Living Under the Cross - Your Daily Forward Devotional

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Living Under the Cross
Published 3/31/20

Read Hebrews 11:16
"But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city."

Reflect
Read through Hebrews 11 and think about these questions: How is faith defined in this chapter? What does hope have to do with it? What stories told in this chapter have you heard before? Does this chapter shed any additional light on why those men and women did what they did?

How do you go on living when you know the axe is about to fall? How do you get out of bed when you know today could be the day when your spouse or child finally succumbs to their illness? How do you go on when you know things will only get worse?

The same way Abraham did: one step at a time. In Genesis 22, we read that Abraham was instructed by God to sacrifice his only son Isaac. To us, this sounds barbaric. But though it broke his heart, Abraham gathered his things and left.

Each step must have felt like a mile. Was this really happening? What happened to God's promise to make Abraham's offspring as numerous as the sand on the shore? Some people question what Abraham did: if he really loved his son, how could he go so far as to strap him on the altar and raise the knife?

Because, as much as he loved his son, Abraham trusted God all the more.

In Hebrews, we learn a little of what went through Abraham's mind on the way to the sacrifice. Up to that point in his life, Abraham had seen God work in many miraculous ways--his son Isaac (born when Abraham and his wife were approaching 100 years old)--was one of them. He knew that when God made a promise, He would keep it. Hebrews tells us that Abraham "considered that God was able even to raise him [Isaac] from the dead" in order to keep His promise (Hebrews 11:19, ESV).

So, this doesn't necessarily mean that if we believe hard enough everything will turn out the way you want. But we do need to place our hope where it belongs--on God and His ultimate plan for the world and all those who love Him.


Pray
Lord Jesus, thank You for being faithful and unchanging. Please give me the strength I need to get through the troubles of the day. Amen.


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2 years ago
It is the righteousness of God that gives me the Faith to trust and hope for higher things to come in His time. Faith teaches me to live courageously each time, each day to encourage others with The Gospel. The Good News of Salvation, power and freedom through eternity in Christ.
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2 years ago
My prayer is for Abraham's deep faith...I sometimes connect in reality with Peter..
Peter finished well..that's my prayer.
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2 years ago
I am thankful for our Lord Jesus Christ, he is always faithful and never forsake us.
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2 years ago
I find it strange that people are referring to the uncertainty of these days that have brought with them a new challenge. Every day is uncertain and they have always been uncertain! I suppose they are referring to the newness of this challenge and the fact that there is no definitive earthly way of dealing with it as of yet. Our days are all uncertain - and our days are all numbered! God has written the date of our homecoming in the book of life and nothing will change that date! If He wants me to come Home today then I am going! Certainly, that does not mean that we should go about our daily lives recklessly, but instead we should live by doing what we should do and trusting God for the rest. There is no certainty in life except God - and I think this could be what He is urging us to learn sooner than later.
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2 years ago
Amen ! Thank You Jesus! ✝️🙏
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