Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
For by it the elders obtained a good testimony.
By faith we understand that the world's were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. Hebrews 11:1-3
I don't know about you but I love reading and rereading Hebrews 11. The Famous Faith chapter where it is totally possible to be inspired to live a life of faith. In chapter 11 we see all the 'heroes of faith' whose faith was the substance for the things they hoped for.
Verse 2 said, "For by it the elders obtained a good testimony." Faith was the very reason that the 'heroes of faith' listed in chapter 11 received their good testimony. The word tells us that "...Faith comes by the hearing and hearing comes by the word of God" Each one of these 'heroes of faith' heard God speak either through a rhema or a logos word and in that hallmark moment they knew. They knew that God was there and that He would do all that He said He would. See faith is in the knowing that God is at the very center of it all and from that knowing they made choices filled with faith in God. They received their good testimony.
How about you? Do you want to live a life of faith and join the elders in receiving a good testimony? I know that my hearts desire is to hear the words, "Well done."
Verse 3 says, "By faith we understand that the world's were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible." I love that the first example of faith listed can be found in 'the beginning.' The very first hallmark moment listed is that faith knows and understands that God is and was and always will be the creator of it all. The very first seed of faith is knowing that He spoke ... And it was!
As that seed of faith, that knowing grows, then comes a faith filled life that knows ...All things are possible to Him who believes.