Today’s Thought “By faith …” (June 04)

Today’s Thought

“By faith …”

(June 04)

Today we read the well-known Hebrews 11; it starts,

“Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen”.

This is the vital lesson we must take to heart in reading this chapter – that having faith is having a state of mind that must cause us to lead different lives, different priorities; to have different aims. We live our lives in service to our Saviour – accomplishing things in his service. As we read the chapter, let’s notice how often the words “By faith” occur. “By faith Noah … by faith Abraham … by faith Sarah …”

Our faith is not just something we talk about, or listen to others talking about. We read today of many examples of men and women of faith, highlighting in many cases some particular deed that proved the nature of their faith. It is most valuable to look on into the first 2 verses of tomorrow’s chapter; it starts “Therefore” – therefore we should put the chapter break after verse 2.

“Therefore since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [all those examples of men and women of faith in chapter 11], let us also lay aside every weight and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith …”

We must each search our hearts as to how effectively we are living our lives so that he sees that our faith has developed real strength, that we have acquired a real sense of teamwork with our Saviour and our God. Our lives must demonstrate that we are

“working together with him” (2 Corinthians 6:1).

May we all be able to look back on our lives, and see how our journey in developing greater and greater faith to – in particular to see how we have been

“made strong out of weakness” (Hebrews 11:34)

because we have developed a real “conviction of things not seen” and

“we are not of those who shrink back … but of those who have faith and preserve their souls” (10:39).


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Additional reading

  1. How to look for and how to handle the Truth
  2. Background of Faith
  3. Faith antithesis of rationality
  4. Belief of the things that God has promised
  5. Men who believed and had faith in a Higher Power they could not see
  6. Are you religious, spiritual, or do you belong to a religion, having a faith or interfaith
  7. Gaining deeper understanding
  8. Fear of failure, and fear of the unknown
  9. Getting to know the Truth
  10. Do not forget the important sign of belief
  11. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  12. Faith Alone Does Not Save . . . No Matter How Many Times Protestants Say It Does
  13. Faith because of the questions
  14. How to set your mind
  15. Many forgot how Christ should be our anchor and our focus
  16. The longer you wait
  17. Faith, storms and actions to be taken
  18. Through faith in Jesus Christ for all those who believe
  19. United people under Christ
  20. The professor, God, Faith and the student
  21. When having taken a new direction in life, having become a Christian
  22. Ability (part 2)
  23. A heart in the right place and brightly burning faith
  24. Bible ownership and Bible knowledge slumped
  25. The chosen ones to fear or not to fear
  26. Have faith in your faith…doubt your doubts
  27. Improving the world by improving the Faith
  28. What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits
  29. True riches
  30. Doctrine and Conduct Cause and Effect
  31. Knowing where to go to
  32. What sort people of faith do we want to be
  33. Uncovering the Foundations of Faith
  34. Don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith

 

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