Living By Faith
Heb. 10:35-38a “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith”
1. Faith is eager anticipation for fulfilled promises not yet seen.
Heb. 11:1 “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
2. Faith must be grounded in who God is, not merely what He can or might do.
V6 “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.”
3. True faith is revealed through perseverance.
V13, 16 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.”
LESSON - In order that we might experience faith which pleases the Lord, we must attain two qualities which few Christians are willing to develop, patience and persistence. Unwavering faith which believes that God will bring to pass EVERY promise He has given, even if it is not seen within our lifetimes. This level of faith is revealed in the lives of those who remained faithful to the very end. Their joy came not from the reward, but from The One rendering it. I want to have faith like that! How about you?