And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect. — Hebrews 11:32-40 (ESV)

let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith — Hebrews 10:22 (ESV)

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. –- Hebrews 11:1

And without faith it is impossible to please [God], for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. — Hebrews 11:6 (ESV)

But recall the former days when, after you were enlightened, you endured a hard struggle with sufferings, sometimes being publicly exposed to reproach and affliction, and sometimes being partners with those so treated. For you had compassion on those in prison, and you joyfully accepted the plundering of your property, since you knew that you yourselves had a better possession and an abiding one. Therefore do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. — Hebrews 10:32-35 (ESV)

Yet a little while, and the coming one will come and will not delay; but my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him. — Hebrews 10:37 (ESV)

But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls. — Hebrews 10:39 (ESV)

1. Faith Delights in a Treasure the World Cannot Give

Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. — Psalm 73:25 (ESV)

But if not, be it known to you, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up. — Daniel 3:18 (ESV)

2. Faith Delights in a Treasure the World Cannot Take.

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the Twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God.” — John 6:66-69 (ESV)

Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. — Habakkuk 3:17-18 (ESV)

Though he slay me, I will hope in him — Job 13:15 (ESV)

3. Faith Delights in the Promised Treasure: Jesus Christ.

Keith Daukas

God saved Keith at the age of 16 and led him to be joined to a local church body. Five years later, in 2001, God sent the college & career ministry, which Keith was a part of, to plant a church in Tempe, AZ. It was through serving together on the church plant that Keith fell in love with Carrie. God led Keith & Carrie to be married in June 2003. Keith & Carrie have three wonderful sons.

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