How to live a life of faith. We live in an age where we have a lot of people who are called stars, these so-called movie stars. We have a lot of people who are called idols, these so-called sports idols. In my humble opinion, we have too many stars, and too many idols, and not enough heroes. I’m going to be talking to you today about heroes, Bible heroes.
Faith is a confidence that rests in hope. It is not a will-of-the-wisp sort of a thing. It is substance. When we live by faith, it’s not smoke and mirrors. There is, substance, there is confidence that rests in hope. The word “hope” doesn’t mean perhaps. Nor does it even mean wish. Nor does it mean desire. The word “hope,” in the Bible, means “rock-ribbed assurance based on divine revelation.” For example, the Second Coming of Jesus is called the what? The blessed hope. Now, is that the blessed maybe? No. It is rock-ribbed assurance based on the promises of the Word of God. Jesus Christ is coming again, and that is our blessed hope, our rock-ribbed assurance based on divine revelation.
Faith, therefore, is the title deed, the confidence, that what God has said is true, and God will perform it. There is no legitimate faith without hope. And there is no legitimate hope without faith. These cannot be separated. Faith is the substance of things hoped for. Faith enables the believing soul to treat the future as present, and the invisible as seen.
Click on the link below to hear a message on how the Bible says that you are to live by faith, by a confidence that rests in hope.
This is a live recording of The Master’s Class Bible Study at LifeChange Church Wichita, KS.