Posted by: missionventureministries | April 23, 2012

FAITH – WHAT IS IT? – Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. – Hebrews 11:1 

Faith is a response of trust and belief in what is reliable, truthful, certain and real. When the Bible speaks about faith, it always means faith in God.

Faith and hope are closely linked together. Hope is not mere wishful thinking, it is based on the certainty that God will do exactly what He said He would do and He will fulfill every promise He has made. Therefore, the Word of God is the object of a believer’s hope.

Human hope is imperfect because we have limitations and we often fail to do what we said we would do. Supernatural hope, which the author to the Hebrews writes about, is a “hope beyond human hope” because it points to God who is utterly reliable and true to His word and who is all-powerful to fulfill all that He has promised. Hope enables us to persevere when our faith is put to the test. We will experience trials, setbacks, difficulties, and failures in this life, but God will triumph through it all and accomplish His purpose for us. That is why God gives us the gift of hope which “the Holy Spirit pours into our heart” to strengthen our faith and endurance to persevere to the end without wavering (Romans 5:3-5). 

Those that come to God must believe that He is Almighty. To believe in God then means: 

  • Not mere acceptance of  truth, it is faith taking action because of truth, that is, to consciously strive to put truth into effect throughout all aspects of one’s life.
  • More than mere intellectual assent.  
  • More than an outward act of worship.  
  • To act, to take the eternal destiny of our soul and place it into Christ’s hands: “believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (Acts 16:31).  
  • To take action to be imitators of God, and live like Christ, who loved us and gave Himself for us. This cannot be done through mere human effort, but must be done by faith in and continued dependence upon the spiritual power that God supplies to the soul who believes.  
  • A life lived by faith, a life lived by human action empowered and sustained by God; a partnership in which the believer is the working partner and God supplies all else. 
  • The God-given conviction that we depend upon God to enable us do all things necessary to please Him. 
  • To reject the arguments and temptations of the sin nature; to turn away from all that exalts itself against the knowledge of God.  
  • It means to take the action necessary to bring every thought to conform to obedience to Christ. 
  • To actively cooperate with the Holy Spirit, who is acting on His part to conform every believer to be like Christ.  
  • To be cautious that one’s faith and thoughts and deed are not like the worlds.  
  • To seek and know the power of faith that conforms our life to be like Christ’s in life, even in the face of opposition, rejection, suffering, tribulation, trial, persecution, and death. 
  • To have faith and believe that He has a reward waiting for the person who perseveres in his or her faith.  
  • The reward of faith is in view in the examples of Noah, Abraham, Moses, and many others. Therefore, faith is vitally important in the life of the Christian. It is by faith that we are saved; we are justified; cleansed, and look forward to the return of Jesus. Faith is where we please God, admit our dependence upon Him, and continually seek to rely upon Him and His grace.

    We need to ask daily for the Holy Spirit to strengthen our faith and hope in the certainty of God’s revelation.

    “Lord Jesus, your word is utterly true and reliable. Give us understanding that we may grow in the certainty of the hope that You have placed in our heart and serve you faithfully all the days of our life.”

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