THE CHALLENGE OF FAITH (Part #1) 1-12-2014

posted Jan 13, 2014, 8:20 AM by Dale Barnes

“I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, Who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again.” (Heb.11:32-35 NIV)

Sometimes we look at the people mentioned in the Bible as ”special” people.  They are ones who, in themselves, were individuals that were different from us; a “cut above” normal.  We can’t expect things to happen with us that happened with them.  

Actually, as we examine them, they had glaring weaknesses.  Some were fearful, morally lacking; some made huge mistakes.  Yet, God used them to accomplish wonderful things. They were challenged, in their day, and as they responded to God’s call, as they trusted God in their various situations, God moved in wonderful ways.

As the scripture writer concludes this long list of people like us, who trusted God in their day; he says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith…” (Heb.12:1-2 NIV)

Friends, let’s seize the challenge before us.  Let’s see what God will do as we trust him.  The same God who worked in Bible days is alive today.  What has challenged your life, yet you hesitate? Why not step out to accomplish something!
 Trust Jesus, who started your faith walk, and see what the Lord Jesus will accomplish through you.