The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.
Heb 11:1 (THE MESSAGE)
Faith is putting our trust in God without any iota of doubt. It is seeing what God has spoken whether or not the physical manifestation is seen. Faith is what has distinguished fathers of old despite the timing and situations of things in their lives. Who would have imagined that someone can be no more without seeing death just because he walked with God?
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. 3 By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.
Heb 11:2-3 NKJV
Enoch is a man who loved God so much and this we saw in this daily life as he journeyed with God even though he does not understand what it takes and how it will end. Enoch fellowshipped with God and stayed with God until the aroma of God’s presence smeared on him so strongly that he became one with him. No one comes to God without being changed and wholly transformed. At every meeting God had with Enoch, he always desired to walk with God a little closer until God took him to where he dwells himself; there he became as he is. His body changed in glory.
By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
Heb 11:5-6 NKJV
Take a look at how a maiden became a glorified because she had by Faith in God. When Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary and spoke to her about the birth of a son who shall be called JESUS. This one thing could have caused so many concern to her. This is because any woman who have fornicated would be stone to death especially because Mary was found with child with being married. It is like taking up a death sentence. Glory to God! God sent his angel and sorted out the case before it was discovered.
18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit.
Matt 1:18 NKJV
Who could have imagined that the timid Gideon who was threshing wheat in the winepress could be the savior of Israel at that time? Gideon became mightily used of God despite all. He believed in God and he obtained the promises. He and his army overthrow the enemies who has kept the children of Israel captive for a very long time just by having faith in God. God called him a mighty man of valour despite his predicament and he choose to believe in the God who can make a timid boy whose family was not recognized in the land and make him become a leader of leaders who through which God brought victory to Israel. The question is what do you believe?
13 Gideon said to Him, “O my lord,* if the Lord is with us, why then has all this happened to us? And where are all His miracles which our fathers told us about, saying, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up from Egypt?’ But now the Lord has forsaken us and delivered us into the hands of the Midianites.”
14 Then the Lord turned to him and said,”Go in this might of yours, and you shall save Israel from the hand of the Midianites. Have I not sent you?”
Judges 6:13-14 NKJV
When God gives you a word concerning your home, life, future and destiny. What do you say in alignment to what he has said concerning you. Do you speak in faith like Virgin Mary or in fear and doubt like Priest Zechariah who the angel of God appeared to when he was ministering to God in the temple and spoke to him about the birth of his son John and he doubted God’s power to make it a reality. The case of Mary the mother of Jesus was really different, when the angel of the Lord appeared unto her she believed and received the promise, she became the mother of our Lord Jesus Christ. Glory to God!
It is worthy of note that ordinary men have become extraordinary men as a result of faith men like Abraham who was a Syrian ready to perish. He lived amidst idolaters whose destiny were uncertain until the Lord appeared to him. The word of God came to him and he believed. Though he was not sure of the end of the journey but he believed God; his faith was rock solid. Abraham became a template that others could follow in becoming who God has ordained them to be.
Faith is the equalizer that brings men and women who have been neglected, abandoned and crushed into the class of kings and priests. By reason of faith Abraham who was a Syrian ready to perish became a father of nations. He bore Isaac even in his old age, Sarah herself being past the age of giving birth gave birth to Isaac supernaturally by the energy of faith.
By reason of faith in God, Rehab who was known as a prostitute came into the lineage of Christ by faith in God. She believed God’s word and received the promise. Without faith, we cannot please God without faith because anyone who must access God must believe in him that he is God and that he has the power to do all things.