FAITH! CONCLUSION!

Hebrews 11:23-29
 
Verse 13, “Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.”
 
IV. THE PROSPECT OF FAITH! “RECOMPENSE” VERSE 26
 
Hebrews 2:2, “For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward;”
 
Hebrews 10:35, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”
V. THE SEPARATION OF FAITH! “FORSOOK EGYPT” VERSE 27.
 
6:15, “And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
 
10:32, “But call to remembrance the former days, in which, after ye were illuminated, ye endured a great fight of afflictions;”
 
11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
 
11:13, “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of [them], and embraced [them], and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
 
12:2, “Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of [our] faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”
 
VI. THE COURAGE OF FAITH! “NOT FEARING” VERSE 27.
 
VII. THE FEAST OF FAITH! “KEEP THE PASSOVER” VERSE 28.
 
This study will continue in the near future.

FAITH!

Hebrews 11:23-29
 
The aim of this message is to teach out students to live by faith.
 
I. THE REFUSAL OF FAITH! VERSE 24
 
Acts 7:21-24, “And when he was cast out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him up, and nourished him for her own son. And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds. And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren the children of Israel. And seeing one [of them] suffer wrong, he defended [him], and avenged him that was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian:”
 
II. THE CHOICE OF FAITH! VERSE 25
 
I Peter 1:6, “Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations.”
 
I Peter 1:7, “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:”
 
III. THE CALCULATION OF FAITH! “REPROACH” VERSE 26
 
10:33, “Partly, whilst ye were made a gazingstock both by reproaches and afflictions; and partly, whilst ye became companions of them that were so used.”
 
10:35, “Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward.”
 
11:6, “But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
 
CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FAITH and WORKS” CONCLUSION!”

James 2:14-26
 
I like what someone said: “Faith alone saves, but the faith that saves is not alone.”
 
Look at verse 19, Demons believe, but do not live in light of what they believe! Saving faith is alive, professing faith is dead. A living faith produces something. You can identify it.
Verse 20, FAITH IS DEAD BEFORE MAN NOT GOD.
 
Your works need to match your faith.
 
Verse 21 Declare righteous: Look at O.J. Simpson, he was declared righteous (innocent) by the jury. Though (most believe) he was guilty.
 
Let me ask you this: If I am saved am I going to Heaven? YES! Am I innocent? NO! God declares you righteous. And that’s what He did for Abraham, he declared him righteous when he believed; not when he raised his knife to slay his son Isaac.
 
THIS IS IMPORTANT: We are saved by faith alone and never by works.
 
Look at Romans 4:1-5. Here Abraham was justified by faith before God and in James two he was justified before man.
 
Here is an important question: If Abraham had not lived it, would he still be justified? YES! Lot was saved, but did not act like it. And yet God called him “righteous Lot.”
 
In verse 22 His faith was made complete before man. In verses 23-24 Before God and man. Then look at verse 25, Rahab was justified before the spies – Israel. But, in her country she was a traitor and in Israel she is justified. Works must accompany faith.
 
On the other hand, you cannot do or say enough to make them know and believe what you say. Our lives are not explainable. Here is the key to the whole message: If you believe in seat belts, wear them.
 
If you have SRS bags, use them, why? Because our children and people need to see in us what we believe God about. Let me say this in closing: God commands me to be faithful not financially set in the world, retirement, etc.

“FAITH AND WORKS!”

Faith and Works!
James 2:14-26

These verses are written to Christians as well as 1:2.

Verses 15-16 If a man comes to you and needs clothes and food. You give him what he needs. Men need to see your works in verse 17.

Look at verse 18, faith is not dead to God. He sees your faith, man cannot. We cannot really judge another person by his works because only God knows – we cannot be fruit inspectors.

Now, let me ask you a question: Is it possible for a man to have it in the heart and not show? Absolutely Yes! It may show to God, because only God knows his heart.

Let me illustrate it this way: How many of you know what SRS on a steering wheel is for, and what does it mean? It means SUPPLEMENTAL RESTRAINT SYSTEM, but supplemental to what? Answer, SEAT BELTS!

How many of you ALWAYS wear seat belts? It is dangerous not to wear seat belts.
In fact, the government tells us that thousands a year would be saved it we all used our seat belts.

QUESTION: If you believed in seat belts would you use them? NOT ALWAYS!

That’s why God commands us to live in light of what you believe. And I believe that is the reason James chapter two is written. We do not always practice what we believe.

DON’T MISS THE CONCLUSION TOMORROW!

“FAINT NOT!” CONCLUSION!

Read 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 again.
We covered, FAINT NOT IN PRAYER, IN PERSEVERENCE, now
III. FAINT NOT IN PRESERVATION!
Verse 16, “For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day.”
IV. FAINT NOT IN PREPARATION!
That is, faint not in your work and service for God.
Galatians 6:7, Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. V. 9, And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.
V. FAINT NOT IN POWER!
That is, faint not in trusting.
Ephesians 3: 13, “Wherefore I desire that ye faint not at my tribulations for you, which is your glory.”
So, the key word would then be trust:
Psalm 31:1, “In thee, O LORD, do I put my trust; let me never be ashamed: deliver me in thy righteousness.” 31:6, “I have hated them that regard lying vanities: but I trust in the LORD.” 31:14, “But I trusted in thee, O LORD: I said, Thou art my God.”
VI. FAINT NOT IN PRACTICE!
That is, faint not in well doing. 2 Thessalonians 3:13, “But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing.” Isaiah 40:28-31.
VII. FAINT NOT IN PATIENCE!
That is, faint not in chastening. Hebrews 12: 5.
Remember, when you come to the place of despair and lack of courage – flee go God, trust, and let God Be God in all these seven areas.

“FAINT NOT!” PART 2.

2 Corinthians 4:1-18
 
This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used (ekkakoumen) means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.
 
Here it means, that by the mercy of God he was not discouraged by the difficulties he faced; his faith and zeal did not waver; he was enabled to be faithful, his courage always kept up, and his mind was filled with joy.
 
He was held back by no difficulties; embarrassed by no opposition; driven from his purpose by no persecution; and his strength did not fail him. The thought of being entrusted with such a ministry excited him; and the mercy and grace of God sustained him.
 
There are several promises God has given to the faint-hearted, or those that lack courage. Somehow we have been taught that it is a terrible sin not to have a lot of courage, courage is not taught, but developed.
 
Galatians 6:9 “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
 
There are at least seven areas in which God requires of us to have courage and not to faint:
 
I. FAINT NOT IN PRAYER!
 
Don’t faint in prayer, and don’t give up. Have courage and come boldly to the throne of grace.
 
Luke 18: 1, “And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;”
 
II. FAINT NOT IN PERSEVERENCE!
 
In other words, have confidence in God and have courage to persevere.
 
Verse 1, “Therefore seeing we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we faint not;”
 
TO BE CONCLUDED TOMORROW!

“FAINT NOT!”

“FAINT NOT!”
 
2 Corinthians 4:1-18, verses 1 and 16 text.
 
Meditate on verse 8, “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair;”
 
Distressed means to cramp, hem in closely – from narrowness of room, etc. You are down, but not pinned down.
 
Despair: to be utterly at loss. Knocked down but not knocked out.
 
Understanding verse 8, we need to take a closer look at vs. 1 and 16.
 
Faint: to lack in courage, lose heart, to be faint-hearted.
 
We will face many tribulations, but are supported in and through them all by the grace of the God.
 
Wakefield says about this verse, “wherefore, as we have obtained mercy, or been graciously entrusted with this ministry, we do not act wickedly, but have renounced the hidden things of dishonesty,” etc.
 
This is one of the effects of being entrusted with such a ministry. The word used (ekkakoumen) means, to turn out a coward; to lose one’s courage; more then to be faint-hearted, to faint in view of trial or difficulty.
 
CONTINEUED TOMORROW!