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Cloud of Witnesses I

February 19, 2007

Romans 10:17  “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” 

Hebrews 11:1-2  “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  For by it the elders obtained a good report.”

The eleventh chapter of hebrews is a favorite place in scripture.  All scripture is good, but this chapter places mention of ever so many heroes of the faith into a single chapter.  One thing that’s been on my heart much as of late is the importance of learning to live by faith. While we understand that we are saved by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, we oftentimes fail to understand that this faith is to be carried into all aspects of our life.  On the last post, the 8th comment down had a very notable line in it.

code6 – “I have struggled more w/ trusting God when I am living in the US than when living abroad simply b/c things are so more accessible in the US, almost as though you can control things more.”  

This is such a profound statement.  Most Americans; along with many westerners for that matter, have no idea of what it’s like to not see the physical means of acquiring their daily necessities.  It is imperative that we all grasp this concept in its entirety as they days ahead may see anything but peace and safety.  Reading the testimonies of the various heroes of the faith along with fervent prayer is a good way of getting this into our heart of hearts.  Earlier today, I remembered a message from a preacher at a church that I only visited one time, back in October of 2004.  He made the statement “How you prepare in this season will determine how well you fare in the next.”  Or words to that effect.  It’s important to learn to trust the Lord in all things during this present season.

Hebrews 11:2  “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do not appear.”

So much for the big bang theory.  Watching the behavior of the heavenly host in an attempt to understand how the heavenly host became the heavenly host.  Quantum physicists will piece together ever complex theories in an attempt to explain how things came to be as they are.  The physical elements are the result of words which God spoke.  God is a Spirit and he is from everlasting.  He said “let there be thus” and thus became.  This is imortant to grasp because the supposed “physical debunking” of the gospel will reach new levels in the days ahead.  We may well have to stand by faith in the face of “intensive” oppositions of science and oppositions of supposed “common sense.” 

Hebrews 11:4-5  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and b y it he being dead yet speaketh.  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.” 

The story of Cain and Abel is a telling one; especially the words that the Lord tells Cain in Genesis 4:6-7.  Basically he tells Cain that if he does well he’ll also be accepted but if not then sin lies at the door.  God is no respect of persons.  As for Enoch, he was the first person to be raptured.  It’s amazing that we learn more about Enoch, the seventh from Adam in the new testament than in the old testament; specifically in the above verse along with the book of Jude.  He lived in the days prior to the flood, he never saw rain, the earth was one language, iniquity abounded, and he saw the coming of the Lord “with ten thousands of his saints.” 

Hebrews 11:6  “But without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

Tragically, there are many today, along with many bloggers, who have convinced themselves that God isn’t.  Thus the oppositions of science falsely so called march along, as they worship the creation while denying the creator of all that is and who holds in his hand the very breath of life.  The last part of the above verse tells how God is a rewarder of those who seek him diligently.  In the first comment to the post “The Seekers,” (posted on February 3, 2007)  Cumby stated “We are each, at this very moment, just as close to God as we’ve chosen to be. He has not moved away from us.”  This isn’t the entire quote, but it makes the point.    Jesus stated it like this:

John 4:23-24  “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.”

God wants us to be “for real.”  Not to just join a church and say some flattering words; he wants our hearts to be right with him; just as we all want our kids to look up to us.  We all love our kids dearly and would do anything for them.  The love of God is far greater than anything that we could ever attain and he simply desires that we love him back with our whole heart.  He is truly worth all of our love and utmost adoration.  Without a doubt, he is completly holy perfect in every way, unmovable, unchanging, and rich unto all that call upon him. 

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

I’m going to wrap this up for now.  I’m not sure if I’ll continue this in the next post; doing them in sequence or insert them into the mix here and there.  Hebrews 11:7 talks about Noah and that’s an exciting passage to talk about.  In many instances I don’t really know what to write about until I get here.  Then sometimes I know a day in advance.  In any case, I’ll close out for now.  Learning to live by faith at a higher level is much on my heart.  It draws us closer to God and neutralizes the devices of the enemy. 

James 4:7-8  “Submit yourselves therefore to God.  Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.  Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you.  Cleanse your hands ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double-minded.”

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9 comments

  1. We are to have the faith of a child. A child does not question everything, a teenager and an adult does. One of my next posts will be on the danger of being biblically overeducated in the brain but woefully undereducated in the spirit. “Ever learning but never coming to the truth.”

    Only faith pleases God. “Believing those things that are not as though they were” requires a childlike attitude. Pride and arrogance are the opposite of that. This is why God resists those who live in this manner.

    How do we become like children again who depend entirely on the Father for all their needs? Through being broken and humbled over and over again. There is no other way.


  2. Timbob, great post and so stirring as well. What we do, or don;t do, are or are not, say or do not say, etc. all matter and will impact us later. How we live and move and have our being is important, both for now and for eternity. We need to wake up and smell the living fragrance of Christ Jesus in and through these important lives that we have been given in and through our Lord and Savior, Christ Jesus!

    Blessings in Christ Jesus!


  3. I would rather be recognized as a fool for God, then a brilliant man of the world!

    -J. Kaiser


  4. God bless you timbob. We need to wake up!


  5. This was a GREAT devotion! I visited you through Maria Toth. I love what you quoted about the seasons before affect the seasons after.

    Great stuff–thanks so much!


  6. Another great post and insightful comments as well. May we all have simple childlike hearts that trust our Father in all ways, at all times by the grace of our Lord Jesus whose Spirit lives within us.
    As cumby says, brokenness is so often the the things that brings us back to that place of realizing our desperate need of Him.
    The fragrance of a flower or herb is released and fills the room when it is crushed, it’s essence freed from physical form…
    like the blood of Jesus which was shed for our sins.

    Every blessing to you timbob, and to all of the above, in Jesus immeasurable love, grace, mercy and service.
    He is so very faithful to us all!


  7. Great Post! HUGE subject! Isn’t it something that we don’t need a whole lot for it to work, “if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed…..”
    Blessings to you!


  8. i read hebrews chapter eleven today 🙂


  9. Hebrews 11 is one of my favorite chapters in the bible! Great post!
    Scotti



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