The WOF camp, always use such chapters because it is about faith, they often quote verse 1 and 6, few want to read and heed the last part of the grand chapter on faith. Biblical faith, not man made doctrine gives us the hard truth, nothing but the truth.
The portion , no one wants to talk about is as follows;
Heb 11:36 And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment:
Heb 11:37 They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented;
Heb 11:38 (Of whom the world was not worthy:) they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
Heb 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
Heb 11:40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Note -Vrs 39, 'received not the promise': This is telling us this chapter is concerning the O.T. saints. Many would say, that was them, not us.
The message is, if these ones did not have salvation, or the Holy Spirit as we do, it should be that we would have more faith.
Jesus came to Abraham's bosom, and preached to these ones, then they were saved, and their spirit was taken to heaven.
The point is, if they by faith, could do these mighty deeds what about Christians today that have the Holy Spirit inside, not on, and temporary, as we read in the O.T.
Christians since Jesus was taken to glory have been under persecution, today around the world, Christians are being killed for their faith, this will be the case very soon in the West.
For you have not resisted unto blood, yet..............it was different later, and it is different today. In history millions gave their life for the lord.
The message-Enduring great trials, afflictions, needs, chaos, persecution, it all takes faith to stand.
'For this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith' 1Jn
We all have eclipses of faith, this is the school of Christ. We all ask questions why? This is 100% normal, but we must endure and press in, and on, until we reach glory.
This is but a moment, a moment of trial, persecution, need, it can not even be put in the balance scale of eternal life, our life is no more than a breath, no ore than a second in eternity, glory in heaven last forever, and so Paul was able to face anything as he applied that fact, no matter what he faced, it was only a moment, a little fraction of time and nothing compared to everlasting life.
I did a sermon on this,"How to Overcome Anything".
Some people suffer more than others, Paul was the suffering Apostle, on the road to Damascus Jesus came to Paul and said, “I will show you what things you will suffer for my Kingdom”. Paul was called to hardship, more so than any other Apostle, and more than most Christians today.
Reader, press on, do not give up, pray on, study on, never let the devil gain one inch. The lord will come in his power, and give the grace you need to make it the second mile.
Beloved, hang on, do not cast away your confidence in Christ. It will all be over soon. Life is short, today could be your last day on earth.
Beloved, move on, we go from Glory to glory and from Faith to Faith. That is constant progress, movement, from Glory to Glory it works like this. When you are in between going from Glory................and going into more Glory, this is where dry spells , eclipses of faith, doubt and as said this is all normal, but journey on into the place of going FROM GLORY- to Glory.
Going from Faith to Faith.
It is a call to patience and long suffering ( same Meaning), stand your ground, do not give up, the lord is with you, if you are one of his. God has everything under control, so be at peace.
Be still and know that I AM God.