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Through faith

27 Dec

Hello again!

I think this is the conclusion of Hebrews eleven, so, I think some of the effects of faith, are required to be shared:

who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.

 

 

They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated– of whom the world was not worthy–wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

(Heb 11: 33-34/37-38)

It starts out with all the good qualities. Don’t you think that’s interesting? Most people, start out with the bad qualities, and cover it up with the good, or even leave out the bad all together, but, the author of Hebrews, starts out with the good, and ends with the bad. Why is that? You ask. Because, if you want to have faith and believe in Jesus, you need to know the possible penalties, namely:

Stoning, being sawn in two, living in caves {because they didn’t have homes, or money to buy them}. Of course, today, that would be more like:

Ridicule for being a Christian, being “torn down” by unBelievers, losing jobs, because your (former) employer strongly believes against Christianity. Of course, in come countries, they may still happen to Christians.

There are, of course, benefits of being a Christian, such as:

conquering kingdoms, enforcing justice, obtaining promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, and putting foreign armies to flight.

Which, today, would be:

Winning hearts to Christ, helping others with their struggles (successfully), literary, obtaining promises, from God’s word. Overcoming temptation, Letting Jesus work through you, to quench the flaming arrows of the Devil, Having Jesus strengthen your weakness (the areas were you are tempted most), it becomes easier for you to overcome temptation, and beating the Devil plain out (through Jesus, of course).

 

Following Jesus and risking everything, or continuing in a “easy” life-style?In the end, it still comes down to the same thing, will you follow Jesus and accept him into your life, or not?

                                                                   You are loved!

                                                                 Joshua Cleveland

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Posted by on December 27, 2010 in Uncategorized

 

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