Encouraging examples of God’s strength in us

Last updated on November 23, 2022

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith” (Hebrews 12:1-2)

The season of Halloween was originally used to remember loved ones who had passed away, and also ‘saints’, believers from the past who left an inspiring example. This is a good thing to do. Hebrews 11 and 12 are all about this theme. These verses say that the faithful endurance of believers throughout history should encourage us to also endure in our struggle against sin and in the opposition we may face because of our faith.

Noah built an ark because he believed God’s warning for a flood. Abraham left his country and relatives when God told him to, because he trusted God on His word. Jacob and Joseph believed God’s promises that their people would return to the land of Canaan. Some people did extraordinary things “through faith”. Others endured hardships and torture or were even killed for their faith. All these people are just like you and me, normal people. The examples mentioned show us that indeed “we can do all things through Him who strengthens us” (Philippians 4:13), that is the secret.. We are to fix our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith — just as all these ‘witnesses’ did who are mentioned in Hebrews 11.

Now all these people have reached their final destination. They have received “the inheritance of the saints in light” (Colossians 1:12). Be encouraged by these examples to remain strong and sure in your faith. To be a witness of God’s powerful work by yourself. And if it be so, God will grant you the strength even to suffer for Him. All for His glory.

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