Facing Failure with Faith
All right. Find Hebrews, Chapter 11, as if you did not already know. And we're continuing our series of messages on God's Hall of Fame: faith, what it is, how to get it, how to use it, how to please God with it. Hebrews, Chapter 11, and I want us to look at Verse 1 for just a moment.
1''Now, faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good report.'' Say, what is your report card like today, so far as faith is concerned? A? A+? C-? One boy came to the professor an- he said, ''Professor, I don't believe I deserve this F.'' The professor said, ''Neither do I, but it was the lowest grade I had.'' Is that the kind of faith you have? What kind of a report card would God give you today if God today had to measure you? By faith, the elders obtained a good report. And why is faith so important? Well, look in Verse 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.'' And now, notice Verse 32. ''And what shall I more say? For the time would fail me to tell of Gideon, and of Barak, and of Samson.''
And we come today to the story of Samson, and you can a be turning backward in your Bible to Judges, Chapter 13, as we see the story of Samson, who also was one of the elders recorded here in the Word of God, one of those great men of faith. And so turn, please, to the Book of Judges. Judges, Chapter 13, and I want us to begin reading in verse 24.
The title of our message today is ''Facing Failure With Faith.'' Anybody here feel like a failure? Anybody here feel like you've failed the Lord; and, really, you don't even deserve a second chance? Then, this message is just for you. Now, I'm reading here in Judges, Chapter 13, beginning in Verse 24: ''And the woman bare a son, and she called his name Samson: and the child grew, and the Lord ble ...
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