WED. NOV 23 | SOAP DEVOTIONAL | HEBREWS 11 – PASTOR JOHN HOST

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Hebrews 11

Faith in Action

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command,so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.

By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.”[a] For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she[b]considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth.14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”[c] 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born,because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt,not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.[d]

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak,Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning;[e] they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in cavesand in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

 

 

Devotional

Hebrews 11

One of my favorite chapters.
Faith it’s more than believing it’s a way of life. Pastor John had 5 points to talk about this morning.
1) The importance of faith.
2) What is faith?
3) Examples of faith.
4) How is our faith doing?
5) How can we grow our faith?
So how important is faith?  Well four times God tells us the righteous will live by his faith!
 “See, the enemy is puffed up; his desires are not upright— but the righteous person will live by his faithfulness—”
‭‭Habakkuk‬ ‭2:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
Romans 1:17; Galatians 3:11, Hebrews 10:38
Yeah it’s that important.
Faith: Believing and receiving.
Faith in action! In this chapter we see imperfect old testament heroes who trusted God and gave their lives to him, heroes who provide examples of faith and obedience. But what exactly is faith?
It’s a response, it’s a choice we make to not only completely believe but live according to that faith … trusting that eventually God‘s promises will come true.
Faith Is an action verb not noun.
God is always available but we have to seek him. Stepping out in faith when you feel like God is asking you to do something but you hesitate because well … it might be messy, and yes it’s probably going to be uncomfortable. Sometimes you’re wondering why you’re doing something when you do step out in faith … irregardless of your critics and the naysayers and your fears. Completely trusting That what God asked you to do will all work out for His good.
Being obedient and trusting in God.
It gives you peace even if everybody’s questioning you or laughing at you and they don’t understand what you’re doing. It Gives you peace because it is pleasing God.
Old Testament stories there are plenty of them giving examples of faith. Noah building that ark; Moses delivering Israel Out of Egypt;  Jonah, David, Able, Enoch, Abraham, Sarah, Issac, soo many!
Ordinary people doing extraordinary things because of their faith.
So… how is our faith doing? By faith I wake up every morning during the week and SOAP and zoom believing God‘s word will be delivered by our leaders and messages from others hit a nerve in my heart. There are no limitations where God is concerned, we place limitations on ourselves. Nothing is impossible when you have faith and trust God.
Nothing.
When God says buy a coffee and a sandwich for that homeless person over there and have a conversation with them, do it! Get out of the car! Doesn’t matter if you have time God asked you to do it. God wakes you up in the middle of the night and someone’s on your mind … pray for them!
You can be A young boy like David slaying a giant or a person up in years like Abraham or Sarah who believes that God’s promises will be delivered. Know that because He is right there beside you… you WILL get through it and there is a blessing on the other side!
Those old testament stories and heroes inspire and encourage us as a church. Go back and read some of them.
Grow your faith by getting into the word.
Grow your faith by constantly looking to Jesus and his life because He is the ultimate example.
Get intimate with the Lord.
Open the door to a deeper life in Christ.
What can you do TODAY to inspire and encourage others church?
When God places some thing on your heart… do it … even if you don’t know why..
even if it’s a little scary… even if you don’t have time.. just do it and see what blessings come from it.
Experience ALL that God has for you.
🙌 🙏🏻 ❤️

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