1. In chapter 11 we find the word "faith" used some 25 times.
2. As we read through the chapter, we are impressed with the amount of importance God places on faith...and why not, faith is the essential thing we need in order to connect with God: (vs.6)
3. I want to challenge you this morning to think about faith - the faith you and I need to face the future:
a. Our future is uncertain, we have no idea what lies ahead in this coming year; and yet, God wants us to believe in Him - to trust Him, to live out our days in faith:
1) Abel exercised faith, Enoch, exercised faith, and Noah, and Sarah, and Abraham...as well as all the saints mentioned in this chapter...
2) You may say, "But I'm not like any of these people you've just mentioned - these people had such great faith..."
- God purposely placed the names of each one of these individuals in the Bible for us...that we might learn from them, that we, like they, might know how to face the future.
- 1 Cor 10:11, "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples..."
- We need an unshakable faith - a strong faith - a faith that causes us to move ahead with God, no matter what the circumstances or obstacles:
QUOTE: Erwin W. Lutzer wrote, "A Christian who walks by faith accepts all circumstances from God. He thanks God when everything goes good, when everything goes bad, and for the "blues" which are somewhere in-between. He thanks God whether he feels like it or not. His faith is firmly fixed in God."
4. Let me give you a few thoughts to our message, "Faith to Face the Future"
I. FIRST WE ARE REMINDED THAT IT IS NOT OUR JOB TO KNOW THE FUTURE
A. God has purposely limited our knowledge about tomorrow:
1. Someone might say, "Well, I know what I'll be doing tomorrow; I plan to go to work and complete some unfinished projects, go home after work, eat supper and go to bed."
2. In reality, even the simple things we repeat day after day - the things that are part of our routine...we don't know how they will turn out tomorrow - only God knows.
a. That's why James writes in 4:15, For that ye ought to say, If the Lord will, we shall live, and do this, or that."
ILLUSTRATION: This notice appeared in the window of a coat store in Nottingham, England: "We have been established for over 100 years and have been pleasing and displeasing customers ever since. We have made money and lost money, suffered the effects of coal nationalization, coat rationing, government control and bad payers. We have been cussed and discussed, messed about, lied to, held up, robbed and swindled. The only reason we stay in business is to see what happens next." (SOURCE: Internet: Rev. Brett Blair's Illustrations By Email, www.sermonillustrations.com TITLE: Our Chaotic Life AUTHOR: Unknown DATE: 3/18/01)
3. I think I would close the store, wouldn't?
ILLUS: During the 1893 Chicago World's Fair, a group of socia ...
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