Lessons on Faith- Part II

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Nov. 11

Text:Hebrews 11:1.

Introduction –

The value of faith is never greater than its object. Therefore, we must strive to know the Jesus of the Bible – not our romantic notions of Him; not the opinions of Him that we shopped around until confirmed by some preacher/teacher somewhere; not the Jesus we imagine Him to be according to our moral preferences… but the Jesus of the Bible.

If faith is misplaced, no quantity of trust increases something’s quality. Faith that avails has two things: 1) the substance (hupostasis) that supports us… like subflooring in our homes; 2) reliable evidence (elegchos) that produces firm convictions. So, no matter how sincere someone is in their beliefs about anything, if it isn’t true to begin with, then no amount of faith in it makes things better (see I Kings 18).

Living a life marked by faith brings common sense and convictions into proper relationship. Common sense and faith are as opposite each other as the material realm is from the spiritual; as presumption is from inspiration; as death from life. Nothing Jesus Christ ever said is common sense, but is revelation sense… understood when our spirit’s become born-again (I Corinthians 1:18; 2:14). Then, faith must be applied to become real in your life (Romans 8:28).

Be encouraged: the trial of your faith confirms that you have it (Hebrews 11:6)!

  • Be honest: some of us are sitting here wondering, “Do I even have faith, and if I do, is it enough?
  • But Jesus explains that it’s not about the quantity of your faith: it’s about the value of what you have (Matthew 17:14-20)!
  • We remember that God rewarded us for our faith with things we could see, feel, and even taste in the infancy of our spiritual life with Him.

Be even more encouraged: faith’s testing serves to strengthen it (James 1:2-4)!

  • God wants us to understand that it’s a life of faith – not a life of emotional enjoyment of His blessings – that should be our aim.
  • To get there, genuine faith, by its very nature – like steel – has to be tried.

Conclusion –

The most difficult trial of faith is that God’s character must be proven as trustworthy in our own minds. That’s saying a lot and why – I reiterate – we must get to know the Godhead of the Bible in order to distinguish His from all other voices in life. Sometimes, then, faith being worked outwardly into reality must experience times of feeling isolated and detached.

Faith, as the Bible teaches it, is faith in God coming against everything that contradicts Him; a faith that says, “I will remain true to God’s character as His child whatever He may do; where He may send me; no matter how I feel; no matter the cost of what He asks me to trust Him for.”

And remember, one the most mature expressions of faith in the whole Bible came from a man named Job who had lost everything because of his faithfulness to God: “Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him”(Job 13:15).

Can you trust God even when you think it will cost you everything? Faith tested is faith strengthened.