Learning to Have Faith (pt. 1) #217

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Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:6

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Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:6

Hebrews 11:1;6 (KJV)

1 Now faith is the substance (assurance) of things hoped for, the evidence (conviction) of things not seen.

6 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.

  • This is not a definition of faith but a description of what faith does and how it works.
  • True Bible faith is not blind optimism or a manufactured “hope-so” feeling. Neither is it an intellectual assent to a doctrine. It is certainly not believing in spite of evidence! That would be superstition.
  • True Bible faith is confident obedience to God’s Word in spite of circumstances and consequenc es. Read that last sentence again and let it soak into your mind and heart.
  • This faith operates quite simply. God speaks and we hear His Word. We trust His Word and act on it no matter what the circumstances are or what the consequences may be. The circumstances may be impossible, and the consequences frightening and unknown; but we obey

God’s Word just the same and believe Him to do what is right and what is best.