“And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets-who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.” – Hebrews 11:32-38
Admirable Qualities of Faith:
- Willingness to step out of your comfort zone for God’s ultimate good will.
- Willingness to suffer persecutions if it means to further the Gospel.
- A desire to seek the Kingdom in all actions.
- Willingness to lower oneself so that He may be lifted up (cf. Jn 3:30).
As we look to wrap up the Hall of Faith tomorrow, ask yourself: are you willing to do all this? If not, where can you improve? How can God help you be more faithful?
“‘He must increase, but I must decrease. He who comes from above is above all. He who is of the earth belongs to the earth and speaks in an earthly way. He who comes from heaven is above all. He bears witness to what he has seen and heard, yet no one receives his testimony. Whoever receives his testimony sets his seal to this, that God is true.’”- John 3:30-33