The Hebrews Eleven Hall of Fame

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By faith Abel …

By faith Enoch …

By faith Noah …

By faith Abraham …

By faith Sarah …

By faith Isaac …

By faith Jacob …

By faith Moses …

By faith the people …

By faith the walls of Jericho …

By faith Rahab …

By faith Gideon …

By faith Barak …

By faith Samson …

By faith Jephthah …

By faith David …

By faith Samuel and the prophets … (Hebrews 11)

Did anyone do anything that was worthy and lasting without faith? No. Has anyone since? No. Whatever we do by faith is going to be done in and through the power of the Holy Spirit. This is why we need a revival of the Holy Spirit, because it is the Spirit who enables all these acts of faith. 

If you were on this list, how would your entry read? Complete the sentence. Come on, I’m serious. Is there one particular thing that stands out for you? In our Vanguard group last week, we studied Deborah and Jael (Judges 4) and how Jael drove a tent peg through the head of Sisera, the leader of the Canaanite army while he slept in her tent. All week we’ve been thinking about the one thing we will be known for. Jael is still known today for what she did. “By faith Jael …”Write out yours. Put it down on paper. See what it looks like. Put your name there and complete the sentence. What do you need to do by faith?

By faith John …

By faith Michael …

By faith Marti …

By faith Elizabeth …

Almost always it’s something difficult. These people were not mighty heroes. They were fragile human beings like all of us and easily intimidated. Moses stuttered. Gideon hid behind a winepress. Sarah laughed. Samson had a weakness for women. David was an adulterer and a murderer. But they did something great for God when called upon, and they did it by faith, trusting in God through the Holy Spirit to empower them. They did it by faith. Remove the faith and they could not do it.

Notice that all these things are actions. It’s not that we reach some spiritual pinnacle by faith. By faith I became a great Christian. No. That’s useless. It’s by faith I accomplished something for the kingdom of God that I am incapable of doing on my own, but God through His Spirit enabled me to do it by faith. And it’s something that He wants us to do.

Now the big thing you are known for may not make you famous. It may be big for you because it’s dealing with a weakness or difficulty unique to you. It may be easy for someone else, but for you it’s like crossing the Red Sea. But when you meet it by faith, you can do it, just like these men and women before you have done what seemed impossible for them. It’s the Spirit. It is the breath of God. “Breathe, oh breath of God, now breathe.” 

So complete the sentence: By faith (Your name here) did what? 

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3 Responses to The Hebrews Eleven Hall of Fame

  1. John A Fagliano says:

    Honestly, I think everything I accomplish is by faith. I don’t have a lot on my own to depend on. My confidence in myself? I never had that. My ability to know the future? And to make wise decisions accordingly? Are you kidding. I don’t know what God will say was my greatest accomplishment. I’ll wait for that day. Till then I think the best things I have accomplished have been through prayer.

    By the way thanks for sharing the song by Lauren Daigle. Such a beautiful prayer for the lost.

  2. jwfisch says:

    I think so too. Thank you, John. You’re right, everything by faith!

  3. Toni Petrella says:

    I remember years ago when I came forward in church to be saved. Hardest walk i ever made but, something hit me that morning and I know it was faith. When I came forward being beside the minister faith was mentioned. We would be so lost without that key ingredient no matter how chaotic life seems at any time and thank God for faith.

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