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Lesson: Living Faith

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SCRIPTURE READING: Hebrews 11:1-40

GOLDEN TEXT:  Hebrews 11:1

1. Is faith one of the foundational doctrines of the Church? (Hebrews 6:1-2.) Is faith a gift from God? (Ephesians 2:8.)

2. Did Jesus ask prophetically: "when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:8.)

Note: When Jesus uttered those words He was looking into the future - into our present generation - and what He saw was a total absence of FAITH in our time. Is it any wonder why people may say: "My faith isnít very strong" or "I canít seem to work up the faith." Yet without FAITH no one can be saved.

3. We all realize that Jesus had faith and He healed many people, but did He say: "of Myself I can do nothing?" (John 5:30; 8:28.) Note: Everything Jesus did, every miracle He performed, Jesus did through faith in God, setting us an example.

4. What is the Bible definition of faith? (Hebrews 11:1.) Note: Faith is the substance, assurance or confident belief in what we hope for. Faith comes before we possess it. Once we receive what we hoped for, we then no longer hope for it. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Faith precedes the actual receiving of what it was that we had ask for. Faith is the evidence that we have it or we shall have it. Faith is totally trusting God. Faith is not an emotion and has nothing to do with our five physical senses. Faith is a spiritual matter. Faith is our evidence.

5. Do we need faith to please God? (Hebrews 11:6.)

6. What is our source of faith? Is it through Christ? ( Acts 3:16, Ephesians 3:12, Philippians 3:9, Hebrews 12:2, Revelation 14:12.)

Note: Our faith is a gift from God (Ephesians 2:8) and yet it is not just our faith in Him, but Christís faith, the very faith with which He performed His miracles - placed in us and acting in us. 7. How can you get more faith? Do you need to draw closer to God? (James 4:7-8.) Does faith also come by hearing, the word of God? (Romans 10:17.) Do we need to obey God? (Romans 2:13.)

Note: It is through prayer and Bible study that we can draw closer to God. We must surrender to Him and do His will and obey Him.

8 Do we need to live by faith? (Habakkuk 2:4, Romans 1:17, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Galatians 2:20, 3:11, Hebrews 10:38.)

9. Are we commanded to have faith? (Mark 11:22, Romans 14:23, Ephesians 6:16, Philippians 1:27, 1 Thessalonians 5:8, 1 Timothy 6:11-12, 2 Timothy 2:22, Jude 3.)

10. What are the two kinds of faith? (James 2:20-24.)

Note: One type of faith is a dead faith, and the other kind of faith is living faith. We are not saved by works. We are saved by faith, but faith which works with our works, our faith is made perfect. This is "living faith," which is the kind of faith that Abraham had.

Letís look at some examples of living faith:

11. Was it through faith that Noah prepared an ark for the saving of his household? ( Hebrews 11:7, Genesis 6.) Did Noah also become heir of righteousness through faith? (Same verse.)

12. Was it through faith that Abraham left Ur and Haran for an unknown destination at Godís direction? (Hebrews 11:8, Genesis 12.)

13. Was it through faith that Sarah conceived and bore Isaac when she was beyond her childbearing age? (Hebrews 11:11.)

14. Did all of the Old Testament examples that are given in Hebrews 11 die in the faith not having received the promises? (Hebrews 11:13.)

15. Has God prepared a heavenly city for them, the New Holy Jerusalem which will descend from heaven to the earth? (Hebrews 11:13-16, Revelation 21:9-11.)

16. Did many of these Old Testament examples die in the faith that they might obtain a better resurrection? (Hebrews 11:35.)

17. Was a great military multitude coming toward Jehoshaphat to do battle? (2 Chronicles 20:1-6.) Did they proclaim a fast to get Godís attention? (Verse 3.) Did Jehoshaphat remind God that the Jews were His covenant people? (2 Chronicles 20:7-13.) Did God tell the people not to be afraid because this was going to be His battle? (2 Chronicles 20:14-17.) Did the people have living faith that God would deliver them? (Verse 20.) Notice the phrase "Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established." The word "faith" can be defined as: "belief and trust in and loyalty to God." Did the Jews rejoice in their victory,"By faith," even before it came to pass? (2 Chronicles 20:18-21.) What happened to the enemy armies when the Jews began to sing their song of faith? (2 Chronicles 20:22.)

18. Did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego have living faith in God that He could deliver them from the fiery furnace? (Daniel 3:16-28.) Did they also realize that God may have chose not to deliver them? (Verse 18.)

Note: This is a test of real living faith.

19. Did Jesus tell the woman who was healed when she touched His garment : "your faith has made you well." (Matthew 9:20-22.)

In Conclusion: Living Faith is not a feeling or an emotion. Faith is spiritual. Faith involves our belief, trust and loyalty to God that what God and Jesus promises in the Word of God (the Bible) is true and there is no reason that we need to doubt it. What God has promised, He will perform - He will do it!

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Scriptures


Scripture Reading:

(Heb 11:1-40 NKJV) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. {2} 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. {4} By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. {5} 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. {7} By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith. {8} By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. {9} By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; {10} for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God. {11} By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. {12} Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude; innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore. {13} These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. {14} For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. {15} And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. {16} But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them. {17} By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, {18} of whom it was said, "In Isaac your seed shall be called," {19} concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also received him in a figurative sense. {20} By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come. {21} By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff. {22} By faith Joseph, when he was dying, made mention of the departure of the children of Israel, and gave instructions concerning his bones. {23} By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king's command. {24} By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, {25} choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, {26} esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward. {27} By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. {28} By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them. {29} By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned. {30} By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they were encircled for seven days. {31} By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she had received the spies with peace. {32} And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: {33} who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, {34} quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. {35} Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. {36} Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. {37} They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented; {38} of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth. {39} And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, {40} God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us."


Golden Text:  

(Heb 11:1 NKJV) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."


1.) (Heb 6:1-2 NKJV) "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, {2} of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment."

(Eph 2:8 NKJV) "For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,"

2.) (Luke 18:8 NKJV) "I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?"

3.) (John 5:30 NKJV) "I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent Me.

(John 8:28 NKJV) Then Jesus said to them, "When you lift up the Son of Man, then you will know that I am He, and that I do nothing of Myself; but as My Father taught Me, I speak these things.

4.) (Heb 11:1 NKJV) "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen."

5.) (Heb 11:6 NKJV) "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."

6.) (Acts 3:16 NKJV) ""And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all."

(Eph 3:12 NKJV) "in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him."

(Phil 3:9 NKJV) "and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith;"

(Heb 12:2 NKJV) "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

(Rev 14:12 NKJV) "Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus."

7.) (James 4:7-8 NKJV) Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. {8} Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

(Romans 10:17 NKJV) So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

(Romans 2:13 NKJV) (for not the hearers of the law are just in the sight of God, but the doers of the law will be justified;

8.) (Hab 2:4 NKJV) ""Behold the proud, His soul is not upright in him; But the just shall live by his faith."

(Rom 1:17 NKJV) "For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith.""

(2 Cor 5:7 NKJV) "For we walk by faith, not by sight."

(Gal 2:20 NKJV) ""I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me."

(Gal 3:11 NKJV) "But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith.""

(Heb 10:38 NKJV) "Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.""

9.) (Mark 11:22 NKJV) "So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God."

(Rom 14:23 NKJV) "But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because he does not eat from faith; for whatever is not from faith is sin."

(Eph 6:16 NKJV) "above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one."

(Phil 1:27 NKJV) "Only let your conduct be worthy of the gospel of Christ, so that whether I come and see you or am absent, I may hear of your affairs, that you stand fast in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel,"

(1 Th 5:8 NKJV) "But let us who are of the day be sober, putting on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet the hope of salvation."

(1 Tim 6:11-12 NKJV) "But you, O man of God, flee these things and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. {12} Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses."

(2 Tim 2:22 NKJV) "Flee also youthful lusts; but pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart."

(Jude 1:3 NKJV) "Beloved, while I was very diligent to write to you concerning our common salvation, I found it necessary to write to you exhorting you to contend earnestly for the faith which was once for all delivered to the saints."

10.) (James 2:20-24 NKJV) But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead? {21} Was not Abraham our father justified by works when he offered Isaac his son on the altar? {22} Do you see that faith was working together with his works, and by works faith was made perfect? {23} And the Scripture was fulfilled which says, "Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." And he was called the friend of God. {24} You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only.

11.) (Hebrews 11:7 NKJV) By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.

12.) (Hebrews 11:8 NKJV) By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

13.) (Hebrews 11:11 NKJV) By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.

14.) (Hebrews 11:13 NKJV) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.

15.) (Hebrews 11:13-16 NKJV) These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. {14} For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. {15} And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. {16} But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

16.) (Hebrews 11:35 NKJV) Women received their dead raised to life again. And others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.

17.) Jehoshaphat Defeats Moab and Ammon

(2 Chronicles 20:1-22 NKJV) It happened after this that the people of Moab with the people of Ammon, and others with them besides the Ammonites, came to battle against Jehoshaphat. {2} Then some came and told Jehoshaphat, saying, "A great multitude is coming against you from beyond the sea, from Syria; and they are in Hazazon Tamar" (which is En Gedi). {3} And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. {4} So Judah gathered together to ask help from the LORD; and from all the cities of Judah they came to seek the LORD. {5} Then Jehoshaphat stood in the assembly of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD, before the new court, {6} and said: "O LORD God of our fathers, are You not God in heaven, and do You not rule over all the kingdoms of the nations, and in Your hand is there not power and might, so that no one is able to withstand You? {7} "Are You not our God, who drove out the inhabitants of this land before Your people Israel, and gave it to the descendants of Abraham Your friend forever? {8} "And they dwell in it, and have built You a sanctuary in it for Your name, saying, {9} 'If disaster comes upon us; sword, judgment, pestilence, or famine; we will stand before this temple and in Your presence (for Your name is in this temple), and cry out to You in our affliction, and You will hear and save.' {10} "And now, here are the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir; whom You would not let Israel invade when they came out of the land of Egypt, but they turned from them and did not destroy them; {11} "here they are, rewarding us by coming to throw us out of Your possession which You have given us to inherit. {12} "O our God, will You not judge them? For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor do we know what to do, but our eyes are upon You." {13} Now all Judah, with their little ones, their wives, and their children, stood before the LORD. {14} Then the Spirit of the LORD came upon Jahaziel the son of Zechariah, the son of Benaiah, the son of Jeiel, the son of Mattaniah, a Levite of the sons of Asaph, in the midst of the assembly. {15} And he said, "Listen, all you of Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem, and you, King Jehoshaphat! Thus says the LORD to you: 'Do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's. {16} 'Tomorrow go down against them. They will surely come up by the Ascent of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the brook before the Wilderness of Jeruel. {17} 'You will not need to fight in this battle. Position yourselves, stand still and see the salvation of the LORD, who is with you, O Judah and Jerusalem!' Do not fear or be dismayed; tomorrow go out against them, for the LORD is with you." {18} And Jehoshaphat bowed his head with his face to the ground, and all Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem bowed before the LORD, worshiping the LORD. {19} Then the Levites of the children of the Kohathites and of the children of the Korahites stood up to praise the LORD God of Israel with voices loud and high. {20} So they rose early in the morning and went out into the Wilderness of Tekoa; and as they went out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, "Hear me, O Judah and you inhabitants of Jerusalem: Believe in the LORD your God, and you shall be established; believe His prophets, and you shall prosper." {21} And when he had consulted with the people, he appointed those who should sing to the LORD, and who should praise the beauty of holiness, as they went out before the army and were saying: "Praise the LORD, For His mercy endures forever." {22} Now when they began to sing and to praise, the LORD set ambushes against the people of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir, who had come against Judah; and they were defeated.

18.) (Daniel 3:16-28 NKJV) Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, "O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. {17} "If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. {18} "But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up." {19} Then Nebuchadnezzar was full of fury, and the expression on his face changed toward Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. He spoke and commanded that they heat the furnace seven times more than it was usually heated. {20} And he commanded certain mighty men of valor who were in his army to bind Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, and cast them into the burning fiery furnace. {21} Then these men were bound in their coats, their trousers, their turbans, and their other garments, and were cast into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. {22} Therefore, because the king's command was urgent, and the furnace exceedingly hot, the flame of the fire killed those men who took up Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. {23} And these three men, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, fell down bound into the midst of the burning fiery furnace. {24} Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished; and he rose in haste and spoke, saying to his counselors, "Did we not cast three men bound into the midst of the fire?" They answered and said to the king, "True, O king." {25} "Look!" he answered, "I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire; and they are not hurt, and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God." {26} Then Nebuchadnezzar went near the mouth of the burning fiery furnace and spoke, saying, "Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, servants of the Most High God, come out, and come here." Then Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego came from the midst of the fire. {27} And the satraps, administrators, governors, and the king's counselors gathered together, and they saw these men on whose bodies the fire had no power; the hair of their head was not singed nor were their garments affected, and the smell of fire was not on them. {28} Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying, "Blessed be the God of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, who sent His Angel and delivered His servants who trusted in Him, and they have frustrated the king's word, and yielded their bodies, that they should not serve nor worship any god except their own God!

19.) (Matthew 9:20-22 NKJV) And suddenly, a woman who had a flow of blood for twelve years came from behind and touched the hem of His garment. {21} For she said to herself, "If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well." {22} But Jesus turned around, and when He saw her He said, "Be of good cheer, daughter; your faith has made you well." And the woman was made well from that hour.