Hebrews 11:1-6 – Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
How can you know, trust and love someone that you can’t physically see, or hear, or touch? The Apostle Paul says you have to hear about that Someone first! “How, can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14). Once you’ve heard, then you must believe (have faith) that what you heard about that Someone is good and right and true. In other words, what you heard must have substance and be backed by evidence that is authentic and genuine. The KJV records Hebrews 11:1 these terms, Faith is substance and evidence – substance of things hoped for, evidence of things not seen. What we believe should come from substantial evidence, enabling us to be sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. It must not be based upon fallible imagination or vain philosophy. Otherwise, I might question your faith!
Faith is the creation and the gift of our Creator. It’s a gift that that enables us to know and experience the realty of the immortal invisible only wise God, and to share in His glory! Unbelievers reject the substantial evidence that God exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. Romans 1:18-21 speaks of godless and wicked men “who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities–his eternal power and divine nature–have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.”
It is in the intercourse of the Word of Truth, one person sharing the message of faith in God with another person, that this gift of faith is propagated. Your witness for Christ must use words – words that have substance and declare the evidence of God’s glory! The truths are plain for everyone who has eyes to see and ears to hear. Jesus called it, “sowing seed.” So (sow), along with the heavens, plainly declare the glory of God! This is God’s plan for procreating faith! Just because not everyone will believe, don’t let the devil keep you from communicating the Good News. “Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” (Romans 10:17). There, you’ve heard it! Do you believe? If so, you have FAITH!
- Meet together with at least 1 or 2 other believers to enter the Throne Room of Grace.
- Join our 6:00pm Thursday night prayer team.
- Give thanks for the gift faith that enables us to know and love the One who is unseen.
- Pray for the Good News families of the week: Adam Doud, Joan Doud, John & Christine Fargo (Giovanni, Isabelle, ?).
- Thank God for giving such wonderful of evidence of the truth of His existence and nature!
- Pray that many will hear the Good News and believe in God’s great salvation.
- Join in with our Sunday prayer services to pray for God’s presence and blessing.
- Pray for those who have heard, but have not paid attention to the evidence or have ignored the substance of the message, that they will come to a knowledge of the Truth that promotes Faith!
- Attend “In Touch” Prayer meeting at GNCC at 10:30am or join in prayer at that time.
- Pray that Christians will really believe that what they believe is really real, and thus be empowered to pass it on.
- Pray for God’s Kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in Heaven!
Prayer Challenge: Thank God for the gift of Faith. Let the substance and evidence for the knowledge of God dwell in you richly as you communicate the glorious truths of Christ His great love. Identify yourself as one who really believes that what you believe is really real!