Revealing The Truth of Hebrews 11: Biblical Examples of Faith

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What is Faith?

Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

Through their faith, the people in days of old earned a good reputation. By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen.

Examples of Faith

It was by faith that Abel brought a more acceptable offering to God than Cain did. Abel’s offering gave evidence that he was a righteous man, and God showed his approval of his gifts. Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith.

It was by faith that Enoch was taken up to heaven without dying—“he disappeared, because God took him.” For before he was taken up, he was known as a person who pleased God. And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the flood. He obeyed God, who warned him about things that had never happened before. By his faith Noah condemned the rest of the world, and he received the righteousness that comes by faith.

It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going. And even when he reached the land God promised him, he lived there by faith—for he was like a foreigner, living in tents. And so did Isaac and Jacob, who inherited the same promise. Abraham was confidently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.

It was by faith that even Sarah was able to have a child, though she was barren and was too old. She believed that God would keep his promise. And so a whole nation came from this one man who was as good as dead—a nation with so many people that, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore, there is no way to count them.

All these people died still believing what God had promised them. They did not receive what was promised, but they saw it all from a distance and welcomed it. They agreed that they were foreigners and nomads here on earth. Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. But they were looking for a better place, a heavenly homeland. That is why God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.

It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac, even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

It was by faith that Isaac promised blessings for the future to his sons, Jacob and Esau.

It was by faith that Jacob, when he was old and dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons and bowed in worship as he leaned on his staff.

It was by faith that Joseph, when he was about to die, said confidently that the people of Israel would leave Egypt. He even commanded them to take his bones with them when they left.

It was by faith that Moses’ parents hid him for three months when he was born. They saw that God had given them an unusual child, and they were not afraid to disobey the king’s command.

It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin. He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.

It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on the one who is invisible.

It was by faith that Moses commanded the people of Israel to keep the Passover and to sprinkle blood on the doorposts so that the angel of death would not kill their firstborn sons.

It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

It was by faith that Rahab the prostitute was not destroyed with the people in her city who refused to obey God. For she had given a friendly welcome to the spies.

How much more do I need to say? It would take too long to recount the stories of the faith of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel, and all the prophets.

Further Acts of Faith

By faith these people overthrew kingdoms, ruled with justice, and received what God had promised them.

They shut the mouths of lions, quenched the flames of fire, and escaped death by the edge of the sword.

Their weakness was turned to strength. They became strong in battle and put whole armies to flight. Women received their loved ones back again from death. But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free.

They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons. Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated. They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised. For God had something better in mind for us, so that they would not reach perfection without us.

Hebrews 11:1‭-‬40 NLT

The Corinthian’s Love

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Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance. – 1 Corinthians 13:4‭-‬7 NLT
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Revealing the Truth about Jonah 1 – 4

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Repentance Follows a God sent Prophet

The Lord gave this message to Jonah son of Amittai: “Get up and go to the great city of Nineveh. Announce my judgment against it because I have seen how wicked its people are.” But Jonah got up and went in the opposite direction to get away from the Lord . He went down to the port of Joppa, where he found a ship leaving for Tarshish. He bought a ticket and went on board, hoping to escape from the Lord by sailing to Tarshish.-Jonah 1:1‭-‬3 NLT.

Disobedience and Correction

Jonah is an example of an unwilling prophet. His story shows us the classic example of God using someone who is initially unwilling, but is still used to fulfill God’s purpose.

After going through a storm, being thrown off of a ship and being swallowed by a whale Jonah then relented to God. Sometimes it takes great correction and trials from God, to bring us back on the path that we are meant to be on.

When I read the scriptures further, something stood out. The seamen were religious men. They might not have believed in Yahweh, but they believed that there was a God and turned their hearts and lives to Him when He demonstrated his power.

Revealing the Truth about Jonah 1 - 4

As for Jonah, I could see him sulking, as some of us often do when doing something is not for our benefit. I also could see him being thrown off the ship, sinking to the depths, gasping for breath and then being swallowed by what must have seemed to be a mountain. Only God could cause an animal that big, which likely did not eat flesh, to swallow a human being.

Imagine being in the esophagus and stomach of a living animal. Water would be everywhere. How then did Jonah survive?

With God’s help!

God would have altered the natural workings of the whale, to protect Jonah and keep him alive while he was in the whale’s stomach. That is how powerful our God is, because Jonah was not digested those three days.

After being spewed out on the beach, Jonah received his second chance and you can see that He didn’t hesitate. If it were me, I would be scared out of my mind.

Immediately, he proclaimed the Word of God.

Repentance

Jonah was a God sent prophet. Therefore, God not only made way for him, but the hearts of the people were open and ready to heed God’s warning.

The sailors were in the right placed at the right time, to be saved. Though they lost some cargo, they gained their soul. These were good men. Men who did not want to be guilty of murder when they threw Jonah overboard, so they did everything else first. That is why God allowed Jonah to divert, not only to correct him in such a way; but for God to be glorified and these men to also learn about and worship God.

In addition, a nation of 120,000 people were saved. When God sends you somewhere, it means that it is the ordained time and season for you to carry out that specific work. Any later and the people of Nineveh might have rejected the warning and God would have to destroy them.

Stubborn Anger

Anger is a rotten, poisonous root that will corrupt even the most saintly of men. The prophet was at risk of being corrupted and God had to use a plant and a worm to teach Jonah a lesson, again. A more subtle approach. For anger, on the flip side, can corrupt subtly; if one is unaware.

The book of Jonah, allows us to see a great demonstration of God’s power. It allows us to see that He is also a master strategist and will move heaven and earth, and everything in it to save his children.

Selah.

Revealing the Truth about Proverbs 28:2, The Fiber of the Government determines the clothes of a Nation

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The Fiber of the Government, determines the clothes of a Nation

When there is moral rot within a nation, its government topples easily. But wise and knowledgeable leaders bring stability.-Proverbs 28:2

Many have been shaken by the results of the 2016 Presidential Race in the USA. But why? There have been consistent signs over the last decade that showed a consistent decay of America.

This outcome also reflects the true nature of the fabric of the nation. It is racism, sexism, discrimination, hate, anger, murder and many other threads of immorality.

Do not be alarmed, for the bible already advised us that these things must come to past. Whatsoever is hidden will be brought to light. We live in an age of lightening speed technological advancement, which is a glaring beacon across every landscape that man as ever walked across. No one can remain hidden.

As Christians, we are then called to be vigilant. To pray. To love. To be examples of Godliness. We will be tried. We will be tempted and many will stumble. But we must hold on to God’s unchanging ways that he will deliver us and through His wisdom, all things work together for good for those who are in Christ Jesus.

Americans have adorned themselves in this present clothes and now they must wear it before the world.

Selah.

Revealing the truth about Proverbs 28:4

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The Law of the Land, Stands.

To reject the law is to praise the wicked; to obey the law is to fight them.-Proverbs 23:4

The law is a wall that helps man keep order. It is a guideline by which those who live in the territory of its origin, must abide. No matter what we feel is morally correct, and sometimes that might be questioned, the law usually can stand up to being questioned.

As such, as Christians we are to always be mindful of the law of the land, which were created to reflect the laws given to man by Almighty God, through Moses.

Revealing the truth about Proverbs 28:1

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The Wicked are cowardly in God’s sight

The wicked run away when no one is chasing them, but the godly are as bold as lions.- Proverbs 28:1 (NLT)

It is true that it is better to be a child of God than a prince of the devil. No man or being stands a chance against the Almighty God. Revelations, clearly lays out the end for the enemy. The devil will be defeated. He will be judged and then he will be cast out into a never-ending pit.

When you lead a life of wickedness, this too is your reward. The wicked will be judged, cast down and suffer the flames of the lake of fire in hell. Proverbs 28:1 is just one of many scriptures that also points to their true nature. That of a coward, who has no solid foundation to stand on.

Because of this, they cant help but become paranoid and run away at the whistle of the wind. Children of God are not like this. they put on the whole armor of God and challenge any adversary.

Eph 6:10-17 (NIV) …Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armour of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled round your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Choose to be a child of God and inherit the boldness that comes with being a King’s kid. Put away all wickedness, for your only inheritance would be death. When you are certain of your future, when you are certain of your inheritance; when you are certain that God has your back, you will be bold.

God has placed thousands of promises and nuggets in his word. He has laid out a plan for his people. many of the people in the bible who were afraid and doubted themselves, became bold once they aligned with God.

Ephesians 3:11-12 This was his eternal plan, which he carried out through Christ Jesus our Lord. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Romans 8:31 What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Joshua 1:9 I’ve commanded you, haven’t I? Be strong and courageous. Don’t be fearful or discouraged, because the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

Corinthians 3:11-12 So if the old way, which has been replaced, was glorious, how much more glorious is the new, which remains forever! Since this new way gives us such confidence, we can be very bold. Because of Christ and our faith in him, we can now come boldly and confidently into God’s presence.

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the Lord. Be courageous, and he will strengthen your heart. Wait on the Lord!

 

Video: Abraham’s Descendants: The Black Nation Part 1 by Denise N. Fyffe

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Abraham’s Descendants – Many Nations

As I read Romans 4, I allowed the Holy Spirit to reveal the truth of the scriptures to me, a particular concept became very clear.

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We live in the time of Abraham’s full inheritance that of being a father of many nations.

Romans 4:13-25
13 Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith.
14 If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless.
15 For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)
16 So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe.
17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.” This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.
18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”
19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.
20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God.
21 He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.
22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous.
23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded
24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.
25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

 

In Romans 4:13, you can see that it states, ‘God promised Abraham and his descendants the whole earth.’ This not only has spiritual implications for when Christ returns, but physical manifestations now, as well.

From v.13, you can also see that God recorded His promise to Abraham and come at the end of time, the fullness of this truth will be revealed.

I remember watching a video teaching that many of the original Hebrews were black and that the African Americans today are descendants of the original Hebrews/Israelites. After watching this video, I felt as if I had discovered some hidden truth. I also had many questions, which were lurking in my mind, answered. I ensured that I went to the bible to confirm all that I learned, and it did.

Rabbi Ralph Messer teaching that the original Jews are black

The Black Nation

For a long time, people have been saying that many great men or their children, in the bible, were black. I have wondered about my heritage, about the Jamaican people. Why? In Jamaica, we have the most churches per square mile. In my young mind, I thought there must be something to this.

I also looked at certain situations and concluded that the Jamaican people were not only different but especially blessed. One year, we had a hurricane to the east of the island. When Jamaicans realized that this storm would almost cut the island in half from eats to west, bringing certain devastation, they began to pray. I looked at the weather maps afterwards, and saw how the trajectory of that storm changed.

It was almost as if it hit a wall and had to divert to the north; eventually causing great damage to Haiti.

So, my curiosity lead me to some discoveries about who were some of the black people in the bible.

Black people in the Bible

  • Cush – Ham the son of Noah, had a son named Cush, which means “black” in Hebrew. Ham’s second son inherited his land in Africa.
    • Genesis 10:6-20 – descendants of Ham located in North Africa, Central Africa and in parts of southern Asia.
    • Psalm 105:23 – “land of Ham” in Egypt
    • Psalm 78:51 – “tents of Ham” with Egypt.
  • Nimrod – Son of Cush (whose name means “black”), founded a civilization in Mesopotamia. A mighty warrior on the earth. He was a mighty hunter before the Lord. – Genesis 10:8-9
  • Hagar – She was an Egyptian servant who gave birth to Abraham’s first son Ishmael. –  Genesis 16:15 (NLT)
  • Ishmael’s Egyptian wife and sons (Kedar). The Kedarites are mentioned many times in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and Nehemiah, and the word kedar means “blackness.”
  • Gershom and Eliezer – Moses sons; he married an Ethiopian woman, Zipporah. She was a Midianite; who were black people. Jethro her father, also called Reuel, was an African. He was the priest of Midian. – Exodus 2:16, 22; 3:1; 18:1, 4;
  • Phinehas – He was the grandson of Aaron and a high priest. His name is Egyptian and means the Nubian or the Dark-skinned One. – Exodus 6:25.
  • Solomon – King David’s son, whose mother was Bathsheba.
    • I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem, as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. – Songs of Solomon 1:5
    • Both King David and Solomon had African wives. Soloman had 700 wives and 300 concubines.
  • Manasseh and Ephraim – Joseph’s sons; he married an Egyptian woman, Asenath. Daughter of Potiphera, priest of On (Heliopolis). – Genesis 41:45, 51, 52; 46:20
  •  Bilhah and Zilpah – Wives of Jacob, servants of Rachel and Leah were from from African tribes. The children of these women would also be black.
    • Bilhah’s sons – Dan, Naptali,
    • Zilpah’s sons – Gad, Asher
  • Simon of Cyrene – He helped Jesus carry his cross to Golgotha. Cyrene is an ancient Greek city on the North African coast. – Matthew 27: 32

 

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Revealing the truth about Deuteronomy 15

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Revealing the Truth About Deuteronomy 15

Release for Debtors

1 At the end of every seventh year you must cancel the debts of everyone who owes you money.

2 This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Israelites. They must not demand payment from their neighbors or relatives, for the lord’s time of release has arrived.

3 This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Israelites—not to the foreigners living among you.

4 There should be no poor among you, for the lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.

5 You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the lord your God that I am giving you today.

6 The lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. You will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.
7 But if there are any poor Israelites in your towns when you arrive in the land the lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.

8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

9 Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the lord, you will be considered guilty of sin.

10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

11 There will always be some in the land who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Israelites in need.”Deuteronomy 15:1-11

Jamaica’s Road Map for release from Poverty

This is what the Lord revealed to me:

Deuteronomy 15 was a command given by God to the Israelites; it is also a list of key principles which can help to stave off poverty.

Jamaica, as well as many other third world nations are intimately familiar with poverty. Partly because we have long walked away from the practices that have served our forefathers. Mind you, black people on this side of the hemisphere have had their inheritance and cultural practices stolen from them. How could we then remember what we didn’t get to experience, because of slavery?

It is also important to remember that there are many Jamaicans who are actually black Jews. But this truth is hidden us.

Road Map

So then, it is for us to search out the words of Yeshua, find for ourselves those principles and adapt them into our daily lives. Here is Deuteronomy 15 reinterpreted for Jamaica.

1 At the end of every seventh year Jamaicans must cancel the debts of everyone who owes them money.

2 This is how it must be done. Everyone must cancel the loans they have made to their fellow Jamaicans. They must not demand payment from their Jamaican neighbors or relatives, for the Lord’s time of release has arrived.-Deuteronomy 15:1-2

If Jamaican lending institutions and individuals adapted this practice, among ourselves, poverty would ultimately be eliminated.

Consumer debt

Debt is a big problem globally. In the United States consumer debt has grown at an annual rate of 4.1 percent. The country’s debt is currently around $2.6 trillion, or $11,000 per adult.

3 This release from debt, however, applies only to your fellow Jamaicans—not to the foreigners living among you.

4 There should be no poor among you in Jamaica, for the lord your God will greatly bless you in the land he is giving you as a special possession.

5 You will receive this blessing if you are careful to obey all the commands of the Lord your God that I am giving you today.

6 The lord your God will bless you as he has promised. You will lend money to many nations but will never need to borrow. Jamaica will rule many nations, but they will not rule over you.

Credit card debt and loans

One of the main contributors to escalating poverty rates is credit card debt and loans. Presently the major backs are pushing credit cards on the people, at a time of high unemployment rates and increasing poverty levels. “The unemployment rate in Jamaica is about 13.2% (April 2015, Statistical Institute of Jamaica ), with youth unemployment more than twice the national rate (38%).” Loan interest rates are criminal. They are the vice which keeps Jamaicans shackled to poverty for decades.

IMF debt

Jamaica itself, has been shackled to an IMF debt for decades. Because of our borrowing habits, that debt, numbers into the trillions of dollars.

7 But if there are any poor Jamaicans in your towns when you arrive in the land of Jamaica, which the lord your God is giving you, do not be hard-hearted or tightfisted toward them.

8 Instead, be generous and lend them whatever they need.

9 Do not be mean-spirited and refuse someone a loan because the year for canceling debts is close at hand. If you refuse to make the loan and the needy person cries out to the Lord, you will be considered guilty of sin.

10 Give generously to the poor, not grudgingly, for the lord your God will bless you in everything you do.

Here in Deuteronomy 15:10, we see the blessing to be inherited, as stated by God. Jamaicans have always been counselled that to give is better than to receive. It has been drilled into our consciousness by our parents.

11 There will always be some Jamaica who are poor. That is why I am commanding you to share freely with the poor and with other Jamaicans in need.

Copyright © 2016, Denise N. Fyffe