Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Heroes of the Faith Part 1

Heroes of the Faith
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)

In the eleventh chapter of the Book of Hebrews the author gives us a definition of what faith is.

Two words describe faith: sure and certain. These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character—he is who he says. The end point is believing in God’s promises—he will do what he says. When we believe that God will fulfill his promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing yet, we demonstrate true faith.

The King James translation of Hebrews 11:1 says faith "is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

"Substance" means faith grasps God's promises and brings them right into the present moment of our experience. Faith is the act of grabbing hold of that which has substance.

Faith does not operate in the realm of theory but in the realm of practice. Faith is not uncertain. Faith and its basis—the promises of God—have as much substance and reality as this Blog you are reading with your eyes. Faith is reading the Word of God, believing it by taking it at, and then responding in obedience. These are the characteristics of the people listed in the 11th Chapter of Hebrews. The Bible’s “Hall of Faith”.

Throughout this week we will look at some of these Heroes of Faith.

Your pastor and partner in ministry, Kyle

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