A Gift that keeps on giving (Hebrews 11-13)

11 Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1

And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. Hebrews 11:6

For some people, this day will be filled with the frantic effort to purchase gifts for people who have been put off until this moment.  Question, “How would you like to be able to give someone a gift that keeps on giving?”

A wise shopper would ask two questions:

  1. What is this gift?
  2. How much does the gift cost?

The writer of Hebrews in chapter 11:1 identifies the gift:  “It is the gift of faith.”  Notice the great explanation of the gift:

  • Faith is in the present progressive state which means it is active and always moving forward (It is the gift that keeps giving).
  • Faith is having a belief that rests in the knowledge of the ability of the one you evidence faith in.  You have assurance of what is promised.
  • Faith is a conviction that keeps on believing all the way through life.  It is a gift that keeps giving in hard times and in happy times.

The writer of Hebrews in chapter 11:6 identifies the cost of the gift: “The gift was purchased by Jesus on the cross.”  The only cost to you and I is to have genuine faith in God.

Here is our faith:  “God exists.”  This means He is our Father who created this world and is the Sovereign Lord of the universe.  This means Jesus is God who came to be the Son of Man to purchase our redemption.  This means Jesus is seated at the right hand of God the Father and is going to return in glory and power to rule forever.  This means the Holy Spirit is real.  The Holy Spirit resides inside of every true believer representing Jesus to us and empower us to do His will.

Here is our faith: “He rewards those who seek Him.”  This means God daily keeps on giving us faith as we evidence faith.  This very day, I know my needs will be met.  This very day I know God’s wisdom will direct me to victory no matter how deep or how dark the trials may be.  Faith will keep giving until faith delivers me into the very presence of the Father in heaven.

So just before Christmas I cry out:  “Let Faith Arise!”

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