Lord God Almighty…Who was there when You formed the seas and all that is in them, and set their boundaries that they might not transgress it? [Neh 9:6; Ps 74:13-17]
1st ABEL: THE SACRIFICE OF FAITH. In Abel I see how faith makes death to self the entrance to the path to life. Faith is the primary prerequisite to gain entrance into the Holy of Holies and the abiding Presence of God.
Then ENOCH: THE WALK OF FAITH. The walk of faith brings the blessing of a life of unbroken fellowship with God in the Holy of Holies.
3rd NOAH: THE WORK OF FAITH. Faith saves others from death by the work it does for them. I am now called along with Noah to do the work of faith that can bless and save those around me…this is the fruit of the tree, produced by the work of the Holy Spirit dwelling within me.
4th ABRAHAM: THE OBEDIENCE OF FAITH. Obedience is the very essence of faith. In the very nature of things, it is impossible to receive God without receiving and wholeheartedly embracing His will.
5th SARAH: THE TRUST OF FAITH UNTO LIFE. She considered God Who had given her the promise to be reliable and trustworthy and true to His word.
6th: THE PILGRIM SPIRIT OF FAITH. Faith makes me a pilgrim…a stranger and sojourner here on Earth, because my heart is in the homeland which is Heaven.
7th ABRAHAM: THE TRUST OF FAITH UNTO DEATH. With Sarah, I saw the trust of faith unto life, resulting in the son of promise…Isaac. With Abraham, I see the far deeper trust of faith unto death, resulting in receiving the son of promise back from the dead.
8th: THE BLESSING OF FAITH UPON THE CHILDREN. In the spiritual world, the man of faith is a blessing to his children.
9th MOSES: THE DECISION OF FAITH. By choice, rather than keeping his physical eyes on these visible, temporal things, he kept his eyes of faith on the future reward that God would give him.
10th ISRAEL: THE REDEMPTION OF FAITH. Everywhere we look, the one thing God asks, the one thing that pleases Him, the one thing that secures His blessing, is faith.
11th FAITH: ITS POWER OF ACHIEVEMENT. What room there is in this world for hero’s of faith to subdue kingdoms, to work righteousness, to obtain promises! I am to wholly offer myself unto God for the struggle, remembering well the double lesson: No faith…without difficulties for it to conquer; no difficulty…but faith can surely conquer!
Now 12th THE ASSURANCE OF FAITH: POSSESSION OF THE BETTER PROMISES
All of these heroes of faith, though they won Divine approval by means of their faith, did not receive the fulfillment of what had been promised. God had planned something better and greater in view for us, so that these heroes and heroines of faith should not come to perfection apart from us. [Heb 11:39-40]
Received the promise but not the possession
These hero’s of faith received the promises, having seen them from afar off and having embraced them…the great promise of Christ Jesus and His redemption and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit…but died not having received the fulfillment of these promises. They would have to wait until the time that we were to receive the fulfillment of these promises, so that they would be made perfect together with us, and not before.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”
Trust and obey: