By Faith

Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.  For the present time, only faith can see the future, as it receives the promises of God. For by it the people of old received their commendation.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made of things that are visible.

“What is seen” is not ultimate, self-existing reality.

From the very beginning, sacrifices were worthless without faith.  It is for Christ alone to offer a better and perfect sacrifice.

Faith is an absolute necessity, whether to perceive the things for which we should hope for, to understand God is creator of all, or to offer acceptable worship.

Although faith perceives things that are invisible because they transcend the physical universe, faith also concerns things that are future but nevertheless guaranteed because God has promised them. 

By faith Abraham obeyed when called to go out to a place he did not know, a place he was to receive as inheritance.  He went out not knowing where he was going.  By faith he went to live in a land of promise.

For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.

By faith, Sarah, old and barren, received the power to conceive, since she considered him faithful who had promised.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar,

They rejoiced in them.

If they had been thinking of the land from which they had come from, they would have had the opportunity to return. But they desired a better country, a heavenly one. So, God is not ashamed to be called their God.

Therefore, leave behind where you have come out of and do not pay it any attention, for in doing so it will only provide a path back to it. 

By faith Abraham considered God able to raise Isaac from the dead, and so he trusted and was willing to kill his son when asked.

By faith Moses left Egypt , not being afraid of the anger of the king.

By faith the Israelites encircled the walls of Jericho, trusting God’s promise, “I have given Jericho into your hand.”

All these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised.  God has provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

By faith I am being made perfect.

By faith I am being made whole.

By faith I am know that he is doing a work in my days,

A work that if told, I would not believe.

By faith I have hope.

By faith I have assurance.

By faith I know he will be faithful.