Presented by Sherry Benner (0:21)
This morning Sherry Benner has a final word to share with the church body. She begins with Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please God… By reminding us that God is totally faithful and trustworthy, we can flourish in our faith. Even in the midst of all our “stuff”, God is faithful. Together we are all on a faith journey.
Sherry really focuses in on, “through faith”. Hebrews 11:32-34 …who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, became valiant in battle… We would like for God to change our circumstances or rescue us from difficulties. God wants to change us into his strong, powerful-in-battle people. We can be people with “through faith”, the kind of faith that takes us through. He does not deliver us from, but brings us through- to become the warriors He has designed us to be.
We often look for a way around, under, over, just not through the problem. Isaiah 43:2-3 When you pass through the water I will be with you, and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you. Sherry encourages us that although sometimes we may feel we will be overwhelmed by the rivers, or burned by the fires, God says He will be with us as we go “through” these things. God will take us through!
Scripture reference: Hebrews 11:6, 32-34; Luke 17:5; Isaiah 43:1-7, 51:11; 2Kings 6:14-17