“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.” Hebrews 11:13
“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.”
These men of faith saw what God showed them and knew He was revealing their future to them. God reveals what He wants to produce through your life, but you need to see it. If you cannot see it, it will not happen because you can only see it by faith. Faith opens a whole new world to you.
Many Christians cannot accept what God tells them about their future, because they cannot see themselves being used so powerfully by God. They think they are too insigniﬁcant to be used by God for great things. Friends, you need to have an assurance in your heart that the things He has planned for you is His will for you and you need to believe it by faith.
These men of faith embraced the promises of God; this means you have to change the plans that you have for your life and allow God’s will to be applied. This will involve many things such as the way you work with your money, your church life, your social life, your family and friends, and many more. Before you do, say, or plan anything, you have to ask yourself whether your actions will work towards or against God’s plans for your life and you will have to completely and willingly embrace what God wants. That means you will have to sacriﬁce your ﬂeshly desires in favour of God’s desires.
God’s plans for your life need to be continually confessed by faith so that you can keep focusing on where you are going. The plans God has revealed to you may sound unbelievable and ridicu- lous and you may even be embarrassed to speak them out loud. It is not always advisable to tell other people everything God reveals to you. These things can only be accessed by your faith, and other people do not necessarily operate in the same faith.
In Hebrews 11:11 we read, “By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive.” But in contrast, when the apostle Paul prayed that his unidentiﬁed “thorn in the ﬂesh” be removed from him, the Lord responded, “My grace is sufﬁcient for you” (2 Corinthians 12:9), and the “thorn” remained. Even Christ Himself prayed to His heavenly Father that the cup of agony awaiting Him at Calvary might be taken from Him, but He added, “Nevertheless not my will, but Yours, be done” (Luke 22:42).
O Lord, whether or not our deepest longings and most desperate prayers are granted, our faith is in You. Help us to desire Your will above all else. Amen.
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