A Word, Guv'na?

Webster's 1828 Dictionary
noun  [L. fides, fido, to trust; Gr. to persuade, to draw towards any thing, to conciliate; to believe, to obey.]  1. Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. I have strong faith or no faith in the testimony of a witness, or in what a historian narrates.  2. The assent of the mind to the truth of a proposition advanced by another; belief, or probable evidence of any kind.  3. In theology, the assent of the mind or understanding to the truth of what God has revealed. Simple belief of the scriptures, of the being and perfections of God, and of the existence, character and doctrines of Christ, founded on the testimony of the sacred writers, is called historical or speculative faith; a faith little distinguished from the belief of the existence and achievements of Alexander or of Cesar.  4. Evangelical, justifying, or saving faith, is the assent of the mind to the truth of divine revelation, on the authority of God's testimony, accompanied with a cordial assent of the will or approbation of the heart; an entire confidence or trust in God's character and declarations, and in the character and doctrines of Christ, with an unreserved surrender of the will to his guidance, and dependence on his merits for salvation. In other words, that firm belief of God's testimony, and of the truth of the gospel, which influences the will, and leads to an entire reliance on Christ for salvation.  5. The object of belief; a doctrine or system of doctrines believed; a system of revealed truths received by Christians.  6. The promises of God, or his truth and faithfulness.


"Faith is resting in the fact that God has an objective in leaving me on the scene when I feel useless to Him and a burden to others."
[Pamela Reeve, Faith Is]

"What you gonna do when the river overflows?
Faith answers,
I'm gonna sit on the porch and watch her go.
What you gonna do when the hogs all drown?
I'm gonna wish I lived on higher ground.
What you gonna do when the cow floats away?
I'm gonna thrown in after her a bale of hay.
What you gonna do with the water in the room?
I'm gonna sweep her out with a sedge-straw broom.
What you gonna do when the cabin leaves?
I'm gonna climb on the roof and straddle the eaves.
What you gonna do when your hold gives way?
I'm gonna say, "Howdy, Lord! It's judgment day."
[Ben Patterson, Waiting]

Many say faith is believing without seeing.  As Christians, we put our trust in the Unseen God.  But that doesn't mean He isn't real.  Evidence of His existence is everywhere!  Whether you wish it or not.  "For His invisible attributes, that is, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what He has made.  As a result, people are without excuse." (Romans 1:20)

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