Just a hint, this blog post is all about Hebrew’s 11.
This past week I was reading in Hebrews and, for the first time, found something life changing in Hebrews 11. The first verse in Hebrews 11 is the perfect definition of what faith is.
“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for,the conviction of things not seen.”
Reading through Hebrews 11 you will find that the phrases “by faith”, “through faith” and “in faith” are reoccurring lines. To help me focus, I decided to make a box around each one of those phrases.
Once I finished, I went back through (reading the boxed phrases) and came to a conclusion that has changed the way I look at my day to day life.
I realized that the only way to live a life of faith is to make every decision by faith, take every step in faith, and to love others through our faith in the one who first loved us. In order to receive the rest promised to us in Hebrews 4:3, we need to live this life out of full faith in Jesus.
Something else that grabbed my attention were the names that followed those boxes. Hebrews 11 is an extensive collection of people who had incredible faith and because of their faith, did amazing things (The names are highlighted in orange).
The common factor that I found between all of the highlighted names is that they achieved things that seemed impossible. For example, Sara gave birth at an extremely old age… that is basically impossible.
However, once the mentioned people accepted the Lord and had faith, what once was impossible is now possible. Their faith in God changed things. Faith changes things.
Once we have faith in God, we gain a new confidence (kind of like our secret weapon). We now have the ability to do amazing things for God’s glory. With God, all things are possible.
As believers, our faith is now 100 times bigger than our fears. Our futures are hopeful and bright.
One question I asked was, “How do I increase my faith?” Immediately, I was reminded of a quote from “Young and Beardless“.
“If you want more faith, take more risks.”
If I want to trust God and step out in faith then I need to follow his call and do the impossible looking things he is calling me to do.
My prayer for the both of us is that we will learn the depths of faith and will gain the confidence to let go and let God take control of our lives.
XOXO, The Christian Prepster