32 And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: 33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. 35 Women received their dead raised to life again.
Others were tortured, not accepting deliverance, that they might obtain a better resurrection. 36 Still others had trial of mockings and scourgings, yes, and of chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, were tempted, were slain with the sword. They wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins, being destitute, afflicted, tormented—38 of whom the world was not worthy. They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves of the earth.
39 And all these, having obtained a good testimony through faith, did not receive the promise, 40 God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,
There are some activities in life that don’t have a whole lot of instructions with them. We have often jumped into something hoping we were doing it right and wanting a good outcome. The life of faith is not like that. Hebrews 11 has been called the “Hall of Fame of Faith.” We are called to consider the lives of men and women who trusted God at major points of their lives. When these people obeyed God by faith and through faith amazing things happened! Did you read verses 33-35? Great things happened through ordinary people.
Verse 39 speaks of all of these men and women as being people of a good testimony. The words “good testimony” are one word in the Greek language and in 12:1 is translated “witnesses.” When people trust in God during their lives they become known as witnesses of God’s power. Their very lives become testimonies of the God of heaven and of His faithfulness to His own.
Friends, we have good witnesses to look to. These normal people did amazing things when they took God at His word and fully obeyed what He said. At that point their lives testified, gave witness to the will and the power of God. We are surrounded by those who obeying God by faith set an example for us to follow.
Today we are having a funeral for a faithful woman, Nancy Hall. Ken and Nancy Hall were people of great faith in their great God. We have examples of what this life of faithful obedience looks like both in Scripture and all around us. Ask God what steps of faith He has for you to take, then through faith join those whose example we have to follow, and do all that God is leading you to do.
With Bobbi at Ben and Anna’s this week and planning for Nancy’s funeral it has been a very different week for me. Pray with us and the Hall family for those who come to the funeral to see Christ and to come to Him as Savior and Lord. I will be bringing a message looking at the peace and grace that Nancy and Ken lived and pointing us to the Lord who wants to give His peace and grace to all. The wake is from 10:00-1:00 with the service at 1:00. This will all take place at Calvary Church on Rt 59 in their south chapel.
We are all praying for the inauguration of our new President today. Pray specifically for the salvation of President Trump. What if he came to Christ and trumpeted out His message for four years! May Christ be exalted. Pray also for the safety of all of the people in D.C. today. It is a strange inauguration, to say the least. I heard last night that 37 permits have been given out for groups against the new President and one permit was given out for a group in favor of him. Last night there was a riot where police used pepper spray to calm down a crowd. Join me in prayer for the protection of people and for the salvation of the lost.
How do I feel? I am ever thankful that God is in control, that He is sovereign over the affairs of men and that He will accomplish all that He wants accomplished this day as always. “Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.”
Have a great day in the Lord ,