Our pastor is taking us through the book of Hebrews on Sunday mornings. It has been so encouraging and convicting. Today we focused on chapter 11:17-22.
As he taught on faith and trust and worship in and to our Resurrected Savior, I was contemplating my early morning devotions. I was thinking about the fact that I have been doubting (AGAIN) and relying on my own feelings for obedience and surrender. I have opened my mouth wide and loud way too often before I speak and hurt those around me; mostly because I have been focused on self...not my Lord.
"By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac,
My faith will be tested by God too.
and he who had received the promises was in the act of offering up his only son, of whom it was said, 'Through Isaac shall your offspring be named.'
My faith should drive me to total obedience.
He considered that God was able even to raise him from the dead, from which figuratively speaking, he did receive him back."
My faith should bring a willingness to surrender.
By faith, Isaac invoked future blessings on Jacob and Esau. By faith, Jacob when dying, blessed each of the sons of Joseph, bowing in worship over the head of his staff. By faith, Joseph, at the end of his life, made mention of the exodus of the Israelites and gave direction concerning his bones."
My faith should show confidence in things not seen.
This is faith that only God can gift with and bring to fruition in a believer's life. I don't know about you, but oh, how my faith waivers. I want to know this faith more and more. I want to overcome my doubt. So my mornings must start with love and devotion to my Savior by making Him priority. Opening the Word and getting on my knees is the best way to start.
P.S. These points were part of Pastor Shealy's outline.