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Hebrews 11:1-12

Posted on 10/2/2014 by Admin

Hebrews 11:1-12 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.”  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.  For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.  And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.  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.

Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ forgave you 

I read this week about the woman in Oklahoma who was beheaded.  There was a subsequent in-depth investigation into the man who committed the crime.  He posted (almost) daily messages on Facebook. 

In his postings on Facebook he often made (distorted and out of context) comments referencing passages in the bible.  They were almost always noted with the word, “sin”.

Hebrews 11 is often times considered the “Hall of Faith” or the “Faith Hall of Fame”.

What’s interesting about Hebrews 11 is that all the individuals named in the “Hall” were overt in their sinful nature.

As Christians, when we reach out to someone, the most common reaction is, “don’t judge me.”  And a lot of Christians are actually guilty of judging others for their sinning nature and need to be reminded that we were ALL born into sin.  You can’t run and hide from sin … we ALL sin on a daily basis.

Noah was an alcoholic

Abraham was a liar

Isaac was a trickster & Jacob sought to deceive God 

Rahab was a prostitute 

And finally Moses, who was not allowed into the promised land by God because, it is said, his lack of faith (he did not follow His instructions)

Yet, all of them were considered some of God’s most prized, favorite people.

What can be gleaned from this in our own lives … 

I think if we all gravitate to God’s love and His grace, and understand that we are all forgiven, if you believe in God and Jesus as His only begotten son and simply ask for forgiveness it will be granted.

You may have lost all your money … There is always more money that can be made

You may not have any clothes to wear … There are always more clothes that can be purchased

You may not have a home … There is always a new dwelling to be had

BUT, if you don’t have Christ in your life, you are left with nothing to look forward to in your life or, more importantly, the after life.

The common phrase in Hebrews 11 is “faith”

Faith is like oxygen … you don’t have to think to breath, you just do it.  And the oxygen we take in to sustain life is something unseen, yet we all believe in it.

It’s a common question to ask … “When were you reborn?”  For me, I fell on my knees at nine years old.  I was watching the 700 club in my parent’s bedroom.  I asked Jesus that day to allow me to have a personal relationship with Him.

This “personal relationship” can’t be bought, there is no price tag.

It’s not a mystery or riddle that can’t be solved.

All you have to do is say the following …

Father, I confess with my mouth that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that You raised Him from the dead.  Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally. Please give me the strength, wisdom, and determination to walk in the center of Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Now, with all your sins, regardless of how egregious they may be, you are saved.

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