At the root of the Christian life lies belief in the invisible. The object of the Christian’s faith is unseen reality. …
For the great unseen Reality is God! “He that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” This is basic in the life of faith. From there we can rise to unlimited heights.
—AW Tozer, Evenings With Tozer
Week 1: Bible Memory Verse
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 NASB95
Day 1: Believing God Exists
And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Hebrews 11:6 ESV
I don’t ever remember doubting the existence of God or His Son Jesus or the gospel. I learned it through my family first. This may seem odd because I was not raised in church. I could probably count on one hand the times I remember going to worship services before I had children.
Farther back than I can remember there is one thing I know… I’m a church girl. My momma took us to Sunday school and church every week. I don’t remember a time when I didn’t know Jesus, but I do remember when my belief became my own. It was the summer of my seventh grade year. My aunt prayed with me during the week I stayed at her house, and I came home changed. I remember coming down the stairs one day and my mom said, “Something’s different about you Stacy, I can see it on your face.” That was the summer it all came together. The summer this church girl became a Jesus girl.
Being a Christian is based on the gift of faith and the choices we make regarding the exercise of our faith. What we believe — trust in, rely on — determines the choices we make. The first choice of a Believer is to believe God exists. We cannot see Him or touch Him, so how do we make the step toward believing the invisible?
Some believe because it’s their family’s belief. Their parents’ faith becomes their faith.
I am reminded of your sincere faith, a faith that dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice and now, I am sure, dwells in you as well. —2Timothy 1:5 ESV
Some believe because of the world around them. Such beauty and complexity could only be the work of God.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims his handiwork. —Psalm 19:1 ESV
Some believe because God placed an emptiness in each one of us that can only be filled, satisfied, by His presence in our lives.
So Paul, standing in the midst of the Areopagus, said: “Men of Athens, I perceive that in every way you are very religious. For as I passed along and observed the objects of your worship, I found also an altar with this inscription, ‘To the unknown god.’ What therefore you worship as unknown, this I proclaim to you. …”—Acts 17:22-23 ESV
Talk It Out:
Talk it over with yourself:
What caused you to take the step of faith to believe there is a God?
Talk it over with God:
Take some time to think about your confidence in the existence of God. Ask Him to help you have complete confidence in His existence.
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said, “I believe; help my unbelief!”
Mark 9:24 ESV
Exercise Your Faith
Name two people who helped lead you to Jesus.
Thank God for each one by name and for their faith.
Now _______________ is the assurance of things ______________ for, the conviction
of things __________ ____________. Hebrews 11:1
Vocabulary to Revive
For Week 1/Day 1 go to Vocabulary to Revive page and read Believe In. Scroll to the bottom of the page to find the list of pages in the dark blue box.