A guest devotional by Ade Ayoko. A 5 day Bible
reading plan taking us through a journey of faith
Day 1 // Hall of Fame
HEBREWS 11:1 - 11 (NLT)
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. 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 ood. 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 con dently 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.
2 CORINTHIANS 5:7 (NKJV)
For we walk by faith, not by sight.
Throughout the Bible we encounter people of faith. Some, like Sarah, had faith for a child; some, like Moses, had faith in God’s promises and provision; some, like Abraham, had faith in God to go out into a new place. Their faith gave them con dence, hope and trust in the Lord. And as a result of their faith in God, they became people of significance who made an impact in their world and found themselves listed in the Bible’s Hall of Fame.
Like these heroes of faith, inside each and everyone of us is the desire to make an impact for God and for good. It is God who created us to want to make a difference and it is God’s desire that each of His children would be Hall of Famers - people who walk by faith.
However, to be a Hall of Famer, we need to live by faith and not by sight. Over the next five days, the goal of this reading plan is to help encourage you, despite where you find yourself in the journey of faith, so that you can nish strong doing all that God has called you to.
Lord, as I work to be someone who makes significant impact and difference for You, I ask that You help me build my faith and strengthen me to start the journey you have called me to take.
Day 2 // Faith to begin
HEBREWS 11:8 - 10 (NLT)
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. 9 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. 10 Abraham was con dently looking forward to a city with eternal foundations, a city designed and built by God.
Do not despise these small beginnings, for the Lord rejoices to see the work begin.
Often we hear that the rst step of a journey is the hardest, and this is especially true when we don’t have all the details. Where are we going? How are we going to nance it? Will we succeed in it? Abraham probably had those same questions when God told him to head out on a journey into an unknown land.
Yet, despite the unknown, despite the questions and concerns, Abraham left everything he had and started the journey. He had the faith to start taking action to reach the dream; he was not worrying about the minute details because he had the faith to begin.
Likewise, we need faith to begin. God doesn’t always give us the full picture with all the details laid out, but this should not hinder us from obeying God’s word for us. We are familiar with the idiom “you need to be in it to win it”. Can I suggest, you don’t just need to be in it to win it, you need to begin it to win it. What is God calling you to start or begin today?
God, give me faith to begin the task You’ve asked of me; faith that You have a plan for this journey, even if I don’t know all the details. Help me to trust You and begin this journey.
Day 3 // Faith to receive
HEBREWS 11:11 - 12 (NKJV)
By faith Sarah herself also received strength to conceive seed, and she bore a child when she was past the age, because she judged Him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one man, and him as good as dead, were born as many as the stars of the sky in multitude - innumerable as the sand which is by the seashore.
2 PETER 1:3
By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence.
MARK 11:22 - 25
Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, rst forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”
Sarah’s faith in God enabled her to receive the strength to get pregnant despite her old age. It could be said that Sarah had faith to receive her miracle. Throughout the Gospels, we see numerous individuals receive their miracle, healing and deliverance simply because there was faith to receive.
To walk in all that God has for us, we need to not just play our part but we also need to receive it from God. Through Jesus, God has already given us everything we need to live a godly life and make an impact for Him, however, we need faith to receive it.
Often we have faith that God can and is able to give us what we need. We even pray to Him about such things but we also will need to believe that we have received it. So my question is do you have faith to receive? Do you have faith to receive His provision? Do you have faith to receive the healing, the instructions, the divine idea? We need to have faith to receive all that God has for us.
Lord, please help me to have faith to receive the good gifts You have for me.
I know that You are a good God who gives good gifts. Please give me faith to receive them so I can use them for Your glory.
Day 4 // Faith to persist
HEBREWS 11:13 - 16
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. 14 Obviously people who say such things are looking forward to a country they can call their own. 15 If they had longed for the country they came from, they could have gone back. 16 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.
GALATIANS 6:9 - 10
So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith.
Have you ever noticed that the storms of life never come at the beginning? It’s always in the middle. The rst day of a new job we are often excited and work is relatively easy, but give it a few months, maybe years, and we need to be encouraged to keep going. When we start a new course or degree we are eager and full of optimism until it’s mid-semester and assessments are due, then suddenly we’re ghting to not drop-out.
Hebrews 11 tells that the despite not immediately “seeing” the fruition of the promise, the members of the Hall of Fame continued to believe, continued to have hope and continued to stay in faith. They had faith to persist.
In the same manner, we too need to have faith to persist if we desire to be in the Hall of Fame. We need to persist in ghting the good ght of faith. We need faith to persist in what God has called us to so we can make an impact and reap a harvest. Nothing good ever comes easy, and growth is never comfortable. If you’re growing weary, be encouraged, you’ve got this! Don’t give up. Don’t quit. Persist in your faith.
Lord, strengthen me to persist; give me faith to keep going with the task you have asked of me, to keep growing and not give up. Thank you for always being with me through the ght; for never leaving me to battle alone, but going before me to make a way.
Day 5 // Faith to finish
It was by faith that Noah built a large boat to save his family from the ood. 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.
And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is nally nished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.
HEBREWS 12:1 - 2 (NKJV)
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and nisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
God promises that any work He begins in us will be completed; He is the author and nisher of our faith. Because we are created in His image, we too are designed to nish and complete our work. We need to have faith that we are made to nish our mission and nish strong, like Noah. Noah stepped out of the ark onto dry ground and gave thanks to God for the journey and salvation. Are you nishing strong and giving thanks to God?
Thank you, God, for the journey I am on and the work you have called me to. Help me to have faith to nish well and nish strong, no matter how hard it gets.