Faith— is being sure of what WE HOPE for...

Hebrews Chapter 11: Verses 1 to 40– for Great Examples of FAITH...

  1. Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.
  2. Through their faith, the people in the days of old earned a good reputation. 
  3. By faith, we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command and that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. 
  4. It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering proved that he was a righteous man, and God approved his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us through his example of faith. 
  5. It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“He disappeared because God took him.” Before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. 
  6. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and rewards those who sincerely seek Him.
  7. It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith, Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes with confidence. 
  8. It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.
  9. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. 
  10. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations designed and built by God. 
  11. It was by faith that even Sarah could have a child, though she was barren and too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. 
  12. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a country with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.
  13. All these people died, still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on Earth. 
  14. People who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 
  15. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 
  16. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. 
  17. It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,
  18. even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 
  19. Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God would be able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead. 
  20. It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau. 
  21. It was by faith that Jacob when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff. 
  22. It was by faith that Joseph when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left. 
  23. It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command. 
  24. It was by faith that Moses when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 
  25. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. 
  26. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward. 
  27. It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept going because he kept his eyes on the invisible one. 
  28. It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons. 
  29. It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned. 
  30. It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down. 
  31. It was by faith that Rahab, the prostitute, was not destroyed by the people in her city who refused to obey God, for she had given a friendly welcome to the spies. 
  32. How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets. 
  33. By faith, these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them. They shut the mouths of lions,
  34. quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the sword's edge. Their weakness was turned into a strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight.
  35. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 
  36. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. 
  37. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some wore skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed, and mistreated. 
  38. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground. 
  39. All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none received all God had promised. 
  40. God had something better in mind for us, so they would not reach perfection without us.
Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40 NLT / 
For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—Ephesians 2:8 NIV

By Faith

“When you go through difficult times, make sure you pass the test. Don’t be stubborn and hardheaded. Recognize that God is refining you, knocking off some of your rough edges. Stand strong and fight the good fight of faith. God has called each of us to be champions; you are destined to win. If you will work with God and keep a good attitude, then no matter what comes against you, the bible says that all things – not just the good things in life, but all things – work together for your good.”
― Joel Osteen, Your Best Life Now: 7 Steps to Living at Your Full Potential Joel/Osteen

Peace be with you; thank you for stopping by, take care, and God bless! 
Appreciate every day;

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