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March 3, 2022 7:00 am
Are we supposed to move this certain age. Listen to Adrian Rogers this search in a biphasic live only by explanation and by faith. Now that's a lot of hocus-pocus to say that as spiritual steel and concrete in but the just shall live by faith. So we will be talking about faith today welcome to the vine, pastor, teacher and author Adrian Rogers said faith is not a leap in the dark. To the contrary, it is stepping in the light source of comfort as we face some in certain days, many are plagued with worry, guilt, loneliness, anxiety. But there is not one problem that faith does not have an answer for. That's why it's crucial that we know what faith is and then how to have it. If you have your Bible turn to Hebrews chapter 10 begin in verse 38 is Adrian Rogers begins.
Part one of the only way to live.
I talking to you today about Bible heroes chef going to study primarily in the 11th chapter of the book of Hebrews.
That chapter is set up by Hebrews chapter 10. If you find that for just a moment and I want you to notice verse 38 Hebrews chapter 10 and verse 38. Here is a great statement is so abundantly and imminently true. Now that just shall live by faith.
But just shall live by faith. Now that friend is a quotation from the Old Testament so quotation from the book of Habakkuk Habakkuk was perplexed. He lived in a day of violence they have degradation a day of apostasy, a day of danger and he bombarded heaven. He wanted God to answer.
He wanted God to explain things so he could get along in life as it is and God said about I couldn't understand what I told you what I'm up to you think I'm not working I'm working at Habakkuk here is your responsibility. You are to live in this a certain age by faith. You want me to take out a lit only by explanation live by faith.
Now that's a lot of hocus-pocus smoke and mirrors were going to see that as spiritual steel and concrete in but the just shall live by faith. That is the only way to live is modified. This Scripture is quoted here in Hebrews is quoted again in the Bible. In other places as a matter fact it is quoted three times in the word of God. I wonder if God is trying to tell us something.
What I know is the just shall live by faith. So we will be talking about faith today. Not you have some problems and I have some problems is not a problem that we have that does not relate itself some way to faith as the answer. For example, worry about here were wide we were lack of faith. Worry is a mild form of atheist worry is a way of saying God.
This problem is to be for you or if there is a God at all, you're not able to handle it. So worry is just faith turned inside out. And faith is worry turned inside out, and 50 are prone to worry. You need to strengthen your faith are you alone is a nobody.
My my children own call. I don't have any friends. My friends about going to heaven or I'm a student here. Faith makes God real to you.
You and never alone when you have genuine faith because faith brings him so near some people here are burdened with guilt. You did something so terrible so horrible you hope the world never finds out that you not able to forget you not able somehow to set yourself free from that burden that you carry around like a sack full of stones why we have the skill lack of faith because faith understands that the precious blood of the Lord Jesus Christ is atone for that but you can believe that, intellectually, or you can hear about it theologically, but faith lays hold matter what faith is.
Faith is my acceptance of God's acceptance of me, God receives is not because of our own goodness. When we come to him just in faith therefore being justified by faith we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ's disobedience.
They have trouble obeying the word of God, you will make a why you don't obey word of God you believe it may have an example.
The Bible says bring all the tithes into the storehouse improvement with here was that little post about not opening the windows of heaven and pour you out a blessing that might be room enough to receive all of us will, but not all of this time while we don't believe that problems. You can tell me if we believe that promise we would meet with you if if if you believe that when you do doesn't everyone want the heavens open it.
Doesn't everyone want a blessing.
They just simply don't believe the word of God ever passed a wall and has a sign on it says wet paint. Don't touch what you do. Why is only the side you somehow you just use a lot of limits.
When you now why don't we disobey because we do not believe the word of God. So in our study today were going leave chapter 10 will become over to Chapter 11 and we're going to think about faith what it is and how to have and the elements of faith. The first of all I want is to look in chapter 11 that what I'm going to call the description of the life of faith that faith is the only way to live the just shall live by faith.
And here, God describes faith.
Notice in Hebrews 11 verses one into mouthing is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen for buying in the elders obtain a good report as we described faith today is very important. Birth all that we understand what faith is not before we learn about faith is. You know, I am amazed not only what people won't believe what they will believe faith is not live in the superstition, nor is faith closing your eyes to reality will Boston faith is believing what you knowing. So that's not faith. Faith is not positive thinking or feeling of optimism I like to be around positive thinkers. I like to be around optimists. I don't like driving it behind a person or things before they get there. The lights going to turn red by the time they do.
It had yoga bios canopy has I like to be around negative people.
I know people will brighten up the room by leaving.
I like to be around optimistic people, but faith and optimism may be in some way tangible, but then not the same faith is not positive thinking or optimism.
It may lead to that fate is not a leap in the dark. To the contrary, it is stepping in the light and faith is not faith and faith Bible says have faith in God it is that they have faith in faith. Somebody will tell you just believe as it believing will make it so believing will not make it so now were talking about what faith is not what is what he tells us here that faith is three things I want to get these words down in your heart, first of all confidence, conviction and confession now.
First of all, it is a confidence that rest in hope.
Look at it.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for a pastor. Why did you call it confidence well because confidence that's always translated in some Bibles, new American Standard, for example, gives it as confidence why I use the word confidence. While this word is akin to substance and substance is an acceptable translation. I certainly believe that if I could just hold it a little bit more. It means assurance actually was used in the language of this day for a title. The Matthew had a piece of property are an inheritance that you not yet seen. But you had the deed you had the assurance of that which is not yet seen what you want to have that something that you hope is in pencil. Faith is a confidence, it is not a will of the witness sort of thing.
It is substance substandard something believe that we stand on when we live by faith is not smoke and mirrors were not walking around on eggshells and Jell-O. It is as I said substance confidence that it is the confidence that rest in hope the Lord hope look at it that the word hole doesn't mean perhaps no doesn't even mean wish mom doesn't mean desire listen very carefully. Are you missed the whole thing.
The word hole in the Bible means for rib assurance based on divine revelation. For example, the second coming of Jesus is called the blessed one, the blessed hope is that is that the blessed maybe it is brought assurance based on the promises, the word of God.
Now faith therefore is the title be confidence that what God has said is true, and God will perform it. Now listen very carefully. There is no legitimate basis without hope and there is no legitimate without faith. These can be separate.
Faith is the substance of things hoped for, put down the word confidence. Second, I think not only of confidence but conviction. Faith is a conviction that sees the invisible, now here we read it here. Faith is the evidence of things not seen. Now that word evidence may remind you of a Colombo gun in his rumpled overcoat looking around for something was a candle that but actually this word evidence limit means conviction conviction Jesus Christ use the same word file when he challenged those who were challenging him and he said which of you convicts me of sin can convict me of sin, because obviously no one I wouldn't dare ask my friends.
I question, much less my enemies click to view convicts me of sin, but the word here has the idea of conviction about what it means is that if you have faith in your heart. There is a conviction of something that you've not yet seen, but it is there it is in salute confidence that leads to a conviction even though you not yet seen it. You don't have to see it for to be re-friend there is an in visible world that invisible world is electronically all around us right now their movies and newscasts and music and all of that in the air, but we just don't tune it in right now but it's all there. There is an invisible world out there. I listen to Colossians 116 for by him by Jesus were all things created that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible. Don't make the mistake of thinking that everything that is real is communicated to us by the five senses know there is 1/6 sense there is another world there is an invisible world know what does faith do listen carefully. This is important to you is the only way to live. Faith enables the believing soul to treatment in the future as present and the invisible, as seen, you can treat the future as present and you can treat them visible as seen by faith Bible says you live by faith. And then the third thing is, it is a communication that comes from heaven about Hebrews 11 in verse two says go by you. That is by faith. The elders received a good report doesn't mean they make straight A's.
Matter fact doesn't talk about what they did it all. It talks about what happened to them. They received the good report, that is, God spoke to them out of heaven. It doesn't deal with their reputation. Now maybe I should've gotten straight A's. But that's not what it deals with the good report means that they heard from heaven that God spoke to them. It is not their reputation, but God's revelation that is spoken of here that God speaks to them they were conscious of God testifying to them that if you put this confidence in this conviction and this communication together when they come together then you have something in your heart, inexplicably glorious and wonderful candidates call faith, and that is the only way to you will live by faith. Now, we put these things together. Then you going to understand first of all the faith should not be altered by appearances. Faith should not be altered by appearances. Look again at 11 verse one now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. When you live by faith.
You live above sea level by you live above the level of what you can see we live in a world it says are seeing is believing the Bible says. Believing is seeing.
Put this verse down. John 20 verse 29 Jesus Atheneum Thomas because that has seen me. That has really Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed that you friend Thomas. They examined the nail prints in Jesus hand the woman aside, Jesus said blessed are those of not seen yet have believed. First Peter 18 put that down in speaking of Jesus whom having not seen you love received by faith we see the invisible sulfates should not be altered by appearances.
Don't let any so-called appearance make a lie out of the word of God in your heart and you my number two. Faith should not be fettered by feelings. Faith is confidence that goes beyond emotions.
I've told you before that your emotions are the shallowest partner nature. Faith is the deepest work of God, and God doesn't do the deepest work in the show as part don't live your life under the tyranny of emotions by feelings that feels good to feel good, and nothing wrong with feeling good but feelings are for.
Sometimes you wake up with a dull headache. Sometimes things will happen and you get all bent out of shape because of the feelings. Sometimes that happens to preachers.
Now when I come complex always try to look like I'm having a good time and I feel good.
Sometimes I don't surprise may getting any sleep less. My mail got upset stomach. Maybe I got a dull headache and not die, but I is time to preach number for each and then you know sometimes you think will be good service and and you get your foot in the lard bucket can get it out. We preach and try to say something and you get to tangle tangled up in the ashes will require.
Sounds like a couple Dine in a hailstorm and you say goodbye God is light years from this place and yet heaven comes down your emotions had nothing to do with that to see, listen, they should not be fettered by feelings onto something else, nothing. Faith is not limited by logic, faith just goes beyond logic. If this rug is a ditch and I'm over here and I moving step-by-step by step-by-step to this ditch and let my wall beef logic. Then I come to a place where logic in its 90 to get over there I need to take a leap of faith and I could completely jump over his rug. But I don't show off and I come across I come across violate there comes a time when you have to make a leap of faith. Faith is rooted in logic. Faith goes beyond logic. Faith becomes its own best logic. It is not contrary, it is not limited by logic. When Jesus was there with those people following him and they were tired and hungry and he called Philip Mr. ~Phoebe Street 5000 got out of pocket calculator by Sidwell and that take a laboring man years wages to feed these. Technically he was right, but any good red-blooded atheist could done the same thing now when Jesus asked him how would you feed these people. He wasn't asking for information because Bible says he knew what he would.
He was just wanting Philip to learn something about America because there's little boy. There was a lad luncheon that the whole multitude with that couple fishing hello now you see if you are adding up an equation. You never get the right answer to me that one of the elements you see what Philip did. He left out. He just figured without God logically was right but is not limited by logic try to figure out something. Some of you I mention tithing a while back some of you trying to figure out how you tithing. You get all the figures that we can do the dreadnought did dreadnought him I mean is God a part of the equation is not limited by logic, bring God into your calculations. Now we talk about the description of faith. Let's talk about the dynamics of the life of faith limited how dynamic faith is. You see, we live by faith. First of all, Faith is the dynamic of spiritual wisdom that things that you will never understand.
Apart from faith look if you anniversary through faith we understand what you like that through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear plain English, the visible was made out of the invisible. Now God in the Bible is not explained. God is not argued, God is just simply presented in God must be accepted by faith go down to verse six Hebrews 11 verse six but without faith it is impossible to please him, for he that cometh to God must believe that is what talk about wisdom that the skeptic will save you as a God. Don't ever try why because the finite cannot prove the end of, and you say well I can do it and he will smirk, but is not over yet you say now friend prove there is no God because he can prove there is no God. He had he accepted by faith. There is no God. All people are believers.
Those who believe in God and those who believe.
There is no God. And with that will conclude part one of this important message tomorrow on the broadcast. You'll hear part two.
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