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Invincible, Irrepressible Faith (Hebrews 11:1-50)

Ken Miller, July 21, 2013
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He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed, trusting in the Lord. Psalm 112:7
How do we deal with the various hard circumstances that we face at times? Things like conflict, sickness, uncertain
future, financial setbacks, or death.
How did the people portrayed in the last part of Hebrews 11 deal with the hard things that they faced? They were
tempted, persecuted, wandered in deserts and mountains, killed, and even sawed in half. They did it "through faith".
We can expect these things in a fallen world, maybe even more so as Christians. Jesus' answer to that is in
John 16:33; "In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world."
We have modern day examples of people who thought a family member might be dying but instead of hopelessness
or despair there was tranquility, grace, hope, and trust that God would take care of them. Also a young girl lost her
parents at ages 11 and 12. Her husband died after she was married for 39 years. A living faith empowered her to
respond to life in a constructive way. This is demonstrated by her positive disposition late in life. This kind of faith
triumphs over the worst of enemies, even death. Romans 8:37 "Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors
through him that loved us." v. 39b "[Nothing] shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ
Jesus our Lord."
Hebrews 11:3. The visible creation points to God. Through faith we believe that God created the world. This basic
belief is essential to our belief and trust in God.
Hebrews 11:1. Faith is a spiritual foundation. David had faith to fight Goliath. The statements that David made to
Goliath had a foundation. They weren't empty boasts. They were not based on David's strength but in a living God.
We may have seeming giant sized problems and it may seem hopeless. A foundation of faith changes our
expectations.
What isn't obvious physically is seen with the eyes of the soul. What Noah saw with his spiritual eyes motivated him
to prepare even though nothing was visible yet. Romans 4:17 "God calls those things which be not as though they
were." When people build on a foundation of faith it makes the invisible attributes of God visible to the world.
Romans 4. Abraham's faith was regarded as righteousness. God's promise is that He will do the same for us. The
most glorious part about faith is that it brings the reality of being righteous.
To get a stronger faith we need to seek it. We may need to confess unbelief. Spending time in nature with God can
be worthwhile. Ultimately faith is a decision of the will to believe God. Faith is meant to be exercised. The more we
use it the stronger it becomes.

--Jeffrey Miller

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