By faith Abel

Hebrews 11.5

By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks. Hebrews 11:5

The writer of Hebrews now begins to give the readers illustrations of great men and women of faith. He begins with Abel. We find Abel’s story in Genesis 4:3-7:

In the course of time Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground, and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the Lord had regard for Abel and his offering, but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. The Lord said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is contrary to you, but you must rule over it.”

When reading the story of Cain and Abel, there is always the question as to why Abel’s offering was more acceptable to God than Cain’s. Hebrews 11:5 tells us that Abel’s offering was by faith and Matthew 23:35 tells us that Abel was a righteous man. Abel’s offering came from a heart of obedience. He gave God the first born of his flock and of their fat portions and did so willingly. There is no mumbling and grumbling, it was an offering overflowing out of a heart of faith.

On the overhand, Cain brought to the Lord an offering of the fruit of the ground. The Scriptures do not tell us why but it does tell us that the Lord had no regard for Cain’s offering. Could it be that Cain’s heart was not for God and the all-knowing God was aware?  In fact, 1 John 3 warns us, Do not be like Cain, who belonged to the evil one and murdered his brother. And why did he murder him? Because his own actions were evil and his brother’s were righteous. While we do not know Cain’s heart, the Lord does and He tells us that Cain belonged to the evil one and his actions were evil.

Because Abel’s actions were of faith, they still speak today. His actions speak to us and are worthy our pondering today. Are we people of faith with hearts of obedience? Can we be counted among those who believe and trust the Lord and willingly give Him our best with our whole hearts, and trust Him for the rest?

When we walk by faith, our heart attitude will not begrudge God, murmur when giving our time, tithes, offerings, and service. People of faith understand that God can be trusted with our lives. I will trust in the Lord.

Jeremiah 17.7a

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Hope for today: receive what is promised

HopeTherefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God you may receive what is promised. 37 For, “Yet a little while, and the Coming One will come and will not delay. Hebrews 10:35-37

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By faith we understand…

Hebrews 11.3

By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. Hebrews 11:3

It is one of those read it slow verses…pause for a moment…make sure you read it correctly…took it in correctly and then..shout now, Hallelujah! There is no way a person can understand this verse, believe this verse, and not shout, Hallelujah!

My, my, my…the bullet points:

  • by faith WE understand…who is WE? The writer and every true believer.
  • the physical universe was formed at God’s command
  • we see this physical universe with our physical eyes (“what is seen”)
  • “what is seen (the physical universe)” was not made by anyone or anything that is seen nor is it sustained by anyone or anything we can see
  • God commanded the universe to come forth and it was
  • God created the entire universe out of nothing. He called it to be by His Word, by His own power
  • God didn’t use anything that we can see, touch, or feel. He spoke and there it was!
  • This one True and Living God is so worthy of worship, praise, honor, devotion! The God who so loves that He gave His only begotten Son that we might have personal, intimate relationship with Him.
  • There is no reason to look at the universe and worship the created when we can worship the Creator!

How Great is our God? There is Nobody Greater!!!

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He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
Colossians 1:15-17

All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. John 1:3

In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.

And God said… and God said… and God said… and God said… Genesis 1.

By faith, we understand…to the glory of God!

Psalm 33.6

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Hope for today: trust in His name

HopeWho among you fears the Lord and obeys the voice of his servant?
Let him who walks in darkness and has no light
trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.

Isaiah 55:10

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Hebrews 11 – Faith

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Blessings today…today we read the sweeter than honey, more precious than silver or gold, Word!

11 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.
By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead.
By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. 12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore.

13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.

20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future.

21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff.

22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.

23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.

24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.

29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.

30 By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days.

31 By faith the prostitute Rahab, because she welcomed the spies, was not killed with those who were disobedient.

32 And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.

39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, 40 since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.

Hebrews 11.6a

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Hope for today:

HopeThe end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

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Wisdom Wednesday

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Blessings today! It’s Wisdom Wednesday! I am sometimes just overwhelmed by man’s focus on one’s self. What a battle is fought for self to rule over everybody and everything. Thus today’s post…may the Lord bless and keep you!

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So if there is any encouragement in Christ, any comfort from love, any participation in the Spirit, any affection and sympathy, complete my joy by being of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others.  Philippians 2:1-4Arrogance 3

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As it is, you boast in your arrogance. All such boasting is evil. James 4:16Arrogance 5Arrogance 6

Whoever trusts in his own mind is a fool,

    but he who walks in wisdom will be delivered. Proverbs 28:26

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I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called, with all humility and gentleness, with patience, bearing with one another in love, eager to maintain the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace.


Ephesians 4:1-3

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Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony. Colossians 3:12-14

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Likewise, you who are younger, be subject to the elders. Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for “God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.”
1 Peter 5:5

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Hope for today: walk in His ways

HopeBlessed is everyone who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways!  You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. Psalm 128:1-2

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My shield and my glory!

Psalm 3.3

Psalm 3:  A psalm of David.
When he fled from his son Absalom.

Lord, how many are my foes!
    How many rise up against me!
Many are saying of me,
    “God will not deliver him.”

But you, Lord, are a shield around me,
    my glory, the One who lifts my head high.
I call out to the Lord,
    and He answers me from His holy mountain.

I lie down and sleep;
    I wake again, because the Lord sustains me.
I will not fear though tens of thousands
    assail me on every side.

Arise, Lord!
    Deliver me, my God!
Strike all my enemies on the jaw;
    break the teeth of the wicked.

Psalm 145.3

8 From the Lord comes deliverance.    May your blessing be on your people.
Psalm 18.46

A firm warning

Hebrews 10.31

26 If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, 27 but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. 28 Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. 29 How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? 30 For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” 31 It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews 10:26-31

I know, I know, I know! In the world’s eyes and even some believers, I am suppose to skip over the verses above. Surely, a God of love would not say such things. There is only one problem, He did. And just as He is not a man that He should lie in regards to my finances, my marriage, my health, my need; He is not a man that He should lie about the due wage for sin. The wage of sin is death, separation from God and hell.

I know, I know, I know! You get to make your own choice! You do, you do, you do! But know, God is not a man that He should lie. It is a dreadful thing for a man who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, who has insulted the Spirit of Grace, to fall into the hands of the living God.

We are privileged to make our choice, but not to determine the consequences of our choice. God has already told us the consequence. I plead with you, choose wisely!

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

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John 3.16a

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