Tony Evans — The Triumph of Faith
Well friends, we're back again and we're so excited about this series on "Heroes of the Faith," and I hope your faith has been ignited through these great, great heroes from the Old Testament that are recorded for us in Hebrews.
Today we're gonna look at the triumph of faith. We're gonna see how people overcame things that they had to face in their lives because of their faith. Faith is a powerful tool in the hand of God when exercised by his people. So, let's get to the Word of God and find out how you can become triumphant, as they were triumphant, as you exercise your faith.
The author of Hebrews has gone name after name-- Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Moses, Israel, Rahab-- and he says these folks saw the hand and the movement, the power and the presence of God, and they saw it by faith. Faith must always, watch this, precede sight. Once you have sight, it is no longer faith.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen." If you have to see it first, you've canceled faith, for faith is prior to and apart from sight.
Faith leads to sight, but faith must always precede sight. Most people, even Christians, decide what they're gonna do by what they see first. And if you decide whether you're gonna do what God says do on the front end because you see it, then you're not exercising faith and you have canceled out seeing God move.
So, we regularly cancel out the supernatural 'cause we gotta see the natural first, but faith is apart from sight. Now, having explained this, he now comes to his culminating section, his culminating point in the book, in the chapter.
He begins in verse of Hebrews, and I love how he opens it up, and he says, "And what more shall I say?" He says, "What can I say now? I done walked you through verses. I've given you the great heroes of the faith and what they were able to achieve by faith, so what more can I tell you? What more can I say?" he says.
If you've gone through these verses, these messages, prior to today and you're still not inspired, encouraged, and motivated to live by faith, he said, "What more can I say? I've shown you," he says, "what faith can do in everything leading up to this point."
In fact, he goes on to say in verse, "For time will fail me." He said, "If I had some time, if I had the time, I'd tell you about Gideon, Barak, Sampson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and the prophets, but I don't have time. I don't have time. I don't have space to go into all these folk I haven't gone into."