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March 15, 2022 8:00 am
If you ever prayed to know God's will listen closely to the real Rogers about this word or if it is your will. Lord, if it is your will do this, Lord, if it is your will or will the Lord your will shows what the Lord official will keep her safe bet if you got but that's not the best way best way to prayer, saying, Lord, this is your will and I thank you for welcome to love the word finding featuring the dynamic insights of the claimed pastor and Bible teacher Adrian Rogers. This month we learned about the Old Testament prophets and men of God who held fast to their faith and obey God's will for their law. Today we are reminded of the legacy of Abraham who was called by God in his old age and became a champion of the faith Abraham's example gives us six principles to fortify our faith. If you have your Bible turn to Hebrews chapter 11 verse eight as Adrian Rogers shares six principles to fortify faith have great I trust that's what you want and when you came to Jesus Christ. God enrolled you in the school of faith life is the classroom. The Bible is the textbook the prophets and apostles all professors and Abraham would have to be David B school of faith we go to learn about Abraham. Abraham, what a great man was Abraham is called the father of them that believe. And most of this 11th chapter of Hebrews that speaks of champions of the faith is given over to the life of this man.
Abraham was looking Hebrews 11 beginning in verse eight by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance obey anyone out, not knowing whether he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise as in a strange country, dwelling and tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise for.
He looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and she was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised, and therefore sprang there even of one, of him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sandwiches by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar all, and were persuaded of them and embrace them and confess that they were strangers and pilgrims on their to stop the reading right there except also reference to you. Romans chapter 4 and verse 11 which calls Abraham father all them that believe. So Abraham as more or less corner the market when it comes to teaching great. I cannot emphasize enough the importance of when I talk about something that is incident. Remember that Hebrews 11 success without faith it is impossible to please God without faith it is possible to please him, you want to please God. I've told you before, if you please, God, that Mattingly displays and if you displease God. It doesn't matter. We played and there is no way to please God without faith. When not talking about things that are incidental. Faith is the mark of the Christian Christians were called believers before they were called Christians. It is our chief duty to believe God. John chapter 6 verse 29 Jesus answered and said them. This is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent you want to serve God is the chief duty is to believe him. The supreme evil is belief the greatest sin is not murder, rape, arson, pillaged tyranny, the greatest sin is the sin of unbelief when the Holy Spirit of God comes in the world. He comes in the world. Commencement of sin because they may leave not the reason that men are lost new band and go to hell, is not because of some sin that they have committed.
It is because they will not believe the Bible says in John three verse 18 he that believe on him is not condemned but he that believe is not is condemned already because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten son of God, believe is the source of all of the sins. Eve send in the garden of Eden Adam sin in the Garden of Eden because they did not believe in him. The Christian life according to Hebrews chapter 10 and verse 38 is to be live by faith. The Bible says that just shall live by faith. I am telling that without faith it is impossible to please God, you will never know never succeed in your Christian life without believing God and that is the reason that we're in these studies, champions of faith that Abraham was a pagan him in absolute pagan idolater.
He lived in a place called the Chaldees when God spoke to him. When God met him when he himself enrolled in the school of faith to thousand years before Christ. He was a pagan and furthermore this he was 75 years of age when he enrolled in school don't you tell me that you do evil and don't you tell me that your 20 today.
If Abraham became the father then they believe can you not step into this wonderful glorious life of faith in deed. You can Amount over 70 years of age. He's in a strange land he settled.
Larry has a beautiful wife. He has a business he has kinfolks. He leaves all as we going to see to go to a country. He is never seen and is marching on the sealed orders as we go to see God is in telling where is going to go God doesn't tell them what is do what it is that how long he's going to stay there. What happened doing God just to get up and go, and he left enrolled himself in a school of faith and the Scripture that we read said that Abraham and Sarah were strangers and pilgrims in the land of Canaan now, so are we. Abraham was not a fugitive. He was not running away from home.
Abraham was not a vagabond. He was not looking for home. He was a stranger away from home and he was a pilgrim headed home. And that's what we'll learn about him because what was true about Abraham is not mere history friend. It is written, for our sake. Why do you think God put this here in the 11th chapter of Hebrews, except to be an inspiration and informational tool. Do you not want us to learn six powerful principles and I pray God the Holy Spirit arrived one heart they don't come right out this passage of Scripture that help you to have that dynamic faith that will bring have a dealer so first principle is the voice principal. We must hear God now look if you would a verse eight by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing whether he went, the operative phrase here is, he heard the voice of God. He was called. Remember our Scripture that we come back to over and over again in Romans 1017. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of there is the voice principal, you must hear God if you read the story of Abraham in the book of Genesis you read a phrase that will come over and over and over and over again the word of the Lord came to him, let's just take a significant passage take your Bibles not put your bookmark there in Hebrews 11 and then go all way back to the first book of the Bible and go back if you will to Genesis chapter 12 let's find what the writer of Hebrews is talking about. I want you to notice now how God comes.
Abraham, this is Genesis chapter 12 and we get to read the first three verses now the Lord had said and I had said in the hearing gently out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house into a land I want you to pay attention and get ready I will you before I wills four times God says I will and I want to listen to. He said I get down from thy father's house into a land I will show the and I will make thee a great nation, and I will bless the and make thy name great and thou shalt be a blessing and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curses the and in the show all the families of the earth be blessed. Now here's the voice is the voice of God, and God says I will I will I will I will.
That's the root of faith. That's where faith comes from. Now that's in Genesis chapter 12 if you want to go back to chapter 11 in contradistinction, you would find the people try to build a massive tower to heaven called the Tower. I want you to notice the difference between Genesis 11 one through four and Genesis 12 one through three I go to Genesis 11 verses one through four and the earth was of one language of one speech and it came to pass, as they journeyed from the East that they found playing in the land of Shinar and by the way, that's babbling and well there and and by the way, babbling is Iraq had dwelt there and they said one to another, go to now watch this. Let us know my marking the Bible just mark let us make brick and burn them thoroughly and they had brick for stone, and slime. Had they for mortar and they said, go to let us underscore that again let us us a city and a tower whose top may reach unto heaven. Now watch this and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole or not, can you compare that compare Genesis chapter 11 one through four with Genesis 12 one through three in Genesis 12 God says I will I will I will I will and Genesis 11 man says let us let us lead us, let us make us a name. God said, Abraham high will make your name great, but I submit to you. Most people in this city in the cities around the world are in the let us do this with trying to build high-rises to him with trying to build our utopias but faints friend hears the voice of God. When God says I will these people were going to make themselves a name in about another one of their names. We all know the name of Abraham because God said Abraham I will make your name great, now listen hears the voice principal comes the question question how can we hear the voice of God is what most of us are asking you keep saying pastor I got the voice of God. I want to know how to hear the voice of God. How can I a more save. This is the will of God and therefore I'm going to believe God now so often when we pray this way, Lord, if it is your will. Imprint went Lord, if it is your will do this, Lord, if it is your will do that.
Lord, if it's your will heal Lord of the snow will show selected Lorna Fisher will keep her safe is your will that if you will of God. That's a good way to pray.
But that's not the best way. The best way to pray saying, Lord, this is your will and I thank you for it and I stand on your sink margin first John chapter 5 verse 14 and this is the confidence that we have in him.
If we ask him anything according to his will he hears us to have the confidence to say, God, this is your will. I have confidence.
That's where great faith comes great faith does not come from guessing it will go away say Pastor Rogers how then can I hear the voice of God. We don't have to admit something first of all that Abraham heard the voice of God in a way that none of us have ever heard the voice of godly something that I never have got appeared and spoke to God appeared to Abraham and spoke to Abraham he appeared obviously through an angel. The angel of Jehovah, but the Lord appeared to him.
Genesis chapter 12 in verse seven and the Lord appeared to Abram's name was called Abram, and said unto thy seed will I give this land and their ability an altar unto the Lord, who appeared to him.
God never appeared to me like that are for example Moses, God spoke to Moses out of the burning bush. I've never seen a burning bush and lays not one that burned supernaturally like that God spoke to Moses supernatural. I read in the Bible that God spoke to Saul, Saul, who became the apostle Paul was on the road to Damascus to put Christians today and the Lord appeared to him in a vision of brightness above the noonday sun by voice from heaven.
I've never heard that I've never seen that Simon Peter in the Bible. Total rooftop an angel come for me has a vision. All of these people have heard the word of God in a supernatural way.
Is that what we're waiting on today. No that is not the norm for us today. Does that mean we cannot hear the voice of God. No, does that mean that we all last know it means that we are more do we have less advantage we have greater advantage. Don't miss this now to know God. To know the will of God we have the greater advantage Hebrews chapter 1 verses one into God, who at sundry times that means various times and in divers manners different kinds of ways spake in times past unto the fathers by the prophets happened these last days spoken unto us by his son, whom he has appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the world. How does God speak to us by his son. The Bible teaches that we have two things really three things we have the written word of God we have the mind of Christ, and we have the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
Now that does not make us lesser than these Old Testament characters that is a greater advantage that these Old Testament characters before they had the Bible before they knew what we know by the indwelling of the Holy Spirit wait for God to break-in with some open Revelation some vision some ecstasy. We don't have to do that. I don't think the Bible and the inspired and fallible and Karen word of God. Don't let that go past I when I was born again regenerated. I received what the Bible calls the mind of Christ first Corinthians chapter 2 verses 14 and following, but the natural man that is the unsaved member see but not the things of the spirit of God for their foolishness unto him either can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he that is spiritual judges all things. That means he weighs things and makes appropriate decisions yet himself is judged of no man, that is, people can understand us.
We understand them for who has known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him analysis of this but we have the mind of Christ don't just miss that by nonchalance. We have the inspired and errant written word of God and we have the mind of Christ. How can I know the will of God friend.
When my heart is clean.
My motive is clear and I walking in the spirit.
I can assume that what I think and what I desire is the will of God. I can just assume you say that sarcasm was not to see the devil wants to put us under some sort of idea that we couldn't possibly know the will of God a class we can know the will of God to be the normal condition that we know will God disable what I say to do something that's outside the will of God, the Holy Spirit will blow the whistle blow the whistle is in a small how you send it back inbound.
If you're walking in the spirit bring you will know when the Holy Spirit of God blows the whistle on you and suppose you're in the spirit and there is no sin. But God has a different plan for you and I'll show you got turned around. Paula save go to Bithynia but spirit for batting in your divorce for Macedonia but friend we can walk in the Lord. It is honoring to God. To believe him and to live in confidence that if you're in doubt about something, wait on God. Know what I have gone Bible says in Proverbs chapter 4 verse 18 but the path of the just is as the shining lights that shine as more and more unto the perfect day.
It may be dark, and that is Graydon and then these deep shadows.
The colors appear in the climb is hi Newman you say Lord. This is a little God if it's something you're wondering about you thinking God is speaking you say Lord of this as you speak, just keep speaking confirm it in my heart that's why God called me to minister God do you want me to preach what I think you want me to Bridgewater. You don't want me to preach but let me know. Lord you want me to preach. Now that took place over almost a year. The path of the just is is a shining light that shines more and more under perfect day. What is the first principle of these principles is the voice principal, you must hear from God.
The word of the Lord came to Abraham and God will speak to you.
God is speaking to you before you say well I don't know the will of God.
Let me ask you this question. Are you living by what you already know in the Bible. If you're not you, asking God to guide you big hypocrite. Why should God give you more like when you're not obeying the revealed word of God is right here in this book that there is a voice principal.
We have something better than Abraham. Abraham did not have the revealed word of God like we have here the number two. The second principle is what I want to call the venture principal. Not only must you hear God you must obey what you know now look again in verse eight by faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into place which he should after receive for an inheritance is the operative word. Now obeyed and went out, not knowing whither he went. He heard and he told me that he didn't know where it was going in that it was none of his business. Our responsibility is not to totally understand but to readily obey. I remember all he was leaving. All he knew and all that he loved and was going out in sheer obedience. Testimony little more than 30 years ago, a pulpit committee from this church spoke to me about coming to be your pastor, I was pastor brother Joseph Whitmire and myself on the staff down in Florida. Their wonderful church, a growing church, a loving church a happy church which your pulpit committee came and began to speak to me about the coming to this church that we did not want to come to Memphis, Tennessee. Nothing negative about Memphis. Nothing negative about building are just happy where I will and felt that God was blessing and he was blessing I can see no earthly reason, except that is Joyce and I began to fast and pray and seek the face of God. God spoke to our inner being, and I have spoken ahead will obey. I'm so glad that we listen close I know where you are right now, but you have to be willing when God speaks to obey whether it makes sense to you.
Whether does make sense.
Very frankly coming up here made no sense to me. None what so ever.
But I was impelled spirit to go now friend. God gives you the choice if you do not obey what you know.
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