10 more Bible Characters of great faith
I wrote 10 Bible Characters of great faith on January 8, 2013 and it soon became the number one all-time post on my blog. Trust me, I didn’t plan that. I don’t know why, but it has been reblogged, downloaded, emailed, and shared on Facebook and Twitter more than any other post I have ever written, drawing incredible traffic and referrers from Google search Engine.
I have also been slammed for choosing the characters I chose above other great characters of faith. So, on this one year anniversary of the most popular post on my blog, one year non-stop, I would like to propose “10 More Bible Characters of great faith.” A cloud of witnesses I would love to hang out with any day any time.
Here is #1 of 10 More
Enoch walked with God
Enoch walked with God, and he was not, for God took him.
I’ve always been mystified by this guy. But from Genesis through Revelation, from the garden to the city, we see glimpses of how Enoch walked with God. He walked by faith, he walked in the light, he walked in agreement with The Lord. He also walked consistently, sincerely in obedience, union, and fellowship with The Lord.
#2 of 10 More
Moses was a man of great humility. His humility caused God to take notice of him. When others attacked him, he didn’t try to justify himself, he stepped back and allow God to speak for him. When the load of leadership was too heavy he took the guidance of his father in-law. When God would have nothing to do with a stiff-neck people and threaten to destroy them for their evil ways, Moses offered his own life as he interceded for Israel.
Now the man Moses was very meek, more than all people who were on the face of the earth.
#3 of 10 More
Abraham did nothing, yet got everything. He did not work for what he got. He simply received it by faith. The bible says he believed God. The world is yet to see what God can do to and through a man who would simply believe. He believed for a son even at 100 years old. He believed for a lamb when tested to sacrifice his own son. He embraced the promises even though he did not see them clearly
Abraham believed God and God counted him as righteous because of his faith.
# 4 of 10 More
Elisha was simply a bald headed miracle worker. You name it – he did it through the power of God. The healing of the waters at Jericho, God used him. The filling of the poor widow’s vessels with oil, God used him. The reviving of the Shunammite woman’s son, God used him. The feeding of a multitude on an insufficient quantity of food, God used him. The healing of Naaman, the Syrian captain, of leprosy, God used him. The raising of the iron ax which had fallen into the water, God used him. Even after his death, the very touch of his bones revived a man buried by accident in his sepulcher. It would have been a delight to hang with this guy.
#5 of 10 More
Abigail was not only stunning and drop dead gorgeous, she had the brains to back it. She was a woman married to a fool, a woman of uncommon wisdom. The one, who with character and strength builds up her house and doesn’t tear it down with her own hands.
1 Samuel 25:32
And David said to Abigail, “Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel, who sent you this day to meet me!
#6 of 10 More
Samuel was a drama free scandal free prophet. A man of great integrity. A holy man of God. A man who refused to compromise. A man who said, “obedience is better than sacrifice.” A man who even thought it sinful to stop praying for the people God called him to serve.
1 Samuel 12:23
Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by ceasing to pray for you, and I will instruct you in the good and the right way.
#7 of 10 More
Ezra was a scribe who knew how to attract the favor of The Lord upon everything he did. He made it his duty to study the word of God – not just read it. He also spend much time in fasting and praying over the word. For these reasons everything he touch literally turned to gold. The hand of God was upon him and he succeeded in everything he did.
Ezra 7:9, 10; 8:23
for the good hand of his God was on him… For Ezra had set his heart to study the Law of the LORD, and to do it and to teach his statutes and rules in Israel. So we fasted and implored our God for this, and he listened to our entreaty.
#8 of 10 More
John the Baptist
John the Baptist seemed to have it all together. Jesus called him the greatest man who ever lived. I can still hear his words, “I must decrease – He must increase”, ring in my heart. A powerful testament to his humility. But the thing that speaks more to me about John is the fact that he was human, frail, and doubtful – just like me. Even though he had a miraculous birth, saw the Holy Spirit come down upon Jesus, and heard the voice of God from heaven – in his moment of weakness, behind bars questioned what he knew was true.
Calling two of his disciples to him, sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are you the one who is to come, or shall we look for another?”
#9 of 10 More
Timothy was a young man with a tremendous gift and calling. The only thing that was slowing him down was himself. He was extremely timid and shy. Especially leading a congregation of older men and women. To succeed, he had to dig down deeper. He had to tap into something much more powerful. He had to fan into flames the gifts and calling of God on his life.
1 Tim 1:6, 7
For this reason I remind you to fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you through the laying on of my hands, for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.
#10 of 10 More
Onesimus was a man who at one time in his life was a screwup. One day he decided to change that with one step of faith. His life went from useless to useful.
Formerly he was useless to you, but now he is indeed useful to you and to me.)