Hebrews 11:32-40, “And what more shall I say?  For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.  Women received their dead raised to life again.  Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection.  Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment.  They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword.  They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—of whom the world was not worthy.  They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.  And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.”

So many examples of faith.  The past 13 days have highlighted men and women who are great examples of great faith in God.  Faith that was even greater than the people who showed it.  Faith in God above all else.

Men like Gideon who led a small army against a large army had faith in God.  Barak who led a group of Israelites with a prophetess of God against the Canaanite army.  Samson who slew many Philistines and ultimately died slaying countless more.  Jephthah who fought against the people of Ammon.  David who replaced Saul as king and became a mighty warrior for God.  Samuel who was raised by Eli the priest and became a priest for God.  Several prophets who did countless acts for God in the face of danger and death.

These men and women were what we would call today “heroes.”  Standing up for what they believed in and in the face of evil.  They were not perfect but they followed God with faith that was above and beyond others.  The Bible is filled with plenty of examples of men and women with extreme levels of faith.  Peter, Paul, John, Timothy and more.  They endured many hardships because of the name of God.

Someone told me today that God’s name is not being used enough.  I say that it is, just in the wrong way.  People want to take God’s name in vain.  Instead, we should use God’s name for good.  Be like these faith warriors who spoke out for God, not against Him. Have faith in God.  Be strong for God.  Love God like God loves you.  Faith in God alone.

Heavenly Father,

Thank You for this series on faith.  We have learned so much about faith and the people who exhibited deep faith in You, Lord.  Let us have faith like these.  Let us have complete faith in You.  We need You.  We need to know You more.  You are who You are and have proved Yourself time and time again.  The choice is up to us to have faith in You.  I pray for all those in the world that do not know You.  I pray that they have faith like these mentioned in Hebrews 11.  I also pray for myself to have faith in You as well.  More and more faith.

In Your name we always love, adore and pray,

Amen

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