“And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, and turned to flight the armies of the aliens.”
Hebrews 11:32-34 (NKJV)
Have you ever faced a frightening challenge only to find yourself a bit nervous? We often face challenges that require us to rely upon every ounce of faith at our command. Somehow, we never seem to have the same level of faith as others. They seem so confident, while we seem unsure of ourselves. The challenges we face everyday are real. They are awesome, but they are not invincible. They can be overcome.
If we are nervous, it is because we focus on all the things that can go wrong. We ponder our possible failure instead of bathing in the prospect of success. Those who are prepared for the challenge stand boldly, without fear of failure. They are confident that God is able to deliver them in any challenge.
It is easy to believe that others have more faith than us.
Somehow, we believe that the preacher, because he stands in a certain spot on Sunday; or the Deaconess and Stewardess because they sit on a front seat; or the Usher because she wears a uniform, possesses more faith than others. We believe others have greater dispensations of faith than we do because they look confident. They look sure. The basis of that confidence is faith.
Among the great characters of the Bible is Samson, an extraordinary man, who was able to do great things when he exercised his faith. Often he did not use it, as he should.
He was not always faithful to his vows to God, but in the end he relied on his faith to defeat his enemies. Samson was similar to most of us. We don't have great faith and often are not as faithful as we should be. When we act in faith and keep the faith, we have found that God always gives what we need.
As Christians, we revel in the fact that God empowers us to do mighty works in his name. We rejoice in the knowledge that he uses our lives to build his kingdom.
Thus, we face each day's challenge with confidence that God will deliver his own.
Every day God gives us faith for the fight. May the borrowed highlighted words of yesteryear’s Hymn inspire you on this God blessed day.
My faith looks up to Thee, Thou Lamb of Calvary , Savior divine!
Now hear me while I pray, Take all my guilt away, O let me from this day Be wholly Thine!
May Thy rich grace impart Strength to my fainting heart, May zeal inspire; As Thou hast died for me, O may my love to Thee Pure warm and changeless be, A living fire!
Pastor Campbell can reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
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