Today’s Reading: Hebrews 10 & 11 By: Sarah Mack
Hebrews 10:22-23 “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed in pure water. Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, since He who promised is faithful.” Have you ever known a person to continually not follow through? You eventually expected it because you knew the person and with assurance you could bet what was going to happen. In the same way that we can predict the unfaithfulness of an unfaithful person we can truly know with full assurance that God will come through because we know Him.
Hebrews 11:7 “By faith Noah, after he was warned about what was not yet seen and motivated by godly fear, built an ark...” How was Noah sure it was God speaking? He drew near to God often. He heard the voice of the Lord and took time to quiet himself and listen.
Hebrews 11:23 “By faith Moses, after he was born, was hidden by his parents for three months… and they didn’t fear...” Because Moses’ parents didn’t fear the Lord saved his life and raised him up. What is driving our relationships and parenting? Courage and love (especially in moulding our children) or is fear our driving factor? I would submit that we are either preparing our children from infancy to live courageously by faith or to live in fear and to look at the circumstances we see around us. Lord, evaluate our hearts!
Hebrews 11: 27-28 “By faith he left Egypt behind, not being afraid of the king’s anger, for Moses persevered as one who sees him who is invisible. By faith, he instituted the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn might not touch the Israelites.” We see that a generational blessing of faith, not fear, was instilled in Moses. His faith was so great he “persevered as one who sees Him who is invisible.” Moses’ parent’s faith saved their one child, but Moses’ faith was a tool to save the firstborn in every Israelite house. How amazing is that! What is Holy Spirit asking us to do and who could be impacted?
Hebrews 11:33-38 are our bold faith verses. Let’s do this: replace your name in front of each trial of endurance. It’s a powerful tool that I pray makes faith come alive in you and also reminds you of the numerous times God has been faithful to you before.
33 (name) by faith conquered kingdoms, (name) administered justice, (name) obtained promises, (name) shut the mouths of lions, 34 (name) quenched the raging of fire, (name) escaped the edge of the sword, (name) gained strength in weakness, (name) became mighty in battle, (name) put foreign armies to flight. 35 …. (name) received… dead raised to life again… (name was) tortured, not accepting release, so that… (name) might gain a better resurrection. 36 Others (name) experienced mockings and scourgings, as well as bonds and imprisonment. 37 They were (name was) stoned,[l] they were(name was) sawed in two, they(name) died by the sword, they (name) wandered about in sheepskins, in goatskins, destitute, afflicted, and mistreated. 38 The world was not worthy of them (name). They (name) wandered in deserts and on mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground…”
How is God asking you to pray in faith today? What is God asking you to set aside from your life in faith today? What are you being asked to do in faith today?