Hebrews 11:1 - Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see. 2Corinthians 5:7 - For we walk by faith, not by sight. Hebrews 12:2 - We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith . . . Ephesians 6:16 - hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. 1Peter 1:7 - These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold - though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. Habakkuk 2:4 - Look at the proud! They trust in themselves, and their lives are crooked. But the righteous will live by their faithfulness to God.
Heavenly Father, my faith is my confident expectation that what you’ve promised will absolutely come to pass. My faith is all the evidence I need of the things that I cannot see, because I walk by faith, not by sight. And I will continue to walk this way. But I can only keep walking by keeping my eyes focused intently on you, Jesus. My faith is in you, in who you are. You are my champion. You initiated my faith, and you are perfecting my faith.
So I will hold up the shield that is my faith, and it will stop all the fiery attacks of the devil. The trials that the devil hopes will destroy me, you will use to prove that my faith is genuine. How can I see, or show, that I have genuine faith, if not in the midst of trial. These trials refine and purify my faith, like a refiner purifies gold. And the faith that you’ve given me Lord is worth so much more than mere gold - or anything else in this world.
The proud trust in themselves, in what they can accomplish in their own strength. But their lives are crooked Lord. Because of the righteousness and eternal life that you’ve given me, I will live by my faithfulness to you. I will continuing to walk by faith and not by sight, my eyes set steadfast on you. I will hold up the shield and allow the trials to refine and purify my faith, until I see you face to face. And then my faith will become my sight. Every step I take in your name Lord Jesus, Amen.