All through the Bible, Jesus is portrayed as the word incarnate. He is the power. He is the life we need. Up to this point, Hebrews has established Jesus as the perfect revelation of God, the perfect sacrifice and the perfect mediator of the New Covenant. Now, we come to Hebrews 11 and we are talking about Faith. You want to make Jesus happy—have faith. (This chapter is full of examples of great faith. I will touch on a few of them here, but I want to encourage you to read through the one’s I have not covered and study them on your own.)
The Hebrew church was admonished in Chapters three and four that when the day has come to you, don’t be like the Israelites in the past, but believe and enter into the promise of God for your life. God wants the church to have faith. But Jesus wondered aloud when he said, “And shall God not avenge His own elect who cry out day and night to Him, though He bears long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man comes, will He really find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:7-8)
The greatest fight of your life is not against the devil, it’s the fight of faith. When we read the word, here is what it says will happen when we finally see him: ““How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, You who weakened the nations! Those who see you will gaze at you, And consider you, saying: ‘Is this the man who made the earth tremble, Who shook kingdoms, Who made the world as a wilderness And destroyed its cities, Who did not open the house of his prisoners?’” (Isaiah 14:12-17) We will be surprised at his condition and the impact he had here on earth when we finally see him. He has and does and will create havoc, but he only does it through deception. The fight is not to make things happen. The fight of your life, the good fight, the winning fight, is to have faith. We are to work on having, developing, strengthening, maturing, releasing and working out our faith.