Growing Closer to God (4 of 5) by David Cawston

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Growing Closer to God
Real faith for Real People
David Cawston
Hebrews 11

1. "What it means to have faith"
Heb 11:1
1 "Now faith is Present tense!
"the substance of things hoped for..."A word form God
"...the evidence of things not seen." Evidenced by my actions!

2. "The Cost of Real Faith"
Heb 11:4
4 By faith Abel offered to God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts; and through it he being dead still speaks.
L. Listen
O. Obey
S. Sacrifice
E. Expect

3. "The Key to Pleasing God"
Believe that He Is!
Believe that He is Personal and knowable!
Believe that He wants to reward those that earnestly seek Him!

4. "Dealing with Doubt"
Learn from your testing to establish you in the right thinking!
The years of walking with him have allowed you the privilege of personally knowing Him.
Each test causes you to know another facet of God!
You have come to know Him personally!
You have come to trust him!
So when doubt arises determine to build your faith on who he is and how he has proven himself to you!
5. "Your Future and God's Faithfulness"
I. You are not alone!
A. There are those that are cheering you on!
II. Keep the right Focus
A. He is the originator and finisher of your faith!
B. Learn from Jesus!
1. Look to the goal!
2. Endure the struggle!
3. Victory assured!
III. Hang in there! Endure!
Now today! "Growing Closer to God."
Heb 12:4-17

We need to recognize the struggle of life is a struggle against sin.
Each struggle has a purpose in our life!
James 1:12-17
12 Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
13 When tempted, no one should say, "God is tempting me." For God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does he tempt anyone;
14 but each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dra ...

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