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First of all there are two kinds of faith. We have a personal faith, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” (Heb. 11:1) Secondly, Christianity is built on the system of faith which is the Gospel. When Jesus saw the centurion’s confidence that a word from the Master would heal his servant, “he marvelled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.” (Matt. 8:10) Now, we can learn about faith by reading the whole council of God. However, if one desires a certain concentration of area that we can read about personal faith, we can begin in Hebrews 11. For, Hebrews 11 is known for its unsurpassed definition and depiction of faith and has been labeled as the “Hall of Faith.” It speaks of the worlds that were framed by God. It speaks of Abel, Enoch, Sara, Rahab and many others. For, faith is not something that just falls on us and therefore, we have it. In each case where faith is evident, it is evident by something they did. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:” (1 Pet. 1:3-8). We must remember that faith is not lifting hands up and relying upon emotionalism to guide us safely through life. Faith is practiced. The more we read and study God’s word, the more faith we have in Him. Therefore, the more we practice our Christianity in service to God, the more faith we have in our eternal home in Heaven. For, “without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6) Therefore, may we ever manifest the same kind of simple trust in God and endurance for righteousness and faith as those mentioned in Hebrews 11. Robert Notgrass

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