Monday, January 4, 2010

Day 1 - Faith

Hebrews 11

If you haven’t read through Hebrews 11, please stop and take the time to read it now. This is such a powerful and inspiring chapter of the Bible. All the people mentioned in this section of scripture were credited for their faith, not their actions. I want to emphasize that important point; you see, what they did and accomplished is not what has them in this chapter, it is their faith! Read what the Bible says before each person is named, “By faith…” Yes, they did incredible things; however, they were not doing something incredible to make a name for themselves, they had faith! When we believe and trust God, our actions will show it. How we behave, act, and what we do is the evidence of our faith in Christ. Our faith will affect our actions!

What is faith? Hebrews 11:1 – 2 says, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. “ Looking through Hebrews 11, the people listed were not able to see with human eyes how things would turn out, several of these people didn’t necessarily see how they could accomplish the tasks set out before them, but they trusted God anyway. There are many things we have to believe by faith such as God is the one and only god, our salvation is through Jesus (who is the Word made flesh), promises/prophecies not yet fulfilled will be fulfilled, and so on.

Once again, these heroes were commended for their faith; what they did is merely the evidence of their faith. In fact, Ephesians 2 : 8 – 10 says, “For it is by grace that you have been saved, through faith – and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by work, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” We are saved by God’s grace which was given to us because we believe God. As God works in our hearts, our lives should show the work He is doing. These heroes of faith lived lives that showed how their faith was an active faith.

There are examples in the Bible where believers were commended for their work that was produced as a result of faith. I Thessalonians 1:3 says, “We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ.” I want to live a life that shows my faith and I am looking forward to read about the unique calls that God placed on the heroes of faith listed in Hebrews 11.

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