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Live in Faith, Not Fear

This morning we turn to Hebrews 11, often times referred to as the Hall of Faith! Here we see a list of many who had faith in God. The writer explains that, “Faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (v. 1). Faith is believing God even when we don’t see the visible results but believing one day we will. These people didn’t have faith at one point and then faith left. No, they lived every day by faith. After all, doesn’t Paul quote Hab. 2:4 when he writes in Romans 1:17, "the righteous shall live by faith”? It isn’t a one-time event but rather a way of life that is seen in lives of people. Upon reading this, consider v. 23. The text reads, “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.” It was not Moses’ faith that is being revealed, as he was just a baby. It was his parents’ faith. Here, they are living by faith. In their lives they were faced with a choice. Have this baby killed or seek to please God and live by faith. Now there was no guarantee that Moses was indeed going to live. But they had faith in their God and hid the child. God used that event to save and train Moses in Egypt and later become the deliverer of the Children of God. His parents did this in spite of the fear of the king. They chose to live in faith, not fear. How about us? Do we live in faith or in fear? Seek this day and everyday, to believe God through the eyes of faith. Believe because of Christ, whom we just read about in the last 10 chapters. Trust Christ, because we “desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one” (v. 16). Seek God. For God rewards those who seek Him and live in faith!

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