Advanced Praise, Now Faith…

Hebrews 11:1

New International Version (NIV)

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

The writer of Hebrews calls it “Now” Faith. He could have easily started the sentence with the word Faith, but God inspired the writer to say, “Now Faith”.

What is Now Faith? It is the kind of faith that calls forth power, authority and an assuredness. It is the kind of faith that when God speaks a Word, it is received and acted upon. Now faith means when the Word is spoken we move into action and take our new position, title or blessing.

In Luke 1:46-49, Mary demonstrated, Now Faith. She received a Word from God that stirred up so much praise in her spirit that she sang this song of joy, faith, and promise:

Luke 1:45-49

New International Version (NIV)

45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary’s Song

46 And Mary said:

“My soul glorifies the Lord
47     and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
48 for he has been mindful
    of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
49     for the Mighty One has done great thingsfor me—
    holy is his name.

What is your “Now Faith” Song of Praise? What promises has God spoken over you? Did you respond when God spoke to you. If so, what was your response?

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