Text: Gal 3:11b, Heb 11:1-39, Rom 1:17, Hab 2:4
The just is the righteous, the upright, the blameless, the faithful, the pure. The just is one who loves righteousness and he lives by faith. His trust is in the Lord and he lives by the power of GOD. He believes the word and what he hears from God and holds on to it. He is the redeemed of the Lord and is always wearing the garment of praise. Heb 11:1 -2 define faith as belief or trust in God, “Being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see, this is what the ancients were commended for.” That is; they lived by faith. So the just or righteous shall live by believing in God and be hopeful and be certain of what is yet to be seen.
Genuine faith is marked by choosing to trust God even when you know the outcome may be different from what you had ever imagined. You let go of your preconceived notions of how things ought to be. Jesus expects you to have faith and also to live by it. Jesus said in Matt 17:20b to His disciples; “Because you have so little faith, I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, move from here to there and it will move.” When the apostles said Jesus should increase their faith, Jesus said in Luke 17:6 “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, be uprooted and be planted in the sea, and it will obey you.”
Jesus said in Luke 8:48 “Daughter your faith has healed you. Go in peace.” And in Mark 11:22 Jesus said, “Have faith in God.” All these are evidence that you should have faith and live by it. Have faith and exercise it. The outcome is always in line with God’s purpose. Heb 11:6 says “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.” It is profitable to have faith and live by it so as to be able to please God. Any just person will strife to live by faith so as to please God.
And again Heb 10:38 says; “But my righteous one will live by faith.” May you be among the righteous who will live by faith. Even when additional hands were needed to assist the twelve disciples, Stephen was among those chosen because he was full of faith and of the Holy Spirit (Act 6:5)
Let us consider some characters who lived by faith in the scriptures.
Abraham the man of faith , so was he called because he believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness. Gal 3:9. By faith Abraham was called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going, but by faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country and lived in tents. He was looking forward to the city with foundations whose architect and builder is God. By faith Abraham lifted his knife to plunge unto Isaac to offer him as a sacrifice at mount Moriah believing that he would still be father of nation as God promised.
It is by faith that Noah built an ark in the middle of dry land; Heb 11:7. He built an ark when he was warned about things not yet seen. It was this ark that eventually saved him, his family and some livestock he took along during the greatest flood.
Brethren it is profitable to live by faith. If Noah did not build the ark then, he with the others saved would have perished with the flood.
It is by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born and they were not afraid of the king’s verdict; Heb 11:23. Despite the situation and circumstances around the period Moses was born and hostility by Pharaoh against male children born, his parents kept faith and this enabled Moses’ destiny to be fulfilled.
Learn to live by faith. Never allow situations and circumstances dominate your life and existence.
When the Israelites told Moses he should have allowed them to remain in Egypt, serve the Egyptians and even die there instead of bringing them to the desert. Moses, with absolute trust and confidence in God demonstrated his faith by saying as in Exo.14:13; “Do not be afraid, stand firm and you will see deliverance the Lord will bring you today”. The Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. V14 “The lord will fight for you, you need only to be still.” This is an act of faith. You should learn to put your trust in the Lord always and act on faith.
When Gideon was called to lead the battle for Israel against Midianites he gathered thirty two thousand men but by faith he reduced them to three hundred when God said; “you had too many men for me to deliver Midianites into their hands” Judges 7:3. He believed the word he heard from God Judges 6:16 and went to war with only three hundred Men and God delivered the Midianites into Gideon’s hands. Believe whatever the Lord has spoken concerning your case or situation and faithfully hold on to it.
Despite the bleak future confronting Ruth, having lost her husband, faced with famine, with no hope for the future and despite her mother-in-law’s insistence that she should go back to her parents, by faith Ruth refused to go back but clung to Naomi. Ruth 1:16-17. She demonstrated great faith, love for her departed husband and Naomi. And the future became bright, hope was restored and she became part of Jesus’ lineage. How great is your faith?
The centurion’s servant was sick and he informed Jesus, Jesus promised to follow him home to come and heal his servant. By faith the centurion told Jesus; “Speak the word only and my servant shall be healed.” The centurion acted on faith, he believed Jesus need not be present physically before his servant could be healed. He believed so much in the word Jesus would speak. Jesus acknowledged this in Matt. 8:10b by saying “verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no not in Israel.” And Jesus said unto the centurion, go thy way, and as thou has believed, so be it done unto thee.” And his servant was healed in the same hour. This is the kind of faith the Just must exhibit.
What are you trusting God for? Exercise your faith and it shall be well with you.
Advantages of living by faith
1. You will be among the righteous. Heb 10:38.
2. You will be able to please God Heb 11:6.
3. You shall be among the chosen. Act 6:5
4. You will stand out among others. Heb 11:7
5. Your destiny shall be fulfilled. Heb 11:28
6. You shall be saved. Lk. 7:50
Father in heaven, I want to please you in all ways and to be among the righteous.
Help me Lord to have faith and to live by it. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen