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October 10, 2021 8:00 am
Except as her Savior to bring 720 Evan shares many of us only have faith in what we can see touch route for cell is one of the two are totally different celebrating. This is the alternative Dr. Tony author, speaker, senior pastor of Oakland Bible College in Dallas Texas and president of the most of the time faith makes no earthly sense today. Dr. Evans explains why that's the point.
She talks about the kind of trust in God that can bring supernatural power to bear on our earthly problems.
Let's join him as he explains now come to the end of Hebrews 11 when talking about what it looks like to lose your life by faith talking about the men and women in Hebrews 11 men and women from the Old Testament being spoken of in the New Testament to encourage you and I what it means to make our daily operation. Faith operation, the author of Hebrews has gone name after name a bowl even know Abraham, Sarah, Moses, real Rahab and he said these folks saw the hand and the movement. The power and the presence of God and based on boxing career.
In Hebrews 11 verse six without faith, you won't see God because without faith. You do not, please. The absence of faith is the absence of the manifest presence of God. But you know we exist but you won't necessarily experience his existence in your day-to-day life. So what it wants you to do is to begin to live our life by faith that we have discussed the meaning of faith. Let's review.
Faith means to act like God is telling the truth. Faith is like it is so even when it's not so important that it might be sold something because God said so faith is verifiable. You don't have to guess if you're having it or not, because faith is measured by your feet not by your feelings by your walk, not by your talk by your life, not by your lips, faith is a verifiable reality, you can feeland be full of faith because you're walking or moving in faith, which means you're doing what God says to do here obeying him. Even when you do not see the reality of your obedience must always watch this preseason site.
Once you have signed it is no longer faith. That's why he was 11 verse one says faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen the scene first you cancel faith for faith is to and apart from site to site.
Faith must always precede site. Most people, even Christians decide what they're going to do about what they see first and if you decide whether you go to do what God says do on the front and because you see it when you're not exercising faith and you have canceled out seeing God move so we regularly cancel out the supernatural, because we got to see the natural first. But faith is apart from site, the African Impala is a magnificent animal. The applicant Impala can like jump up and be a jump 30 feet.
But if you will African Impala with all this beauty and power and ability to leap and jump long into a little 3 foot cage will stay incarcerated for life because the one all of the African Impala will not jump where it cannot speak to limit its movement to its site and has ability to jump high over the cage and have the ability to jump long look over things won't do it if you can see, so you can control it really about the control of our circumstances than the devil because were witnessing first before we obey first notifying the movement of God.
Faith must precede site if it's going to be biblical faith explain this email comes to his culminating section, his culminating point in the chapter begins and started to Hebrews 11 and I love how he opens it up and he says, and Lord shall lastly is walk you through 31 versus I've given you the great heroes of the faith in what they were able to achieve by faith. So what more can I say six and maybe think of in the grass. If you don't know me by name, you'll never never never know me, who will get it done. What more can I say I've shown you what they can do everything leading up to this point.
He goes on to say in verse 32 foot will fail me sound like an old preacher. If I buy just a little bit more time little bit more time to tell you so much more so much more to tell about the power of faith is run out of space.
So he says well go into the detail I went to 31 versus some extra long way tell you about Julian Barrick Samson Jeff and David said the prophet, but I'll have to tellgoing all these other folks I wanted to take a minute to tell you about these folks you have time to go into detail on like you did all the previous people in the first 31 versus a Chapter 11 started to a passive guy and then God called on him because Israel was being abated by anything. I want to go and I want you to take my people so Gideon was scared when I men and God judges and said too many people I can use 32,000. So I will shrink it down shrink it down again shrink it down again until you get down to 300 God, you got to be kidding me.
You want me to what 300 men with 300 men and me. So guess what logic, what he could see comparing this 32,000 with the group that he was going to fight.
He dropped his logic and he obeyed God when he obeyed God the Army with 300 men because God joined the 320 obeying what he couldn't see the next thing you get is was dead.
Barrick was weak. Weightman was a man who ran from difficulty and land from trouble. God's strength from a woman named Deborah Deborah who had the word from the Lord and transferred at the barracks he believed that word even though it was a weightman and God used in bad faith to the enemies of Israel was weak and Samson was a player, Samson was a man who had Morrow dilemmas passion issues but even though he was a man in a certain going out again in the book of Judges when he was willing, God would supernaturally use the taking of the follow signs he would see the super natural until the natural man had some problems.
The man had some issues but he still shows up in Hebrews consequences. But what it did say what you think you can see God show Jake was a child of a prostitute rejected by his siblings family situation, but when God was looking for somebody to deliver his people doing all I know that your background in the best I noted your family situation is preferable, but if you do, do you know you in spite of your past.
Jacob obeyed God in the enemies of God in spite of a poor background is David David's short small David's job. David's inexperience but he runs into this mammoth man named Goliath 17 takes a slingshot and smooth stones and raise the giant down because level and below is that determine where this battle was the line was weak of the fall we told them first annual chapter 8 that is no longer followed the Lord but Grady was willing to write back faith.
The plan for Daniel would be anointing the king of Israel setting of the nation of Israel on a spiritual course that would lead them to a new direction not want to go through those names go to those things because it's one of those. They achieve greatness wound up in the Hall of Fame.
One of our heroes in Hebrews chapter 11, even though they have flaws in their lives. Every one of them had weak spots. Everyone is that they hadn't developed every one of the places that needed to be shored up and strengthen. But when they were willing, God graduated them to our museum Hall of Fame and made the one of the heroes I don't know about you yesterday. I do know if you live by faith. Today God can still use you tomorrow and recognize you for what you have done and achieved, but it must be by faith and faith must proceed.
If you're waiting.
It's no longer faith and so God must see you trust to your feet not by your feelings by your function must see you operate by faith in each one of the people found in chapter 11 there was a challenge that demanded faith. So the reason God allows a negative obstacle to come into your presence is to see whether you're going to in my site.
We give y'all a bunch of names to do verse 33 conquered kingdoms perform act of righteousness, obtained promises, like Daniel in the lion then shut the mouths of lions like the three Hebrew boys quench the power of five escaped the edge of the sword and weakness were made strong became more foreign armies to flight. He says faith Watkins is unprecedented in its peak in Rome whole nations. It can turn a control outside as it can make us keep their mouth shut. He says you don't understand the power of faith, but you must be operated by biblical faith, which means they must proceed God showing this admin.
This is what I'll do is nothing you say show me then I'll respond no you respond to me that optional be by because it is typing what you do not do what you feel, think, or say, he says, and others. Verse 35 were tortured, not accepting the release so that they might obtain a better resurrection and others. Verse 36 experience markings and scourging's yes. Also, chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were starting to they were tempted. They were put to death with the sword.
They went about in sheepskin goatskin being destitute. Ill treated.
If there is no thing about others.
This is the kind of testimony from 20 so let me tell you the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help me God tells you okay go live for Christ and you will not suffer has lied to you, they told you of the story we told you have because he says others. There are those who work as for their faith. There were those work lives for this thing. There were those will install on the review and talk about a show you below and there were those who went through losses since know what caused the loss. He said some very interesting minutes in mysticism, not accepting their release concentration is negative stuff and any frozen or not accepting their release now if you tell me I don't accept my release means one was offered to me okay if I can accept something of me that rejected so they could have gotten out of bed, tortured, they could have gotten their mocking and scourging and negative repercussions, but they chose to say no, I'd rather die than be sawed in half. I recommend not to be scored. Thank you for offering the release but I turned it down. Why would people make such a horrible painful choice strategies.
There are two main reasons. Tell us about them when he returns just a moment but first we're excited to let you know about the book and companion Bible study. Tony is authored that goes hand-in-hand with the material he's been talking about today is called kingdom heroes like the heroes of the faith messages we been hearing these resources focus on two very powerful words by faith, you discover how otherwise ordinary people became the best known characters in the Bible. They took God at his word and believe what he said was true. So what does it take to live a life of faith today where we live, what we say to a culture that insists that only seeing is believing.
How can we learn to trust God when our fears and feelings tell us not to find the answers by getting a copy of Tony's two volume 13 message audio collection heroes of the faith on CD or digital download, and his brand-new book in Bible study kingdom heroes to the end of this week only we can offer the entire three resource package is our gift to you and appreciation for your generous contribution to help support Tony's ministry here on the station just visit us firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 1-800-800-3222. Make your contribution. Let us send you the heroes of the faith, and kingdom heroes book in Bible study package is our thank you gifts again that's Tony Evans.org or call us. They are night at 1-800-800-3222 with Dr. Evans will come back with more of today's lesson right after this coming to theaters this November were at the church of Jesus Christ travel with Dr. Tony Evans as he retraces the life and human journey of the greatest being to ever walk this earth over here in Capernaum place where Jesus did most of his miracles is in this place that he demonstrated he truly is the son of God traveled streets and synagogues think Jesus wants, and physical locations were some of the most powerful events were important in the Bible took place like that much of what we read about ministry in Galilee have the right journey with Jesus in theaters November 15, 16th and 17th.
Dr. Tony Tony Evans.org location showtimes once the look for persecution only a fool goes, it looks okay enough. Turns down the opportunity not to be. He says they turned to think they turned it down because of the reason they're going through that going through it because of their association with the Lord their association with the Lord has put them in this predicament, people stealing and cheating and robbing people to kill enough they didn't accept the release.
In other words, the folks causing trouble was saying if you deny the Lord.
If you deny your faith if you compromise your character if you do that, we will let you keep your job, then we will let you stay, they will give you a range that will will do that just got a not Christian. You gotta go along with the crowd. You gotta be secular and they said I'm doing.
There's a second reason they said no they said no because they saw better resurrection. Okay not accepting their release because of a better resurrection, what will give you the ability to keep your stand as a Christian and keep living by faith is, if you see something that see one of the reasons we compromise our faith is we don't think this will renege on God will remit what his principles were all tempted to do if we all probably got on some level or another.
I will do it because worse than I maintain my faith on this job. This job I'm going to be job so let me copy is not doing a bad job on the job I'm talking about your Christian on the job go because I may not be able to get something, but understand that God is a God of action to understand that situation so I do not let you live bumping so you see anything you don't see anything that you stay stuck where you are and you stay stuck on what your 2020 shows you what you learned about God that you see if he can resurrect situations that you think about you if you make the right decision in his adult job in order to cheat and steal and went to sleep around with both of them you just a putrid place to work, but was her job.
Okay, so she got to the point where she had to say no. I think that I can steal from people do that.
She said her if you don't we going to fire. She came to my office and she said it's a good paying job itself is a great opportunity in terms of my future. What do I do. I said to her you choose Christ choose Christ into the compromise on things clearly in Scripture, not preference things, but things clearly in Scripture. I need to choose Christ you have to see what the Lord she went in the next day and she chose Christ she said, I'm sorry to be told to come back and give her decision. I can't do fat, my faith based on the word. I cannot do that. It was clearly unscriptural. Not not even a marginal lack of clarity said well then pick up the bag. This is your last is the middle of the week by the first of the next week she got a phone call phone call was from a higher up in the company and the phone call said I know you were dismissed, but it came to light to us a couple of days after you were fired about some of the Orthodox activity that your supervisor was doing so I just called to let you know we fire him and we promoted you into limiting if she would have not made a decision, she would not have experienced the resurrection. The resurrection only came after a decision was made of what would happen next. He says, and others are willing to risk being firewood and risk losing that relationship willing to risk because they are operated by faith in their families as women, as well as many of you will never see financial victory in your family because you've chosen money over spiritual priority in God of giving we say God whenever you give me on the back, you got nothing to give the difference is of no autonomy. First you will see what I will do with your bonds without faith you can pick any allegory operates and faithfully concluded men of whom the world was not worth wondering if the mountains and caves and holes in the present about folk, for whom the world is not word.
There are a few people in the congregation.
This world is not worth what makes the world not worthy of certain people because they live so in the spiritual, even though they living physically in the earthly realm that the physical realm that you know what they talking about physical realm. Think they're weird the physical world thinks that crazy world think they've lost them on the physical world think that they become fanatics.
The physical world thinks that folks this way this way is we don't know anybody who doubts we don't hang out with anybody. We only met with focal and so we never get to go to faith because we hangout with focal the world were the world is not worthy up because they don't live in this world they live in world walking in this world and what you want in your circle of influence, even though they walked down the point of view consistently is not a place they visit.
So you learn from 11 that we might learn so that we can experience based on their example. Much of what they experienced. Until God brings us all together around the throne you be able talk about what God did in July by faith will be able to go to Chris and Chris have a conversation about the power of the cross and much motivated doctrines will come back in a moment to close her program with the word of prayer. Stay with us first.
So what you been listening to today's part of Tony's powerful series called heroes of the faith. As I mentioned earlier were making this two volume 13 message collection available to you on CD or digital download along with his new book in Bible study kingdom heroes. There are gift to you.
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I want to thank you for the what I pray for those who really going through. Remind them that that you are bigger than what they going through and give birth to something special. Give the good news and a bad day, just like you did when Jesus Christ was born may be a reminder that justice birth gave hope you still give hope to the hopeless to discourage to the spot. So Lord, we give you glory while you work in your people and how you can use us as an alternative touch their lives. Good for you. Glory in Jesus.
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