“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen…”
The nature of faith is that it holds the evidential expression of its Author. It is that divine substance that is expressed in Hebrews 11. Men and women were not validated by belief alone. Rather,what they did validated what they believed.
Hebrews 11:2 “By faith the Elders obtained Witness…”
Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered a greater sacrifice to God than Cain”
Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house…”
Hebrews 11:8 “By faith Abraham… obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went”
Hebrews 11:11 “Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed…”
Hebrews 11:17 “By faith, being tested, Abraham offered up Isaac…”
Faith is authenticated by the expression of Christ in you. The doing corroborates the belief.
“…the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God”
“The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul”
The Word of God shining forth in its perfection is the very breath of heaven to every soul bound in the prison of self. It is filled with power; a power that converts and transforms the heart of man with the liberty and freedom of Christ. For those who hear His voice and call there is an unmistakable change fashioned within. The chaos and emptiness of human existence are dissolved by this New LIFE.
Conversion is the evidence of a life which has embraced this Living Word. Faith is the evidence of the Word’s power; it moves and motivates the people of God. It is bursting with vitality and a quest for more of Him from whom it originated. This faith cannot be defined by the words of men nor captured by a statement. It is the very breath of God breathed into fallen souls to bring forth a whole new creation.
By faith …………Abraham went out By faith ……….. Sarah received strength By faith ……….. Noah was moved with fear By faith ……….. Moses forsook Egypt By faith …………The walls of Jericho fell down
Faith is the mover of men and women by the power of God. It is demonstrative, active and living.
“Then faith is of hearing, and hearing through the Word of God”
“If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink”
“Use the faith God has already given you. You have faith, or you could not be a Christian. Use your little faith and it will increase by use. Plant a few grains of it, and you will find it will grow and multiply. George Müller said that when he began his ministry it was as hard to believe for a pound as it was forty years later to believe for a thousand pounds. He was like the Thessalonians to whom Paul wrote, “Your faith groweth exceedingly” Do not be satisfied with prayer and desire, but DO!“
– Mrs.Charles E. Cowman
“Come out from your limitation, be ye holy as I am holy. This happens as we go up to the Mountain where He is.
Isaiah 54:2 Enlarge the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtain of thy habitation, spare not, lengthen thy cords and strengthen thy stakes – for thou shalt break forth the on the right side and on the left side and thy seed shall inherit the gentiles and make the destitute cities to be inhabited.
Through Isaiah we see that it is time to walk by Faith as Abraham did when he left all he knew and moved at the call of God. Ultimately he left all, family, friends, wealth, Lot, and even Isaac when he laid him on that wood of sacrifice. That was faith in action, and God spared Isaac (by the way a type of Christ and God’s sacrifice for us) because Abraham believed God. Look at Sarah, in Gen 18 she was in the tent and heard the Angel of the Lord say that she would have a child. Her faith was built upon what she heard in her ears, by the Spirit and she came to faith to conceive that child. That is Isaiah 54 in action.
It is time beloved! Let us heed the voice of God, learn of all the ways that God graced His people through the Study of His Love Letter to us, cover to cover…”
– Carol Tipton
(an excerpt of an email she sent me)
I was encouraged by this declaration of faith and hope. To those who have ears to hear God is speaking “In the Day” of things soon to come. This time which He has brought upon us, (where over three billion people are in lock-down), is to be a time of enlargement by the seeking Him. The limitations of our unbelief eviscerated by the seeing of Him. In the seeing of Him there is a knitting together of those who are His, no longer seeking fellowship in teachings about Him but by the joinings of “bone to His bone” through the wonder of the Law of His life flowing through the joints and bands of His Spirit.
“If it is in the Bible, it is so. It’s not even to be prayed about. It’s to be received and acted upon. Inactivity is a robber which steals blessings. Increase comes by action, by using what we have and know. Your life must be one of going on from faith to faith”
– Smith Wigglesworth
“Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent, or careless, but on the contrary it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good. There is no self-confidence to compare with this”
– Huldrych (Ulrich) Zwingli
“It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.”
– Helen Keller
“The great majority of the Christian world is still weeping at the foot of the cross. The consciousness of man is fixed on the Christ Who died, not the Christ Who LIVES. They are looking back to the Redeemer Who was, not the Redeemer who IS.”
–John G. Lake
“And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead*, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God… but was strong in faith, giving glory to God”
In the circumstances of life there are always obstacles and hindrances to the promises of God. Sickness, old age, finances, relationships, persecutions and a multitude of other things offer us reasons to excuse ourselves from our occupation of declaring Him to this generation.
The Greek translation of the above scripture literally states that Abraham fully considered his own body as being dead; yet in the face of this “he staggered not at the promise of God”. It is here that faith stands and takes us beyond our circumstances and abilities and keeps us active regardless of the situations in which we find ourselves. Many of our brothers and sisters at this moment are facing death, imprisonment, loneliness, health issues and untold hardships yet they are holding on to the promises of our faithful God. Shall we not do the same?
Whatever may be His promise to us, consider not the circumstance; consider God.
*Note: The KJV is saying the same thing but in a more difficult way to understand… “he considered not” means he did not let his “body being good as dead”, enter into his “accounting God” well able to fulfill the promise. Nor should we.
“To him that hath” that is, useth what he hath, it shall be given still and that more abundantly. Therefore, use your every grace, stir up the gift of God that is in you, be zealous, be active, according to your strength, speak for God wherever you are”
– John Wesley
“Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself”
– Luke 10:27