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The Test of Faith

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There is one god given element that God releases to every believer. It is the that element that enables us to access His grace. Grace is demonstrated in both obedience and believing. What do we do when faith is tested?

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There is nothing on earth more powerful than faith.
Luke 17:6 KJV 1900
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
All you need is a little bit of faith.
Habakkuk 2:4 KJV 1900
4 Behold, his soul which is lifted up is not upright in him: But the just shall live by his faith.
Faith is
++The stuff we live by
++Substance
++Evidence
It is not one or the other.. it is both and the other
Hebrews 11:1 KJV 1900
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
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Faith
++Embodies hope
++Embraces the unseen
Faith declares that without me
++Power of knowledge is empty
++Words are are but dead letter
I am glad you asked
We are born with five senses
++To touch
++To see
++To taste
++To hear
++To smell
If you can perceive something with your natural senses you don’t need faith.
No one is born with faith
Faith is
++Not natural life force
++Not necessary for existing
Ephesians 2:8–9 KJV 1900
8 For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: 9 Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Faith is
++The access point
++The vehicle
++Make grace possible
He calls it
++The gift of God
++Not the gift of works
James 2:20 KJV 1900
20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
There are two distinctive test of Faith. One is the test of compliance. One the test of trust or belief.
Two distinctive of test faith
++Compliance
++Belief
In our message we will look at both and reflect upon the long lasting impact on both.
Our goal is
++To determine where we are
++To reaffirm our commitment to God
Genesis 6:13 KJV 1900
13 And God said unto Noah, The end of all flesh is come before me; for the earth is filled with violence through them; and, behold, I will destroy them with the earth.
Why? Though people want a wickedness free world, there is an unwillingness to think that only its destruction would bring that outcome.
When approached by the angels before the distraction of Sodom and Gomorrah, Abraham's argument was "Will God destroy the righteous with the wicked?" This thought process is indicative of a world that has learned to tolerate a world with some sin.
What the response would be today?
Noah was like a person placing signs saying The End Is Near. Imagine what the response would be today.
Yet the message of the return of Christ in this generation seems to garner the same level of indifference.
Genesis 6:22 KJV 1900
22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.
Genesis 7:1 KJV 1900
1 And the Lord said unto Noah, Come thou and all thy house into the ark; for thee have I seen righteous before me in this generation.
Genesis 7:5 KJV 1900
5 And Noah did according unto all that the Lord commanded him.
With Noah
++His actions spoke for him
++Obedience declared his faith
Genesis 15:6 KJV 1900
6 And he believed in the Lord; and he counted it to him for righteousness.
God knows
++The sincerity of our belief.
++What is real
Unlike Noah which belief required a physical response,
Abram simply
++Trusted God
++Believed
He was declared righteous
++Because he believed
++He bore a covenant seal
++That seal was supported by God alone
God spoke
++a man responded
++a man believed
This is possibly the most challenging aspect of our walk of faith.
The Challenge is
++taking God's declaration at face value
++excepting it
++trusting it
Genesis 15:1 KJV 1900
1 After these things the word of the Lord came unto Abram in a vision, saying, Fear not, Abram: I am thy shield, and thy exceeding great reward.
Romans 15:13 KJV 1900
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
We serve
++The God of hope
++The God that fills
He Promises
++All joy
++All Peace
Hebrews 11:6 KJV 1900
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
He that comes to God
++Must believe that he is
++He rewards those that seek him
Romans 10:17 KJV 1900
17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
Without the word of God
++You cannot hear
++Faith is unattainable
Faith acts upon
++What the Lord is speaking
++It is a now word
++It is the word being spoken
With Abram the word was enough.
His righteousness was exemplified in his deep trust in what the Lord had spoken.
FAITH or WORKS
++FAITH and WORKS
Genesis 22:1–2 KJV 1900
1 And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. 2 And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of.
Even the
++Deepest trust
++Belief will be tested.
Noah's test was immediate, it required compliance now.
Abraham's test was over time.
So is the test of faith. It will not be a single test but a lifetime.
Abraham lived a life of fulfilled promises.
The promises of a son and Issac is born.
To be asked for the son back was a difficult request.
God used the situation to validate Abraham's faith in what God had said.
Genesis 22:17 KJV 1900
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
Genesis 22:17 KJV 1900
17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;
It is only fitting in this defining moment that it would culminate with a affirmation of the promise.
God doesn't forget his promises.
FAITH or WORKS
FAITH and WORKS
++FAITH that WORKS
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