Romans 1:17 For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, The just shall live by faith.
Through the centuries, since the decline of the church in its dark ages, the Lord has been moving in the church to counteract spiritual decline, creating spiritual momentum in the work of God with recovering spiritual truth. One such spiritual truth is faith in God through what some may call “The Faith Movement.” Faith in God, though, is more than a movement, it is a way of life. No less than four times we’re told “the just shall live by faith” (Habakkuk 2:4; Rom. 1:17; Gal. 3:11; Heb. 10:38). Live means “a way of life, a life style.” Not just once in a while, but taking God at His Word day by day. Not on the basis of a crisis that throws us into trusting God, like Jonah, but on the basis of a commitment, like Peter, who stepped out on the water by choice.
Faith always was, always is, and always will be important in pleasing God (Heb. 11:6) and is not just a movement. Throughout Hebrews 11, one thing stands out: “By faith…by faith…by faith…” All the people named lived in various time periods of God’s moving and dealing with man, and they were singled out in their day for their faith. They didn’t stand out and get commended because they were perfect or because they never made mistakes. Think of Abraham’s failure; Moses’ failure; Samson’s failure; and David’s failure. It was because they had faith and faith pleases God, so the last word written about their lives was “they pleased God.”
“But I’ve tried that faith stuff and it hasn’t worked yet.” Think of the examples of faith and patience of some of those who are distinguished for their faith in the Bible. Think of their faith from the time they received God’s Word till it was manifested:
Abraham waited 25 years from promise to fulfillment (Gen. 12:1 4 75 years old; Gen. 21:5 100 years old).
Caleb waited 40 years (Num. 14:24; 27 35; Josh. 14:6 12).
Noah waited 100 years (Gen. 5:36; 6:9 22 500 years old; Gen. 7:1 7 600 years old).
The Bible tells us in Hebrews 10:35, 36, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.” We have to have patience to wait in faith but, more than likely, we won’t have to wait for the promise to come to pass like those just mentioned. We live on the finished side of the Cross, the side where our redemption has already been paid for by Jesus and the powers of darkness have been overthrown.