MONDAY, AUGUST 29
Scripture: Hebrews 11:1:4, 32-34
Hebrews 11 has long been known as Faith’s Hall of Fame where we understand that it is our job to trust God and initiate the faith-walk by our prayers and declarations. The examples of people who did that and got victory populate the chapter. Verses 22-24 say, “And what more shall I say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon and Barak and Samson and Jephthah, also of David and Samuel and the prophets: who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle, turned to flight the armies of the aliens.” Is it not interesting that these believers became valiant in battle (Greek for ‘war’)? When they did, they turned to flight the armies of the aliens. God is a God of War. These Hebrews 11 saints did not do it single-handedly, they did it through prayer. They did it through faith. They did it by activating heaven in their behalf. And when they did, the God of War sprang into action and gave them victory. Isn’t it interesting that the greatest Hall of Faith chapter in the entire New Testament gives such prominence to applauding saints who used their faith to war? Some of the Faith-greats we aspire after did not turn their cheeks but swung their swords! When will we follow suit?