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Faith is the substance

Text: Hebrews 10: 35- 39, Hebrews 11:1-2

Faith is the substance: Brother Paul starts to encourage us not to give up on what we have believed. Reminds us that we are no quitters- we don’t give up hope. We believe to the end. Then, through the Holy Spirit, he pauses to remind us again: faith is the substance. It’s ok to go to church, be kind or even be prayerful, but faith is the substance, the ground on which all else must be built. Hebrews 11: 2 tells us that it is only because of faith that the patriarchs obtained a good report. Faith is the solid ground we are called to stand on. Hebrews 12: 6, 2 Corinthians 4:13-16; Corinthians 5: 7; Romans 4: 16-24. Our accomplishments, degrees, bank account etc certainly have their place in the scheme of things, but are no solid ground on which to anchor our lives. The most recent economic shake-up is a vivid reminder that our trust has to be in God alone who gives us richly all things to enjoy ( 1 Timothy 6: 17-19).

Only Believe: Mark 5: 21-24, 35-43: tells us of a man for whom it seemed all hope was gone. He had believed, trusted and followed the Lord, but it seemed that things got worse. But before he could give in to the defeat, Jesus gave him this important injunction: “fear not, only believe”. Only believe. Go on believing. Keep believing. Yes, it takes both faith and patience to inherit the promise. Heb 6: 11-20, Hebrews 12:1-2, Psalm 27: 12-14, Psalm 37:7-9. God is calling us to be, and keep believing.