The story of the prodigal father’s two sons found in Luke 15:11-32 lets us know that before we can start living a life of victory we must first understand and experience the truth expressed in Psalms 16:11 which says:
Thou wilt show me the path of life: in thy presence [is] fulness of joy; at thy right hand [there are] pleasures for evermore. (Emphasis supplied)
Neither of the prodigal father’s sons believed this truth because they both left the presence of the father, whom Jesus was using in a symbolic way to represent God: our heavenly father. Luke 15:17-19 lets us know that the younger son had a change of heart, but the reason for that change is revealed in vs. 14-16. There we find the key that unlocks the truth expressed in Psalms 16:11 and that key is: FAITH. That’s right, I said the key that unlocks the powerful truth expressed in Psalms 16:11 is, FAITH. The reason I say this is because of what we are told in Hebrews 11:1:
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. (Emphasis supplied)
Hebrews 11:1 tells us that genuine faith enables us experience fullness of joy and pleasures forevermore, immediately!!! This is because genuine faith provides us with the substance of the things we hope for. For instance, we hope for more money for various reasons. One main reason is because it makes us feel secure about our future. The more money we possess the more secure we feel about our future. However, genuine faith can give us complete security about our future at all times whether we have money or not. It does this because it enables us to possess the substance of what we hope for and in this case the substance we hope for is feeling secure about our future. We don’t have to wait until we have the thing we hoped for because we have the substance of the thing we hoped for, immediately!!! Therefore, we have the evidence of things we don’t see because we have the substance by faith and not by sight.
Hebrews 11:6 expands on what we are told in Hebrews 11:1 by saying:
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. (Emphasis supplied)
Hebrews 11:1 tells us what genuine faith is by telling us what it provides, but Hebrews 11:6 tells us what genuine faith is by telling us how it works. The reason I emphasize the word genuine is because of what we are told in James 2:19&20:
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? (Emphasis supplied).
Genuine faith works because genuine faith has a work and without that work our faith does not supply us with pleasures forevermore and fullness of joy because it is dead.
In our next blog we are going to deal with how to experience the substance of everything you have ever hoped for by doing the work of faith. You do not want to miss it. Tell everybody you care about to join us. In the meantime see if you can come up with what the work of faith is.