Pastor Art Azurdia preaching "Faith's Power To Suffer", part 17 of "The Animation Principle" from Hebrews 11:35b-38.
Faith's power to suffer is put on display here with a list of persecutions suffered by Old Testament believers. This is very familiar to the Hebrew believers this text addresses who are also in the midst of terrible suffering. Authentic faith is in its highest expression when you are not rescued, but rather suffer in order to remain faithful to God. You must remember that living for the approval of God in a fallen culture guarantees persecution in one form or another will come your way.