I AM the Faithful God who does the impossible Heb ch 11

Do you need a “God thing”

Anyone can be a Christian when things are going good.  But where is your faith when the

Gutenberg Bible

Gutenberg Bible  God’s Word is his Bond

hardships happen such as mentioned throughout this chapter?  Are you able to trust God when you find yourself in like situation?  Everyone likes to see a “God thing” happen to them to get them out of some tough jam, but you must remember that God doesn’t just do them for the fun of it, or on demand.  In order to see a “God thing” happen in your life, you have to need one, and nobody likes to need one.  Are you in a hardship that seems to never end?  James says to “count it all joy.”  The Apostle Paul said, “Three times I asked the Lord to remove it” but God told him “my grace is sufficient for you.”  Grace is the strength to do what is right regardless of the outcome.

My Hebrews 11 mix

Listed first are things which are physically impossible if you do not believe in the supernatural working of God.  Yet God is able.

Heb 11:3 The earth was created from nothing.

5 Enoch was taken away without seeing death

7 Noah, when warned about things not yet seen – Rain (global flood), in holy fear built an ark

11 By faith Abraham, Fathered a son even though he was past age—and Sarah herself was barren.

29 The children of Israel crossed the Red Sea (Sea of Aqaba at Nuweiba) on DRY ground, while the Egyptians all drowned trying to do the same thing.

28 The ten plagues of Egypt and the Passover featuring the destroyer of the firstborn.

30 The walls of Jericho fell, by marching and blowing a trumpet except for where Rahab’s house was.

The following men and women endured hardships in demonstration of their belief in a supernatural God who works supernaturally on their behalf. 

8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place even though he did not know where he was going.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice.  God provided a ram as a substitute.

23 Moses’ parents were not afraid of the king’s edict and hid him for three months.

24  Moses refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated with the Hebrews.  He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value  than all of Egypt He did not fear the king’s wrath.

31 Rahab welcomed the spies to her own peril.

33 Many conquered kingdoms, administered justice, shut the mouths of lions,

34 some quenched the fury of the flames, escaped the edge of the sword; were powerful in battles, others were tortured and refused to be released,

36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison.

37 They were stoned, they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated

38 They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground.

Heb 10:34 You sympathized with those in prison and joyfully accepted the confiscation of your property, because you knew that you yourselves had better and lasting possessions.

 Who are you Lord? 

I AM the God who wants to reward you for your belief in me.  I AM the God who can and wants to do the impossible for you if you would believe.  But I am not a magician or worker of parlor tricks for you to rely on sight and not faith.  “Seeing is not believing”, as proven by the countless failures of the Children of Israel in the desert who saw my miraculous power daily, and which is demanded by the doubtful today as they cling to their empirical sciences.  I AM the God who wants to save you and has told you how you were to come to me if you wanted my salvation and forgiveness, and throughout history that way is by faith in my provision for you.  There is no other way to please me but by faith as revealed by my Word.

 ‎There are so many hardships that you will face in your journey through life, but each of them are to bring you to the same point of faith so that I can see you through them.  I AM the God who is looking for someone to “stand in the gap”, who will be the man or woman of faith for all to see.  Some of these saints of old were not rescued, and their lives were not spared, but they were given a better resurrection instead because they continued to believe through the pain.  This temporal life is not the end purpose of your existence but just the beginning.  Don’t throw away all which I have in store for you by doubting my existence and promises.  Remember that I AM the God who rewards those who have faith in me regardless of their circumstances or results.

 What is Faith?

Simply stated, faith is taking someone at their word and responding to their message accordingly.  Our faith in God rests in the promises of His Word and in God’s ability and faithfulness to keep them.  We trust our supernatural God because throughout history he has proven himself trustworthy through his countless miraculous interventions in the lives of his people as recorded in the Bible.  You can say that he has a proven track record.  Our future state in Heaven one day is based upon our trusting his promises to his true believers just as the Children of Israel looked back at all of the miraculous workings of God to have faith that God would take them into the Promised Land.  Scripture says: “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God”  Rom 10:17 .  “How shall they believe if they have not heard” Rom 10:14.  Heard what?  God’s word.  “Heaven and earth shall pass away but my word will not pass away” Mt 24:35.  All these who are commended for their faith in this chapter called the “hall of faith” got there because they responded to God’s Word to them.

God revealed himself to humanity progressively; first audibly, and in their consciences, after that through prophets, and finally today we hear God through the completed/ finished written word – the Bible.  In each case his word is given to us from God’s Holy Spirit in our hearts who convicts us of sin, righteousness and judgment to come.  In the end, all we will be held accountable for is what you did with the revelation of the redemption held out to you by the Son to remove your sin guilt as revealed in the Word of God.

 What is your faith based on?

Consequently, critics try to down play the literalness of the miracles of God’s Word.  They

Chariot wheel on bottom of Sea of Aqaba

Chariot wheel on bottom of “Red” Sea (of Aqaba)

make out that the Red Sea was a shallow “Reed Sea”, to which I say that it would be a greater miracle for the entire Egyptian army to drown in a swamp which women and children could walk through than believing it to be the Red Sea as God’s Word says, which I believe to be the sea of Aqaba where scientists found remains of chariot wheels and human bones.  The Egyptians probably thought that if the Jews could go through, then they could.  Faith for faith’s sake or hope for hope’s sake did not help the Egyptians when trying to cross the same Sea.  You see to the critics, a literal Bible and God means a literal judgment at the end of our lives; and they can’t have that now can they?

People who have the kind of faith described in this chapter have an attitude and focus which helps them do what God wants regardless of the retribution from the world.  Vs 35, 39 shows the fortitude of their faith in that “come hell or high water” we are not going to try to dodge the bullet but trust God through it come what may.  Can we choose to trust God regardless of the hardship and not try to get out of the trial?  Develop your attitude of faith in a faithful God and the hardships won’t be a road block to what God wants to do through you.  Things don’t “just work out for good”, Stuff doesn’t just happen. God works in and through all things for the good of those who love him.  Faith in God’s Word is more important than physical life.

More to come

Steve

For those who want to read about our 2500 dollar “God thing” 

We were on our way back to PNG one year and our tickets were messed up a bit in that we found out the in Tokyo that there was no baggage agreement between American Airlines and Air Niugini.  While standing at the check in counter we noticed that the attendants were all looking at our mountain of baggage for some reason.  When it was our turn they immediately put us to the side to serve all the other passengers first.  This could not be good.  When they told us that it was going to cost us 2500 US dollars to take our bags, I was astounded and ready to open all my bags and give away all our possessions which made up the amount of overweight.  I sure could use a “God thing” about now.

Just then all the attendants got together and said that if we could combine our entire luggage into 4 bags instead of 6, they would bump up our allowance to that of 1st class.  This we did and even though they fudged on the actual weight by a few kilos, they wrapped together one of our empty bags on top of another and checked them all through (minus one old empty bag) for free.  This is what God can do to show his glory to us in hardships.  This was one of  his “God thing” to us.   But even if we had to have left all our bags behind, or pay the overweight allowance, we still believed God’s faithfulness would have seen us through.

He is the God who “shows himself strong on behalf of those whose hearts are steadfast on him.”

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Missionary with New Tribes Mission since 1989
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