3 weeks 1 day ago #11864 by FemiClef
  TOPIC: CATALOGUES OF THE FAITHFULS Read: Hebrews 11:4-134 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks. 5 By faith Enoch was taken away so that he did not see death, “and was not found, because God had taken him” ; for before he was taken he had this testimony, that he pleased God.6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 7 By faith Noah, being divinely warned of things not yet seen, moved with godly fear, prepared an ark for the saving of his household, by which he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.   8 By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.9 By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise;10 for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God.   11 By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised.12 Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude—innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.   13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. MEMORISE: 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, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. (Hebrews 11:13) EXPOSITIONThe espitle to the Hebrews in its eleventh chapter provides us with credible list of men and women who had gone before us in the Faith. Faith remains the key to walking with God because no one actually pleases Him without it. (Heb.11:6). We worship God in faith and believe He is, He was and He will continually be. Abel was credited as one of the faithful because he was able, by faith, to offer an acceptable sacrifice to God (Gen.4:4). Enoch walked with God by faith. He did not die usually as others, he was translated (Gen.5:24). Noah built an ark as God instructed. He believed God according to what He had said. As a result of his promptness, he and his home did not perish with their sinful generation (Gen.6:8ff). Abraham was not given the title, 'Father of Faith' by chance. He was the one through whom the whole earth has become blessed. Sarah, his wife also represents an example of a woman who took God by His promise. The catalogue of the faithful patriarchs is an endless list as said by the writer. There was no way to contain the long list of these faithfuls in the scripture (Heb.11:32). However, what is incumbent on individuals who are beneficiaries of the Faith of these faith is to follow suit in order to make the triumphant fathers perfect. You have to go back to the Faith of our fathers. The undiluted faith in worship and service to God and humanity is what is required of you now as a believer. You must be born in faith, live and die in the Faith to be qualified as one of the faithful, who once lived here, having victoriously laid your sword at Christ's feet. Stay in faith, in Jesus name  PRAYER POINTS:1. Lord, make my faith undiluted.2. I receive the Faith that helped Caleb and Joshua that made them excel and live while all others perished.3. I refuse to toe the line of Orpah who failed in the midst of challenges of life while Ruth by faith excelled. EXTRA READING FOR TODAY:Judges 8:1-9:29; Luke 11:50-12:17 Author: CAC WorldwideRemain blessed!

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