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The Faith That Frees You (5 of 28)
Series: SUCCESS: WHAT IS IT AND HOW CAN I HAVE IT? (JOSHUA)
Dr. Chuck McAlister
(A) Faith is an essential part of our lives.
1- Flip a light switch .... you expect the lights to come on ....
-- You don't inspect the wires first, check the light bulbs.
-- That's faith.
2- Drop an important letter in the mail .... You expect it to be delivered ....
-- You don't wait around to see if the mailroom throws it away.
-- That's faith.
3- Fly in an airplane .... you expect to arrive safely ....
-- You don't inspect the pilot's credentials; the engines on the plane.
4- Step in an elevator .... you expect to go up or down ....
-- You don't check to see if the cables are frayed.
.... That's faith.
(B) Much of what we do .... we do by faith .... it is central to all of our lives.
1- We go to a doctor whose name we cannot pronounce and whose degrees we have never verified.
2- He gives us a prescription we can't read.
3- We take it to a pharmacist we may not know who gives a chemical compound we do not understand.
4- Then we go home and take the pill according to the instructions on the bottle.
* That's faith .... faith accepts -- and then acts .... we actually "faith" our way through life.
* Faith -- also the link that binds us to Almighty God.
II Cor. 5:7 "We walk by faith not by sight."
(C) Rahab -- a great lady of faith .... in spite of seemingly impossible odds.
(D) Even the New Testament attests to her tremendous faith:
Heb. 11:31 "By faith the harlot Rahab perished not with them that believed not, when she had received the spies with peace."
James 2:25 "Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way?"
1- She not only had faith....
2- She proved her faith by her works .... she lived her faith.
* READ TEXT .... Vs. 1-3
-- Ch. 1-5 .... We Must Obey
-- Ch. 1 .... The Call ...
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