in obedience. Presumption also claims 
the promises, but uses them as Satan did, to 
excuse transgression. Faith would have led our 
first parents to trust the love of God and to obey 
His commands. Presumption led them to transgress 
His law, believing that His great love would 
save them from the consequences of their sin. It 
is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven 
without complying with the conditions on which mercy 
is to be granted. Genuine faith has its 
foundation in the promises and provisions of the 
Scriptures. GW260 


Hebrews 11:1 - FAITH.



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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