The Faith of Abel (Hebrews 11:4)

With faith did Abel give his sacrifice,
The best of blood he found within his flock.
He knew his offering never would suffice,
But sought the mercy of the living God.
And though his mother called him empty wind,
He would not turn to selfish pity’s hate,
But looked to God to save him from his sin,
And call his life and make him something great.
Yet Cain would not let God direct his life,
But sought to become great by his own deeds.
He therefore brought his hollow sacrifice,
For he believed he had no sin or need.
But Jesus counted Abel as his saint,
While Cain became a shamed and migrant mark.
We still hear Abel’s praise and Cain’s complaint,
And Abel teaches us a faith-filled heart.

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The Faith to Persevere (Hebrews 10:37-11:2)

But just a little while,
The world’s barrage will end.
Sin’s shellings soon will pass,
And we will rise again.
The Lord will not delay,
His coming victory.
And His impending wrath,
Will set His people free.
The righteous live by faith,
Not by hypocrisy,
So shrink not from the truth,
But speak it fearlessly.
We cannot then hold back,
Or we are damned in fear.
So let us keep the faith,
And we will persevere.
For faith is simply this:
Hope made tangible.
It is the surest proof,
Of the invisible.
Faith is the cornerstone,
The fulcrum of belief,
The lever to uproot,
Each scoffer and soul-thief.
Faith is the argument,
The case none can refute.
It gives us sight to see,
To walk within the truth.
But just a little while,
The world’s barrage will end.
Sin’s shellings soon will pass,
And we will rise again.

Perseverance of the Faith (Hebrews 10:32-36)

Let not faith grow frailer in growing more old,
But fervent – fermenting like finely-aged wine.
Let pressure of prison and pain make us bold.
The fire of trials makes gold more refined.

Remember the saints who have suffered before,
Those slaughtered and sawed through and set on by beasts.
Courageously they kept the call of the Lord,
And God turned to glory each one of their griefs.

Pursue then the promise of God certainly;
Your faith is the substance of what we received.
And Christ will come quickly, crowned with victory,
To bring back His bride who through all still believes.