Before you begin reading today, stop and reflect for a few minutes. How would you describe your faith? What kind of faith do you want to have?
Spend a few minutes in prayer, asking God to grow your faith in new ways right now.
Read Hebrews 11:1-3.
How does the writer describe faith in the opening verse? What does he say that faith accomplishes? What is your faith accomplishing currently?
Read Hebrews 11:4-38.
Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Rahab, Gideon, Baak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and many others are all mentioned as having great faith. Why? Who are your heroes of faith? Why?
Take some time to review the stories of these who overcame by faith. What stands out to you about their stories? How did their faith change their lives? How does your faith change your life? Spend a few minutes in prayer asking the Lord to change your life through faith.
Read Hebrews 11:39-40.
The writer of Hebrews clarifies that all of those mentioned as heroes of faith continued to be faithful to God despite the fact that they did not receive the promise of God in their lifetime here on earth. They didn’t live for His fulfillment in this lifetime, but rather, they trusted in the Lord and lived by faith that He would provide something better—completion and perfection—in the life to come.
Where is your faith? Are you trusting God for fulfillment and promise for this lifetime alone or are you setting your sights to the things unseen (vs 1-3)?
Read Hebrews 12:1-2.
Pray. Examine your life and your faith before the Lord. Ask Him for clarity and discernment in setting your faith in Him and in His provision. Praise Him for His faithfulness.
What has God spoken to you about as you’ve read and prayed through these Scriptures?