“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. And they admitted that they were aliens and strangers on earth.” (Hebrews 11:13 NIV)
“These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.” (Hebrews 11:39 NIV)
What is faith? According to the Oxford dictionary faith means reliance, loyalty and complete trust. It is by faith that Noah moved when the Lord told Him to, building an ark on dry land where there were no sign, no forecast and no thought of rain. It is by faith that Abraham was willing to offer up his beloved son Isaac to God
and because of Abraham’s faith he was blessed so abundantly that thousands of
years later we are still enjoying the gifts of God’s covenant with him today. I
ask you this, how deep is your faith?
Matthew 9:20-22 speaks of a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years. She thought that if she could just touch the hem of Jesus’ garment she would be healed and when she did the Lord turned to her and said that her faith had made her well. How deep is your faith?
To the outside world these men and women were strangers and aliens to this world, their actions were odd, their faith was strange. These people relied on God, they’re loyalty was with God and their trust was completely in God. Do you rely on God, do you trust him with your finances, with your business, with your promotion. Are you loyal to Him do you spend enough time praying to Him and studying His word, do you put Him before all things in your life? Do you trust Him to heal your body, to move and tear down walls and move mountains in your life? How deep is your faith?
Noah, Abraham, the woman in the square, their eyes were fixed on God, they let go of the things that bound them to this world, and through their eyes the impossible was very possible. That is how deep our faith needs to be. Our faith needs to be so deep that it has no bounds and no limits. Our faith should be so deep that when people pass you by they can’t help but to say, he’s different, she’s very different,
there’s something different about that whole family. Saints it is time for us,
myself included, to show this world just how deep our faith is.
Father God in Heaven thank you for being a God that we can rely on, a mighty God that we can be loyal to and an awesome God that we can place our trust in. As we deepen our faith in you Father may you transform us into strangers and aliens that the world can’t help but to notice. In Jesus name we pray. Amen
Written by Renaldo & Afiya Duncanson