Hebrews 11:1 AMP Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
I really like the way this verse reads in the Amplified version. Faith is the assurance, the title deed of the things we hope for.
If I was a Real Estate dealer I know that once you hold the title deed, it is yours! No one can take it away from you unless you give and sign it over to them!
So if you hope for your children to come to the Lord and to serve Him, or if you hope for the finances to get you out of debt, or if you hope for healing for your body, do you also have the faith to fill the hope? Do we have divine assurance that this will happen? Are you confident in God's ability to make it happen? You cannot generate faith by yourself. It must come from God. It is a God given gift a divine gift.
Rom 12:3 For I say, through the grace given to me, to everyone who is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think, but to think soberly, as God has dealt to each one a measure of faith.
There is a difference between belief and faith. You may say you believe something, but the devil also believes. Belief is something you choose on your own usually based on previous experience. But faith is a gift. Human belief is merely having confidence.
Faith is a God given assurance in something that hasn’t happened yet. Belief is based in the past. Faith is based in the future.
Eph 2:8-9 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.
When someone says they have faith that their car won’t break down, that is simply belief that their car won’t break down. From repeated past experiences they believe it will function properly on that day and that it won’t break down.
Faith is a gift by the Spirit and is divine assurance. So when a Christian says they have faith that their car won’t break down, it could very well be that they have divine assurance that their car will not break down based on their knowledge of God’s divine care and protection over His children. They have received the faith for the promise ahead.
Evaluate your faith today. Do you use the word Faith when you really mean you believe?
Is your belief based on repeat experience and knowledge, or do you really have faith based on divine assurance from God's unshakable Word?