Hebrews 11:1, 3, 32b-35, 39, 40
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see… 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… I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection… These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Firstly, I recommend that you always read the entire chapter featured before you continue as it is vital to understand God’s message to us in its context. The word of God should be read as God’s word to us and not just the author’s because they have written it based on the leading of the Holy Spirit. Our first and last source for spiritual direction is from the Bible and not man and therefore do not quote your preacher or a great Christian but quote the word of God. Today God reminds us about what the ancients were respected for, their faith. We live in the age of instant gratification and so living by faith is not even a concept understood. We want everything NOW and proof is naturally demanded for everything without a 2nd thought. Worse still, our desire is to seek God primarily for blessing, peace, health, prosperity, Christian friends, etc. Is that what God wants for us and what is God saying to us today?

I was told a couple days back that we don’t need to cry out and pray or have a quiet time or kneel and pray because in this new age, God has caught up and understands that we need a friend more than a God who is to be feared and so we just ‘chat’. I loved the concept that God’s cooler than what we think. However, when I look at the ancients, they had a reverence to God and accepted God’s word as the only word. I am told they did not have salvation and so were forced to live that way. What about Jesus? He is a role model to us as instructed by God the Father and how did Jesus pray? The son of God prayed by going away to a quiet place and calling out to God in tears. He submitted his own spirit to God in reverence and sought God’s will to be done over His own. Jesus life was full of miracles but He was not here to be a magician to win people’s faith, rather He was here to help people connect back with God through salvation. I hope you don’t look at the ancient Christians as fictional character but instead learn from them what God reminds us today. We need to live a life of faith and seek God, not man!

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Hebrews 3:14 We have come to share in Christ if we hold firmly till the end the confidence we had at first.

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Comments
  1. Thank you, Vineet, for always sharpening us with His Word. You make me reconsider my prayers and my praying, and that’s a good thing. May both go deep and deeper into His will and His way, not mine or someone else’s. Thanks again and continue going with God! He loves you!

    • ServantBoy says:

      Debbie,
      Thank you for faithfully reading every devotional and sharing your wisdom. Your encouragement is truly God sent and a good yardstick for me to know where my leading is from.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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