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What It Means to Have Faith (1 of 8)
Series: Facing Life with Faith
Aren't you glad that we are in an army that never has to retreat? We always move forward in faith. And that is the topic and the theme of this series of messages, forward in faith. To be broken and spilled out, all that we are to the Lord and to move forward against any obstacle, against any foe, as a church body and as individuals in our Christian walk.
I want you to turn to Hebrews 11:6 as we begin a series today entitled Facing Life With Faith. There are two handles by which you can grasp the unknown future. You can either grasp it by the handle of fear and say what is going to happen, or you can grasp it by the handle of faith and know that God is in control because you commit it to Him. Hebrews chapter 11 is called God's Hall of Fame, God's Hall of Faith, where God mentions the tremendous accomplishments recorded forever in the pages of the Word of God by many ordinary men and women down through the years of time as an example of us of what it means to have faith.
I trust this morning that you believe those two things. Number one that you believe God exists and number two that you believe He is a loving God, a caring God and a God who wants to reward those who earnestly seek Him. That is what God is all about. Today, some have the picture of God as a God who wants to restrict us, a God who wants to bind us, a God who wants to withhold from us, a God who wants to police us, a God who wants to judge us, but the Bible says, we must believe that God is a God who rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
Without faith it is impossible to please God. The Christian life can be summed up in two words; one is love. Love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, thy soul, thy mind, and thy strength. Love thy neighbor as thyself. The other is faith. It is impossible to please God apart from faith. According to your faith, Jesus said, so be it unto you. Thank God He didn ...
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