I wrote this post on September 9th for my blog site and wanted to share it here. 

This morning I was feeling a little discouraged in my spirit. I desperately needed some encouragement from my Heavenly Father.  At that very moment, one of my favorite worship songs -For Your Glory by Tasha Cobbs – popped into my spirit. This is how the Lord encourages me and lets me know He is near. He knew just what Scripture passages from the Book of Hebrews to send my way reminding me that through faith and patience we inherit what is promised. Hebrews 6:12

Just a few lyrics from the song:

Lord if I
Find favor in Your sight
Lord please
Hear my hearts cry

I’m desperately waiting
To be where You are.
I’ll cross the hottest desert
I’ll travel near or far

For Your glory
I will do anything
Just to see You
To behold You as my King

As I pondered these lyrics from the song and the Scriptures I am again reminded that:

“For Your glory I will do anything,” may mean letting go of people, places and things by faith just to see His glory revealed in the earth. “This is what the ancients were commended for.” Their FAITH!

Hebrews Chapter 11 is often called the “Hall of Faith” or the “Faith Hall of Fame,” an impressive list of heroic figures from the Old Testament–remarkable men and women whose stories stand out to encourage and challenge our faith. At that moment my faith was challenged.  If the men and women could withstand all of these faith challenges, then surely I can endure discouragement.

Many of the Old and New Testament believers like Abraham, Moses, Abel, Noah, Joseph, Rahab, the Apostles, and Mary, Mother of Jesus, just to name a few were willing to do anything and go the distance just to behold Him and obey what He had purposed for their life. Hebrews Chapter 11 commends those who in faith were willing to endure the shame on His behalf.  And that is the same for His children today.

Scripture tells us that through faith they conquered kingdoms, some were destitute, persecuted and mistreated, tortured, and imprisoned for their faith.  I thought to myself many of us can’t endure a little pain and disappointment in life let alone go through what was required of them to fulfill God’s purposes in the earth. It sounds a little crazy when I come to my senses.

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“…who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies.  Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.  They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.” Hebrews 11:33-38

They were praised, for their faith, yet some of them didn’t received what had been promised because God had something better planned for them. “These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised,  since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:39-40  WOW!

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What was the promise? To behold the soon coming King. The Psalmist writes, “One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple.” Psalm 27:4

When we are weary and feeling discouraged He hears our cry.  The Lord indeed hears us and has a great plan for our lives and will fulfill that plan according to His purpose.  We behold Him as our King!

“I love the LORD, for he heard my voice; he heard my cry…” Psalm 116:1

Published by Dr. A. Francine Green