Faith—the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). Don’t ever underestimate the power of your faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. No matter the destination, let faith drive you to it.
God gave his approval to people in days of old because of their faith (Hebrews 11:2). By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (Hebrews 11:3).
It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. God accepted Abel’s offering to show that he was a righteous man. And although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us because of his faith (Hebrews 11: 4).
It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“suddenly he disappeared because God took him.” But before he was taken up, he was approved as pleasing to God (Hebrews 11: 5).
So, you see, it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that there is a God and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him (Hebrews 11:6).
It was by faith that Noah built an ark to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about something that had never happened before. By his faith he condemned the rest of the world and was made right in God’s sight (Hebrews 11: 7).
It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith (Hebrews 11: 8-9).
It was by faith that Sarah together with Abraham was able to have a child, even though they were too old and Sarah was barren. Abraham believed that God would keep his promise (Hebrews 11:11).
It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him (Hebrews 11:17). Abraham assumed that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead (Hebrews 11: 19).
It was by faith that Isaac blessed his two sons, Jacob and Esau. He had confidence in what God was going to do in the future (Hebrews 11: 20).
It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff (Hebrews 11: 21).
It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, confidently spoke of God’s bringing the people of Israel out of Egypt. He was so sure of it that he commanded them to carry his bones with them when they left (Hebrews 11: 22)!
It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months (Hebrews 11: 23). It was by faith that Moses when he grew up refused to be treated as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin (Hebrews 11: 25).
It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt. He was not afraid of the king. Moses kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible (Hebrews 11: 27). It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not Kill their first-born sons (Hebrews 11:28).
It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians followed, they were all drowned (Hebrew 11: 29).
It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho seven days, and the walls came crashing down (Hebrews 11:30).
It was by faith that Rehab the prostitute did not die with all the others in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies (Hebrews 11: 31).
Well, how much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets (Hebrews 11: 32).
By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword. Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. And women received their loved ones back again from death (Hebrews 11: 33 -35).
But others trusted God and were tortured, preferring to die rather than turn from God and be free. Some were mocked, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in the dungeons. Some died by stoning, and some were sawed in half; others were killed with the sword. Some went about in skins of sheep and goats, hungry and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world (Hebrews 35 – 38).
All of these people mentioned received God’s approval because of their faith.
And friends, All things are possible with faith (Mark 9:23)!
I tell you the truth, if you have faith even as small as a mustard seed, you can say to a mountain, ‘Move from here to there,” and it will do it. Nothing will be impossible for you (Matthew 17: 20).
Yes, you can do mighty things and go to great places with faith! And you know, the just shall live by faith (Hebrews 10:38).
“NLT” Bible translations used for all scripture references.