Did you do your belief inventory? What do you believe? Belief and faith walk hand in hand, yet are different because we have faith in what we believe. We can have faith in something we believe. But if we don’t believe it, there’s nothing to have faith in.
Hebrews 11:1-2 “1NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
2For by [faith--trust and holy fervor born of faith] the men of old had divine testimony borne to them and obtained a good report.
3Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
This chapter reminds us of the great people of faith in the past who God spoke to, and they believed in Him and what He told them. How great it is to believe in God, His Word, and in what He puts in our hearts! How great it is to witness His confirmation, encouragement and depth of His love! But the evil power lurking in the spirit world that we can’t see on this earthly world we live in is constantly working against us to steal our belief! Our only source of strength is God’s true Word, which is spirit and life.
Hebrews 11:6 “6But without faith it is impossible to please and be satisfactory to Him. For whoever would come near to God must [necessarily] believe that God exists and that He is the rewarder of those who earnestly and diligently seek Him [out].
7[Prompted] by faith Noah, being forewarned by God concerning events of which as yet there was no visible sign, took heed and diligently and reverently constructed and prepared an ark for the deliverance of his own family. By this [his faith which relied on God] he passed judgment and sentence on the world's unbelief and became an heir and possessor of righteousness (that relation of being right into which God puts the person who has faith).”
This chapter tells us our faith, based on our belief in God and that He is, will get us through our trials until that time when we can see Him in that mansion He’s prepared for us. And even though Sara did not get to see all the children that came from her son Isaac, she did get to see and feel Isaac. God kept His Word. She received her reward for her faith, even though she laughed at first, and became impatient, God had a plan and His will was done.
Hebrews 11:13 “13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.
14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.
15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Verse 13 above says they confessed they were pilgrims in a strange land. A confession is spoken through words aloud. Now I see why there are songs confessing we are pilgrims in a strange land.
Thank God for the people before us! Thank God for the preachers and teachers who aren’t afraid to preach His Word! Thank God for the spoken Word on television and radio! Thank God for the gifts of song and music He has given to those before us who’ve written beautiful hymns of praise and worship! Thank God for our parents, grandparents and forefathers who passed down their testimonies of how great God is and how He brought them through their trials and tribulations, and prayed for us, and took us to church!
I can only encourage you to sacrifice your time on Sunday mornings, and get up and take your children and grandchildren to church! Give them the same chance at being able to endure these trials on this earth while you are alive, because it’s your responsibility to help them know God and how great He is. He’s the only One who can help them. You can ensure they have a relationship with Jesus by disciplining yourself to get up and take them, even if you don’t feel like it; your children and grandchildren need to know Jesus is alive and knows their problems and feels their hurts and fears, and can give them the joy in their hearts and blessed assurance that He will deliver them from their enemies and be there for them in prayer time and troubles. Give them the chance to know Jesus and build up their faith in God our heavenly Father, and to know His Holy Spirit’s voice, so they don’t follow the voice of a stranger. The world and everyone in it are getting worse each day, and their troubles even as an adult will be harder than ours are today.
“The secret of the LORD is with them that fear him; and he will shew them his covenant. Mine eyes are ever toward the LORD; for he shall pluck my feet out of the net.” Psalm 25:14-15 KJV