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

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I know several people in my life who are going through some really difficult things. I feel like they may be losing faith. Is there anyone who knows how not to lose faith when things get bad?

Truthfully, I think we all go through hard things and lose faith at one time or another. It’s completely normal. It should be expected every once in a while.

As moms, it is easy to lose faith when we feel out of control and tired. It may seem your circumstances are hopeless because your baby is sick all the time, someone has a learning issue, or your kid is acting up in class.

It could be your husband is unfaithful, or you have an illness. Or that you just don’t get along with your mother-in-law. Whatever it is, life is hard.

We tend to only look at the here and now instead of the big picture of what God is trying to carry out in our lives.

It got me to thinking about faith and how easily we lose faith when we feel God has left us. For inspiration, I immediately looked at Hebrews 11. This is the Heroes Hall of Fame for men and women of faith.

I think it is odd that some of the people mentioned in Hebrews 11 are one hot mess.

But somehow they are listed as the greatest men and women of faith who ever lived. 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.)

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7 People Who Were One Hot Mess

These are the 7 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:

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.

He was the father of the Jewish nation.

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)

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 he could speak eloquently enough. 

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 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 when 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 at Pleasing 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.

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, then you are part of the list. God won’t remember what a hot mess you have been in the past either. You have the same deal as the heroes.

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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.

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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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