Faith is the substance of things hoped for,
The evidence of things not seen,
By faith we understand the universe
Was formed by God saying, “Let there be!”
By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice
Than the sacrifice offered by Cain.
By faith Abel became a righteous man
And still speaks, though he was slain.
By faith Enoch did not experience death
But by God was taken away.
By faith Noah warned about things not seen
“A flood will come,” Noah did say.
By faith, in holy fear, he built an ark
To save his family
By faith Abram went to a place unknown,
For the One above had planned it perfectly.
By faith Abraham, though he was past age,
And Sarah was barren and old,
Believed God’s promise to give them a son;
They became parents as told.
By faith he made his home in the Promised Land,
Like a stranger in a foreign country.
He lived in tents as did Isaac and Jacob,
Looking forward to God’s Holy City.
By faith Isaac was offered as a sacrifice,
When God tested Abraham.
And because God saw that Abraham obeyed,
He provided him with a ram.
By faith Isaac blessed Esau and Jacob
And Jacob blessed Manasseh and Ephraim.
By faith Moses’ parents hid him in fear,
So Pharaoh’s men wouldn’t take him when they came.
By faith when Moses was all grown up
Refused to be an Egyptian prince.
He chose to be mistreated with the people of God
Than enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sins.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea
But the Egyptians, when they tried, drowned.
By faith Joshua’s army marched through Jericho
And, on the seventh day, saw it fall to the ground.
By faith Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel
Conquered kingdoms with the help of the Lord,
Administered justice, gained what was promised,
Shut lions’ mouths, and escaped the sword.
The weak were made strong,
And women received back their dead.
There were those who were tortured for the Lord
For “Christ lives”, they said.
Others faced jeers and floggings and chains,
Imprisonments and stoning to death.
Some were sawed in two, killed by the sword,
Yet in faith drew their last breath.
So, let us, as Christians, be strong in the Lord
And be faithful, no matter what Satan does,
For through God and by faith we can move even mountains
Till we cross the river glorious.
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