A Good Report

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By their faith the elders obtained for us the testimony of “a good report.” (Hebrews 11:2)

Our ancestors in the Lord d a settled, anchored faith. Their unwavering faith became a testimny to the world of God’s faithfulness in the midst of troubled times.

Think about what they endured: floods, mockery, bonds, imprisonment, fire, torture, warfare, lions’ dens. Through it all, their faith in God never wavered. Why? The had an inner witness that God was pleased with them. Our forefather’s knew that God was smiling at them, saying, “Well done! You have believed and trusted in Me.”

Without faith it is impossible to please God, for he that comes to Him must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6)

As you rest in Him through storms, holding your faith position, you are obtaining “a good report.” You are serving as a beacon of hope to those around you. Those who watch your life ~ at home, at work, on your block ~ are learning that hope is available to them. As they observe you in your hour of crisis, they realize, “There stands someone who hasn’t lost his faith in God. He has no fear whatsoever. What enables him to trust through such hard times?”

Our God has supplied us with everything needed to sustain our faith, even as calamities increase. We have been given the witness of the Holy Spirit who abides in us, and God’s fully revealed Word in the Scriptures. These will sustain us, obtaining for us the testimony of a good report even as the world shakes.

We have been given a great weapon against fear.

When fear becomes overwhelming, we must remind ourselves how great our God is! To recall His great deliverances for those who have trusted in Him, and claim the same majestic power for our present trials. Fear can’t get a stronghold on any servant who has a vision of God’s greatness and majesty.

Nehemiah understood this well. a weary remnant was working around the clock to restore Jerusalem’s walls against these adversaries. As the hours ticked away, fear began to set in.

How were they able to resist succumbing to fear? Nehemiah reminded them how great and mighty their God is; “I looked, and rose up, and said unto the nobles, the rulers, and the rest of the people, Be not afraid of them, remember the Lord, which is great and terrible, and fight.” (Nehemiah 4:14)

That’s how Moses dealt with fear in Israel. He instructed the people; “If thou shall say in thy heart, these nations are more than I, how can I dispossess them? Thou shall not be afraid of them, but shall well remember what the Lord thy God did unto Pharaoh and all of Egypt…Thou shal not be afraid of them, for the Lord thy God is among you, a mighty God and terrible.” (Deuteronomy 7:17~18, 21)                                                           He was saying, “Your going to face many great enemies who are more powerful than you. You will wonder how you can ever gain victory againt such odds. But you have to remember the awesome might of your God. Remind yourself what He did to your enemies in the past and how faithful He was to deliver you.”  He is thy praise…that has done for thee these great and terrible things, which thine eyes have seen. (Deuteronomy 10:21)

If your faith is shaken, remind yourself how mighty your God is. Recount His many deliverances in your life. You will find any grip of fear being broken by a vision of His majesty.

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