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More Than Enough Faith (2 of 4)
Series: More Than Enough
2 King 5:1-20
OPEN: Two engineers applied for one job at a computer company. They had identical qualifications, so to determine which one to hire, the firm gave them a test. Each did well, except they both missed the same question.
The manager called the first candidate, explained the results of the test and then said, ''I'm afraid we're going to hire the other applicant.''
''Why? We both got nine questions right,'' said the reject.
''Our choice isn't based on the correct answers, but on the question you both missed.''
''But if we both missed the same question, why would you choose him over me?''
''Well, in answer to question 5 on the test, the other guy put down 'I don't know.' You wrote: 'Neither do I.'''
APPLY: That 1st candidate didn't have enough knowledge to answer the questions on the test and so he sought to get by - by relying on another man's learning.
Sometimes you can get away with that.
Sometimes you can get by on someone else's knowledge or experience.
But there are times when there is NO substitute for having personal knowledge of the things that are critical in your life like your job for example.
Likewise, it's hard to get very far in our Christianity if we don't have a personal faith in a living caring God. We can only lean on someone else's faith and experience in Christ for so long, and then it must be OUR faith that carries us from there. Because, you see - OUR faith is critical to our relationship with God.
Hebrews 11:6 tells us ''without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists (an intellectual belief) and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.''
Real faith, personal faith - goes beyond an intellectual belief that God exists.
ILLUS: For example:
When I say, ''I believe in my wife,'' I'm saying something different from ''I believe that I HAVE a wife.''
When I say ''I believe th ...
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