“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
I encourage you to read Hebrews 11 as you go through this short study
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From faith comes many things…
Living and walking trough this life in faith takes #strength and determination, both of these require us to lean on God. I am not strong of my own capabilities, nor am I Consistent in determination without constant prayer to not be distracted.
“By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.”
These elders gained good testimonies by living a life led by faith during the inevitable hard times we all go through.
Though faith is an intangible we cannot see and touch, we can hold it in our hearts and minds. As we continue to live and walk as Christ exampled for us in His own life here on earth, faith becomes evident in the way we live, making something which was at first unseen become visible in our thoughts and actions.
“By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. By #faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the #righteousness which is according to faith. By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
Able, Enoch, Noah, and Abraham were servants of God who live their lives having faith that God would fulfill His promises to them. Abraham left home an went to place God called Him without knowing where he was going. Have you ever packed up your live and left for an unknown destination without any idea where you will live or how you will put food on the table for your family? It’s a difficult thing to #trust God with the unseen things and we as humans tend to want to hold onto the things we know. Our homes, Our friends, our families, our jobs, these are all things that keep us feeling safe and comfortable.
What if God told you to leave all those things behind and go out into the dessert with a tent and some livestock and simply stay there until it becomes a city and your children multiply and fill that land. Would you be able to fathom doing such a thing? What if God told you to #sacrifice you most precious things and people to show your obedience to him…could you do it?
Many Christian believe that #faith is simply believing that Jesus is the one and only God and He has saved them from their sins and awaits their arrival in heaven one day. Yes, holdout that faith and when that is all the faith you can muster hold it tightly, but know that living a life of faith is so much more.
“By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”
So what is true faith?
It’s Trusting God to get you through every situation. (Notice I said He would get your “through” not “out” of every situation.) Sara did have faith in God’s promises to bring her a child and while, like many of us, she made some wrong choices in her assumptions of how God would fulfill that promise, she continued to believe and God was #faithful to her. The wrong choices we make have punishments and we ought to be wary when our rush to see HIs promises appear in our lives causes us to act outside of His will. Faith requires patience and perseverance. Abraham did not live to see the multitudes that came from his son but God did fulfill that promise.
I encourage you to continue reading this chapter and see all the difficult situations men and women were in and yet remained faithful to God. I pray that your faith will be strong and long-suffering little sparrows.