By Faith...Bro. David Chancellor
9/30/2007 6:00 PM
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.
Faith produces hope and expectation. It causes us to look forward to good things from God. "For by it the elders obtained a good report." Faith can produce a good report in us, too. It works all the way through our Christian experience.
By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.
This shows how faith can work before we even know God. He sends us a warning that we need to change direction to avoid calamity. The warning isn’t an idle threat. The final judgment will happen. By faith, Noah made preparation; if you haven’t already, you need to make preparation. Faith brings knowledge of a need for preparation. Noah took action on the warning. Those who take heed and serve God are a testimony against those who don’t, that they were given opportunity.
By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.
By faith Moses refused Pharaoh’s palace and chose to follow God. There is a choice for each of us to make. Moses could have gone to the top of Pharaoh’s house, but he chose to become a leader in a different way. He made a good choice. If you observe the children of the rich and famous, most of them aren’t happy. Even in that regard, Moses made a good choice. He rose to the top God’s way. He was used of God because he chose God. He took on some pretty big challenges, but by God’s help he was able to see it through. He found the greatest pleasure man could ever know… he had a close relationship with God. He was able to meet with God one on one, almost as equals. He made the best choice he could ever make.
Choosing God and a relationship with him is the best choice you could ever make. By faith, you choose God and all that lies down the road ahead. It’s best to choose God and let him work out the rest as he sees best. God’s way is the best way.
By faith Abel offered unto god a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Abel made the right sacrifice and Cain didn’t. By faith we offer an excellent sacrifice; we need to offer ourselves as a living sacrifice to God. We say we love God, but without sacrifice, love has very little meaning; it’s just an emotion. It takes on real meaning when we do whatever it takes to bless/help the one we love. Love causes us to give ourselves up completely to God. We need to consecrate to God completely by faith. God is not unreasonable in his requests. When you make this kind of commitment to God, that’s when he can really use you.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
Abraham obeyed by faith. When the call of God comes, we do what God asks us to do. Abraham didn’t know where he was going; he just went. By faith, we obey the call of God. When God speaks to your heart, you need to be ready to obey. This doesn’t mean we follow every whim and impression; be careful to know that you’re hearing the call of God by checking it out with his word. As soon as we know its from God, we need to obey. Because Abraham obeyed, he had a walk with God. When he speaks, we have to be people who respond. Abraham believed what God said. If we will obey, there are blessings for us, too.
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, that he pleased God.
By faith it is our expectation that we’ll go to be with God. If we live to please him, we can hear, "Well done…" It takes faith to realize it. There have been many who have died trusting God. They left a testimony of confidence and hope in God. Enoch walked with God and God just took him on without his having to experience death. We can have faith in God to take us all the way through to heaven. The ones who have a testimony like Enoch’s are a comfort, because we know they’ve gone to be with God. We want that kind of testimony. If we’ll be true to God he can bring us through and work it all out.