Wednesday, November 18, 2009

By Faith

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25 not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. (Hebrews 10:23-25. ESV.)

I am going to be trying out a new church this coming Sunday. It is a Sovereign Grace plant in the city where I am visiting. As I was surfing their website I found they were just studying the book of Philippians! (Yep, Amy, Philippians!) This was an encouragement for me since a dear sister in Christ was just telling me a few weeks ago how wonderful the book of Philippians is and that I should read it for 30 days straight. (I’m still getting to that…haven’t started it yet.)

The website also reminded me of Hebrews 11: "By Faith" which says,

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11: 1-3. ESV.)

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. (Hebrews 11:4. ESV.)

By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. (Hebrews 11:5. ESV.)

By faith Noah, being warned by God concerning events as yet unseen, in reverent fear constructed an ark for the saving of his household. By this he condemned the world and became an heir of the righteousness that comes by faith. (Hebrews 11:7. ESV.)

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8. ESV.)

By faith Sarah herself received power to conceive, even when she was past the age, since she considered him faithful who had promised. (Hebrews 11:11. ESV.)

By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac, and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, (Hebrews 11:17. ESV.)

By faith Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. 21By faith Jacob, when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. 22By faith Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave directions concerning his bones. (Hebrews 11:20-22. ESV.)

By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. 24By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. (Hebrews 11:23-25. ESV.)

By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. 28By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. (Hebrews 11:27-28. ESV.)

By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned. 30By faith the walls of Jericho fell down after they had been encircled for seven days. 31By faith Rahab the prostitute did not perish with those who were disobedient, because she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. (Hebrews 11:29-31. ESV.)

I too will continue to walk by faith. Though I cannot see the road ahead or the whole picture (this side of heaven) I will trust in my sovereign King like Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Moses, David, Daniel, Jonah, Mary, John the Baptist, Paul, Peter, and many others!

So then let us cast off the works of darkness and put on the armor of light. (Romans 13:12. ESV.)
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