When I was in the third grade, I memorized Hebrews 11. The whole third-grade class memorized it. All 40 verses! I can still recite much of that passage today. It made a huge impact on my life!
Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Sarah... Hebrew 11 is filled with men and women whose moral and spiritual failings, depravity, sin, and faith give us great hope that only through Christ, in Christ and because of Christ are we accepted into the Kingdom of God.
"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
The chapter goes on to tell us of Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, the prophets of the Old Testament and their acts of faith, courage and heroism.
I love in verse 4 where it speaks of Able's life, "And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks." Isn't that what we all want to be said of our own lives? And through her faith, though she died, she still speaks. That's my prayer today. Lord, let my faith continue to speak, even after I am gone!
Another favorite part of this passage for me personally is found in verse 8 where it says that Abraham "went out, not knowing where he was going." How many times have I felt God leading me somewhere, but I have no idea where we are going? Maybe you feel this same way today. My prayer with you today my friend is Lord, let me trust you when I have no idea where we are going.
So, two thoughts from Hebrews 11 today:
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The same God who led you in will lead you out.
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The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies for Difficult Times
Using the Israelites' story as an example, Robert Morgan offers ten sound strategies for moving from fear to faith. Among them: Realize that God means for you to be where you are. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord. Pray.
Life is hard, especially for Christians. It is certain that we will face difficulties, and that God will allow them, as He allowed the Israelites to become trapped between Pharaoh's rushing armies and the uncrossable Red Sea. But just as certain is the fact that the same God who led us in will lead us out. As The Red Sea Rules makes comfortingly clear, He is in control." --goodreads
Which character in Hebrews 11 is your favorite faith story?
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