1Then Joshua rose early in the morning and they set out from Shittim. And they came to the Jordan, he and all the people of Israel, and lodged there before they passed over. 2 At the end of three days the officers went through the camp 3and commanded the people, “As soon as you see the ark of the covenant of the LORD your God being carried by the Levitical priests, then you shall set out from your place and follow it. 4 Yet there shall be a distance between you and it, about 2,000 cubits in length. Do not come near it, in order that you may know the way you shall go, for you have not passed this way before.” 5Then Joshua said to the people, “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.” 6And Joshua said to the priests, “Take up the ark of the covenant and pass on before the people.” So they took up the ark of the covenant and went before the people.
7The LORD said to Joshua, “Today I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. 8And as for you, command the priests who bear the ark of the covenant, ‘When you come to the brink of the waters of the Jordan, you shall stand still in the Jordan.'”
Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.
4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. 5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.
Possible to achieve many things with faith – but not to please God.
1. FAITH IS A RESPONSE TO REVELATION
– not just a good idea
God’s word is what is faithful
Greatest exercise of my own spirit
2. FAITH IS AN ATTITUDE OF HUMBLE DEPENDENCE
Unless the Lord build the house
– making room for God to move
3. FAITH IS A MOTIVATION BORN OF CONVICTION
Hebrews 11:8 – “obeyed and went”
4. FAITH IS AN EXPECTATION IN THE POWER OF GOD
Hebrews 11:19 – “Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead”
5. FAITH IS A PRACTICAL PRINCIPLE OF GOD’S KINGDOM
Hebrews 11:33 – the achievements of faith
6. FAITH IS A WILLINGNESS TO BEAR THE PRESSURE OF THE KINGDOM
Luke 18:8 – it is the distinctive principle of God’s kingdom