Posted by: missionventureministries | December 27, 2018

WHAT IS THE FUNDAMENTAL NATURE OF FAITH? – Hebrews 11:1

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

Hebrews chapter 11 is called the “faith chapter” because in it great deeds of faith are described; and as we read through them we clearly see that faith is demonstrated by action.

Biblical faith is the basic ingredient to begin a relationship with God. It is by faith that we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command, therefore our unseen Creator has given us evidence and proof.

Faith is the assurance that the things revealed and promised in the Word are true, even though unseen, it gives the believer an assurance that what he expects by faith, will come to pass.

It is impossible to be saved without faith and “without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6).

There are many biblical accounts where we see that when people believed and had faith, amazing things happened!

We read in Matthew 8:5-13 about the centurion who came to Jesus because he had a servant who was paralyzed, and he believed Jesus could heal him. When Jesus told the centurion he would go with him and heal his servant, the centurion told Jesus he wasn’t worthy to have him under his roof, and with faith, asked Jesus to “only speak a word, and my servant will be healed.” Jesus marveled at his faith and said, “Go your way; and as you have believed, so let it be done for you.” And his servant was healed that same hour.

In Matthew 9:20-22 we read about the “woman with the issue of blood” who saw Jesus and believed she could be healed if she could only touch Him. She had faith, and “touched the hem of His garment.” Jesus then told her “your faith has made you well.”

Another example is found in Matthew 9:27-30 where two blind men came to Jesus and asked Him to heal them. Jesus first asked them, “Do you believe that I am able to do this?” and they replied, “Yes, Lord.” “Then He touched their eyes, saying, “According to your faith let it be to you.” And their eyes were opened.”

Their faith and assurance that Jesus could give them sight was the substance, reality they hoped for. It also gave them the conviction that they would receive what they asked for. They believed; that is, they had faith in advance that it would be done.

We should never loose faith even for others, as we read in Luke 5:17-26 where the friends of a paralytic man believed Jesus could heal their friend, and they brought him to Jesus. Now, because of the large crowd they could not get to Him; so, by faith, they climbed to the roof of the house where Jesus was staying, and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus. When He saw their faith, Jesus said to him, “Man, your sins are forgiven you” and He healed him.

There are also amazing examples of faith in the Old Testament. In the book of Daniel we see where Daniel’s three friends refused to bow down to King Nebuchadnezzar’s image of gold. Those who refused to bow to the image were threatened with being thrown into a fiery pit alive. They had faith in God and Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up” (Daniel 3:16-18).

They did not know in advance how God would deliver them from the fiery furnace, whether at that time by saving their physical lives or later in the resurrection. Their faith was the substance of what they hoped for, and it was the evidence of that which was not yet seen or received. Their faith was established on serving God and obeying His commandments. They believed God would deliver them because they obeyed His commandments and did not bow down to worship any others gods.

Real faith is more than just believing in God; it includes acting on that faith by serving God and obeying His commandments.

Faith is increased when we draw closer to God through prayer.  Paul told the Philippians to “be anxious for nothing in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7). They believed God’s Word, and they obeyed His commandments. As they listened and followed Paul’s instruction on giving their cares to God and believing in the power of prayer, their faith was increased.

The Bible is God’s inspired Word to mankind, therefore, when we read the Bible, our faith increases and through trusting and believing in His promises, by faith, it brings us through impossible situations.

In times of trials, when it seems as if Christ is not with us; by faith we remember that, “He promised to be with me even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20), “He promised never to leave or forsake me” (Hebrews 13:5).

In summary, faith is trust, assurance and confidence in our heavenly Father. Living faith is not only believing that God exists, it is demonstrated by one’s service and obedience to God. He will increase our faith if we ask Him.

Remember, “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17); and God will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in Him, (Isaiah 26:3).

Faith is a precious possession! It is not visible or tangible; however, Jesus said to doubting Thomas: “Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed” (John 20:29).

 

When we have faith and trust God, we find out that He keeps His word; this in turn makes our faith grow and helps us trust Him even more. Faith opens the door to a victorious life!

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  1. interesting combination of different verses of scripture to give a powerful and emotionally uplifting message


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