Feb 23, 2016 by




Rom.12:3 — For through the grace given to me I say to everyone among you not to think more highly of himself than he ought to think; but to think so as to have sound judgment, as God has allotted to each a measure of faith.

Rom.12:3  (msg) – “I’m speaking to you out of deep gratitude for all that God has given me, and especially as I have responsibilities in relation to you. Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him.”

  • We often think of those listed in Hebrews 11 as “extraordinary” folks – who did amazing things (as if they could do anything on their own!) When in fact, what they experienced – and you can too – was seeing God perform His Purpose and Will in their lives!
  • They were “regular” (common) folks who believed their EXTRAORDINARY GOD and because they exercised the Faith that He had given them… they saw God do in and through them the most amazing things.  Their “acts of faith” (as the Message Bible continually calls it) are what we see recorded in Hebrews 11.
  • Though we can read the detailed accounts of many of their lives  – in the Old Testament – Hebrews 11 recounts the “Outrageous Grace” – where God showed Himself mighty in their “situations” (their problems and their disappointments) and He was glorified and lifted up in their life and in their testimony – which now encourages us.
  • What will be written as your “act of faith”? Believe me – when there is a challenge facing you – it is God’s “set-up” in your life to strengthen your faith and show Himself mighty in your life! To do the “amazing” things for you! To perform His perfect Purpose and Will in YOUR LIFE! And to PERFECT you!

James 1:1-3 – “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” 

Ps. 138:7-8 — “Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will revive me; You will stretch forth Your hand against the wrath of my enemies, And Your right hand will save me. 8 The Lord will accomplish (perfect) what concerns me;” (KJV – V.8 – “The Lord will perfect that which concerns me…”)

  • “Through acts of faith, they toppled kingdoms, made justice work, took the promises for themselves. They were protected from lions, fires, and sword thrusts, turned disadvantage to advantage, won battles, routed alien armies.
  • “Women received their loved ones back from the dead. There were those who, under torture, refused to give in and go free, preferring something better: resurrection.
  • “Others braved abuse and whips, and, yes, chains and dungeons. We have stories of those who were stoned, sawed in two, murdered in cold blood; stories of vagrants wandering the earth in animal skins, homeless, friendless, powerless—the world didn’t deserve them!—making their way as best they could on the cruel edges of the world.”

“Yet not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised. God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to mak e one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours?” (Heb.11:38-40)


You have been qualified for the exploits of the spiritual life by His (Jesus’s) position in you. You are IN HIM, and He is IN YOU!  You are “chosen,” qualified and purposed to fulfill His greatest dreams with you as the leading role! There are those (saints of old) who have not “fulfilled” their ultimate purpose and eagerly await the completion of all He intends for you!” (Heb.11:16) What a time to be alive!

Yes! Yes! I did! I saw YOUR NAME in the Hall of Fame! So go! Live the Life – Outrageously!  ~ Shelia Hart Artt

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