A Promise To Live For by Tony Nester

A Promise To Live For
Pastor Tony R. Nester
Hebrews 11:8-16

(Hebrews 11:8-16 NRSV) "By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to set out for a place that he was to receive as an inheritance; and he set out, not knowing where he was going. {9} By faith he stayed for a time in the land he had been promised, as in a foreign land, living in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. {10} For he looked forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God. {11} By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old--and Sarah herself was barren--because he considered him faithful who had promised. {12} Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, "as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore." {13} All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, {14} for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. {15} If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. {16} But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them."

Sometimes I get to watch Christian television shows on cable TV. I’ve noticed what’s popular on these shows is to make faith sound very sure of itself and belief appear very confident of its results.

Because this is such a tempting view of faith I want to show you why it’s not Biblical, and why Abraham remains a model of godly faith for us.

Abraham lived for the promises that he had been given from God. Those promises are laid out in Genesis 12: 1-3. God promised Abraham a great land, a large family, and the reputation of being a blessing for the entire world.

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