Read Hebrews 11:1-16 again.
In verse 17 Abraham saw it in Isaac, and Isaac later saw it in Jacob, and Jacob saw it in Joseph, etc.
The Bible says that, “We walk by faith and not by sight.”
DESIRE EMPOWERED THEM!
Desire empowers us to be fully persuaded. Don’t lose sight of it. The devil wants you to look at a problem and say you can’t do it. What we cannot do, God will
Deuteronomy 15:15, “And thou shalt remember that thou wast a bondman in the land of Egypt, and the LORD thy God redeemed thee: therefore I command thee this thing to day.”
John Newton, Author of “Amazing Grace” in time of shipwreck … remembered.
DESIRE EMBRACED THEM!
What did they embrace? The wonderful promises of God.
DESIRE BROUGHT ACTION!
That’s what we need today – ACTION.
Four important truths about their faith…
- Their Faith was a VISIONARY FAITH.
- They saw the Promises of God afar off…not by sight, but in their hearts and minds.
- They saw a better country…heavenly.
- Their Faith was a GROWING FAITH.
- They were thankful for the privilege of seeing it.
- They confessed that they were just passing through.
- Their Faith was a WORKING FAITH.
- They actively sought the Promised Land.
- They did not just sit, talk and wait on God to give it.
- They didn’t just ignore it, thinking they deserved it.
- Their Faith was an ENDURING FAITH.
- They never returned to the country they left behind.
- They separated themselves from the world and stayed on course for the Promised Land. That is…they kept their hearts and minds on it.
- They did not return to the Old World when they had a chance.
- They endured to the end, and went to the grave believing in the great hope of God for the Promised Land.
Rom 4:21, “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.”
2 Timothy 1:12, “For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.”
HOW IS YOUR DESIRE TODAY?