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Living Free - July 12, 2010

  • 2010 Jul 12
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Don't Give Up!

Today's Scripture

"So let's not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don't give up." Galatians 6:9 NLT

Thoughts for Today

Heroes are known for bold exploits and notable achievements acclaimed by people. But the godly hero is acclaimed by God. This week we will take a look at some of the heroes in the Bible who paint a picture of what makes a godly hero—even today.

God used Joshua to carry out great military strategies in the Promised Land. One of the great victories was the conquest of Jericho, a city protected by two parallel walls, the outer one six feet thick, the inner one double that width, both about 30 feet high. The Lord instructed Joshua and his warriors to march around the city of Jericho once a day for six days. On the seventh day, they were to march around the city seven times. The seventh time the priests were to blow the trumpets and the people were to give a loud shout.

Did this make sense? Of course not. But Joshua believed God, and he was persistent in his obedience. They circled the city six days … and nothing happened. Joshua persisted. They circled Jericho the seventh time, the priests blew the trumpets, the people shouted—and those mighty walls came down. Joshua took the city. (Joshua 6)

Consider this…

Has God led you to do something that just doesn't make sense—and doesn't seem to be working? Don't be discouraged. God's plan will work—in his way and in his time. Be persistent. Keep your eyes on Jesus and don't give up!

Prayer

Father, I really believe I am doing what you have called me to do, but sometimes things just don't seem to be working out the way I thought they would. Help me to keep my eyes on Jesus and not to give up. I thank you for your love and faithfulness—and for the outcome you will bring. In Jesus' name …

These thoughts were drawn from…

Godly Heroes: A Small Group Study of Hebrews 11
by Jimmy Ray Lee, D.Min. This guide presents a step-by-step study of Hebrews 11. It also features the profile of the characteristics of Godly heroes, written in language that relates to today's living. In this guide you will find definitions, characteristics and examples of the heroes' faith life. Note: This curriculum was written especially for small groups, and we encourage people to use it that way. However, it can also be used effectively as a personal study for individuals or couples.

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