Weekly Sermon
Delivered By
Dr. E. G. Sherman, Jr
Delivered On
November 12, 2017 at 10:45 AM
A Life By Faith

A Life By Faith
“ …The just shall live by his faith.” ( Hab. 2:4 )
The words of this text were written by Habakkuk on the
eve of a Babylonian invasion.  The adversaries were coming
into Judah in a barbarous fashion of conquering,
massacring, and transporting a large segment of the
population into labor camps.
The prophet, Habakkuk, was perplexed by what he
envisioned. Thus, he inquired – What is this but the triumph
of evil?  Is the Divine Ruler unaware of what is happening,
or is He indifferent to the needs of the righteous? Sensing
the apparent victory of the wicked and humiliation of the
of the righteous, Habakkuk cried unto the Lord – “Oh Lord,
how long shall I cry, and thou wilt not hear! even cry out
unto thee of violence, and thou will not save?” ( Hab. 1:2 ).
He, further, complained that Thou “…makest men as the
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fishes of the sea, as the creeping things, that have no ruler
over them?” ( Hab. 1:14 ). After pondering his question,
Habakkuk resolved, “I will take my stand and watch…” (2:1).
Amidst his waiting, the Lord spoke to Habakkuk saying “…
the just shall live by his faith”.
This revelation that struck Habakkuk was couched in
one word faith and this word would not only undergird the
Old Testament, but it would ring throughout the New
Testament. Accordingly, our text will embrace this verse
and it is designed to induce some and remind others of the
potency of faith as a dominant source in daily living.
Hopefully, it will encourage all of us to realize that we have
equal access to the dominion of faith.
To assert that faith is so powerful without elaborating
on some of its dimensions may cause doubts about its

essence. Hence, attention will be focused, first, on the
characteristics of faith and, then, some applications of
faith in our life.
The Bible, in Hebrews 11:1, defines faith in the
following manner, “ Now faith is the substance of things
hoped for, the evidence of things not seen”. That same
Chapter asserts that faith is a prerequisite for pleasing
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.” ( 11:6 ).
This biblical certainty leads to two essential dimensions
of faith; they are: faith is an attitude and, next, faith is a
workable concept.  Each of these features will now be
Faith is an attitude of the soul with tremendous moral
conviction and lingering anticipation. It is an energizing
principle of such power that, where is prevails, the whole
experiences of life change. It fills the soul with a new
inspiration; it uplifts the downtrodden; it consoles the
lonely; it impels the slothful; it motivates the timid; and
it preserves the just.  Let faith live in a human heart, and
therein is a person without fear or desperation. Such
an individual knows that all things work together for
good…. Additionally, by faith humanity endures in the
midst of the greatest troubles and calamities; by faith
the human group plants and reaps, plans and builds,
explores and discovers, and lives and dies.
Secondly, faith is a workable concept as noted in
the writing of Habakkuk. The revelation came to him
as he was troubled by forthcoming problem for his nation.
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It was faith that gave him strength for the battle of his life,
and it was liken unto a light shining in darkness. Hence,
he could confidently embrace the words, “ the just shall
life by his faith”. The verity of that assertion extended
beyond the sojourn of Habakkuk and leaped across the
annals of time into the New Testament. That message
continues to signal humankind of today and shall forever
serve as a guidepost for those who love the Lord.
Having examine faith as an attitude and as a concept,
the emphasis will now be directed to faith in the New
Testament where Habakkuk’s prophecy is found. Numerous
are the references, but just three of them will be cited. In
Gal. 3:11 – faith is used as the justification of the sinner
who accepts Christ ; Heb, 10:38 – faith is used to denote the
continuance of the Christian life in steadfastness and

strength in Christ and Rom. 1:17 – faith is viewed as the
conduit through which the believer is admitted to the
blessings of the covenant of grace.
As closure for this sermon, attention will be directed
to faith in the New Testament will special emphasis on
some teachings that our Lord and Savior Jesus gave and/or
demonstrated on its usage. The Bible clearly shows that
Jesus place much emphasis on faith as the pivot around
which human life should revolve. He not only taught that
all things are possible if one only believes, but Jesus – also –
declared that faith the size of a mustard see will enable
one to speak to the mountain to be moved and it shall so be.
Finally, in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, Jesus,
declared himself to be the risen Savior and called upon
his followers to “…be thou faithful unto death, and I will

give thee a crow n of life” ( Rev. 2:10 )

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