Memorize: Now faith is the substance of things hoped for; the evidence of things not seen, for by it the elders obtained good report. Hebrews: 11:1-2
Devotional Reading: Hebrews: 11-1-12
The subject of faith is a subject that we will continue to hear and read about, it is timeless and cut across all dispensations since the time of creation. It worked for our fathers of old, it worked in the time of the patriarch of old, it worked in the time of the prophets of old, it worked for the apostles of old, it is working in our time too. it is only through faith you can please God. Faith is the connector between man and God, for without it no man can please God. Now what is faith? Faith is a firm conviction and expectation that God will fulfil all that he has promised to us in Christ Jesus. Faith is an expression of confidence in God. It is also a translating and tangible force. Faith is obeying God, it is our victory, it is believing and behaving His word. Faith is reasoning with God, seeing it the way God sees it. Faith is a power point and a weapon of war. Also the evidence of things not seen. Faith demonstrate to the mind the reality of those things that cannot be discerned by the physical sight. It is intended to serve the believer in the place of sight, and to be to the soul all that the senses are to the body. It was by faith that the elders obtained a good report. Faith brings honour. The elders were honoured for the things they did that were of good report because of their faith.
Abraham was honoured with a trophy in the Hall of faith as the father of faith. The exercise of Abraham’s faith is so wonderful. He went out not knowing where he went. He put himself in the hand of God, to send him wherever he pleases. Imagine a man leaving his family and going to a strange land without knowing where he is going, no map, no compass just be going, that is faith. He also freely released his only son when God asked him to sacrifice Isaac to him on mount Mariah, the child of promise that he waited 25 years to receive, he spoke the word of Faith when his son Isaac asked him where is the lamb for sacrifice? He answered his son, “the LORD will provide” and indeed God provided. What is the need in your life that is giving you sleepless nights, I say to you today, “The LORD will provide” all you need to do, is have Faith. Also Noah, he received a warning from God of things not yet seen. The activities of Noah’s faith and the influence it had both on his mind and on his practice. “he was moved with fear”. Faith is an influencer. When it influences our affections, then our affections, and faith work together to produce our desired result.
Faith has rewards when expressed. Sarah kept her faith even though she didn’t believe in the first place but bible says “she received strength to conceive” and delivered of a child, a child of promise all by faith. In Hebrews. 11:1-40 Bible says “And what more shall I say? for the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson, and of Jephther; of David also, and Samuel, and of the prophets: Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Faith is a powerful force, real and practical, it can make the unseen world to become seen.
I pray that the LORD will give you faith that will transform and make the unseen glories in your life to become seen in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, give me the faith of our Father’s of old in Jesus name.
Key Dose: If by the power of faith, the world was created, what then can faith not do
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
In His Presence Christ Tabernacle