And without faith it is impossible to please Him
I. The Introduction of Practical Faith
Living faith vs. Saving faith
Illustration of living faith was crawling under the house to find a snake skin laying in my path. I had the faith there was a real snake under there.
Because I wanted to live I exercised the faith to get my body out of there!
That’s an exercise of living faith.
II. The Initial Possession of Faith
“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. By faith Abel offered to God a better sacrifice than Cain, through which he obtained the testimony that he was righteous, God testifying about his gifts, and through faith, though he is dead, he still speaks. By faith Enoch was taken up so that he would not see death; AND HE WAS NOT FOUND BECAUSE GOD TOOK HIM UP; for he obtained the witness that before his being taken up he was pleasing to God. And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of those who seek Him. By faith Noah, being warned by God about things not yet seen, in reverence prepared an ark for the salvation of his household, by which he condemned the world, and became an heir of the righteousness which is according to faith.” Hebrews 11:3-7 NASB
III. The Impact of Practicing Faith
Sampling of Scripture
- Naaman & leprosy – 2 Kings 5:1-14
- Four men placed a paralyzed man on a gurney Luke 5:17-25
and carried up to a house and climbed the roof, tore it apart and lowered the lame man now through the roof to where Jesus stood.
- A sum of each one’s faith?
- whose faith was honored?
- One of the four men, all four men, or all four men plus the one paralyzed?
- Did the one paralyzed have to have faith?
Have you not prayed for someone to be healed who doesn’t professed to be saved and yet that person experiences healing?
You know that lame man carried his gurney out the door!
- Andrew and lad with five loaves and two fishes. Matt. 14:17
- Jarius’ only daughter (12) Mark 5:21; Luke 8:40
came to Jesus who wanted Him to heal his daughter. Seems his little girl was dying. Jesus told him not to worry because she was just sick.
- the man who was blind. John 9
Well brothers/sisters, Here’s spit in your eye!
He met Jesus one day. Jesus took His spit and some dirt to make a mud pack to go on the mans eyes. Now the blind man can see.
- Sick Maw-in-Law Mark 1:30
Did you hear about the man whose mother-in-law laid sick with a fever? Jesus went to see her and her fever vanished. Simon’s mother-in-law
This ain’t no ‘Walking Dead”! John 11
Oh but my brothers, what about the women who sent for Jesus because their brother had died. Jesus appears to be in big hurry. It’s as though he meanders around until suddenly he arrives on the scene four days after the man Lazarus has died. Jesus calls out Lazarus by name.
So I ask you, what was the common denominator?
The answer is faith. So then what was the value of
Naaman’s faith? Healed of leprosy
“Their” faith = paralytic walks!
Jairus’ faith? Daughter’s sickness leaves.
the blind man’s faith? Restored eyesight.
Simon’s mother in law? Fever gone.
the leper in Mark 1 faith? Healed of leprosy..
Mary and Martha’s faith in the healing of their brother Lazarus? Resurrection of Lazarus
What is the value of YOUR Faith? Salvation?
What is the value of your faith?
Will your faith heal?
Will your faith prevail over trial and troubles?
Will your faith sustain you in your marriage?
Will your faith support you in financial matters?
Will your faith strengthen you dealing with your children, extended family?
Just how valuable is your faith? Really?
Of what daily value is to you?
Faith does not earn God’s blessings. Faith precedes God’s Grace Gift of blessings.