August 18, 2017 Job 16; Hebrews 11:1-20

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Advocate | Marisa Tomlinson

S~ My intercessor is my friend as my eyes pour out tears to God; on behalf of a man he pleads with God as one pleads for a friend. Job 16:20-21 (NIV)

O~ Job did not know of Jesus, yet he knew he had an intercessor. How? The Message version of these verses reads,  “there must be someone in heaven who knows the truth about me, in highest heaven, some attorney who can clear my name – My champion, my friend, while I’m weeping my eyes out before God. I appeal to the one who represents mortals before God.” This interpretation says Job is assuming there must be someone who is advocating for him.

A~ I have the priviledge to know my intercessor personally. He knows me and makes himself known. I am so blessed that I don’t have to assume that someone is advocating for me like Job did. Because of Jesus’s sacrifice I can learn directly from His word and hear His voice through the Holy Spirit. I need to remember what a priviledge that is. I so often rush through my day and don’t give His teaching much of a second thought . I know the basics of being a good person, being humble, and helping others but I’m not really listening for his day-to-day prompting . I’m wasting the gift of his friendship.

P~ Heavenly father forgive me for the times that I ignore you. I am so lucky to live in a time where it’s OK to be a Christian and to follow you . Thank you for always extending grace that I do not deserve. Thank you for Jesus and his sacrifice for me. I want to be someone you are proud of and I can’t do that if I don’t know your heart and your plan. Thank you for the wake up call this morning. I love you.

A Life That Speaks | Kelley Deases

S~  And by faith he still speaks, even though he is dead.  Hebrews 11:4 (NIV)

O~  This verse is talking about Abel, who gave a sacrifice to the Lord. God was pleased with Abel’s offering above that of his brother, Cain. Cain was so overtaken with anger and jealousy he attacked and killed Abel. This “Hall of Faith” chapter in Hebrews highlights Abel, who is known only for that pure sacrifice and being martyred for it.

A~  When I read this verse this morning, I thought of several people I have known in my own life who have died but whose faith has had tremendous impact on my walk. I think of Ty and Terri Schenzel often, even though it has been a couple years since they were tragically killed in a car accident. It’s not that we were close friends who took vacations together or spent time at each other’s homes, but I remember our encounters because their actions pointed to God at every turn. I think of a woman named Bertha Murphy, a lady I knew from my church years ago. She was a pastor’s wife but was widowed at a young age. Nevertheless, she treated everyone she met as though they were her own son or daughter or grandchild, practically oozing the love of God through her warm hugs. I think of George Moore, a former pastor of mine, who got a cancer diagnosis in his forties, but persevered through pain and exhaustion for years thereafter that he might continue to bring God’s message to his congregation. These lives still speak, because of their amazing faith, though they are gone from this earth.

P~ Father, It is the cry of my heart that I might be remembered some day as faithful to my God, that someone might have witnessed God’s heart shining through me despite my humanness which can so often get in the way.

You may not see what you were promised | Trisha Baker

S~ All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Hebrews 11:13 (NLT)

O~ God made many promises to Abraham that he never saw come to fruition, but Abraham never gave up hope that these promises would come true. These promises did come true but many generations later. Abraham knew this earth was not his true home, but his true home was with his Father God.

A~ So many times in my life, I expect the things that God has told me to happen quicker than they usually do. So often my time line and God’s time line are very different. I understand this is because God sees the whole picture and He knows how all the different aspects of my life have to fall into place before the promises He has for me can be given and have their full effect on my life and the lives of the my family. Trusting Him while I am waiting for His promises, is of the things I struggle with very often. I struggle with the faith I need in order to keep believing that He is going to handle the situation and He will make sure that my family and I are going to be taken care of in every situation. Lately, there have been some struggles in my life and the more I pray to Him to fix them, the more I hear Him say to me, “Just trust Me and watch what I do.” I know this is a promise to me that He is going to take care of me and I need to trust Him rather than try to fix it on my own! I also have to know that even if I don’t see the promises He has given me regarding my children come to pass, this does not mean that they will not happen. But what is important is that I continually pray for them every day because in my time of prayer I am making a way for those promises to come true in my children. I know and believe that His promises will always come true and He will never be found to go back on His promises!!

P~ Father God, thank you so much for your promises. Help me Lord to trust you and believe that what you say will happen. It can be so hard sometimes to not try to fix what the wrong we see instead of waiting on you to have your will and your way. Thanks you Father for Your continued promises and strength to continue in the faith that what you say will happen. In your Precious Name, Amen.

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