In the past few months we have learned a lot about how faith works including what is expected of us in our journey of faith …but… How can we bring all of this together? …and… Our answer comes in the first 3 verses of chapter 12 which gives us 5 Principles to live by… F. A. I. T. H.
Do you believe in the power of faith? Or are you disillusioned
about it? Maybe you are one who doesn’t believe in the power
of faith because you had what you thought was an unshakeable
faith that someone would be healed or that a situation would be
made better or that a problem would be worked out and it didn’t
happen and you are wondering why. Could it be that you
weren’t putting your faith in the right place?
Friends this faith that we have is such a treasure… It is not only a treasure for us personally but it is a treasure that we can pass down to future generations. We can leave A LEGACY OF FAITH to future generations! — What kind of a legacy will you leave for future generations?
HOW DO WE DIE WELL? IT’S CALLED FAITH! In order for a believer to die well, he/she must live well. If we live for Christ and live the principles of His word we can be assured of our hope. We can have a resting faith—A secure faith—A faith that has no doubt!
Faith is a wonderful thing! God gifts it to us in salvation – He builds it in us through our Christian lives as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us for His glory …and… He rewards us for it as we pass from this life to the next.Abraham and Sarah are no exception—
Oh yes at times they doubted, at times they sinned with some of the consequences still being evident today. …but… The fact remains that they were faithful… They lived lives of faith in God
Noah paid the price of being an obedient servant of God and was rewarded for his faithful obedience. Noah understood that his hope was assured and lived a life of conviction in faith even though he didn’t understand what was coming down the pike.
Faith is required in every part of our lives.
Faith is required to please God.
Faith is required to be saved.
God through the author of Hebrews gave us some great models so that we as believers could understand how to live A REAL FAITH IN REAL LIFE
Hebrews 11:1 SAYS: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
These two parallel statements tell us what faith looks like. If you just happen to glance at this verse it looks like two phrases that say the same thing, but it isn’t… This verse gives us the 3 basic essential characteristics of Faith—HOPE, assurance & CONVICTION!
Faith is the Christians’s Heartbeat! But… where does faith begin? How does it all start? The starting line of faith for the believer is SAVING FAITH! SAVING FAITH is the faith that is given by God as a response to the Holy Spirit drawing us to Him!