Hebrews 11:1 (KJV) 1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
Hebrews 11:1 (AMP) 1 NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
Our textbook for this series is the Holy Bible. That’s where faith is and that’s where God shows us how to walk in His ways.
Let me start by saying that faith is not a theological position like: what faith are you, nor is it a movement – the Faith Movement, nor is it a group – that Faith Group. The God-kind of faith is a way of life. It’s how we are to live, function, and operate every nano second of our lives because that’s what God has ordained.
Genesis 1:26 (KJV)26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
We are made in the image of God and therefore, we are to emulate Him. He is a faith God and so we are to be a faith people. But we can’t be what God has ordained us to be if we don’t learn and develop in the faith that He has for us.
[We’re still talking about why faith is important.]
Let’s look at another scripture:
Hebrews 11:6 (KJV) 6 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.
Hebrews 11:6 (AMP) 6 But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
Here we see that faith is the way we please God and isn’t that what we, as born-again Christians want? Isn’t that our heart’s desire – to please our heavenly Father in all we do? Yes God want us to do good, to give, to walk in love toward everyone, but if what we do, no matter how good it is, if it’s not done in faith, it doesn’t even get God’s attention.