Monthly Archives: February 2016

Living by Faith-Learning from those who did not

The Hebrew writer is definitely encouraging his readers to live by faith and by the time he gets to chapter 11, the foundation has been well laid. Encouragement to live by faith surely can be given by pointing out those that have successfully done so. However, I think that we can, at times, find encouragement (or perhaps resolve) when we consider those that did not live by faith and the consequences it had.

Today’s lesson mixes both the faithful and the not faithful to help us realize we do indeed learn something from those who did not live faithfully.  Zedekiah, king of Judah, and the first generation of Israel who came out of Egypt are our examples of the ‘not so faithful’ and after you listen to this, hopefully we will say: “I don’t want to be like them”

You can listen to the sermon by clicking this link.

Living by faith-Listening to God’s instructions

Living by faith requires that we listen to God’s instructions.  Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17) Which is to say, as I understand it, that living by faith requires living by the Word of God.

When we do things based on what God’s word says we are doing things by faith. When we presume that God will act on us our behalf when he has not said so then we act upon non faith.

Joshua’s battle against Jericho shows us the benefit of listening to God’s instructions.

Do you live your life by faith? Look into God’s word and see! The sermon on this topic can be heard by following this link.

Living by Faith-Believing God’s promises

Of the many great things we can reflect on about Abraham’s life, his faith in God’s promises is an important one.

Living by faith involves believing what God says will happen. Sometimes, we don’t want to believe the promises and other times, we want to see promises which God never made.. Both are a problem.

Knowing the word of God will help us trust God’s promises. One or two examples will help illustrate.

God promised Abraham a son. That is God’s word. Sarah thought, perhaps, that God might need some help with that promise and so gave Abraham another wife, Hagar. That was not part of God’s promise. It caused more problems

Other times, we think we are acting on faith when God has given us no promise. If we refuse to bow down to an idol and God delivers us (cf Dan 3), the faith is NOT that God will deliver us from a fiery furnace but that God CAN DO SO if He chooses. Our Faith is in God’s word that says “Thou shalt not worship any idols” and previous statements that show God’s ability to deliver the righteous from the unrighteous. The subsequent obedience to God’s command to not worship an idol….now THAT is faith.

Perhaps I could use a modern day example. So many times in today’s sports, you will hear star players occasionally state that they had faith in God that they would win. If God had sent them a messenger and told them that they would win then such would be a true statement. But barring that, it is not true. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God (Rom 10:17) They surely had a desire but no assurance or evidence from God (Heb 11:1) that they WOULD win. Now playing a game in faith would involve being a good sportsman, playing by the rules, competing lawfully, etc and all of those actions are found in God’s word. One can play in faith and please God and yet not know that they will win-in fact, sometimes they lose.

We need to walk by faith in God’s promises. Let’s just be sure that we know what the actual promise is.

This sermon was presented on February 7th and you can listen to it here.

Living by faith-choose and refuse

In last Sunday’s morning lesson we continued our series on living by faith or walking by faith by looking at the sacrifices Moses made in choosing God.

Anyone who chooses to serve God is going to have give up something and may wind up suffering because of it. The problem is that we are often willing serve God as long as it doesn’t cost us anything….or at least not much of anything.

Are you one who will choose and refuse?  Choose God and His people, refuse the offers of Satan.

You can listen to the sermon by clicking this link.

Psalm 1

The First Psalm is one of my favorites because of where it is is placed in the book and because of what it teaches.

Because it is the first Psalm, it adds additional weight to what it teaches. What would God want us to know first out of all the Psalms of praise and teaching, what is important?

Apparently, the first thing God wants us to know is how important His Word is! This Psalm emphasizes the value to the “Blessed” man of knowing the Word of God.

This evenings lesson can be heard by clicking this link.

Living by Faith-Heeding God’s warnings

As we live our life by faith, we need to recognize that part of that life involves listening to God’s warnings! Noah did and we can too.

Noah is our example of Listening to God’s warnings in our life of faith. Imagine building an ark to prepare for something that you had never seen and imagine the reactions of your neighbors.

God does not warn us to stay away from things because he doesn’t want us to have fun, He does it because He wants what is best for us. Will you listen to God’s warnings?

Which of God’s many warnings do you think is most important?

You can listen to last Sunday’s sermon on this topic here.

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