What is Faint – Part 2 of 2
Did you ever look in practical terms? The heros of the faith did not faint. The list of people Paul mentions in Hebrews 11, did you look at the what and why of them? Let me explain from Hebrews 11.
Abel had a more excellent sacrifice. What made his sacrifice more excellent? It was a lamb? God created both sacrifices, Cain’s and Abel’s. What made Abel’s sacrifice “more excellent “? One word. Genesis 4:3,4 in KJV explains it – ” firstling”. Abel honored God by giving him of his “firstfruits”.
Noah did not see any evidence of a coming flood but he believed God and acted on what God said.
Do you believe what God says and act on it? Abraham and Sarah saw the promises God made to them “afar off”. Just like believers today see the promise of Jesus to meet us in the clouds in the air, ( 1 Thessalonians 4: 13-18).
Notice in Hebrews 11:15 – ” if they had been mindful of the country they came out of, they might have gone back. ” If they thought about all the things in that country they came out of, they might have gone back. What could have persuaded them? Their mind. Put yourself in their shoes.
Leave the country you are in where you have all the modern conveniences, good job, benefits, your family and friends, because you believe something God tells you. Or are you mindful of your dreams and desires for your life? One of the hardest things is when you know God wants you to do something and you don’t want to do it.
Just as Abraham and Sarah were persuaded to go without seeing anything, they embraced and confessed what God said. You can go through the list of people and what you find, God lists their accomplishments –
They subdued kingdoms – wow.
Obtained promises – Notice God kept his promises.
Stopped the mouths if lions.
Quenched the violence of fire.
Escaped the edge of the sword.
Out if weakness were made strong
Waxed valiant in fight
Women received their dead raised up.
Do you realize to achieve these things means they went through fires, swords, weakness, lions attacking, fights and even some died? All of this they went through for something God told them, promised them. Would you? God has made promises to us, the church. Are you more mindful of the pleasures of your world or are you focused on the promises of God?
After everything Paul mentions in Hebrews 11, he gives us the answer in Hebrews 12: 3
Hebrews 12:1-3 KJV “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us , and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
Friends, don’t get wearied. Weary means having strength exhausted, fatigue, impatient to continue. And faint means, weak, cowardly, depressed, feeble. Notice where we can get wearied and faint from 12:3? Your mind. Your mind. Do you get it? Your mind. Not what you see, not your circumstances, but your mind. The thoughts that come into your mind. Do thoughts that come into your mind cause you to be weak? Cowardly? Depressed? Feeble? Those thoughts, in your mind are not from God. Is the Lord your strength?
The key: You look to the word of God to cancel out the word (s) of man and how you get there is through believing and confessing God’s word until it gets from your head in to your heart so much that you know it . Then you will not get weary and faint in your mind.
Until next time, be blessed.