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How Great Is Your Faith?
How Great Is Your Faith?
Throughout the Scriptures, we find many great people of faith. We must be mindful of the importance of a solid faith, as John reminds us, "For whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith.” (1 John 5:4) The Hebrew writer firmly affirms, "...without faith, it is impossible to please Him..." (Hebrews 11:6). With these things in mind, it behooves us to increase daily in our faith toward Christ Jesus. Thus, let us look at some examples of the faithful, from the roll call of faith in Hebrews 11, and pattern ourselves after them.
How pleasing Enoch must have been before the Lord! His faith was so great, that the Lord took him from this life of corruption and provided him a home of eternal rest. In a world where many are concerned with hearing and telling testimonies, may our testimony be that we pleased the Lord by keeping His commandments.
(Hebrews 11:7) NKJV
Faith toward the Lord motivated Noah to construct the ark according to the pattern God had supplied. He found grace in the sight of the Lord, for he was concerned with the will of God. Thus, he obeyed the voice of the Lord in all things, resulting in the saving of he and his family.
Abraham became a wanderer for no other reason than that God told him to do so. He knew not where he was going, just that the Lord wanted him to go. When asked to sacrifice the son of promise, Isaac, he willingly prepared as commanded, not questioning the Lord, but was satisfied that the Lord could raise him up.
A life of physical pleasures and riches awaited Moses in Egypt as the grandson of Pharaoh, but he forsook these things that he might live as a servant before the Almighty God. Moses was focused, recognizing that the things of this life are passing, but that by faith we can look unto the eternal reward.
Is our faith as that of Enoch, such that God will delight in taking you to enjoy eternity with Him?
Do we have the faith of Noah, bringing forth obedience to the will of God, even when it may not make sense to us?
Would we become a nomad for the cause of Christ, even as Abraham did?
Are we willing to make a sacrifice for the Lord (note, some of the things we call 'sacrifice' are nothing more than a mere inconvenience)? Consider Abraham's willingness!
Will we pass up the pleasures this life would offer us in exchange for persecutions in serving the Lord? Moses did!
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