Faith Is The Foundation

Faith Is The Foundation

By Henry Nelson

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:1-31Now faith is being sure of what we hope for andcertain of what we do not see.2This is what the ancients were commended for.3Byfaith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that whatis seen was not made out of what was visible.In a sermon, a famous pastor spoke of a conversation with a circus trapezeartist. The performer admitted the net underneath was there to keep them frombreaking their necks, but added, “The net also keeps us from falling.Imagine there is no net. We would be so nervous that we would be more likely tomiss and fall. If there was not a net, we would not dare to do some of thethings we do. But because there is a net, we dare to make turns, and once Imade three turns thanks to the net!”{{more}}The pastor made this observation: “We have security in God. When we aresure in his arms, we dare to attempt big things for God. We dare to be holy. Wedare to be obedient. We dare, because we know the eternal arms of God will holdus if we fall.”Faith is all about our confidence in God and His Word. It is at the foundationof our relationship with Him and to our ability to believe Him for our needs.He wants us to put Him to the test-to risk it all-to truly place our trust andconfidence in Him to provide as He has said in His Word.”God honors radical, risk-taking faith. When arks are built, lives aresaved. When soldiers march, Jerichos tumble. When staffs are raised, seas stillopen. When a lunch is shared, thousands are fed. And when a garment is touchedwhether by the hand of an anemic woman in Galilee or by the prayers of a beggarin Bangladesh Jesus stops. He stops and responds.” God will respond to you and me if we will build our lives upon the security ofHis Word and respond to Him when the Spirit quickens the Word to our hearts andminds. You can respond in faith to God’s Word! You know the power of God as Heworks in your life! It can happen if you will lay hold on the spiritual truthsof your faith. Amen!Faith is the foundation of your reality.” Faith is the substance of thingshoped for.” Your faith has substance. In the Greek, the root word for substance is”stasis” which means, “the place, setting, a standing pillar,upon which other stones are placed.” Faith is not mystical or imaginary;faith is real, solid, and certain. The world views faith only in terms of theabstract. But for the child of God, faith should be viewed in terms of theconcrete. How can faith in an all-sufficient, all-knowing God be anything else?Your faith has validity. Your faith is validated by the things that you see Godhas done throughout history and by the things you see Him doing in our worldtoday. Louis H. Evans, Jr. explains, “Your faith does not create reality,but it is based upon the reality of God’s government and power. It is by thisfaith, turned loose in history by the faithful action of prophets andbelievers, that God has brought the miracles to bear upon nations and theirhistory.”Your faith cannot be limited by the unseen. One translation of Hebrews 11:1reads, “Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of theexistence of things we cannot see.” “Faith is the act of commitmenton the part of the believer, whereas hope is the state of mind which hepossesses. On the other hand, things not seen describes generally all that isbeyond man’s normal knowledge or powers of comprehension.” Amen!The world will never understand the power of the spiritual realm or theworkings of faith. Amen! Christians are empowered by their faith in anall-sufficient God who, in many cases, works behind the scenes of the naturalworld. The power of faith manifests itself in at least three ways. “Faithenables us to understand what God does. Faith enables us to see what otherscannot see. As a result, faith enables us to do what others cannot do.”Faith is the foundation for a good testimony. “For by it theelders obtained a good testimony.” By faith the “elders” lived alife of obedience. The elders spoken of here refer to those who came before us.Many of those have their lives highlighted here in this chapter. Their faithwas revealed in their everyday lives. When it came to faith, their lives spokefor themselves. By faith, men and women were accepted by God. The scripture is teaching us thatGod accepted these men and women because of their faith not necessarily becauseof their works. As important as works are, faith is what God has always lookedfor in His people. Almost all of the great “heroes” of the faith havetheir failures recorded alongside their triumphs. God did not bless thembecause they were perfect or because they were super spiritual. He blessed thembecause they were willing to believe Him and follow where He led.Faith is the foundation for our belief in the miraculous. “By faith weunderstand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the thingswhich are seen were not made of things which are visible.”  God’s word is the basis for all that exists.Someone wrote that “Belief in the existence of the world is not faith, noris it faith when people hold that the world was made out of some preexisting “stuff.”But when we understand that it was the Word of God that produced all things,that is faith.”The miraculous takes place not because you speak the word, but because He hasspoken the Word. We have no creative power. We need no creative power. Psalms62:11 says, “Power belongs to the Lord.” God says, “Trust in Meand I will bless you more than your mind can conceive!” Amen!Your faith does not stand in your intellectual reasoning, but in the power ofthe word of God. “The world fails to recognize that faith is only as goodas its object, and the object of our faith is God! Faith is not some ‘feeling’that we manufacture. It is our total response to what God has revealed in HisWord.””A 3-year-old felt secure in his father’s arms as dad stood in the middleof the pool. But dad, for fun, began walking slowly toward the deep end, gentlychanting, ‘Deeper and deeper and deeper,’ as the water rose higher and higheron the child. The boys face registered increasing degrees of panic and held allthe more tightly to his father, who, of course, easily touched the bottom.Had the little boy been able to analyze his situation, he would have realizedthere was no reason for increased anxiety. The water’s depth in any part of thepool was over his head. Even in the shallowest part, had he not been held up,he would have drowned. His safety anywhere in that pool depended on Dad. Atvarious points in your lives, all of us feel we are getting out of our depthproblems abound, a job is lost, and someone dies. Your temptation is to panic,for you feel you have lost control. Yet, as with the child in the pool, thetruth is you have never been in control over the most valuable things of life. Youhave always been held up by the grace of God, your Father, and that does notchange. God is never out of His depth, and therefore you are as safe when you are“going deeper” as we have ever been. God wants to take you and me to a newdimension, “deeper,” than ever before. He wants us to trust Him withmore of our decisions and problems. He wants to be a bigger part of your lives.You can trust Him. You will never be as confident about the future as when youare trusting Christ to hold you up in an unstable world. The basic truths offaith will lead you to a closer and more trusting relationship with JesusChrist. Now you know why faith is the foundation. Amen!