FOUNDATIONAL QUALITIES OF FAITH
1. “F” is the only Passing Grade with God
#1 For by it the elders obtained a good report(martyr). Hebrews 11:2
a. Faith in God and His Provision for you is the only way for a Good Report Card!
Good report is “martyreō” . Faith in God and His provision for you has always been the basis for your salvation, your “commendation.” It has never been about your works bringing a smile to God. It has always been about your heart belief and faith commtment to follow Him!
2. Faith begins with Creation
#2 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. Hebrews 11:3
a. Why depend on a God whose power you question?
b. Why depend on someone whose words you doubt?
Hebrews 11:3 puts the “Big Bang Theory” directly in its cross hairs!
If God is not your all-powerful Creator, He will never be your all-powerful King, Lord of all of your life. There will always be a back-door whereby you can go to your own Kingdom where you are lord.
3. Faith is the only basis of Acceptance by God
#3 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness (martyr) that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. Hebrews 11:4
Look how God responded to Cain:
If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin crouches at your door; its desire is for you, but you must master it. Genesis 4:7
You do well not because you have to, but because you want to, you have this covenant connection:
[DO WELL-yatab] When David prays in Psalm 51:18 "Do good in thy good pleasure unto Zion," he acknowledges that the covenant Lord is the source "of all that is good and pleasing to mankind. This "doing good" is not capricious, but based on the covenant relationship revealed to the patriarchs)
By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony(martyr), that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5
How did Enoch please God? – We must see a connection between faith and being fully vested
4. End Result of Faith is an Eternal Testimony of being One with God
a. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. Hebrews 11:4
Abel still testifies that all those who want to please God must do so with faith in their heart that He is who He says He is.
b. before his translation he had this testimony (martyr), that he pleased God. Hebrews 11:5
Enoch walked and talked as a martyr (testimony) for God. He took God and His Nature personally!His life and interests were one with Gods!
5. Faith is the only Means of Gratifying God by being Fully Vested in Him!
#5 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6
held completely, permanently, and inalienably: vested rights.
protected or established by law, commitment, tradition, ownership, etc.: vested contributions to a fund.
a. Faith is the only way to please (gratify) God
Faith demonstrates the reality of your being in God and depending upon Him!
Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. Romans 8:8
1.) You Must believe God IS
How does your Heart reflect your belief that God is?
o Dirty thoughts, hatred of others, wicked plotting, desire for revenge, bitterness over events.
How does your Mind reflect your belief that God is?
o Do you rely on yourself?
o Always thinking about yourself
o Always excusing the way you live being contrary to what God’s Word says?
o Neglect the meditation on God’s Word?
How do your hands reflect your belief that God is?
o Are they selfish?
o Do they steal?
o Do they give to others?
o Do they react in anger, fear
2.) You Must believe God is a Rewarder who is worth seeking with all you have.
6. The Only way to have faith and be fully vested in God is through Jesus Christ
looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2
a. Jesus is the archēgos – leader, captain, founder of our faith.
Christ is the leader or captain of faith, in that he is the perfecter of faith.Marvin R. Vincent, Word Studies in the
b. Jesus is the “teleiōtēn” "to carry through completely, to finish, to make perfect or complete."
Now, are you going to be like those frogs and sit there on that lily pad, professing your decision to jump? Or you actually going to leap off and into this mighty God, and demonstrate with your life the power of this unseen God.