I was listening to Brad Lambert Sunday night at CC Lima and he pointed out this from Hebrews 11 and it struck me and I thought that I would share it with you. When speaking on the issue of faith in vv.33-34, it says, "who by faith conquered kingdoms, performed acts of righteousness, obtained promises, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, from weaknesses were made strong, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight." What we see here is that by faith, these giants of the faith that are listed here in the "Faith Hall of Fame" were able to do all of these marvelous things.
However, v.35 turns noticeable corner. It says, "...and others were tortured, not accepting their release, so that they might obtain a better resurrection." Now that's certainly a little different than putting armies to flight and shutting the mouths of lions!
The point is that the same faith that got them through the good times, was also able to get them through the bad. That's encouraging for me and should be for you!