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Joseph: A Visionary Faith (8 of 10)
Series: Walking With the Giants
Hebrews 11:22; Genesis 37
December 4, 2005
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and be finding your place at Hebrews chapter 11 once again if you would. We are more than half of the way through in our series of sermons on the heroes and heroines of the faith that are listed for us in what has been called "Heaven's Hall of Fame." What we've been doing over the past 8 weeks is studying the lives and faith of folks like Abel and Enoch and Noah and Abraham and Sarah and Jacob and Isaac. And the reason why we've given so much time to these individuals is because evidently there was something unique, something genuine, something special about their faith that prompted the Holy Spirit to pick them out and point to them as examples for you and me to follow today.
Now, that's not to say that they were perfect, they weren't. That's not to say that they didn't blow it, they did. That's not to say that they never tripped up, because as you and I have studied them, we've already seen that they had feet of clay just like we do. They were liars and schemers and doubters and deceivers and wonderers and worriers. Sometimes they got ahead of God and sometimes they got away from God, but in the final analysis these folks possessed a fantastic faith in the person and purposes of God.
By the way, that's really what faith is all about. Faith in faith won't accomplish anything, but faith in God can move mountains. That's why Jesus said in Matthew 17, ". . . if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. (Well, how do you have that kind of faith? Jesus tells us.) "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting." It comes by spending time with God. It comes by committing yourself to God. It comes when you trust God more than anything or anyb ...
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