What does it mean to walk by faith? What does it not mean? Hebrews 11 lets us know what God says faith truly is and gives us many illustrations throughout this chapter. In Part1 we see that to experience the fullness of God we must first understand what biblical faith is. We cannot have faith in the Lord until we have the faith of the Lord. The object of our faith is Christ and always begins with a word from God.
As we examine the faith of Abel we need to also look at the unbelief of Cain. There is a stark contrast between the two brothers. Abel responds to the revelation of God while Cain rejects it. Yet we see God’s mercy as He gives Cain three chances to accept His offer. In this verse we see the root of faith, it’s response and it’s reward and discover that salvation is always based upon the response of faith.
By faith Enoch was translated but before that he was transformed by faith. Faith allows us to see God for who He is and to see ourselves for who we are, both helpless and hopeless. When we have such an encounter with the living God we are forever changed and,like Enoch, when we walk with God we are separated from the curse of God. In verses 5-6 we study Enoch’s transformation and testimony, leading to a perfect picture of the rapture of the church.
We cannot understand the judgement of God until we see the condition of man. Nor can we understand the condition of man except through the divine holiness of God. Noah walked in step with God, in the will and ways of God. Here we see that God made Noah conscious of the evil of man and of the end of man. Noah’s actions of building the ark did not produce his faith; his faith produced his action.
The faith that saves and separates Christians from a land and from a lifestyle is the same faith that sees us through to the other side. In Part 5 we see that Abraham obeys God because he believed God. True faith trusts God even when we have no consciousness of what He is doing or where He is leading us.
Pastor Tester opens Part 6 by showing a video of Dr.Ian Thomas asking “Did you ever set your heart to see the Lord?” Sarah may have started out in unbelief but she ended in faith. Our faith is not in what God says but in who God is. If we have faith in who God is we will have faith in what God says. Focus on the One who promises, not on the promise.
By faith here; by sight there. Our faith in what is to come affects our present actions. Do we spend much of our time hoping that God will do what He says instead of trusting that God will do what He said? Once we are persuaded about who God is we will be persuaded that what He says is true.
What is your Isaac? What are you willing to lay down as an offering of worship and surrender unto God? He will oftentimes prove or test us before He fulfills what He said to us. We cannot understand what faith is until we understand the faith God asked of Abraham.
The faith that saves us is the same faith that will see us through to the end. Our faith also leaves a testimony that will go on and on and on. Joseph’s testimony of faith lived long past his physical life. Joseph’s bones remind us that faith is not tied to time – many promises of God may not happen in our lifetime but they will be fulfilled in His time.
Reference also Exodus 13:17-19 and Joshua 24:32
All faith begins with a word from God. It is impossible to have an encounter with God and not be changed. In this account of Jacob blessing Joseph’s two sons, we see how walking by faith allows us to discern without seeing. We can ‘see’ even better when we discern with our “Spiritual Eyes”. God will direct our path.
Isaac and Jacob demonstrated their faith at the end of their lives while Joseph continuously walked by faith throughout his life. By trusting in God, he was not bitter in prison nor puffed up in the palace. Here we see that when God speaks He will fulfill it, but in His time, in His way and for His glory. Exodus 13:17-19 proves that true faith leaves a testimony that can outlive us, even for generations to come.
Faith empowered his parents to make right choices concerning their son, Moses. It took great faith and courage for them to hide Moses and later place him in a basket in the river. God honored and rewarded their faith by having Pharaoh’s daughter arrange for his upbringing and then by using Moses in a tremendous and mighty way to lead God’s people out of Egypt.
The rewards of the Lord are far greater than the rewards of the world. Faith is choosing against yourself and choosing Him. It is a choice we must make every moment of every day. The right choice might make no sense to our flesh but spiritually it always makes sense.
In this message we see how Moses acted on faith in his life because he was taught what faith was through his parent’s lives.