SUNDAY, JULY 3
Scripture: Hebrews 11:37-39
Verse 39 says, “And all these, having obtained a good testimony/mar-too-reh-o through faith, did not receive the promise,…” Have we assumed that people who really walk in faith always get what God promised them here on this earth? Is that our mindset? Do we believe that if we are truly walking in faith we will see what God has promised? It should not be – not according to Hebrews 11. We should understand the fullness of Christ and how He works. Every believer can be assigned to help fill a cup of iniquity in the last days by what they endure. Fullness of iniquity is the judicial trigger that gets us a new heavens and a new earth. But in order for the old one to be filled with iniquity, there are a certain number of those who will be martyred. And when that number is reached, fullness of iniquity is reached. So there are many believers who will be living in Hebrews 11:37-39 of whom the world is not worthy. They obtained their mar-too-reh-o, they obtained their testimony yet they did not receive the promise they were waiting for. There are people in every generation who walk in faith and do not receive their promises. It is because their job was to carry that promise and to impart it here on this earth to their generation until it is multiplied and reaches God’s perfect timing. Our obedience and submission to God’s perfect timing for what He does is what He is looking for. We are not looking for fulfillment every single time. So we cannot judge people based on whether or not they get their promise. We can only judge by the Holy Spirit, based on whether we are obedient to what God has called us to do. And when we are, we need to really be encouraging because the Bible says this group qualifies for those of whom the world was not worthy. It is time we looked at the complete sacrifice that God asks every believer to make. And many of those sacrifices are identified right here. For some it means not always being financially viable. It means being afflicted, it means being tormented, tempted, stoned, persecuted. And yet, in their persecution, they obeyed God. They stood in faithfulness. They fulfilled God’s will. They gave the witness and testimony the Lord was asking of them. And they are called people of whom the world is not worthy. Are we willing to be a people of whom the world is not worthy? Some of us may be in this arena and this may be what God is calling us to do. May God give us anointed, Holy Spirit-intuition!