August: Hebrews 11

HEBREWS 11:  FAITH –

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Hebrews 11 is all about FAITH.  Please take time to read (and reread) this entire chapter.  There are so many mighty men and women that acted BY FAITH.  We can learn from them even today.  For time’s sake, we will focus on 3 verses from the chapter.

 

 VERSE 1: 

NOW FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.

 

VERSE 3: 

BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE UNIVERSE WAS FORMED AT GOD’S COMMAND, SO THAT WHAT IS SEEN WAS NOT MADE OUT OF WHAT WAS VISIBLE.

 

VERSE 6: 

WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD, BECAUSE ANYONE WHO COMES TO HIM MUST BELIEVE THAT HE EXISTS AND THAT HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM.

 

  • Now reread that 3 more times.  Let it sink in.  Emphasize different words.  His Word is LIVING and ACTIVE.

 

 

Verse 1: NOW FAITH IS BEING SURE OF WHAT WE HOPE FOR AND CERTAIN OF WHAT WE DO NOT SEE.

 

EXPLANATION: 

We are both sure and certain.  There is a security, a comfort, even in the invisible unknowns in life.  Faith is optimistic, now and eternally.  In this way, faith IS blind.  God purposefully does not reveal every detail to us.  Heaven is like an upcoming surprise party!

APPLICATION:

Do you believe God is who He says He is and that He can do all that He’s promised?  Be honest here.  He already knows your heart.  It’s okay to question Him and have uncertainties, but we must have Him as our solid foundation.  He has great plans for you!

 

 

Verse 3:  BY FAITH WE UNDERSTAND THAT THE UNIVERSE WAS FORMED AT GOD’S COMMAND, SO THAT WHAT IS SEEN WAS NOT MADE OUT OF WHAT WAS VISIBLE.

 

EXPLANATION:

We were not here when God made the universe.  So how do we know beyond a doubt He did it?  Because we believe Him and His unfailing Word.  He is not a liar.  His words are so powerful that He creates something out of nothing!  He is all-powerful and everywhere and all-knowing.

APPLICATION:

When He speaks to you, do you respond?  How do you hear His voice?

 

 

Verse 6:  WITHOUT FAITH IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO PLEASE GOD, BECAUSE ANYONE WHO COMES TO HIM MUST BELIEVE THAT HE EXISTS AND THAT HE REWARDS THOSE WHO EARNESTLY SEEK HIM.

 

EXPLANATION:

It is possible to please God.  Stop and think about that.  You, important you, affect God.  You bring Him pleasure!  The reverse is true.  If you do not believe in the Unseen, you are not able to please Him, no matter what you think, say or do!  That’s powerful!  We must go beyond believing in His existence and seek Him in relationship.  We can’t fit God into a formula, or box Him in; there will always be mystery and He will always surprise us.  His ways are NOT our ways.  By faith we believe without being able to fully explain.

APPLICATION:

Do you insist on faith “making sense”?  Have you tried to humanize God?  Are you seeking Him daily?