November 17 – Hebrews 10:35-39. Live by Faith.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

November 17 – Hebrews 10:35-39. Live by Faith.

So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded. You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what he has promised. For, 
         “In just a little while, he who is coming will come and will not delay.”  
         “But my righteous one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back.”  

But we do not belong to those who shrink back and are destroyed, but to those who have faith and are saved.

Stepping out in faith or not ‘shrinking back’ doesn’t necessarily mean walking up to the biggest bully on the playground and challenging him/her to a fight.  We don’t have to wear our Christianity as a challenge to the world.

Living in faith… living by faith is a much more intimate thing and something that we do daily when we choose to walk in a relationship with God.

Living by faith means that when we are faced with more month than salary, we trust that God will give us a way to get through it rather than spending nights poring over our budget and panicking.

Living by faith means that when our children don’t act correctly or get poor grades or are just in the middle of adolescence, we pray constantly for them, do our best to understand them and continue to discipline and hold high expectations for them with consistency, knowing that God called us to do this.

Living by faith means that when it seems as if the world is tearing us apart, we refuse to believe that we will fall apart – God’s got it even when we don’t. The sun will rise every day and God will love us and support us and help us make the best decision regarding our situation.

We don’t shrink back from this relationship with God because it seems too difficult or alien according to the ways of the world.  We choose to walk with God.