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Faith Toward God

By Lan & Nita Olude

Hebrews 11:1 (NIV)
“Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.”

This verse of scripture is an “all-time classic” used to describe the concept of faith toward God for so many years. Without a doubt, it is applicable to the concept of faith. However, rather than stopping at this verse of scripture, we want to challenge everyone to read the entire chapter of Hebrews 11 to obtain a broader perspective concerning faith toward God.

Reading through the entire chapter, it is obvious to see that all patriarchs of faith, referenced in this chapter, heard the Word of God and acted on it or regulated their lives based on what they heard. So, if we hear the Word of God and decide to practice its instructions, we would be operating in faith toward God. But, how do we hear the Word of God? 2 Timothy 3:16 lets us know that all scripture is God-breathed, indicating that if we understand God’s breath (intention or spirit behind) the scripture (letter of the bible) we can gain access to the Word of God. We want to emphasize the importance of understanding the spirit behind the letter of the bible based on the instruction of 2 Corinthians 3:6, which states that the letter kills but the spirit gives life. God wants to give us life, and He expects us to understand the spirit behind every verse of scripture. God expects to understand the reasoning behind it and have revelation knowledge, revelation understanding, revelation wisdom and prophetic insight to apply such to our contemporary lives today. God expects us to have complete understanding. This complete understanding will inject faith, confidence, in our hearts (Matthew 13:19, Luke 8:11-12).

But, some people might say: “When I read my bible, I don’t understand it.” Good question! We would like to refer such people to the experience of Moses in Exodus 33:13 and Psalm 103:7. Based on these scriptures, we can see that Moses was taught the ways of the Lord because he asked for it. Additionally, Psalm 25:9 states that only the humble or the meek will be taught the ways of the Lord. God is not a respecter of persons. If we ask to be taught the ways of God with an attitude of meekness, we would be taught, as well. If we ask God to make us understand His ways (the spirit behind the letter) in the bible, we will be taught. The bible will come alive to us when we read it, and faith will rise in our hearts. We will then be able to regulate our lives based on a complete understanding of the ways of God, which is His Word.

We want to encourage you to start practicing these instructions today in every area of life – finances, healing, health, strength, righteousness and so on. Ask God to teach you His ways with an attitude of meekness (like a child wanting to learn), read and study the bible, understand its intention and subsequently, regulate your affairs based on the spirit behind the letter. When you do, you will be positioned to overcome everything that stands against God’s purpose for your life (1 John 5:4, 2:15-17), and you would have earned yourself a spot in the annals of “Faith-Walkers” and “Faith-Warriors.” We discussed these concepts in detail in “The Overcomer’s Secret". Orders may be placed at the store. Please reference additional scriptures below to renew your mind in this regard, and access resources on www.heroesmart.com to feed your spirit and grow your faith in Christ Jesus.

Relevant Scriptures:

2 Timothy 3:16 (NIV)
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness …”

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

Matthew 13:19 (NKJV)
“When anyone hears the word of the kingdom, and does not understand it, then the wicked one comes and snatches away what was sown in his heart. This is he who received seed by the wayside.”

Luke 8:11-12 (NKJV)
“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.”

Exodus 33:13 (NKJV)
“Now therefore, I pray, if I have found grace in Your sight, show me now Your way, that I may know You and that I may find grace in Your sight. And consider that this nation is Your people.”

Psalm 103:7 (NKJV)
“He made known his ways to Moses, his deeds to the people of Israel …”

Psalm 25:9 (NKJV)
“The humble He guides in justice, And the humble He teaches His way.”

1 John 5:4 (NIV)
“… for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith.”

1 John 2:15-17 (NIV)
“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father[a] is not in them. For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father but from the world. The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

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