Faith, Love, and Obedience

Women received back their dead by resurrection; and others were tortured [to death], refusing to accept release [offered on the condition of denying their faith], so that they would be resurrected to a better life

Hebrews 11:35 (AMP)

What can we learn from the Hebrews 11:35 women’s experiences? Today, we will examine the experience of Martha, Jesus’ friend

Jesus, again deeply moved within [to the point of anger], approached the tomb. It was a cave, and a boulder was lying against it [to cover the entrance]. Jesus said, “Take away the stone.” Martha, the sister of the dead man, said to Him, “Lord, by this time there will be an offensive odor, for he has been dead four days! [It is hopeless!]” Jesus said to her, “Did I not say to you that if you believe [in Me], you will see the glory of God [the expression of His excellence]?”

John 11:38-40 (AMP)

If you believe, you will see the glory of God. Although it took Martha a while to believe, she ultimately put her faith in Jesus, the resurrection and the life (John 11:25). She overcame hopelessness, the thought that a decayed human body cannot experience resurrection. Martha overcame unbelief, the enemy of faith (Hebrews 3:12; Mark 9:23-24).

I imagine that the compassion of Jesus, His tears, and righteous indignation against the power of death (John 11:35,38) empowered Martha to yield to the God of all possibilities. Faith which works by love (Galatians 5:6) enabled Martha to say yes to rolling away the stone standing in the way of her miracle. The proof of Martha’s love was obedience (John 14:15), aligning with the command “roll away the stone.”

When we begin to understand God’s love for us, we grow deeper in love with God (1 John 4:19; Ephesians 3:19). As we grow in love with God, which involves meditating on the Bible, God’s love letters, we go from faith to faith and surrender all to God (Romans 1:17).

Like Paul, I urge you to “let your roots grow down into him, and let your lives be built on him. Then your faith will grow strong in the truth you were taught, and you will overflow with thankfulness. (Colossians 2:7)

May your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep his love is. May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to understand fully in Jesus’ name. (Ephesians 2:17-19)

The women of faith in this blog series were not seeking human recognition; they loved God and believed in Him for the impossible. We all have an invitation to become radical women of faith, recognized by God alone. May you truly know God and do great works in His name (Matthew 7:21-23).

If today was your last day on earth, do you know where you will spend eternity? Are you sure you will make it to heaven? If you are not sure, you need to give your life to Jesus Christ. Please say the prayer below and let me know about it here.

Say this: Heavenly Father,
I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe you exist and you sent Jesus to die for me. I receive Your love and forgiveness. Reveal yourself to me. I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior. Amen

Welcome to God’s family!

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