Thankful for Faith -Hebrews Chapter 11

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

Read this chapter.  I mean it, if you haven’t been reading along with Michele in Hebrews yet, start now.  Chapter 11 speaks about the greatest gift we receive from God, faith.

Through faith, our sacrifices become acceptable, and we are reconciled with God.  Through faith we have the promise of eternal life.  Through faith we can do things that seem impossible.  Through faith we continue as witnesses even after our death.   Our very belief and knowledge of God comes only through faith.

“And what more shall I say?  For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jepthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets –who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, received promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched raging fire, escaped the edge of the sword, won strength out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.”  Hebrews 11:32-34

This gift was so precious to the righteous men and women of Bible times, that they were willing to do just about anything to preserve it and pass it on.

“Some were tortured ….Others suffered mocking and scourging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawed in two, they were killed with the sword.  They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, ill-treated …” Hebrews 11:36-38

So, don’t take your faith for granted.  It cost something.  For Jesus it cost everything.

 

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