Faith is the foundation
What brings us closer to God? What draws us to Him? What enables us to have close fellowship with God? What is it that we must have in order to receive His blessed assurance, His hope, His strength, power, patience, and wisdom?
Faith. Faith in who He is. Faith in what He does. Faith in His plan and His will above any of ours, and faith that He will deliver us as He promises.
Hebrews 11 has been called “The Hall of Faith” because it provides a multitude of examples where seemingly ordinary folks like you and me trusted God. They placed their faith in God despite their own self-doubts, knowledge, and abilities. By their faith in Him, He was able to use them for His good purpose, which was and is anything they or us could have ever accomplished on our own. His power and sovereignty is absolute, and through faith we can be used as a tool for His kingdom and His glory.
Just because some folks don’t believe the word of God, doesn’t make it any less true. Just like because some folks who believe the lying words of man, don’t make them any more true.
To have God, Christ Jesus, and the implanted Holy Spirit, we must have complete faith in Him. God controls everything, and we can have faith in Him or faith in something else. Either way, we must make that effort.
Have faith in God.
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.
By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for before he was taken up, he was attested to have been pleasing to God.
By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.
By faith Abraham, when he was called, obeyed by going out to a place which he was to receive for an inheritance; and he left, not knowing where he was going.
By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised.
By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and the one who had received the promises was offering up his only son;
By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after the Israelites had marched around them for seven days.