Confidence that God will do what He has promised.
Doctrine (pages 193-198)
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” KJV (NKJV)
“Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” HCSB
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.” NIV
PRINCIPLE “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him” (Hebrews 11:6).
SERIOUS WORDS that DEFINE FAITH
(not to be taken lightly).
Substance (fabrication) Evidence (doubt)
Reality (fiction) Proof (unsure)
Confidence (unstable) Assurance (fear)
Heroes of Faith
Hebrews 11:4 – Abel, Enoch – 11:5; Noah – 11:7; Abraham – 11:8; Jacob – 11:9; Sarah – 11:11; Isaac – 11:20; Joseph – 11:22; Moses – 11:23; Rahab – 11:31; Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthae, David and Samuel 11:32.
Promise/Covenant “Faith and Promises (Contracts) go hand in hand”
Promise Keepers: “That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and perform; even a freewill offering, according as thou hast vowed unto the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth” Deut 23:23.
Confidence (with fidelity) rests on a promise.
“You will be confident, because there is hope.
You will look carefully about and lie down in safety” (Job 11:18).
“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be” (Romans 4:18).
“Trusting God means looking beyond what we can see to what God sees.”
(see Humility, Feb. 2015)
Q: “How would I conduct my life if I really believed God is who He says He is and if I really believed God is who he says is and if I really believed the Bible is His word?” (page 194)