Word at Work June 24, 2016

Scripture: Hebrews 11:39-40

Hebrews 11: 39-40 says, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony/mar-too-rah-o through faith, did not receive the promise, God having provided something better for us, that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” There are many in Scripture who God gave a goal for which they had to use their faith. They did not see it in their lifetime. But what they did was, they embraced that goal and in faith, they passed it on to the next generation. The Lord asked me one time, ‘Would you be willing to be in the second and third generations in Egypt?’ When the children of Israel went to Egypt, they were promised they would come out after 400 years. So in the fourth generation, they were coming out of Egypt. But what if you were in the second or the third generation? You would spend your whole life in captivity. The Lord said, ‘Are you willing? Are you willing to carry something your whole life and settle for sowing it in the next generation?’ He didn’t tell me I had to but He wanted to know if I was willing. I had to say, ‘Yes Lord, I am willing to do that.’ So ask yourself. Thousands of believers have gone before us and that was their job. Are you willing to carry this vision and plant it in the next generation? Hebrews 11 tells us that all those “…having obtained a good testimony/mar-too-reh-o through faith, did not receive the promise.” What if we spend our whole lives and we do not see what God has promised us? What is our job? How do we participate in it and have faith for it? We sow it into the next generation. We sow our faith into them and call them into their destiny. And verse 40 says we do it, “…that they should not be made perfect apart from us.” In the generation where it is fulfilled, you and I get the reward of our obedience. In the generation where it comes to pass, that is where we get our reward. We need to encourage, pass it on, speak it to people and expect it for them. And in the generation it comes and the day that it comes, that is when we get our reward for obeying God in Faith’s Hall of Fame. Surely we have enough humility to say, ‘OK, Lord, I can walk there. If You want me to walk there, I will walk there. I refuse to be discouraged and I see how You work. And on that day I will receive my reward in Faith’s Hall of Fame.’ Many are going to be in a place where we do not see our promises and we need to use our faith on our flesh all the way until we see Jesus. That is our commitment and we should not have it any other way.

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