Creed: Acting on Your Faith
- Wednesday, September 08, 2004
Let’s get back to the point of faith…of believing. We have now looked at who God said He will always be (Exodus 3:4-6) and who Jesus said He has always been (John 9:58).
Moses chose to believe. Those who followed him out of Egypt choose to believe—though for some the belief was short-lived. Many who heard Jesus speaking that day in the temple choose to continue to follow Him…while others turned away and may have been among those in the crowd whipped to a frenzy as they shouted, “Crucify him!”
There will always be those who choose not to believe, but for whatever reason, you have chosen to believe. You have locked arms with faith and determined to hold on tight…no matter what. You have reached a unique point in the call: a call to action.
A Short Bible Lesson & A Call To Action
In the book, Faith and Reason, the following lines come early on: The man of faith is the man who acts on or lives by the assumption that there is a God... (emphasis mine)
So, I guess my next question for you is this: what do your actions say about what you believe, even in the worst of times?
Let’s take a deeper look at what Hebrews 11 said about specific men and women of our faith’s history. Before we do, however, let’s look at the verses found at the beginning, in the center, and at the end of the “hall of faith,” paying close attention to the last lines.
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. (Vs. 1-3)
All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth. People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. Instead, they were longing for a better country--a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them. (Vs. 13b-16)
These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (Vs. 39,40)
The Hall of Faith
Who Were They: Abel and Enoch
What Did They Do: Abel gave an offering that pleased God. Such an offering was his, that in the day of the writing of Hebrews, it was still being spoken of. While his sacrifice put a smile on God’s face, it caused his brother, Cain, to become jealous…to the point of murder. Abel’s faith resulted in his death.
Enoch “pleased God.” In Genesis 5:22, we read the following: And after he became the father of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and had other sons and daughters. Enoch walked with God so much so that God took him home in such a way other than by death.
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