By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
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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Which character in Hebrews 11 is your favorite faith story?
5/28/2019 10:03:25 am
What a great point about Abel!
5/29/2019 06:56:47 pm
You're so right Michele! "Some of them I might not have expected to fine there..." I think heaven is going to be the same way. "...and then, others I'd have looked for and been surprised to find omitted." Makes me think of how differently we look at people than the way God looks at them.
5/28/2019 03:54:16 pm
Thanks for the mentions on Twitter and thanks for the linkup!
5/29/2019 06:57:54 pm
You're so welcome Susan. :)
5/29/2019 12:49:30 pm
I love reading thru the role call of the faithful and the 4Him song "Man you would Write About" inspired by it. laurensparks.net
5/29/2019 07:02:04 pm
The roll call of the faithful is inspiring! Thanks for stoping by Lauren! :)
5/29/2019 01:04:57 pm
I don't think I can pick a favorite. Although, what stood out reading it today was that Barak is there, I have read this a hundred times and haven't given any notice to him, today he jumped out. We often think of him as weak, wanting a woman to go to war with him. We miss that it was only because he wanted to ensure God went with him and he was willing to give up the glory in order to have that. Faithful and humble. So many great characters and lessons we can learn from each one. Many Thanks 8)
5/29/2019 07:04:18 pm
Yes Debra, Barak is an interesting character you might not expect to find in Hebrews 11, but that's what makes the chapter so intriguing to me.
5/30/2019 08:55:07 am
Absolutely love this! Reading these stories and examples of faith is a great way to build your faith. After all, the just shall live by faith! not by sight! Even when we do not understand, we will trust in Jesus to see us through. Thank you for your consistent content created to encourage the body of Christ. It is such a blessing!
5/30/2019 09:06:54 am
Oh thank you so much Stacy! These stories of faith are so encouraging to me because they are not just faith, they are failure too, and I fail so very often! There is hope, even for me.
6/2/2019 04:13:43 pm
I appreciate this post. This is my husband's favorite chapter of the Bible!
6/3/2019 09:59:30 am
Julie, I think it might be mine too! So much encouragements here that these people were not perfect, but they were heroes of faith, God's beloved, His chosen people— they were just like us! :)
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