Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess,
for He who promised is faithful.
--- Hebrews 10:23
Remember those earlier days after you had received the light,
when you stood your ground in a great contest in the face of suffering.
Sometimes you were publicly exposed to insult and persecution;
at other times you stood side by side with those who were so treated.
--- Hebrews 10:32-33
So DO NOT THROW AWAY YOUR CONFIDENCE;
it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere
so that when you have done the will of God,
you will receive what He has promised.
For in just a very little while,
"He who is coming will come and will not delay.
But My righteous one will live by faith.
And if he shrinks back,
I will not be pleased with him.
But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed,
but of those who believe and are saved.
--- Hebrews 10:35-39
By faith Enoch was taken from this life,
so that he did not experience death;
he could not be found because God had taken him away.
For before he was taken, he was commended as one who PLEASED GOD.
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
--- Hebrews 11:5-6
(teci: i have already been encountered by God and He has repeatedly revealed Himself to me, so i am sure beyond doubt of His existence. So for me, i should not even be asking "Where are You, God? Are You really there?" I should already go on immediately to conversing with Him. Surely He is anywhere and available anytime! =)
See to it, brothers, that none of you has a sinful, unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12)
We have come to [b]share in Christ [b,i]*if*[/b,/i] we [b]hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first. [/b]
As has just been said:
"Today, [b]if you hear His voice,
do not harden your hearts[/b]
as you did in the rebellion."
...So we see that they were [b]not able to enter, because of their unbelief.[/b] (Hebrews 3:14-15, 19)
It's really not my ideas, my words, nor even my testimony
It's the WORD from GOD that will draw them to Him ^___^
If you see/hear nothing,
then it's perfectly reasonable not to put your faith in that nothing!
But if you had an encounter already...
(You'll know it when you're at that moment: some say they sense a voice or a thought, some have even seen physical manifestations, others have this sharp realization of insight that it's all real (then-atheist Lee Strobel, for example, after a two(?)-year investigation, concluded that it takes more faith to be atheist).)
When you hear His voice
do not harden your hearts
please do not say "I still don't hear"
when you've never heard anything more clearly =)
and i say this entirely for your sake :)
Are you at the brink of disowning your faith?
Why do we believe in the first place?
Remember why you hold your faith to be real/true
Do not let the presence of hardships or the absence of God
deter you from what you have already established as real :)