When God describes faith in Hebrews 11, there is always an action verb or two next to it.
There is no trusting God unless you show with your actions that you do! James put it this way…..
“What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit? Thus also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.
But someone will say, “You have faith, and I have works.” Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe — and tremble! But do you want to know, O foolish man, that faith without works is dead?” James 2:14-19.
Now watch the action verbs in Hebrews 11,
V.4 “By faith Abel OFFERED to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.”
V.5-6 “By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him”; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.”
The action above is: diligently sought him.
V.7 7 “By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, MOVED with godly fear, PREPARED an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.”
V.8-10 “By faith Abraham OBEYED when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he WENT out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he DWELT in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he WAITED for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.”
V 11-12 “By faith Sarah herself also RECEIVED strength to CONCEIVE seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she JUDGED Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude — innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.”
The Heavenly Hope
V.13-16 “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, EMBRACED them and CONFESSED that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things DECLARE plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is, a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.”
V.17-19 “By faith Abraham, when he was tested, OFFERED UP Isaac, and he who had received the promises OFFERED UP his only begotten son, of whom it was said, “In Isaac your seed shall be called,” concluding that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead, from which he also RECEIVED him in a figurative sense.”
V.20 “By faith Isaac BLESSED Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.”
V.21 “By faith Jacob, when he was dying, BLESSED each of the sons of Joseph, and worshiped, leaning on the top of his staff.”
V.22 “By faith Joseph, when he was dying, MADE MENTION of the departure of the children of Israel, and GAVE INSTRUCTIONS concerning his bones.”
V.23 “By faith Moses, when he was born, WAS HIDDEN three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.”
V.24 “By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”
V.27-28 “By faith he FORSOOK EGYPT NOT FEARING the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. By faith HE KEPT THE PASSOVER and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.”
V. 29 “By faith THEY PASSED THROUGH the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.”
V. 30-31 “By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after THEY WERE ENCIRCLED FOR SEVEN DAYS. By faith the harlot Rahab did not perish with those who did not believe, when she HAD RECEIVED THE SPIES WITH PEACE.”
V.32-38 “And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith SUBDUED kingdoms, WORKED righteousness, OBTAINED promises, STOPPED the mouths of lions, QUENCHED the violence of fire, ESCAPED the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, NOT ACCEPTING deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. Still others HAD TRIAL of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They WANDERED about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented — of whom the world was not worthy. They WANDERED in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.”
And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
You see behind every great man or woman of faith there was action put to their faith and yes some of them even died in faith believing and doing what it took to obtain the promise of God and many did it not seeing the results but knowing they would obtain the after life!
So faith is not just believing without action… Faith is acting like the word of God is truth!
I feel God is saying, let’s begin to move out on our faith and if you trust him you will not only believe in your heart but confess with your mouth and put action behind your words!
I hear the LORD saying… “Come on, show Me that you trust Me!”
Glory to God!
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.