Hebrews 11:1 - FAITH.

Hebrews 11:1 (GNT) To have faith is to be 
sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of 
the things we cannot see. 


Believe It So You Can See It
   Faith is visualizing the future. Its 
believing in something before you see it. Hebrews 11:1 
says, Faith shows the reality of what we hope 
for; it is the evidence of things we cannot 
see (NLT). 
   A lot of people say, Ill believe it 
when I see it! God says the exact opposite is 
true: Youll see it when you first believe 
it. Many things in life must be believed before 
they can be seen. 
   In the 1960s, the Soviet Union sent the 
first cosmonaut into outer space. He circled the 
earth, and when he came back down, he did a press 
conference and said, I searched the heavens, and I 
looked for God, and I did not see him anywhere. 
Therefore, there is no God. The Communists, an 
atheistic regime, concluded, We now have scientific 
proof that there is no God. 
   About six months later, John Glenn, an 
astronaut from the U.S., went into space, circled the 
earth three times, came back down, and held a 
press conference. He said, I saw God 
everywhere! I saw his glory in the galaxy. I saw his 
splendor in the universe. I saw his majesty in the 
   Jesus said, Unless you are born again, 
you cannot see the Kingdom of God (John 3:3 
NLT). Before there is spiritual transformation in 
your life, youre too narrow-minded to see the 
possibility of what God is doing in the world around 
you. This is true of every person. Faith comes 
before seeing. 
   It is faith that causes an architect to 
design a building, first believing it can be done. 
It is faith that causes an Olympic athlete to 
practice and go to the Olympic trials because she 
believes she can win. It is faith that causes the 
scientist to believe that we can put a man on the 
   It is a universal principle of life: You 
have to believe it before you see it. When you 
have faith, you will see the amazing things God 
is doing in you, through you, and around you. 
[Daily Devotional by Rick Warren: 


   Everyone has and lives by a form of 
faith. Now, someone might say theyre not a 
person of faith. But everyone has faith. Everyone 
applies faith. Even the atheist has faith, even 
though it isnt faith in God. 
   Actually, I think it takes more faith to 
be an atheist and to not believe there is a 
Creator or someone who is in control of all the 
things around us. 
   Everyone has a measure of faith. Everyone 
has faith in something. Maybe its faith in 
themselves, which will be disappointing. Maybe they have 
faith in a political system, which will be even 
more disappointing. But they have faith. 
   I think the problem is that we make faith 
so mystical when, in fact, we act in faith 
every day. For example, when you go to a 
restaurant and order, you have faith that the food will 
be fresh and will be prepared properly. 
   When you board a 747 that weighs more 
than 300,000 pounds, you apply faith that it will 
somehow get up into the air and take you to the 
place you want to go. 
   When you step into an elevator, youre 
applying faith that all the cables are working and 
that maintenance workers have done their due 
diligence. When you go to the pharmacy and to fill your 
medications, youre trusting the pharmacist knows what 
he or she is doing and will put the right pills 
in the right bottle. 
   But when someone comes along and says, 
Have faith in God, people will think thats 
insane. Yet the Bible tells us, The just shall 
live by faith (Romans 1:17 NKJV). It doesnt 
say, The just shall live by emotions, 
because sometimes were up emotionally, and 
sometimes were down. 
   So lets believe the Word of God 
regardless of our emotions because theres no safer 
place to put our faith than in God Himself. [Greg 
Laurie from Harvest Ministries; 
https://www.harvestdaily.com re Rom. 1:17] 


Faith And Our Feet
   Faith is not about how much you believe 
in what you believe. Faith is about believing 
that the One you believe in is believable. In 
fact, you can have all of the faith in the world 
that your SUV is going to take off and fly you to 
Canada cruising at 12,000 feet in the air. But that 
won't change the fact that you're still going to 
be stuck in traffic somewhere with all four 
wheels firmly on the ground.  
   Faith is about believing that the One you 
believe in is believable.  
   The way you find out if the one you 
believe in is believable is by knowing and 
experiencing Him.  
   It's like when a child climbs up on the 
back of her daddy for a piggyback ride. She 
doesn't get up there and start asking herself if he 
can hold her or if he is going to drop her. 
Instead, she immediately starts asking him, "Do you 
have me?" as she wiggles and adjusts her legs 
into place.   
   By asking her daddy, "Do you have me?" 
she is affirming in her mind that the one she is 
putting her faith in is faithful. Because if he 
says, "Yes, I have you," and she rests up there 
only to discover that he really does have her, 
then the next time she climbs on for a piggy-back 
ride, the questions become fewer.  
   But until she first climbs up onto the 
back of her daddy, she can say all day long that 
she believes that he can hold her. Saying it a 
thousand times won't reduce the hesitation she feels 
when the offer to get up there is first extended. 
She will never get to the point where she can 
experience the full pleasure of his presence until she 
takes that first climb of faith to discover that 
he is faithful.  
   Faith experienced is faith that is real. 
It is an easy thing to say that you believe. It 
is an easy thing to feel like you believe. But 
faith is not situated in our feelings. Faith is 
situated in our feet. That's why the Bible calls it 
"walking by faith" rather than "feeling by faith." 
[Alternative View with Dr. Tony Evans; 
https://www.crosswalk.com/devotionals/alternative-view-with-dr-tony-evans/ re Heb. 11 and Psa. 1] 


Hebrews 11:1 - FAITH.


Hebrews 11:1 - What Is Faith?



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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