SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

LESSONS FROM IMPERFECT FAITH

by Robert Dawson


Lessons from Imperfect Faith
Robert Dawson
Mark 5:21-43


George Mueller was a man of tremendous faith in God, a faith that was tested time and time again as he cared for his orphans. He wrote, ''Faith does not operate in the realm of the possible. Faith begins where man's power ends.''

I have been there. I have been to the place where my power, abilities, strength, resolve and understanding have run dry. Many of you have been there as well.
- It can be a place of place of despair. It is certainly a place where frustration abounds and hope wanes.
- It is also a place of endless possibilities because when we reach the end of ourselves that is where God loves to work the greatest miracles in our lives.
- The end of ourselves is a place where one faith dies and another finds fertile soil in which to grow. Faith (faith in God) does not operate in the realm of the possible.''
- It flourishes when we have exhausted all of our plans, schemes, efforts and resources and have our hearts turned back to a more complete trust in God.

Today, I want us to look at the story of two people who had exhausted all of their resources and found themselves at desperation's dead-end. This world had no help or hope to offer them. Their only hope was Jesus and they would find He was more than enough. (You may feel like you are at desperation's dead-end. I want to tell you up front. Jesus is still more than enough).

We are going to learn some lessons about faith from two people whose faith was less than perfect but whose faith made a thoroughfare out of desperation's dead-end.
Mark 5.21-23 - When Jesus had crossed over again in the boat to the other side, a large crowd gathered around Him; and so He stayed by the seashore. 22 One of the synagogue officials named Jairus *came up, and on seeing Him, *fell at His feet 23 and *implored Him earnestly, saying, ''My little daughter is at the point of death; please come and lay Your hands on her, so that she will get well ...

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