Week 9 - July 21st, 2019

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Week 9 - July 21st, 2019

Hebrews 11:23-29 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.”


Day 1, Day 2, Day 3, Faith That Endures For Kids




Day 1: 

Hebrews 11:23-29 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden for three months by his parents, because they saw that the child was beautiful, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict. By faith Moses, when he was grown up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward. By faith he left Egypt, not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured as seeing him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the Destroyer of the firstborn might not touch them. By faith the people crossed the Red Sea as on dry land, but the Egyptians, when they attempted to do the same, were drowned.”

In a lot of ways our lives are shaped by the choices that we make. From the big life changing ones, all the way down to seemingly small ones, our choices impact the trajectory of our lives in innumerable ways. As a believer, our reflex when it comes to decision-making needs to be one of prayer and listening. We must seek always to have our choices be informed by the gospel, the truth of who we are, and whose we are.

These faithful choices are not based on immediate happiness, joy or fulfillment as the ultimate goal of life, but the goal of glorifying God, obeying Him, trusting Him, and honoring Him with our decisions. When it comes down to it, faith is the only way we can make decisions this way. Through these weeks we have seen many men and women who have made difficult choices because of their faith. Because of their faith they built boats in the desert, moved without a destination, and were willing to sacrifice their own children.

Making choices from a place of faith might not make sense at first glance. It is not a great way to set up earthly renown and affluence for yourself. But when your actions are obedient to God and in step with the truth you know, you can be assured that it will not be a waste, even if suffering, pain and death come along with it.

Where in your life do you need to make a difficult, obedient, faithful choice? Where are you faced with the wide and narrow roads? (Matthew 7:13-14). Together let us strive to make choices based not on our own selfish, worldly desires but on the truth of the gospel, the price Jesus paid, and the eternity in heaven waiting for you.


Dear Lord, help us to honor you in the big choices we face, and in the small. Keep us from the slippery slope of compromise and help us to stand firm on Your promises. I pray that our choices would be founded on the reality of heaven more than that of the fallen earth in which we live. Help us to be unwavering in our faithfulness to you, help us be still and listen to what you would say to us, and help us to be steadfast in obedience to You both in word and deed. Thank you for your grace that picks us up every time we fall, and for the place in heaven kept for us because of the righteousness of your Son, Jesus, imputed to us. In Your Name, and because of your grace, we pray, Amen




Day 2: 

Courageous Faith

Making faithful choices in hard circumstances requires courage. Sometimes the choices God calls us to, put us in the pathway of persecution, pain and suffering. Sometimes we’re in the midst of these things when we are faced with these decisions. Our sinful hearts are full of fear, anxiety and insecurity. We are naturally short-sighted, and our initial reaction is to avoid immediate loss, even in the face of immense long-term gain.

In verse 23, the writer to the Hebrews 11 points us to the faith of Moses’ parents. They conceived and bore Moses, hid him, and engineered his raising at a dark and desperate time in Israel’s history. They were not afraid of the edicts of man or Pharaoh, and instead responded in faith to God’s promise and trusted His protection. The pages of the Bible, and human history as a whole, are filled with examples of men and women that made courageous choices in the face of evil because of their faithfulness. Among myriads of examples in the Old Testament, Rahab defied the rulers of Jericho, David met Goliath, Elijah challenged rulers and false prophets, and Esther challenged the king of a vast empire. In the New Testament, the pages are filled with Jesus’ followers who risked their lives over and over again to spread the good news of the gospel all the while enduring beatings, stonings, shipwrecks, imprisonments, and for many, martyrdom. History tells of men like Martin Luther, William Tyndale, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, William Wilberforce, and Jim Elliott, and women like Amy Carmichael, Gladys Aylward, Edith Cavell and Corrie Ten Boom that risked everything because of their faith.

So, are we then called to daily put our lives on the line with our choices in order to be faithful? Not at all. Courage is also exemplified in the mom or dad who serves their sick family with a cheerful spirit even though they, too, are sick, or the son or daughter who cares for an aging parent quickly approaching death. It can mean stopping a spiral of gossip and putting your social standing on the line or risking a promotion because you refuse to compromise your integrity. Courage in faith doesn’t only mean the big, daring acts that draw our attention –  though it does mean being willing to do those should they come your way – it is also having the faith to face the day you are given with a right heart in obedience to God in light of the future that is yours in Christ Jesus.

Heavenly Father, help us to find courage to face any and every situation you bring to us. Whether we walk through the slums of India, or the sidewalks of Tulsa, Oklahoma, may we be always faithful to you in our choices. Help us to seek your approval more than that of man, and may we be ever more willing to lay down our desires for this life in light of the glorious eternity we have coming. Help us to yearn for the day we see your face. Give us your desires and lead us by Your Holy Spirit, change our hearts, and help us to love You and have that love guide our actions above all else. In Your Name we pray, Amen.




Day 3: 

Sacrificial Faith

In addition to courageous faith, we also need sacrificial faith. Moses counted the blessings and promises of God worthy, as shown in the renouncement of his earthly possessions and status. MacArthur said: “From the worldly standpoint, he was sacrificing everything for nothing.  But from the spiritual standpoint, he was sacrificing nothing for everything.  He renounced the world’s power, honor, and prestige for the sake of God, and knew that for so doing he would gain immeasurably more than he would lose, for he was longing for the reward.” Moses refused to compromise what was right for a comfortable, easy life. He placed the value and worth of knowing God as immeasurably higher than power and wealth.

When we look at examples like Moses, it is easy to agree that their life-changing choices were God-honoring and right, but it is so difficult to see the places in our own lives where we are reluctant to lay down our own comfort or happiness. When the stakes seem lower, it is all the more easy to justify our weak-willed compromises.

Living for the next world instead of this one makes the sacrifices we make here seem inconsequential. In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus taught that what you value and prioritize shows where your heart is (Matthew 6:21). If we are unwilling to relinquish earthly treasures, it should show us that our heart is wrapped up in things that will perish with this world. If, however, are hearts are set on Christ, the earthly things we might lose along the way are nothing in comparison with the glory that is to be revealed to us. C.S. Lewis said: “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.” When your heart is in heaven, this world cannot destroy you, because it doesn’t have your heart.

The truth is that if your mind is set on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God (Colossians 3:1-2), the enticements of a sinful world will dull and fade. The sacrifices we are called to make won’t feel weighty and painful the way they do when we yearn for the things of this world. Corrie Ten Boom said to “Hold everything in your hands lightly, otherwise it hurts when God pries your fingers open.” Let us pray and seek together to hold this world lightly, so that we may cling wholeheartedly to Jesus.

Dear Lord, help us to set our hearts on You and to let all else fall by the wayside. May the sacrifices you call us to seem as dust compared to the beauty and riches you offer us in Christ Jesus. Thank you for Your free gift of grace. Thank you for the wondrous truth of the gospel. I pray that our eyes would daily be opened more and more to Your beauty and wondrous mercy towards us. Incline our hearts to You and strip us of earthly pleasures so that we may come unencumbered into Your throne room. Keep us until that day and make us more and more into the image of Your Son. In His Name we pray, Amen. 



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