• Assurance and Conviction Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1-2

    As we have seen, biblical faith is not naive wish fulfillment that believes in something just because it makes us feel better. Neither does it involve believing despite the evidence. Instead, biblical faith is confident trust in an objective but unseen reality for which there is much evidence. Christians have grounds to believe what they believe, and therefore we are not being irrational to believe in God and His raising of Jesus from the dead. View Resource

  • A Hopeful Vision Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1–2

    The Christian life is a pilgrimage of faith. Hebrews 11:2 tells us that by faith “the people of old received their commendation.” Is your faith worthy of commendation? Do you trust the Lord in all your circumstances? To strengthen your trust in Him, consider where you find it difficult to trust God and then think about where He has been faithful. Look for His moving hand throughout the day, and encourage someone with strong faith, thanking him for his example. View Resource

  • Things Hoped For Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1–2

    The arrival of the new heavens and the new earth is one example of a promise that has yet to be fulfilled. But the resurrection and ascension of Christ guarantees that the whole created order will be transformed. Ask the Lord to increase your faith, and remember that the work of Christ guarantees that God will be faithful to us. View Resource

  • What is True Faith? Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1–3

    First Corinthians 13:12 indicates that faith is a virtue that will one day pass away. In glory we will see God face to face and will no longer need to hope in what is presently unseen. Until then, however, we are called to stake our very lives on the promises of God. We must affirm the truth of His Word, not because of an irrational trust or wishful thinking but because He has kept His promises in the past and will certainly do so in the future. View Resource

  • Trusting God Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1-6

    If you are a believer, you probably understand the role of faith in your salvation. But do you understand its role in your day-to-day life? In what ways do you trust God? And does your faith rest on His promises to you in His Word? Study the verses below today and prayerfully consider how you can better take God at His word. View Resource

  • Being Trustworthy Devotional

    Hebrews 11:1-13

    Do you have a reputation for dependability? Or do others think of you as less than trustworthy? If the latter, how can you address this problem? Simply put: promise cautiously, deliver studiously. Do not say you “forgot” or make other excuses. Repent of this sin. Pray today that God would make you into a person on whom others can rely. View Resource

  • Humility And Understanding Devotional

    Hebrews 11:3

    Science helps us understand how the world operates, and one thing that it cannot do is draw conclusions that are logically impossible. If a scientific conclusion is logically impossible, we know it is an erroneous conclusion. When we encounter things we cannot explain, the solution is not to posit an illogical solution but to admit with humility that we do not yet understand fully and to continue studying the phenomena. View Resource

  • Truth and Its Contrary Devotional

    Hebrews 11:3

    It is right to believe that the universe was created ex nihilo by God’s word. However, it is not right to think this “nothing” created the “something” we see. The Bible teaches creation out of nothing, which means God created the universe, not out of a preexisting substance, but in a space created by the Creator. Take some time to marvel at God’s work in creation and His ability to do even the most seemingly impossible of actions. View Resource

  • The Universe Created Devotional

    Hebrews 11:3

    Western believers have a tendency to become practical deists. We confess that God created the world, but our cultural worship at the altar of naturalism leads many of us to go about our daily lives as if God no longer worked in His creation. As you go about your daily business, remember that God continues to work in your life. View Resource

  • Faith and Evidence Devotional

    Hebrews 11:3–7

    Christian faith is manifest in the lives of those who seek to please the Lord. Only those who by their words and deeds show love to the one, true God and their neighbor can rightly expect a place in the kingdom. For those concerned they have not pleased the Lord, take heart, for a sorrow for neglected duties in life evidences a faith desiring to please Him. Ask God to help you please Him and join with another in service for your church and community. View Resource

  • Faith and God’s Rewards Devotional

    Hebrews 11:3-7

    Christian faith is more than just belief that God exists. It does not take any special gift of faith to believe in the existence of the Creator, for many people have lived and died believing that God exists even though they never became Christians. Biblical faith involves believing also the specific promises of God. We must believe God, not simply believe in God. Ask the Lord this day to strengthen your faith in His promises so that you will continue to trust in Him alone. View Resource

  • Acceptable Sacrifice Devotional

    Hebrews 11:4

    Do you trust that God will provide for you? Do you believe that God will really give you all that you need? Take some time to look at the things you can offer to God — for example, time, money, or relationships. If you have been holding back in any of these areas, seek to give of them in ways that truly reflect trust in His provision. View Resource

  • Taken Up by God Devotional

    Hebrews 11:5

    Two thousand years ago, God spoke to His people face to face in the person of Christ Jesus. One day, Jesus will return, and we will live in the direct presence of God forevermore. We show our longing for this Day through a life of faith. Ask the Lord to increase your faith in, and longing for, the second coming of Christ. View Resource

  • Faith and the Law Devotional

    Hebrews 11:6

    We have a duty to do what is good, which means that we have a duty to do the right things for the right reasons. Although we should do right even when we are not motivated by faith and God’s glory, we can hardly call a deed “good” in the sight of the Lord if we do not do it for the sake of His glory. We need to repent continually for our impure motivations and ask God to give us a strong desire to do all things unto His glory and praise. View Resource

  • Without Faith Devotional

    Hebrews 11:6

    Do you seek God diligently? Do you make use of prayer, Bible study, worship, and the sacraments, baptism and the Lord’s Supper? Do you awake in the morning resolved to seek God, no matter what comes your way? Take some time today to pursue fellowship with God, and ask Him to help you seek Him with continued diligence. View Resource