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Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Faith

Hebrews 11:1-12
1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-- and Sarah herself was barren-- was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

What is Faith?
1. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.

What are things hoped for?
Any desires placed on our heart by God, things we can envision. A clear vision.
A desire to be forgiven and saved.
A desire to see a loved one find salvation.
A calling of God to serve Him in a specific way.
A desire to see God move in a special way (revival, healing).
A desire for something God wants us to have.

The things hoped for must be God's will.  If they don't line up with God's will, then He didn't place them on our heart.

The substance of things hoped for
5287  hupostasis (hoop-os'-tas-is); a setting under (support),

This is something real that God wants to give us. It has substance. but we presently see it only by faith.

    A.W. Tozer said: "Faith is seeing the invisible, but not the nonexistent."

The evidence of things not seen.
By faith we know that God will give us what He has placed in our hearts. 

Faith is a gift of God.  He's given us the desires, the things hoped for, then we begin to pray and wait on Him. 

1.We pray fervently, because we have a great desire for the things hoped for. God doesn't honor lukewarm hearts.
2.We pray with perseverance. We know God wants us to have these things hoped for, and we will not give up.
3.We pray until God floods our hearts with faith.  Until He gives us the assurance that the things hoped for are ours.

It is essential to pray through, to receive that assurance from God.  It is the proof that God will give the things hoped for.  It is the evidence of things not yet seen.

People praying for forgiveness and salvation often stop short of the assurance from God. Then they have doubts about their salvation.

People praying about desires God has given them often stop short of receiving the assurance or "evidence" from God.  Then they soon have doubts about the things hoped for. Was it a desire given by God, or just my desire?  Did God really call me, or is it just what I want?

When we have the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of the things not seen, then we have what we are hoping for.  We are certain it is ours, even though it hasn't arrived yet.  We wait in expectation.

The whole process of faith is greatly enhanced by the Word of God.  God often gives us those desires or "things hoped for" through the Word of God.  God also often gives us the "evidence" or proof from the Word as well.

Faith pleases God
5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death; he could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

God honors faith
7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. 8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-- and Sarah herself was barren-- was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.


Weapons of Spiritual Warfare Series
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Believer's Authority
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Faith
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Fasting
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Love
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Praise
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Prevailing Prayer
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Righteousness
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Suffering
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - The Blood of Christ
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - The Name of Jesus
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - Unity
Weapons of Spiritual Warfare - The Word of God


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