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Heroes of Faith: Hebrews 11

Oct 03, 2021 | Randy Gunter

Heroes of Faith: Having Supernatural Faith

Heroes of Faith: Having Supernatural Faith
Hebrews 11:1-3

The tragedy’s toll on the human spirit can be heart-breaking. Being dismissive of the suffering is no more helpful than being overwhelmed by it. We must consider what is happening in the world under the providential sovereignty of God and what response the Holy Spirit requires of us.

God empowers us to handle such brokenness with supernatural faith—a faith beyond human capacity that is not limited to or sourced from our experiences.

Supernatural faith requires God’s involvement. For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. (Ephesians 2:8 ESV)

Everyone needs supernatural grace and mercy, and we also need supernatural faith.

Natural faith:

Supernatural faith:

Hebrews 11 includes the accounts of many people with supernatural faith.

These all died in faith, not having received the things promised, but having seen them and greeted them from afar, and having acknowledged that they were strangers and exiles on the earth. (Hebrews 11:13 ESV)

Having seen them and greeted them from afar” – They believed what God promised them even though they did not experience it in their lifetimes. With faith, they saw the fulfillment and welcomed it from a distance.

Heroic faith requires that we distinguish between natural and supernatural faith.

Hebrews 11:1 - Now faith is

the assurance of things hoped for,

the conviction of things not seen.

Faith is that which is foundational concrete to us even though we have not fully experienced it yet. We live with certainty about the things for which the Bible tells us to have hope.

The realities of supernatural faith trump our temporal experiences, blessing us and glorifying God 

Heroic faith is the bedrock of Christian living.

By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:3 ESV)

Though none of us were present, we believe that God created everything from nothing by his word (Genesis 1:1).

If you don’t believe the first ten words of the Bible, Genesis 1:1, why bother believing any of it? If you can’t have faith that God created the heavens and the earth, you can't have supernatural faith. If you don’t trust the Bible, then you’ll not trust the God of the Bible.

Heroic faith is grounded in biblical truth.

A challenge for increased faith:

Ask God to increase your faith.

See Mark 9

Ensure that Jesus is the object of your faith.

Our faith is only as good as the object of our faith. Our faith must be in Christ.

1 Therefore, since we have been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Through him we have also obtained access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and we rejoice in hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2 ESV)

Engage personally with God through prayer and worship.   

Make much of the promises of God in the Bible—mark them, write them down, and talk about them.

Purpose to walk by faith, not by sight (2 Corinthians 5:7).

1 Then the angel showed me the river of the water of life, bright as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb 2 through the middle of the street of the city; also, on either side of the river, the tree of life with its twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit each month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. 3 No longer will there be anything accursed, but the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and his servants will worship him. 4 They will see his face, and his name will be on their foreheads. 5 And night will be no more. They will need no light of lamp or sun, for the Lord God will be their light, and they will reign forever and ever. (Revelation 22:1-5 ESV)

Series Information

The tragedy’s toll on the human spirit can be heart-breaking. Being dismissive of the suffering is no more helpful than being overwhelmed by it. We must consider what is happening in the world under the providential sovereignty of God and what response the Holy Spirit requires of us. God empowers us to handle such brokenness with supernatural faith—a faith beyond human capacity that is not limited to or sourced from our experiences.

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