Topic: Faith works
Text: Hebrews 11
Key verse: …put out the power of raging fire, and caused many to escape certain death by the sword. In their weakness their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array. Verse 34(TPT)
We have been talking about a faith that is living, a faith that grows and is active. What does faith produce in your life? The faith we have seen in our devotions is a faith with works.
One theme that runs through the verses in this text is result. Faith in your heart must produce results!
Look at the examples we see in our key verse today; put out the power of raging fire, Shedrach, Meshark and Abednego did not do anything to kindle the fire, but when the fire was set up to silence their faith, they rose up with this testimony: Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego replied, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God whom we serve is able to save us. He will rescue us from your power, Your Majesty. 18 But even if he doesn’t, we want to make it clear to you, Your Majesty, that we will never serve your gods or worship the gold statue you have set up.” Daniel 3:16-18
Their faith in God made them speak those words! What does your faith say when your faith is questioned or your life is threatened? The words they spoke put out the fire on their behalf while it consumed those who threw them in. Your words reveal your faith so watch what you say. Your words activates the power of God on your behalf so choose them carefully.
In their weakness their faith imparted power to make them strong! Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array. Reading this text took me back to the story in 2 kings 7, in the face of hunger, a terrible lockdown that made women eat their children this is what some lepers( extremely) weak men had to say; *“We will starve if we stay here, but with the famine in the city, we will starve if we goods back there. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.”*
Their faith was revealed in their words and they took action! They walked towards enemy territory! What does your knowledge and relationship with God make you do? Cry? Complain? Murmur? Or do you take action? They damned any consequence, including death. They conquered him completely through the blood of the Lamb and the powerful word of his testimony. *They triumphed because they did not love and cling to their own lives, even when faced with death.* Revelation 12:11
When you have the right words and know the power of the blood, then you must not fear to take action! Living by faith has evidence. This act of faith unleashed the power of God! Hallelujah!!!! *Faith sparked courage within them and they became mighty warriors in battle, pulling armies from another realm into battle array.*
God is waiting to deploy angels to fight on your behalf if your faith will have action. What will be written of us is the result our faith produced not the biblical knowledge we had.
Their miracle became victory for all, everybody’s miraculous provision! Your family is waiting! Your neighbours are waiting! The world is waiting for the manifestations of the sons of God, and you are one of them. Let us see your faith at work.