Biblical Faith is a relationship with a personal God. That’s why Hebrews 11 gives a whole list of people who put their trust in God. These Bible Heroes show us WHAT real FAITH DOES. Take notice of the first four names in this chapter and what their faith allowed them to do… (Read Hebrews 11:1-13 here)
1. Biblical Faith WORSHIPS: Abel (v. 4)
The first Biblical example of a Worshipper is Abel — the younger brother of Cain, who was the first man born to the first parents. Abel worshipped in obedience and with a sincere heart. His faith pleased God. Unfortunately Cain’s offering was not pleasing to God. And out of envy, Cain killed his brother. But Abel’s honest worship stands as a testimony. Faith that pleases God will always lead to WORSHIP.
Are you drawn to WORSHIP God with all your heart, mind, and soul? When we come together, we worship in songs and scripture reading and sermons. But the part of our worship that follows the example of Able is our time of OFFERING. Do you give your tithes and offerings as an act of Worship? Do you give with a sincere heart of gratitude? Is your offering a sacrifice of praise and obedience? If so, your faith pleases God.
2. Biblical Faith WALKS: Enoch (v. 5)
Evidently Enoch walked so closely with God that God took him home without Enoch having to experience physical death. From Enoch we learn that to walk with God is to please God.
Does your faith cause you to Walk with God? Do you walk with God each day? Do you communicate with Him while you are doing your chores … while you are mowing the yard … while you are brushing your teeth … while you are driving your car? This is the kind of faith that pleases God.
3. Biblical Faith WORKS: Noah (v. 7)
Maybe you never thought about it, but building an Ark is no small task. It took Noah and his 3 boys over 100 years! Now that’s a project!
Most of us won’t be asked to build an Ark, but God has given every one of us work assignments. Do you have the kind of faith that leads you to work hard for the Kingdom of God? That is a faith that pleases God.
Warren Wiersbe said in one of his commentaries: “Faith enables us to understand what God does. Faith enables us to see what others cannot see. As a result, faith enables us to do what others cannot do.”
4. Biblical Faith WAITS: Abraham
Abraham waited for a home in the Promised Land. In fact, he spent his entire life living in tents. He waited until he was100 years old for the son God promised. And all along, he waited and waited … and waited … for the promised Messiah and the Eternal City of God.
Does your Faith require you to WAIT? Do you sometimes feel like you are stuck in an eternal Waiting room?
· waiting for an answer to prayer;
· waiting for a job offer;
· waiting for the results of a medical test;
· waiting for… (fill in the blank)
When you have prayed all you can pray, and done all you can do — sometimes the greatest proof of your faith is that you simply Wait. A faith that pleases God will enable you to wait with confidence. By faith, you believe … in fact, you KNOW … that God will come through in the end.
All the Heroes of the Old Testament waited with Faith (v. 13). With faith, they looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. With faith, we look back to His coming. And all of us continue to look ahead to the time when all the promises of scripture will be fulfilled.
We look forward to the time when we will be reunited with loved ones who have gone on before. We wait for the time when those who suffer will be comforted. We wait with confidence because we know the DAY is coming when every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.
And while we WAIT in faith, we continue to WORSHIP, and to WALK with God, and to WORK for His Kingdom. This is faith that pleases God.