Hebrews 11:6…But without Faith, it’s impossible to please him: for he that comes to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (King James version)
The book of Hebrews chapter 11 can be dubbed as the ‘Faith Hall of Fame’. The entire chapter focuses on great personalities like Abraham, Noah, Joseph, Abel, Moses etc who overcame obstacles, stumbling blocks, and misfortunes while exercising their faith in their times. Many of the saints mentioned outside this scripture even died horrible deaths. Others had to wait for long before receiving their promise. An example is Abraham.
In this teaching today, I would like us to focus on the concept of faith itself, and probably learn a few things which when put into mind and heart…then practised, will change our lives differently.
But before that, reasoning carefully in advance, we can learn from the men and women of faith who endured great suffering and hard times that they were ultimately representing the suffering and persecution of Jesus Christ. The faith in Hebrews is not sugar coated. It’s real faith. God doesn’t guarantee a life of luxury and ease. It’s a tough faith: a constant commitment to hang on and believe God against all odds no matter what.
Living by faith means you don’t live by feelings. Feelings don’t build faith. Faith doesn’t make feelings. Faith is a substance that is constant in a changing environment. Men and women of faith don’t go by feelings.
Dear brother and sister, what you need in your life is faith. Without faith you can do nothing. But you can do something, even with that little faith that you have.
Faith has to do with your heart. Not your head. Your head is not a home of faith. When you believe something, you don’t use your mind. You use your heart to do that. It’s in the heart that all resolutions come from and become effective. Mind can change with time. But the heart increases it’s trust with time if well nourished spiritually.
Sometimes our ideologies, our money, our fame, our papers fail us. That’s when faith sets itself at work. In awkward moments, faith gives us breakthrough. Faith is the backbone of our spiritual foundation.
In the book of 2 Corinthians 4:13, faith is a spirit. It should also be spoken. When we say faith is a spirit, we mean that what you believe in is invisible but comes to manifest in the physical. For example, when you believe God for a Mercedes Benz, grey in colour, you can write down more specifications on paper. Now, the vehicle can’t be seen in the physical. It’s in the spiritual realm. By exercising your faith over the vehicle you want, the it appears in the physical.
Faith should be spoken. Speak your faith. The same scripture of 2 Corinthians 4:13, teaches that the law of faith is speech. Command your blessings. Believe that you have received that land, car, school fees, promotion etc. Laws always work. Faith will always make a weakling into a well able being. This is as long as the law of faith is in practice.
In the book of Romans 12:3, each one of us has a measure of faith. Each one of us has some level of belief, on the least. This measure dictates what we do daily, how we act and behave. The pace at which we achieve our goals, targets and deadlines in life is largely driven by our measure of faith. Full measure would translate into excellence in terms of prosperity.
Faith is the fragrant that pleases God whenever we approach him with it.