What is faith?
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TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. and#8212; and#8220;Faith is being sure of something we hope for and certain of that which we do not see.and#8221; Heb 11:1.
My faith in God has come through first hand experiences where Christ has revealed himself to me. I am 100 percent certain (without seeing) there is a heaven and I am going there when I pass away. We canand#8217;t see what happens to us when we die. We canand#8217;t ask a dead person, but the Bible has made it clear there is a heaven and hell and we have a choice where we will spend our eternity. And and#8220;that if you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.and#8221; Romans 10:9
I recently asked a friend and#8220;Do you know what happens to you when you die?and#8221;
She said and#8220;No.and#8221;
I asked her if that scares her, and she said and#8220;Yes.and#8221;
and#8220;Donand#8217;t you want to know?and#8221; I asked.
and#8220;Not really,and#8221; she said.
Wow! I would be so devastated and scared if I, for one, did not know what happened when I died, which could be at any moment. I would be sad if I thought I did not have a higher purpose here in this lifetime. Our time here is quick: Here today, gone tomorrow. Donand#8217;t you think there must be a bigger plan? Godand#8217;s plan is: We are created for His pleasure, to love and enjoy Him and to love one other. There is an empty void if you are not saved that can only be filled by God. Think about nature, plants and animals, they are content and enjoying living because they are doing exactly what they were created for, that is glorifying God in their beauty and creativity. I can not prove to you God is real, but the intricate designs and creations around us cry out there is a creator. I can not prove the Holy Sprit is real, but I have seen hearts change in ways only possible with the Spirit.
Christianity is all about faith and believing in that which we do not physically see. I am glad to know I am a child of God, I have a higher purpose and I am going to a better place when I die. If you do believe in heaven, you have nothing to lose, if you donand#8217;t believe, you have everything to lose.
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