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“Believing is a lot more than just shallow hope.”

A thought by James MacDonald (2015-06-18) from his book, Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late (p. 193). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
I’m sure you understand that but I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to reinforce the thought would it?
Here is what James says, “That word believing is not ‘I hope so’ as in,‘Wouldn’t it be nice if …’ It’s much more than that. Believing is a lot more than just shallow hope. Believing is, ‘I have all my eggs in that basket. I’ve got all my dreams in that place. I’m 100 percent in, and I don’t have an escape route.’ That’s faith. But faith is not believing in a vacuum; it’s belief based on the Word of God.”
He goes on, “That’s the key. Faith in what? My faith is in the Word of God! I’m not believing the newspaper or the television or my neighbor or my boss. God wrote a Book! I believe in a God who wrote a trustworthy Book.”
He continues, “I know the Bible is trustworthy because God…

“Faith is also evidence.”

A thought by James MacDonald (2015-06-18) from his book, Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late (p. 192). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
Hebrews 11: 1 (NKJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for” but it then says, “the evidence of things not seen.”Faith is not only substance but it is also evidence.
Think about this.Let’s say that you have bought stuff over the internet before.Yes, your receipt that you printed off gives you confidence that your going to get your stuff but also the fact that you have gotten stuff delivered to you before is evidence that you will get something again. Faith is substance and evidence.
As James says, “So I don’t feel like a fool every time I walk to my front door and check to see if they have delivered the product yet. I don’t feel stupid, or presumptuous, or even silly, because I’ve done this before and I know how it works. So my past experiences are the ev…

“Faith is substance.”

A thought by James MacDonald (2015-06-18) from his book, Lord, Change My Attitude: Before It's Too Late (p. 191). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition. (Click on the title of the book to go to Amazon.com to buy the book.)
So what is faith exactly?Well the writer of Hebrews chapter 11 verse 1 (NKJV) says, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”There is the word substance.“Faith is the substance of things hoped for.”
James clarifies this thought by saying, “We practice such faith often in the physical world. Pick up the phone and call a department store to place an order, and they’ll ask for your credit card number. Then they’ll probably mail you a receipt. You don’t have the product; you only have a receipt. But with it in hand, you wait confidently for the product you ordered to come. That receipt in hand— that’s the substance that you hold on to while you wait for the thing that you’ve ordered.”
He later says, “Now the spiritual world operates …