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Faith for the 2021 Journey

By: Bishop Arthur F. Mosley

My wife is not fond of flying, however, as a family, we have always loved traveling to various parts of this beautiful nation.  Hence, our most common mode of traveling is by car – road trips.  We reside in Georgia and have taken road trips to Wisconsin, Florida, California, and many places in between.  Road trips requires strategic and specific packing.  We not only pack for our arrival or where we are going; we also pack for the journey.  That is, we must have our snacks.  2021 is going to be a journey.  I encourage everyone to pack spiritually for this year’s journey.  Make sure you have packed your faith for the 2021 journey.

Most of us came into 2021 excited and joyful that 2020 was over.  So many are ready for a change for the better.  2020 was challenging and trying.  Well, 2021 promises to have some difficulties, too.  The difficulties will be part of this year’s journey.  So, again, I’m pushing us to pack faith for the 2021 journey.  What is faith?  Is it positive thinking?  Is faith connected to being motivated?  Well, faith is actually defined for us in God’s word.  Hebrews 11:1 tells us what faith is.  It says:

Hebrews 11:1

11 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.[1]

I want to highlight three significant terms in the above verse.  The first one is FAITH.  Here the Greek word for faith is PISTIS.  It means to trust or to have strong confidence in.  The second is SUBSTANCE.  The Greek term for substance is HYPOSTASIS.  It means to have a solid assurance.  The third and final term is EVIDENCE, which in Greek is ELEN-CHOS.  Evidence means conviction, validity or verification.  Collectively, these three terms help us to understand biblical faith.  Hence, I want to offer the following as a definition of faith.  ‘Faith is the conviction of God’s ability to do all He has promised.’

Do you feel strongly about God’s ability to do?  This has to be embedded in us!  We must be guilty of believing in God’s power.  We must be guilty of having faith.  All of us are going to face something or somethings in our 2021 journey that’s going to pull on our faith.  This is exactly what the three Hebrew boys had in Daniel 3.  They were in a difficult situation.  However, they had faith.  They were guilty of believing God.

As we journey through 2021, there will be trials, challenges, and difficulties.  However, strong faith in our strong God will see us through.  Are you facing anything that is calling for you to have faith in God?  How do you keep your faith in God?  What do you do to strengthen your faith in God?  These are challenging questions that we must consider.  Our faith is vital and necessary.  In spite of the details and pains of your 2021 journey, I encourage you to remain persuaded of God’s ability to do!

[1] The Holy Bible: King James Version, Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version. (Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 2009), Heb 11.