Hebrews 11 - Out of Weakness Made Strong

Thursday, October 24, 2013 (All day)

None of us like our weaknesses exposed. Yet, God is not afraid to show the weaknesses of those who He loves.

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[Darris McNeely] None of us like to have our weaknesses exposed. I certainly don't, and I'm pretty sure you don't as well. One of the great lessons though when God begins to deal with us is He's not afraid to show the weaknesses of those who are His heroes. That's what Hebrews chapter 11 is all about, this faith chapter, of people and their examples of faith.

When you go deep into the stories of the Bible of Abraham, of Moses or of Sarah, some of the others, you not only see their faith and their strengths, but you see their weaknesses. And I think there's a statement embedded in this chapter of Hebrews 11 that helps us to understand how it is that God looks at us in this walk of faith that we have.

In Hebrews:11:34 he talks about the general people that are unnamed at this point in the story who quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, and out of weakness were made strong. Out of weakness were made strong. Like I said, God is not afraid to show the foibles, problems, the weaknesses of those with whom He's working with. And that's a lesson about faith that I think comes out of this book. When we look up the stories of the men and women of the Bible we see that they were people who were weak, just like I am, just like you are.

Faith is built out of weakness. In fact, sometimes we can't really begin that walk of faith and come to a life of strong faith until we recognize just how weak we are in relationship to God. Faith is a matter of a lifelong process. Faith is a journey. Faith is a matter of time as it is built within our lives, and it does involve works of righteousness, which we've talked about in this series. It involves a lifetime of obedience, and faith ultimately equals our life. It's not just one incident. It's not just one decision that we make, but it's a lifetime of decisions. And it's a journey. And it's a walk.

Faith equals our life, and when that life is lived within and through the power of Jesus Christ within us according to His way of life, then we will be walking in the same path, the same footsteps of these men and women in Hebrews 11, people who were made strong out of weakness.

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Derek Strauss

Derek Strauss's picture

Life is full of trials that can suck all our energy out of us. It is when we are weak that we are very strong. We come to rely entirely on God; we ask Him to carry us through the sore trial; we ask Him for understanding so we can learn and grow, and we emerge stronger and more like Jesus each time.


dogmandean's picture

I used to think that because I believed in God,i had faith. I did, but it wasn't as strong as I thought it was. I even studied to become a preacher. but as it so often happens, indulging in sinful behaviors led me away from God and my ambitions. After making a huge change in my life,[ I was in active alcoholic addiction], and learning to rely on God, I find my faith is growing. my faith is growing because I try to do what God wants me to do and I know this isn't difficult. I find that the faith I have grows because God has shown me that nothing is impossible with Him, and this strengthens my faith. its like the more faith you have, the more faith you get.

Malachi 3_16-18

Malachi 3_16-18's picture

Dogmandean, I appreciate your comment, that faith is so much more than just believing God exists. It reminds me of the words said by the father of the man with the evil spirit, in Mark:9:24: "Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!" The starting place for growing in faith is recognizing our lack of it.

linda effenberger

linda effenberger's picture

What a powerful message in a "nutshell"! Not so many words, but they say so much! The bottom line: we are weak; we are not capable; and we are not good! But God is strong; God is capable; and God is good! If we continually submit to God and tuck that self away out of the picture, God can do wonders through those who love and obey Him! Let us let Christ rule in us and lead us to salvation. Let go and let Christ have the lead. If we have faith in Him, then we will let Him in!

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