Faith 101 – Part 3
Be an Example of Faith
“Where lives change and where life can begin again”
Faith is initially a choice, and then developed and strengthened by the Word of
God. I must make the choice every day to not rely totally on my own knowledge,
but to listen and adhere to what God has said and is speaking to me. To have
faith in what I know of Him and what I continually learn through His Word is a
continual, daily decision.
We have so many examples of men and women that made that same choice.
Hebrews 11 is the “Faith Hall of Fame”. If you were to go through the life of each
person mentioned in Hebrews 11, you would build your faith and know that you
are not alone in your journey. As a matter of fact, you may kick yourself and say,
“stop your complaining and trust God!” Your faith mountains may not look so big
Let’s take the first three giants of faith in Hebrews 11.
4 “By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through
which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and
through it he being dead still speaks.”
Abel who had only heard of God from his father Adam, believed in God. His faith
made him bring his best to God and not a less pleasing sacrifice as his brother
Cain. He wanted to bring his best to this God he could not see but believed in his
heart. God has placed himself in each one of us and we all know. We All know!
5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found,
because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that
he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who
comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who
diligently seek Him.
All the ones that seek and find God can say that their greatest joy is to know they
please Him. So, when I look at the testimony of Enoch, his faith must have been
“off the charts.” To have never seen death and to now be in the presence of God,
is an amazing testimony of faith. It makes me strive to do better. I feel like at any
moment I could be gone.
7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly
fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the
world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
Wow! God came to him and told him it was going to rain and there was going to
be a flood that will destroy all living things. To this point there had never been
rain! What was rain? However, through his faith and obedience, he built the ark
and saved his family according to what God had said. Because of his
righteousness and faith, he gave mankind and all living creatures the ability to
start again. Because of his obedience and faith, we exist. God saw him righteous
among all the people and chose him to save mankind and all that lived on the
Now that’s faith!
Faith is a decision to believe when some may say it’s impossible, foolish and
crazy. Faith is love and trust that goes deeper than a casual, momentary
acquaintance. With God it is an understanding of power and authority. Most
people that have problems with authority, have problems with God and believing
in God. He is the ultimate authority and power. He is the maker and creator of all
things. His yes is yes, and His no is no! And you must respect that and move
forward. However, His yes is love and His no is love. And you know that; He
knows the best and He only leads us to the best. And I trust that! That’s faith in
In the bible, you know what God’s yes is and you know what God’s no will be. It’s
in the book. His instructions, love and guidance are in the book. This is where
faith is developed and nurtured and matured.
Take some time to read about the many examples in Hebrews 11 and build your
faith. I realize I still have a long way to go. But I make the choice to never stop
growing. Let’s make the choice to believe God. It will change your life forever!
Next week: “Faith is a Process – Faith and Patience”
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