Hebrews 10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.
There are many people who love God but have become disillusioned; they are sick, broke, frustrated, and have no real victory. Some are even making excuses and new doctrines for why the Word of God did not work. They need to know the secret of true victory. “… and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith,” 1 John 5:4.
The just, those declared righteous, have a recommended way of living. It is repeated four times by the Spirit of God in the Bible:
“… the just shall live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4.
“…the just shall live by faith.” Romans 1:17.
“…for the just shall live by faith.” Galatians 3:11.
“Now the just shall live by faith…,” Hebrews 10:38.
The just are to live a certain way – it is not optional. Who? The just. Do what? Live by faith. Who are the just? Those declared righteous. We have a way to live now that we are born again and it is not the way we use to live. It is the way for living life and everything in your life (family, finances, health, etc.). It is not just when in trouble, under attack, or at our “whit’s end.” It is not just faith for salvation alone but to live by after being saved. It is the recommended way of living for the just.
During the 70’s through the early 90’s there was a renewed emphasis on the principles of faith that some labeled the “Faith Movement.” Faith always was, always is, and always will be important in pleasing God while living upon the Earth (Hebrews 11:6) and it is not just a movement. Throughout Hebrews 11, one thing stands out: “By faith…by faith…by faith….” All the people named are people who lived in history in various time periods of God’s moving and dealing with man, and they were singled out in their day for their faith. They did not stand out and get commended because they were perfect or because they never made mistakes. They are commended in the list in Hebrews 11 because faith has always been the way God’s people should live in every time period. It was because they had faith and faith pleases God, so the last word written about their lives was “They pleased God.” Hebrews 11:6 tells us faith is the way to please God, “But 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.”
There isn’t a new or different way to victory, it is always by faith in God. Some say the faith talked about in the Bible only means the Christian faith as a religion like the Jewish faith, Islamic faith, Hindu faith, and in some places it does when you see it called “the faith;” but what about faith in the promises of God 2 Corinthians 1:20; 2 Peter 1:2‑4; Romans 4:12‑23.
Very often the only reason the Spirit of God will have to bring an emphasis on a truth is because it has been neglected or lost. Revivals always come to counteract spiritual decline, create spiritual momentum, and to recover spiritual truth. God has never had a plan that did not work and He plans for His children to “live” by faith.