Hebrews 10
Hebrews 12

Hebrews 11

SCRIPTURE 
Hebrews 10:39 We are not people who turn back and are lost. Instead, we have faith and are saved.
11:1 To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, to be certain of the things we cannot see.
39 What a record all of these have won by their faith! Yet they did not receive what God had promised, 40 because God had decided on an even better plan for us. His purpose was that only in company with us would they be made perfect.

OBSERVATION
Never give up! Never give up! Never give up!

UNDERSTANDING
In all the examples we find in chapter 11 we notice a pattern -
God spoke a promise to someone that was ridiculous in light of the present circumstances;
the people believed that God would accomplish what He said He would and they lived a present reality of a future hope. 
They lived as though the promise was true. 
They experienced discouragement, ridicule, persecutions sometimes for their belief but they stuck with it and never gave up on believing God that what He promised would happen. 
Some of them never saw the full fulfillment of that promise in their lifetime but they witnessed it from heaven's perspective.

LIFE APPLICATION
I needed to read this today.  There are moments when you just get discouraged because things are not as you imagined.  I have lived with God's word regarding DSC for many years, promises that have been confirmed as God's Word and not the delusions of a young man.  (It is important that if we are going to live by faith regarding the promise of God we better be sure He really promised it!) 
I can walk in the shoes of Abraham who left home country and all its comforts to go to a foreign land because of a promise of what God would do through him. 
I totally understand the frustration of being promised the father of many nations yet cant even sire a son.  I get it! 
But Abraham does not doubt God (in the long haul), he does not give up and turn back, he continues.  He experienced the promise in part in this lifetime but sees it in it's fulness from heaven's side. 

I guess its important to keep this perspective - life on earth is not the end of our lives - God has a better and greater plan that spans time and eternity.  My part is not to get discouraged but to believe, by faith, that God will finish what He started in and through me. Don't give up because to have faith is to be sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.  I am sure and certain of God and His faithfulness to His promises so...no quitting today!
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