THURSDAY 6TH DECEMBER, 2018
THEME: THE WALK OF FAITH
TEXT: HEBREWS 11:1-16
MEMORY VERSE: HEBREWS 11:6 “And without faith it is impossible to please God because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.”
Faith is the conviction based on past experiences that God’s new and fresh surprises will surely be ours. There are two words that describe faith- assurance and contraction. These qualities need a secure beginning and an ending point. Secure beginning is belief in God’s character. He is who He is. The ending point is belief in God’s promise. He will do what He says He will do. Faith is when we believe God’s promises, though we are yet to see them physically. It is faith when we believe that whatever we are still praying for has already been granted as Mark 11:24 states.
In today’s passage, the heroes of faith mentioned – Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham and his wife, Sarah; Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Amram and his wife, Jochebed; Moses, Joshua and Rahab – died without receiving all that God had promised, but they never lost their vision of heaven. Many Christians become frustrated because their needs, wants, expectations and demands are not immediately met. Take courage: Romans 5:3-5 says sufferings/trials produce perseverance, perseverance produces character and character produces hope and hope never brings disappointment. God has never disappointed those who diligently seek Him (Heb 11:6). If you, too, diligently seek God, He will sooner or later turn despair to reality and your hopelessness will end in songs of praises. Hallelujah!
HYMN: EMHB 402 – FAITH OF OUR FATHERS LIVING STILL
PRAYER: O God! Don’t allow me to waver in my faith in You but strengthen it to category one faith like that of Abraham for in Jesus’ name I ask. Amen.