By Faith

Hebrews Chapter 11 is considered the “faith chapter.” We start with a definition of what faith is and then we have examples of what that looks like throughout the Old Testament. I’m always overwhelmed with the grandios nature of these acts of faith, until I get down to verse 9 of chapter 11. It says, “By faith he (Abraham) lived as an alien in the land of promise, as in a foreign land, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, fellow heirs of the same promise.” …Wait…What? You mean Abraham just lived in a tent with his son and grandson and it was considered faith?

We read the Bible and have these ideas that I have to DO something great for God, that anything less than parting the Red Sea for God is lame. I love that God puts in this letter to the Hebrews that faith can be just living. It takes faith to live in a foreign land. We are citizens of Heaven through Jesus Christ, and living here on Earth IS a foreign land. Sometimes it is difficult to live out our faith in a land that does not always share our same morals and principles. Yet, here tucked away in Hebrews chapter 9 is a reminder that it took faith for Abraham to just live where he was living. It probably would have been easier for him to go back to his homeland where his family lived, a place he had known for 80 years and lived. But, no, he had faith that God had called him and was doing something he couldn't see
Faith is believing God is doing something, even when we don’t know what it is, and acting accordingly. When the Holy Spirit reminds you of someone in your life, send them a message, call them, and pray for them. The seemingly insignificant ways mean the most for the Kingdom of God.

PRAYER: Father, you are the Author of my next chapter. I pray that You help me to live my faith and to grow in love. Help me to see when You are moving and go with You, no matter where you are taking me.

  1. What is a simple act I can do daily to show my trust and hope is in Jesus?
  2. Can I commit to reaching out to one person on a weekly basis, just to encourage them in their faith and spur them on to good works?
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