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Faith & Hebrews 11

praise 150x150 Faith & Hebrews 11Couple of points before we go into this incredible chapter. First off, even faith is a gift.

Ephesians 2:8-9 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast.

Then it’s important to understand the perspective of those who came before Christ and ours.

Old Testament – They lived with faith in the promise of the Messiah to come, who did not come before they died. A faith written on their hearts by God.

New Testament – We live by faith gained in the testimony of those who walked with Jesus, not a blind faith. A faith written on our hearts by God which we choose not to reject along with ample historical and written evidence.

Most importantly, the object of our faith – Jesus Christ our Messiah and Lord

Now just have a read through this chapter and let it sink into your being.
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Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hbr 11:2 This is what the ancients were commended for.
Hbr 11:3 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.
Hbr 11:4 By faith Abel offered God a better sacrifice than Cain did. By faith he was commended as a righteous man, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.
Hbr 11:5 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. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.
Hebrews 11:6 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.
Hbr 11:7 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 comes by faith.
Hbr 11:8 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.
Hbr 11:9 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.
Hbr 11:10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
Hbr 11:11 By faith Abraham, even though he was past age-and Sarah herself was barren-was enabled to become a father because he considered him faithful who had made the promise.
Hbr 11:12 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.
Hbr 11:13 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. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.
Hbr 11:14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own.
Hbr 11:15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return.
Hbr 11:16 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.
Hbr 11:17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had received the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son,
Hbr 11:18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”
Hbr 11:19 Abraham reasoned that God could raise the dead, and figuratively speaking, he did receive Isaac back from death.
Hbr 11:20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.
Hbr 11:21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.
Hbr 11:22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions about his bones.
Hbr 11:23 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.
Hbr 11:24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
Hbr 11:25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time.
Hbr 11:26 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.
Hbr 11:27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible.
Hbr 11:28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
Hbr 11:29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
Hbr 11:30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the people had marched around them for seven days.
Hbr 11:31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.
Hbr 11:32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets,
Hbr 11:33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions,
Hbr 11:34 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.
Hbr 11:35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection.
Hbr 11:36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.
Hbr 11:37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated-
Hbr 11:38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.
Hbr 11:39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised.
Hbr 11:40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

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Hebrews 11:6 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.

Believe and oh so want to please God. Accept His gift of faith. Earnestly seek Him daily, hourly. Step out in His strength. And with those rewards received now and the hope of those to come, bless others. Let the pleasure of God envelop us so we become a beacon to His glory. You are the pleasure of God. All in that small step of faith. He asks so little, in fact commands you attempt no more to please Him. Yet His gifts overwhelm. Praise be to God our Savior and love.

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