Learning to Have Faith (pt. 3) #219

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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.

  • The writer of Hebrews makes it clear that faith is a very practical thing (Heb. 11:3), in spite of what unbelievers say. Faith enables us to understand what God does. Faith enables us to see what others cannot see (note Heb. 11:7, 13, 27).
  • As a result, faith enables us to do what others cannot do! People laughed at these great men and women when they stepped out by faith, but God was with them and enabled them to succeed to His glory.
  • The best way to grow in faith is to walk with the faithful. The remainder of this chapter is devoted to a summary of the lives and labors of great men and women of faith found in the Old Testament.
  • In each instance, you will find the same elements of faith:
    1. God spoke to them through His Word;
    2. their inner selves were stirred in different ways;
    3. they obeyed God;
    4. He bore witness about them.