How to Not Lose Faith: 7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

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Have you lost faith? Do you believe God can not help you through a difficult situation? I have lost faith many times. I wish it were not so, but sadly, sometimes I think God skips over me because I’m one hot mess.

In fact, there have been many times I have convinced myself that my problems are too big for Him or He doesn’t care about my situation.

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As moms, it is easy to lose faith when we feel out of control of our lives. It may seem your circumstances are hopeless because your baby is sick all the time, your child has a learning issue, or your teen is acting up at school or home.

For those of you who don’t have kid issues right now, it could be your husband is unfaithful or difficult, you have a chronic illness, or you have lost a loved one. Perhaps you don’t get along with your mother-in-law or you hate your job.

Whatever it is, you can not see past today.

If you are like me, you probably tend to look at the here and now instead of the big picture to see what God is doing in your life.

As a Christian, I can guarantee one thing: God is after your character, not your comfort. He wants you to have faith in Him even when your life is a hot mess. Actually, that is when He does His best work.

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How to Not Lose Faith When You Are a Hot Mess

So how do you not lose faith when you are a hot mess? For inspiration, I immediately looked at Hebrews 11. This is the heroes “Hall of Faith” for the greatest men and women of the Bible.

I think it is kinda funny that the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 were a hot mess just like you and me.

Amazingly, God took a whole chapter to focus on what they did right despite their horrible failures. Even though they lost faith along the way, God counted it as righteousness.

Not one of their sins is mentioned in this passage. It is as if God never remembered the “other part,” even though the “other part” was pretty bad.  (I’m sure God did remember, but he chose to forget.)

If God chose to forget their sins and help them through their problems, then He can do the same for you and me. Take a look at these seven people and see for yourself!

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7 People in the Bible Who Were One Hot Mess

Here are seven people in Hebrews 11 who are mentioned as great men and women of faith, but they were really one hot mess at some point in the process.

Eventually, they got through their problems by trusting God and obeying Him even when it seemed hopeless.

1. Noah

Noah built an Ark, saved his family, and started a new world.

Later in his life, he was drunk and naked in his tent. Ham looked at Noah while he was naked; Noah cursed him.

2. Abraham

Abraham left his home and followed God into the desert. This was just the beginning of Abraham’s life of faith.

He had Isaac who was a miracle and the fulfillment of a promise to Abraham by God. Having great obedience, Abraham put Isaac upon an altar to sacrifice, trusting God would save him. And God did.

Most of all, Abraham was the father of the Jewish nation. He is one of the greatest heroes of our faith.

What Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention is that he lost faith in God when Sarah went with him to Egypt. He lied about her being his wife and nearly forced her into adultery with the King.

He lost faith in the promise of a son through Sarah. Tragically, he slept with Hagar producing Ishmael. (We are still dealing with that mess-Israel and Arab hatred)

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3. Sarah

She had a child, Isaac, even though she was barren and too old. It says, “She believed that God would keep His promise.” (Hebrews 11:11b)

Before she believed, she laughed in disbelief at such a thing occurring. Due to her disbelief, she encouraged her husband, Abraham, to sleep with her handmaiden to produce an heir.

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4. Moses

Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, kept them alive in the desert, crossed the Red Sea, and talked with God.

He delivered the Ten Commandments, and he led the Israelites to the Promised Land. That’s only part of the story of Moses. 

Hebrews 11 doesn’t mention he killed an Egyptian, or that he wanted Aaron to speak for him because he didn’t believe God could help him speak with eloquence.  

He also struck a rock in anger, disobeying God. Unfortunately, due to his disobedience, he was not allowed to enter the Promised Land.

5. David

David, the shepherd boy, was a man after God’s own heart. He was Saul’s servant, he conquered many nations as a great warrior, and he was one of the greatest kings of Israel who ever lived.

His sins were great too. He slept with another man’s wife (Bathsheba) in secret. David murdered Uriah to cover up his sin. 

Sadly, David was responsible for his son’s death. He was also responsible for many men dying because he took a census. On top of that, he killed so many men in battle that he was not allowed to build the temple. Solomon, his son, built it instead. 

6. Samson

Samson was a legendary warrior, judge, and leader. He was a man of great strength due to his hair (Nazarene). He killed many Philistines at his death.

Hebrews 11 doesn’t emphasize or even mention how greatly flawed Samson was for desiring a Philistine woman. Or the horrible deception of Delilah which turned into him losing his hair, his eyes, and his strength.

He killed himself while pulling down the pillars in the Temple of Dagon.

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7. Rahab

Rahab risked her life by hiding the Israeli spies on her roof and deceived the city officials who were looking for them.

She was a prostitute. 

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We All Have a Chance to Please God

I figure if these people were one hot mess and pleased God, maybe we all have a chance at pleasing God.

The one thing these heroes in the Faith Hall of Fame have in common is they didn’t give up. They kept going even though it was unbearable at times, they had a horrible failure, lost faith, or things seemed impossible.

Somewhere along the way, disbelief turned into belief. Everything is redeemable by God.

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You are a Hero

Did you know you are a hero, too? If you believe in Jesus, then you are part of the Heroes Hall of Fame. It’s true. Even if you lose faith sometimes.

Hebrews 11:3 it says, ” Through faith, we (that’s you) understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God…”  Jesus is the Word of God. according to John 1:1. It says, ” In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

What does all of this mean? If you understand (believe) the worlds were framed by Jesus ie. accept Him as Lord and Savior, then you are also part of the list in Hebrews 11. You are a Hero of Faith too. Just for believing God. God won’t remember what a hot mess you have been in the past either. You have the same deal as the heroes.

Next time you lose faith, remember these heroes in Hebrews 11 who are really flawed, but they still pleased God. In the end, they got back on course and finished what God had for them to do. This means you can, too.

Are there times when you lose faith? Comment below.

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  1. Betty Thekingsdiadem on August 29, 2019 at 3:19 am

    This is an absolutely insightful post that teaches us not to lose faith in ourselves.

    • Julie Plagens on August 29, 2019 at 9:49 am

      I think we forget how God takes flawed people to do great things. Solomon, who was the wisest man on earth, disobeyed God and took too many wives. In turn, his heart was pulled away from God. None of us are worthy yet his grace extends beyond our failures. Don’t lose faith. God is not surprised about your situation, and He is waiting for you to run to him.

  2. Kirst on June 8, 2018 at 12:53 pm

    Wow! This is so encouraging! It’s so easy to let condemnation hold us back and make us feel inferior to other “warriors of the faith”. We forget that we are, they are, all human, they just didn’t let condemnation hold them back from accepting God’s undesrved favour, and moving forward.

    • Julie Plagens on August 12, 2018 at 10:28 pm

      I am so glad you were encouraged by this post. I like reading this every once in a while to remember this. Thanks for commenting.

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