The Power of Faith
Hebrews 11:6 (TPT)
“And without faith living within us it would be impossible to please God. For we come to God in faith knowing that he is real and that he rewards the faith of those who passionately seek him,”
Reading Hebrews 11 and 12, I am amazed at the power of faith. From Abel to the present day, individuals have faced hardships. Amazingly, the one thing that brought victory and hope to those listed in these chapters was their faith that God was in both the good and bad situations they were in. Here we read of testimony and faith power. These are some of them:
- Abel chose by faith to make an offering that was acceptable to God – the best portions of his firstborn lambs. This instructs us today that obedience through sacrifice pleases God.
- Enoch never died – he just went straight to heaven - because his life was a faith walk that pleased God. He was a living example of trust and obedience powered by faith.
- Noah’s heart welcomed God’s warning. Believing His word in opposition to people of the day, he built an ark that saved his family and future generations while being mocked and scorned.
- Faith motivated Abraham to blindly obey God, even as a migrant traveling through unknown countries. His hope held to a promise of fulfillment for the unknown future. He was willing to sacrifice his promised son, Isaac, because he believed God would fulfill His promise of creating a great nation through him.
- Sarah’s faith through the years rested in the power of God and His faithfulness. Then, at an old age, she conceived and bore Isaac, the child promised by God to her and Abraham.
- Joseph was upheld by his faith in God’s purpose for his life as he was sold into slavery, interpreted dreams, led a godless nation, and prophesied the deliverance of Israel which led to saving the Jewish nation.
- The parents of Moses believed that he was to be saved and found a way to preserve him for God’s purpose.
- Moses chose beyond what the world could offer. Following God’s will by faith, he led Israel through deliverance and a desert. He was disrespected, rejected, misunderstood, and exhausted while still anticipating and expecting favor and a future reward. Faith even removed his fear of a government official.
- Faith made it possible for the Hebrews to cross the Red Sea safely and the enemy was destroyed!
- Faith in an unseen God was the basis upon which Rahab, a prostitute, was saved from destruction.
- Kingdoms were conquered and saved based on the power of faith. It happened and does happen for prophets and ordinary people.
- Many died holding onto their faith without receiving their promise during their lifetime.
Each was able to do this because their hearts were fixed on what was ahead of them: heaven, where being face to face with Jesus. He was their promise. Hebrews 11:34 tells us that their “faith imparted power to make them strong.” In the Aramaic, this is translated as being “restored or healed”.
All throughout the New Testament, we are shown the power of faith as apostles and disciples alike preached the good news. Strength was given to endure, be courageous, to suffer, to minister, to care for others, and so much more. Faith gave them the power they needed to live a life of belief and hope for what was yet to come beyond this world. They fixed their mind, sight, and anticipation on what was eternal so that they could make it in this life.
If you are feeling weak, worn, and woeful, fix your thoughts, imagination, and hope on a heavenly world with a kingdom of love and life. It is absent of hate, cruelty, sickness, death, and poverty. Praise God who has given us the promise of a perfect life with a perfect Father, God, who will reward us for our active faith in Him.
By Joy Pedersen