World of Faith

What is Real Faith? – Part One: An Introduction | February 13, 2007

As promised, this week I am beginning a new series here at “World of Faith” on “What is Real Faith?” Before I get into this week’s introduction, which will hopefully be brief, I want to provide two major reasons why I am bringing this series.

First, as I stated last week, I believe that 2007 is the year of the open heaven, the year of the open door, for us as believers. Thus, it is vital for us to believe for the desires that God has placed on our heart, and have faith, expecting God to fulfill the things He wants to do in our lives. God really wants to see it come to past this year. No matter what you are believing God for, whether it is for SOULS in the end time harvest; signs, wonders, and miracles to demonstrate the Kingdom of God in power; or simply for God to heal a loved one of sickness or disease; or simply for God to deliver you from financial debt; the Bible teaches that you need faith in order to receive what God has for you, and He wants each of us to receive EVERYTHING that He has for us. Thus, faith is important and vital in this regard.

Second, I believe that it is important for each one of us to shore up and make sure that our foundation of faith is solid, especially in the day and hour in which we live. Hebrews 12:25-28 (NAS) tells us, “See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking, for if those who did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.’ This expression, ‘Yet once more,’ denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service, with reverence and awe.” In the day and hour in which we live, everything that can be shaken, will be shaken, and I certainly do not want to be moved. Jesus says in Luke 6:47-49, “Whoever comes to me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Clearly, it is wise to be building our lives on a solid foundation of faith in the works that Christ has done for us. Hebrews 6 speaks to the elemental, foundational works, and I discussed those briefly in the previous series. However, the other side of the foundation, which undergirds and supports our journey and walk with God is our faith, the subject of this series. So, this week, I am going to begin discussing what exactly faith is, and then later this month, I am going to discuss what faith is not. After that, I’ll move into how we build and exercise our faith, and then conclude the series with how God will reward our faith, for Hebrews 11:6 (NKJV) states, “Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” God will reward those who are faithful and diligent in His Kingdom.

But what is faith to begin with? Earlier in Hebrews 11, in verse 1, the author of Hebrews defines faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Faith has substance, and like anything that has substance (like clay), faith can be modeled. The New Testament is replete with examples of persons in times of old who have modeled for God’s people the kind of faith that God expects His people to have. The most prominent example of faithfulness that God has shown us is Abraham, and so throughout this series, I will be referring to what God did through the life of Abraham, and how the New Testament treats that. I will also discuss how Abraham’s pattern of faith carries over into the New Covenant, which clearly is better than Abraham had. For starters, Heb. 11:8-10 (NKJV) says, “By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, who builder and maker is God.” Thus, we see here from this passage that Abraham walked in faith with God — the proof of which is that Abraham obeyed God and stepped out in faith when God told him to do something. Obedience, seriously, is the proof of our faith; it is better than sacrifice. The Bible has a lot of passages that deal with Abraham, and show how Abraham exercised his faith. Next week, in Part Two, I will continue this thought, and discuss “Having the Faith of Abraham.”


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  1. I’m looking forward to this series. Your blog entries don’t rely upon cliche or anecdote and have been very useful in helping me understand certain things.

    Comment by Ken — February 13, 2007 @ 6:23 pm

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