“Faith is the foot of the soul by which it can march along the road of the commandments. With faith I can do all things; without faith I shall neither have the inclination or the power to do anything in the service of God.” Spurgeon, Morning, March 7th.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1
Faith (pistis) is always a gift from God, and never something that can be produced by people. In short, pistis (“faith”) for the believer is “God’s divine persuasion.” https://biblehub.com/greek/4102.htm
FAITH, noun Belief; the assent of the mind to the truth of what is declared by another, resting on his authority and veracity, without other evidence; the judgment that what another states or testifies is the truth. http://webstersdictionary1828.com/Dictionary/faith
Hebrews 11 is known as the Hall of Faith chapter of the Bible. The writer of Hebrews captures the highlights of faith from Genesis to his present time period and lays it down into a perfect picture for all future believers to see.
He begins with the definition of faith, moves to a basic example of the reader’s faith (the simple faith that a Creator formed the world,) and proceeds to highlight account after account of heroic faith. Each person believed God’s Word, which then launched them into action.
By faith, Abel offered…by faith Enoch was translated because he pleased God…by faith Noah prepared an ark…by faith Abraham obeyed and sojourned in the land of promise…and on it continues. Though these men and women could not see the end result of God’s promises, they followed through with obedience when they heard Him speak. By their obedience, they proved their trust in His promises. But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. Hebrews 11:6
Where did their faith come from? Did they muster it up out of their own strength? Were they extraordinary people unlike people of our time?
The first question is easy to answer. The Bible clearly tells us where faith comes from.
So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17 Faith is not produced on our own, it comes by hearing the Word of God. So then, we can conclude that these heroes of the faith did not muster up faith out of their own strength, but only believed the Word of God that they heard.
Were these heroes of the faith extraordinary people unlike the people of our time? Is there hope for us in this day and age to have this kind of faith? Again, Paul answers the question in Romans 1. Not only do we come to Christ by hearing the Word of God, but His Word empowers us to live by faith. For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith. Romans 1:16-17
Our life of faith starts with faith, and it continues in faith. Richard Hester says of Romans 1:17 “that the source is faith, and that continuance of the work of righteousness is by faith. So the spring is faith, and also the channel that carries the water is faith.” A reliable faith depends upon the Word of God.
In this day and age that we live in, there are so many distractions that keep us from the Word of God that we so desperately need. The lack of His Truth permeating our lives is revealed when trials and trouble visit us. Fear will overcome our spirit and leave us paralyzed, stuck in place instead of moving forward in faith. The first step out of the fear that leaves us rooted in place is to saturate our lives with the Word of God. Read it, listen to it, sing it, meditate on it, memorize it. We must hear the Word; we must know what it says, if we are to overcome the trials of life with faith like our heroes of Hebrews 11.
If you have not yet found a personal relationship with the God of the Word, please take a minute to learn how you can do that here. https://satisfiedatthewell.com/2020/03/14/jehovah-shalom/
In the next few blog posts, we will study what God’s Word says about the process of walking in faith, and how that turns our faith into action. Until next time, my friends, keep calm, and carry on! ❤