According to Hebrews, faith is a substance- essence, reality and matter. So, faith is the essence, the life of our hope; without faith there would be no hope; hope brings joy and peace to our soul. In the experience of life we say hope is the last one that dies, but when faith is replaced by doubts and fear, hope becomes hopelessness, joy becomes worry and peace becomes anxiety. Without faith one cannot please God (Hebrews 11: 6). In Romans 14:22,23 we read, Blessed is he who has no reason to judge himself for what he approves; but the man who has doubts about eating and eats, stands condemned, because he is not true to his convictions and he does not act from faith. For whatever does not originate and proceed from faith is sin. And so, it is with everything we do independently of faith. The just shall live by faith says the Word of God; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him (Hebrews 10:38). It is well known by our experience that when we are not filled with the Holy Spirit (faith), we are vulnerable to the spirit of fear.
Faith is also the evidence of things hoped for, things not yet received. We believe, therefore we have hope – hope of our eternal salvation; we hope for it with joy and anticipation. As a seed planted, faith establishes itself in the spirit of man with deep roots through the written Word of God; It helps us to grow and bear fruit, reflecting God’s presence in us. Firmly in faith we can draw near to God with confidence; let us examine and test and evaluate ourselves to see whether we are holding to our faith and showing the proper fruit of it (II Corinthians 13:5). Confidence in the love of God- the root of faith that gives boldness in trust when we enter His presence, we believe that our High Priest has been tempted in every respect as we are, yet without sin. So, dressed in faith, the shield that protects us against the flaming darts of the devil, let’s draw near to God with confidence, because it is from His throne that we will receive grace and mercy in times of our needs (Hebrews 4:16).
Faith is a sustainer of hope in trials. Paul left a wonderful example of it when he prayed for the thorn in his flesh to be removed- a thorn given him to keep him from being proud in view of the spiritual experience he had had. God gave him His grace to suffer through it instead; Paul then said, I will more gladly glory in my weaknesses and infirmities that the strength and power of Christ may rest upon me (II Corinthians 12:6-9)! His sufferings for the sake of the Gospel, gives us an example of perseverance and endurance of his faith in God: five times he received forty lashes but one; three times he was beaten with rods; once he was stoned; three times he had been aboard a ship wrecked at sea; a night and a day he had spent [adrift] on the deep; many times he was exposed to perils from rivers, perils from bandits, perils from his own nation; perils from the Gentiles, perils in the city, perils in the desert places, perils from those posing as believers; in toil and hardship, watching often in hunger and thirst, frequently driven to fasting by want, in cold and exposure and of clothing (II Corinthians 11:24-27). And so, he never lost hope, sustained by his faith. For this reason at the end of his life he could say confidently, I fought the good fight of faith; I have finished the race, I have kept the faith, henceforth there is laid up for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord the righteous Judge, will award to me and recompense me on that day. .. (II Timothy 4:7-8). What an example of Faith!
Faith is the victory that conquers every spirit that comes against the believer to defeat and handicap him; it also conquers every spirit of infirmity, even a small portion, small as a grain of mustard seed would be enough to see the results of its power; the world would witness the evidence of God’s presence in our life; we would doubt less, trust more. Faith is indeed YAHSHUA saying, IT IS FINISHED! At the end of His ordeal and salvation flowing to all whosoever will accept Him. Faith, do you have it?
THINK ABOUT IT!