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February 22, 2013 - They Declare Plainly

By Zelma Argue

It did not seem to shock anyone that at the end of his walk with God, Enoch simply went on home with Him. He "was not found, for God had translated him" (Hebrews 11:5, KJV). He had declared plainly what was important to him; no one had to guess where he stood while he lived, nor where he had gone when he disappeared.

Noah, working with his hammer day in and day out, year in and year out, bore faithful testimony to his faith in God. He declared plainly that he accepted God's Word at face value and "prepared an ark to the saving of his house" (11:7).

Abraham was not a poor man, but his wealth did not dim his vision of a better country and "a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God" (11:10). He declared plainly by his actions that he believed God.

Moses, in forsaking the riches of Egypt and "choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God" (11:25), declared plainly, unmistakably, his rejection of the material glitter around him in favor of more enduring riches.

Those noble saints who "through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions," as well as those who "had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment ... were stoned ... sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword" (11:33,36,37) declared plainly their faith in God.

How carefully are we guarding our outward testimony today, both in our homes and by our public actions and attitudes? May we, as followers of Christ, always "declare plainly" our dedication to God and commitment to His ways.

— Adapted from "They Declare Plainly" by Zelma Argue, originally published in the July 11, 1965, Pentecostal Evangel.