Though incomplete and imperfect, we know that our faith is used by God to accomplish His purposes.
Scripture: Hebrews 11:30-40
- The people of faith in the Old Testament were not unlike us; they too were subject to weakness and failure.
- True faith trusts God and His Word in the face of challenges, and accomplishes His purposes.
- Despite all her sins, Rahab was a woman of faith.
- Great heroes of the faith, such as Gideon, Samson, Barack, Jephtha, Samuel, David, and Elijah, also failed in their weakness.
- Though incomplete and imperfect, we know that our faith is used by God to accomplish His purposes.
- There are times when we are discouraged by the success of the wicked (Psalm 73).
- Perfectionism is a false teaching; all of God’s saints struggle with sin.
- Temptation can overcome us; the life of faith is hard and tiring, yet the Lord promises His reward.
- Despite their failings, through faith heroes of faith clung onto God in the final analysis.
- These people of faith accomplished great things for justice, mercy, the people of God, and God’s glory.
- David slew Goliath. Samson prayed for strength pull the pillars down.
- Faith is not the result of God changing my circumstances; it is to trust God despite seemingly hopeless challenges.
- Faith is not an entitlement to earthly reward.
- We are to cling to God’s Word and His call upon us in spite of all trials, torments and affliction.
- Whatever God may call us to, we bear the shield of faith.
- The character of God warrants trust in His Word.
- The resurrection life and power of God at work within us enables us to do acts of faith.
- Whatever our trials or circumstances we are able to say that God is good.
- The Psalmist reflects on the end of his enemies. God is the strength of my heart forever (Psalm 73:26-28).
- Our obedience manifests our trust in God in every trial.
- Through faith out of weakness God’s saints are made strong to face their circumstances.
- Deeds done in the Spirit in obedience to Christ are seeds of endless blessedness. – A. W. Tozer
- Hebrews is a mandate to Christian action; we are to subdue nations under the gospel.
- We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
- Are our lives of faith essentially different than those of the OT saints? In what respects are we the same?
- What is the basis of our trust in God’s Word?
- Why would God choose to work through heroes of faith who display great weaknesses and failures?
- Why did the men and women of faith accept trials with confidence?
- Is my confidence in God and His Word? Or is it in myself?
- What might be the sacrifices we must make to live by faith this week, this year, in our lifetimes?
- How can we be empowered to live by faith?
- What is the victory and reward promised for people of faith?