Hebrews 10:32 - 39
"32But be ever mindful of the days gone by in which, after you were first spiritually enlightened, you endured a great and painful struggle,
33Sometimes being yourselves a gazing stock, publicly exposed to insults and abuse and distress, and sometimes claiming fellowship and making common cause with others who were so treated.
34For you did sympathize and suffer along with those who were imprisoned and you bore cheerfully the plundering of your belongings and the confiscation of your property, in the knowledge and consciousness that you yourselves had a better and lasting possession.
35Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward.
36For you have need of steadfast patience and endurance, so that you may perform and fully accomplish the will of God, and thus receive and carry away [and enjoy to the full] what is promised.
37For still a little while (a very little while), and the Coming One will come and He will not delay.
38But the just shall live by faith [My righteous servant shall live by his conviction respecting man's relationship to God and divine things, and holy fervor born of faith and conjoined with it]; and if he draws back and shrinks in fear, My soul has no delight or pleasure in him.
39But our way is not that of those who draw back to eternal misery (perdition) and are utterly destroyed, but we are of those who believe [who cleave to and trust in and rely on God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah] and by faith preserve the soul."
The believers had gone through a tough time of affliction, but they withstood and overcame. They overcame because they knew something. What they knew gave them confidence to act in the face of their struggles and affliction. Paul called it a confidence of faith or a fearless confidence.
Faith Vs Fear
1. Faith makes you act in a positive direction, fear make you act in the negative direction. You exhibit faith confidence by acting on the basis of what you know. While fear would make you give up, faith will make you move on. Fear will make you stand still in your tracks, terrified, faith will make you move forward, confident. Habakkuk 3:19 (Amplified version) says “The Lord God is my Strength, my personal bravery, and my invincible army; He makes my feet like hinds' feet and will make me to walk [not to stand still in terror, but to walk] and make [spiritual] progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility]!
2. Faith can be defined as “confidence because you know” or confidence based on knowledge. The more you know and understand, the more confidence you have and act based on. Faith does come by hearing. Hebrews 10:34-35 says “You had compassion for me in my bonds, and took joyfully the spoiling of your goods, knowing in yourselves . . . therefore do not cast away your confidence of faith.” The reason why they had compassion and took the affliction joyfully was because they “knew”. Their act of confidence was based on what they knew and had become convinced of.
To walk by faith is to walk by what you know. We are faced with all sorts of issues, but when you know something about how to deal with your issue, you are confident, confident because you know something. You know that the prayer of faith will salvage the issue; you know that if you speak to the mountain and refuse to entertain any doubt, the mountain will move. Because you know, you refuse to entertain fear. Fear drains your confidence and makes the trouble overwhelm you; faith increases your confidence, breaks the back of fear, and makes you conquer.
3. Faith moves forward, and fear draws back and shrinks: We are of those who believe to the saving of the soul and not of those who draw back unto perdition. Habakkuk 3:19, says “He will make us to walk on our high places, not stand still in terror, but to make spiritual progress upon my high places [of trouble, suffering, or responsibility].”
Memory verse: Hebrews 10:39 “. . . We are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”.