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March 16, 2022 8:00 am
Problems you experience actually rooted in your obedience. Listen to Adrian Rogers now are you having a faith problem. If you having a fight probably are probably having really elevated.
Is there a confession that you need to make is there restitution that you need to perform is very gift. You need to give is that testimony, you need to offer is the place you need to go all day God.
Welcome to love worth finding through the timeless teachings and biblical lessons of trusted pastor and author Adrian Rogers Hebrews 11 verse eight reminds us of the legacy of Abraham was called by God in his old age and became a champion of the faith in part one of today's message.
We learned that the Lord appeared Abraham through a supernatural experience.
We have a greater advantage having the written word of God the mind of Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. If you have your Bible turn to Hebrews chapter 11 as Adrian Rogers reveals six principles fortify faith. I have a lot emphasized in the when I talk about something that is incidental.
Remember that Hebrews 11 six says 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 he please go to bed.
Not only this, please. And if you displease God. It doesn't matter whom you played and there is no way to please God without faith were not talking here about things that are incidental. Faith is the mark of a 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 to them, this is the work of God, that you believe on him whom he has sent you want to serve God.
Chief duty is to believe him. The supreme evil is, believe 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. It comes in the world.
Commencement of sin because they believe 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 is 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 sinned 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 Joss shall live by faith. I want us to learn six powerful principles that help you to have that dynamic faith that will bring have a beer so first principle is the voice principal. We must hear God not look if you win verse eight by faith Abraham, when he was call to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing whither he went, the operative phrase here is he heard a voice of God. He was call. 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 God, there is the voice principal, you must hear God if it's something you're wondering about you thinking gotta speak and use a lot of this is you speak just keep speaking conferment 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 preach Lord you don't want 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 as a shining light that shines more and more of a 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 a big 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 the voice principal. We have something better than Abraham. Abraham did not have the revealed word of God like we have here number two there. 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 all day that he didn't know where it was going in. That was none of his business.
Our responsibility is not to totally understand but the readily obey.
I remember all he was leaving all that he knew and all that he loved and was going out in sheer obedience. I tell young preachers they asked me when I go to church. Brother Rogers what should my attitude be. I say to young preachers when you go to church must be two things number one you must be prepared to spend the rest of your life. There number two you must be ready to leave in the next 15 minutes. Both are true.
You can't say Lord I'm building a nest, you need to pray Lord I'm building and has put a thorn in. I am ready to go. Trust and obey, for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus than to trust and oh day now friend. God gives you the choice if you do not obey what you know.
Don't ask God for more like God is not going to give it to you now.
Are you having a faith problem. If you having a faith probably are probably having really an obedience brought is there a confession that you need to make is there restitution that you need to perform. Is there a gift you need to give is that testimony, you need to offer. Is there a place you need to go okay faith the voice principal hear from God venture principal old Bay God. Dallas moved to the third principal and that is what I call the value principal, you must establish priorities look again if you will, in Hebrews chapter 11. Now let's begin in verse nine by faith Abraham is speaking of the sojourn in the land of promise as in a strange country and here's the operative phrase dwelling in Tabernacles. That means tense 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 not told you that Abraham was a stranger away from home and he was a pilgrim headed home.
Canaan was not his home. At that time. He's looking for a city that had foundations, whose builder and maker is God and he's living in a tent and he will put the tent pegs down to eat because his motto was, this world is not my home, I'm just passing through. He had a different priority now. The reason many of us don't have faith is because our priorities are wrong.
We think that faith is some way to get our will done in heaven.
Faith is God's way to get heaven's will done on earth by kingdom come by will be done on earth as it is in heaven. So is living in a tent. Now you realize that our citizenship is in heaven. And we dare not, we must not get too attached to this world. Philippians 3 verse 24 hour conversation that means our behavior, our citizenship is in heaven, from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. If you living for this world you will not have faith. Furthermore, you will be in the junk business. The Bible warns about friendship with the world. James four verse four Ye adulterers and adulteresses know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity warfare with God. Therefore those that will be the friend of the world is the enemy of God.
Are you whirling you wonder why you have faith you think that's going to faith his enemies friend of the world. Abraham is not a friend of the world. When you become a friend the world and you begin to live like the world first John two verses 15 through 17. Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world.
If any man love the world, the love of the father is not in him for all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life is not of the father because of the world and the world passes away, and the lust thereof, but neither do the will of God abides forever.
And remember that faith comes by the will of God. I think.
First of all, you become a friend of the world and you begin to love the world and then what's going to happen.
Romans 12 to you going to be conformed to the world. Look at it and be not conformed to the world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind that you may prove what is that good perfectly except the will of God. Remember I said that you need the mind of Christ to know the will of God. But if this world is squeezing you in molding you in shaping you Madison Avenue television your football team, the fashion design. What is it that molds you conformed to many wonder why you have the mind of Christ. Wonder why you don't understand the will of God.
First, it starts with friendship with the world and love of the world and confirmation to the world and then condemnation with the world. First Corinthians 11 verse 32 but when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemn with the world. A lot of good illustration about this Abraham had with him a nephew's name was locked out lot is following Abraham and the Bible tells us that Abraham was living in a tent but law pitched his tent toward Sodom.
He moved into the world.
His wife obviously became high up in Sodom, society his daughters probably cheerleaders at Sodom high. He becomes a businessman and some sort of a city councilman or something there in Sodom and he lost it all because he was gravitating to the things of this world where so much today about the separation of church and state. You know the message needs to be preached today is a separation of church and world come out from among them. I look at the average Christian today. They look like they dress like they talk like this look the same things go the same movies drink the same thing will be different. The Bible says come out from among them and be separate. Set the Lord. If you were rest for being a Christian, would there be enough evidence to convict you will be different.
You won't pay Abraham had a pilgrim character is a me that he was a dropout Abraham was in business. He had a family he taught. He had to go to war several times but Abraham was not molded by this world makes you question what your personal goals is your personal goal to make enough money to retire and have a nice house and live in ease and I have certain things. What he does for children. We will then be successful in things, are you more concerned about your spiritual walk with God, are you more concerned about the character of your children growing in Christ and the kingdom of heaven.
Would you leave your present job and take a lesser job for less pay. If it were better for the character of your children would you do so. What is your goal is to impress other people in whose home had you rather visit the rich and the famous of the godly and the pew. Most of us our souls. We stand by this world and we wonder why we don't have faith put down big plane and straight. Abraham was a man doing this world very little because he looked for a city that had foundations of builder and maker is God.
He had a pilgrim character and Jesus epitomizes it in Matthew chapter 6 verse 33 seeking first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, we just talk about principles of faith folks and were single athletes and possibly Scott is the fourth principle is the vision principle, the vision principle key your faith focus. Now you can hear the message today and you can agree with. But as soon as you get back home you're going to get out of focus do not care. Look again in Hebrews chapter 11 verse 10 for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. The operative word is he looked he looked now look again in Hebrews 11 verse 13 these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them off all that's the vision I'm talking about having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them and embrace them and confess that they were strangers and pilgrims on their it is so easy to lose the focus that we have all the right values. It is so easy to get earthly minded and worldly minded. Colossians 3 verses one into if ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above were Christ set us on the right hand of God.
Set your affections on things above and not on things of their mouth friend Abraham was a man had a vision and his vision enabled him to see the invisible. Remember Hebrews 11 verse one. Our definition of faith.
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Not that's the important thing look again in verse 13 these all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar all that is, they saw the invisible they saw things that were not seen.
Faith is seeing the invisible and it is so true that we can, by faith, see the invisible giving interesting verse second Corinthians 4 verse 18 while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen, is that doubletalk pulses were not looking at what we can see were looking at what we can't see Faye sees the invisible, it knows the unknowable, it does the impossible because of the vision. There is the focus.
You have to keep your faith only thing man went to the psychiatrist office. The nurse came back to see the doctor and said doctors a man out here says he needs to see you Dr. I think is crazy think she's invisible Dr. Sigler telling we can see there is an invisible world. There is a world that is more real than this world and all of these heroes of the faith were people who could see the invisible, most of us live a life were all we see is what is before us.
Our car, our house, our job, we never get a vision.
Whenever look up whenever look on even in the material world.
You think you people make a mark.
The explorers, but not the artists, the creator, the inventors, all of things had the ability to see the invisible before I ever preached in this pool I would come out. It was sheer dirt stand up and preach. That may sound funny. Do but God put agreement. My heart what we're doing today when Disney World was being dedicated down in Florida. They opened it up granting the procession. They were all up there in the stands and a Walt Disney had died in Mrs. Walt Disney was sitting there alongside of one of the executives and all of everything was happening in all of the fanfares. Disney did it in those days, and the lady sitting next to Mrs. Walt Disney said it's a shame Walter's not here to see all of this, she said, oh he sought.
That's why it's here. This was so friend. It begins with a vision.
Faith is setting your affection on something that is bigger than most of us all living for just drawing our breath, and drawing a salary. Now here's the fifth principle is the vigilance you must guard your heart. The devil will war against your faith look in Hebrews 1111 through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Well, that all sounds well and good, God gave Abraham a promise but you know that he got his eyes off the Lord and so did Sarah and they did some terrible things all Abraham went down into Egypt. When he got it put him there and came and I wish I had more time to tell you about that God put his faith to attest God tested him and he failed the test. At first friend. God will test your faith I faith that cannot be tested cannot be trusted. The Bible speaks of the trial of our faith in first Peter chapter 1 and verse seven. Not when you live the life of faith is not all honey and obedience, your faith is going to be tested. Abraham should've stayed there in the land of Canaan. Even though there was a famine if he knew the God put in their it should acidify*I will stay here if God put me here God's going to take care of me being vigilant.
Your faith is going to come under attack by mate again is not going to always be easy in churches don't get the idea that all the lost people out there and all the say people are in here strong in the home don't get the idea that you not going to have any problem with your marriage just because you have faith in life don't think that not going to be any heartaches any tears there are going to be problems. But Abraham returned it came back to the life of faith.
I wish I had more time to speak about that.
Let me give you the last of these principles and it is good victory principal in joy the blessings Hebrews 11 verses 11 and 12, through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised Sarah got her baby friend therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the seashore. Innumerable Abraham name is great. His descendents are great.
Abraham has been a blessing to the world. He's been a blessing to me. God gave Abraham the land God made his name great and listen. Think of all the things that God did through Abraham from Abraham came the Jewish nation from Abraham came the profits from Abraham came the Bible and in the flash from the seed of Abraham are dear Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Okay, it all came by faith. There is the victory principal. There is no way no way you live in the remarkably, this is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith. Maybe today you have questions regarding your faith in Jesus Christ. We love to offer insightful resource at our website. It's the find answers page you will find resources and materials that will answer questions you may have about your relationship with God.
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