Verse of the Day 7-22-21

And without faith is is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.-Hebrews 11:6

In Hebrews Chapter 11 the writer is defining for us and giving us examples of what true faith looks like. He begins in verse 1 by defining what faith is in this way, “now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about we do not see”. The writer then gives two examples from the early Old Testament. The first example he gives is Abel. Verse 4 says this about Abel, “By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Able still speaks even though he is dead.” The next example we see is Enoch. Verse 6 says this about Enoch, “By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: ‘He could not be found, because God had taken him away.’ For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. So what did these two early men of faith have in common. They were both men who sought God. Abel sough God by bringing him the first fruits of what he had produced. And Enoch was a man who was known to have walked God his entire life until God came and took him to be with him without dying. Abel had faith that by offering God his first and his best that God would provide what he needed to survive. Enoch showed his faith in God by continuing to walk with him, even though the people of the earth where beginning to turn their backs on God at that time (which would eventually lead to the flood). So what do they teach us? That if you want to please God, then you have to take a step of faith. We have to believe that God does exist, even though we cannot see him, and that he will reward us if we are seeking him. Put your faith in God and seek him, and see what he can and will do for you and through you.

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