Have you ever thought about how God set apart one whole chapter of the Bible praising and mentioning people who had faith?
When I first started blogging, I started a series called Sanctified Sundays where I would do a Bible Study, and I started going through Hebrews 11. I put a lot of time in that study, and it was personally very rewarding. However, I couldn’t keep up the study especially since I was posting on Sunday, so I stopped doing the study.
I really missed the Bible study though, so I started doing Thoughtful Thursdays to help encourage me to keep Bible reading and studying a priority, but I still want to finish Hebrews 11. So instead of doing such an intense study, I will go a little lighter of a study focusing maybe on less verses, and maybe eventually I’ll put together an e-book for a ladies Bible study that takes these brief thoughts and makes them deeper.
In my first post, I shared how reading the book Evidence Not Seen: A Woman’s Miraculous Faith in the Jungles of World War II encouraged me to start studying the “Faith Chapter”. AMAZING book!!
After the entire chapter of Hebrews 11 shares all these great men and women of faith, we read Hebrews 12:1-3:
Basically these verses remind us that the people who went before us are cheering us on. We also can keep our eyes trained on the Lord Himself who endured much more than I ever will have to endure, yet He never sinned! With the example of the heroes of our faith, with our eyes trained on our Savior, and with the help of the Holy Spirit, we too can keep on going and continue to run the race that God has given us.
So what can we learn from these men and ladies mentioned in Hebrews 11? Their example is given for a purpose! Their example is given to us to encourage us to keep on! As I go through these verses, I want to focus on how it applies to me as a mom and as a woman, and I hope this will help you, my readers, as most of you are also moms and women.
The first character I did a study on was Abel as he is the first person listed in the Hall of Faith in Hebrews 11.
Abel was commended for his excellent sacrifice (“By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice”). The lesson I took away from this back in April of 2013 was that I needed “to offer God my sacrifice with a right spirit and a right heart attitude; and that when I do, God will be pleased.”
I want to apply that a little deeper to my life as a mom:
- My kids will be able to tell when I am not serving with the right spirit and right heart attitude or when it is all for show. (God knows too!)
- If I want them to have the right heart attitude, then I must model it myself. How do I get the right heart attitude?
–I must know what God wants from me which means I must get into His Word and know it.
–I must seek only to please Him — to live a righteous life for His glory!
- I must emphasize right attitudes and right spirits more than right behavior!! Of course, if a child has the right attitude, this will translate into right behavior. But so many times, a child will conform on the outside with his actions while having a rebellious heart. And we know that God sees and rewards a righteous heart! This is easier said than done. And I know. I have one in the later tween years, and attitude can be our biggest struggle. So my prayer life has become better! Many of you are where I am or have already been there!
Pray with me that our children will have a heart that wants to please the Lord more than anything else!
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