STRENGTHEN YOUR FAITH (1) Hebrews 11:
“The act of faith…set them above the crowd” (v2 TM)
The Bible says, “The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see. The act of faith is what and saved his family. But when he came out of the ark, he got drunk. Abraham was known as a “friend of distinguished our ancestors, set them above the crowd” (vv1-2 TM) The heroes of faith listed in Hebrews chapter eleven were far from perfect. Noah believes God, built the ark, and saved his family. But when he came out of the ark he got drunk. Abraham was known as a “friend of God,” yet he lied to save his own neck and ended up compromising his wife’s safety.
When God told Sarah she’d give birth to a child at ninety years old, she laughed – and you’d probably have done the same. And how about Joseph? He was a slave with a prison record who ended up second in command when it came to ruling Egypt. Then there’s Rahab the harlot, we wouldn’t let her sing in the church choir, yet God listed her as a woman of great faith. And how about Jacob, who duped his brother and deceived his father-in-law in business in order to enrich himself? Would you do business with him? Then there was King David, whose womanizing led to murder and national scandal. Even Gideon and Samuel, two spiritual giants, raised children who went astray spiritually. Everyone of these people was as human as you are. They faltered, fumbled the ball, and went through times of failure. Their only claim to fame is they believed God and He honoured their faith – and He will do the same for you each time you put your trust in Him. (TWFT)
PRAYER LINE: May the grace that we encounter, At this time of the Year cheer, Nor be true just in this season, But remain throughout this year.
Take the joy of the New Year with you every day.