One of the most basics of growing in faith is studying Bible characters. By delving deep into this study, we can understand the characters and gifts of what built or destroyed God’s people. We can be inspired to follow after Enoch , Abraham, and Mary Magdalene. But also take warning of those who lost faith as Balaam and Cain.
People like Elijah are fascinating Bible characters. A homeless man who lived during the time of the apostasy of the saints of Israel. The one chosen to turn the hearts of the people back to God, and confront and overthrow Jezebel and her spineless husband.
What was it about Judas who passed all tests, chosen by the Father to be one of the twelve apostles of Christ, yet failed his greatest challenge? Or Balaam who was not an Israelite, but understood the Law of the Lord (James 2:8). He also passed all tests, but failed his most important. He was slaughtered by God’s people (Numbers 31:8), for he “loved the wages of unrighteousness” (2 Peter 2:15).
What about Moses... A man who lost everything and became nothing more than a shepherd.Yet at age 80 God raised up to be one of the greatest prophets ever. Went down in history as the friend of God (Exodus 33:11), and is exalted throughout all time.
We can learn about all these people, and hopefully stir a
desire in you, a passion, to be like an Enoch or an Elijah. Both of these Bible characters escaped physical death (Genesis 5:24; 2 Kings 2:11), and when others were only
allowed in Paradise (Luke 16:22) both of these great men were ushered into the
very presence of God Himself.
James declared that Elijah was just as human as anyone else (James 5:17). In other words, he was just like you and me; had passions, weaknesses, desires, and faults. This tells us that you and I have a choice. Becoming like these great men and women of God is not a sovereign act of an omnipotent God, but rather more of a choice that each individual must make.
If Abraham was called the friend of God, and Moses talked to God like another man “face to face” (Exodus 33:11), what’s stopping us from achieving the same intimacy with the Father? And what about Jesus… Jesus said, He did only that which He saw the Father do (John5:19). That’s a bold statement! That means that Jesus had visions constantly. The Word declares, “as he is, so are we in this world” (1 John 4:17).
In other words, we can walk in the same anointing as Jesus did. Flow in the same gifts, minister in the same compassion, and obtain a likeness of faith (2Peter 1:1). We are not little unworthy worms trying to obtain something of the Father.
We have been created in the very likeness of God Himself (Genesis 1:27), and Peter said we “become partakers of the divine nature” (2 Peter 1:4); His attributes, His gifts (1 Corinthians 12), His character (Gal 5:22-23), His abilities.
And why not?!
He has given us His Spirit (Ephesians 1:3), His Kingdom (Luke 12:32), His Word (Ephesians 6:17), His joy (Nehemiah 8:10), and His armor (Ephesians 6:13-18).
This is not about us, but rather Him. We are to reflect who He truly is. We can do that by studying Bible characters, and understanding who they were and obtaining like faith.
(For an understanding of men and women who live more in modern
times, please visit God’s Generals.)
Sir, I ask for a burning desire for each person reading
this. May it be like fire locked up in our bones (Jeremiah 20:9). May Your
consuming fire consume us (Hebrews 12:29), that we may “live, and move, and
have our being” (Acts 17:28) in Jesus. And may each one pay the price
for this last great outpouring; to be like these great Bible characters whom we are studying, in Jesus’ name.
Enoch walked so closely to God that the Word declares, “And Enoch walked with God: and he was not; for God took him” (Gen 5:24). If Enoch could walk so closely with God, under the Old Covenant, that he never tasted death, how much more can we obtain intimacy under grace?
A prostitute, a demon possessed woman, who chose the better (Luke 10:42)—a relationship with Jesus!
You really don’t lose faith. You make a choice to throw it away. Balaam and Cain both chose the way of destruction.
We don’t really have, or understand shepherds in America. A shepherd is the equivalent of someone flipping burgers at McDonalds.
Jesus knew the thoughts of man (Mat 9:4).
This alone should dismantle the orphan spirit over America. Think, meditate, on how much you’re loved (Eph 1:6, KJV).
The price is simply what you lose to follow Jesus.
Some Were Ruthless; Others Spineless
Genesis of Sin in Man
Encounter with the One, True God
Unwavering, Steadfast, and Unyielding
A Lifestyle of Holiness & Dedication
Jesus Came to Restore what the First Adam Neglected
Tenderly Loving & Drawing
Who is Jesus
His Anointing, Calling, & Judgement