Lessons on Faith

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Nov. 04

Text: Hebrews 11:1.

Introduction –

Everyone loves magic tricks, right? Even though we’re pretty sure they’re just a performer’s sleight-of-hand, we like to make-believe that they’re real, trusting that what we just saw happen actually happened.

The quality of faith is never greater than its object.

  • The value of the faith people exercise daily – whether in our routines or in our spiritual faith – is determined by that in which it’s placed.
  • Everyone places his or her faith in something or someone:
    • The air traveler their confidence in the plane and pilot;
    • The atheist their faith in his/her self;
    • The Christian their faith in what the Bible instructs.
  • But, know this immutable fact: our faith is only as good as the object in which we place our faith.

If faith is misplaced, no quantity of trust increases something’s quality.

  • To understand what faith truly is, we must get past certain misconceptions about it:
    • No matter how sincere someone is in their beliefs about anything, if it isn’t true, then faith in it is vain.
    • Contextually, for this message: if our beliefs are founded on the right Person, your faith is started on the right foot (II Timothy 1:8-12)!
  • Consider, once again, our main text: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Real faith has two things:
    • Actual substance: from the Greek word hupostasis, literally a setting under… as in the joists and sheathing that make a subfloor.
    • Reliable evidence: from the Greek word elegchos, literally meaning proof to a hearer… the sort of which produces firm convictions.
    • Faith, then, is the affirmative response to God’s word, akin to a jury believing the evidence pointing to a conclusion (see John 20:29).

Living a life marked by faith brings common sense and convictions into proper relationship (Hebrews 11:6).

  • 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 (consider Romans 8:28’s, “And we know…”).
    • The purpose of God is to see that faith is manifest in His children.
  • For every detail of common sense in life, there is a truth God has revealed by which we can prove in our practical experience Whom we believe God to be.
    • Faith is an active principle that always puts Jesus Christ first.
    • The life of faith says, “Lord, You have said it, and though it appears to be irrational, but I’m going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word” (Matthew 6:33; James 2:19).

Conclusion –

Turning head-knowledge faith into heart-knowledge possession is a constant battle that Satan, the world system, and those of it will wage against us until the end. God brings us into every circumstance to educate our faith, because the nature of faith is to make the Object of our faith 100% real to us. Until we know Jesus, God Our Father in Heaven is merely an abstract concept, and we can’t have faith in Him. But once we hear Jesus say, “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” (John 14:9), and we begin living according to His teachings, and experiencing His promises fulfilled, we immediately have something that is real, and abstract faith decreases as the actual increases!

Faith is the entire person in the right relationship with God through the power of the Holy Spirit!