Faith Departs from Unbelief
- Date: January 18, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “But with whom was he grieved forty years? was it not with them that had sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? And to whom sware he that they should not enter into his rest, but to them that believed not? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” (Hebrews 3:17-19)
- From Great Faith
Now, the one thing about living by faith is this -- it's scary. "Oh, faith is great! Hallelujah!" If you've got great faith, I want to tell you something. You study the men of faith, and you see what the Word of God says about them, and they were men of like passion just like you. They would like to know what tomorrow brings, but sufficient to the day is the evil thereof.
Are you willing to live that way? How much do we have set back in case God fails? And I'm not just talking about money. I'm talking about all of the-what do we call it-networking that we do. Some of us feel that we've done sufficient networking to hold us in case things start to crumble around us. We trust in our insurance plans. We trust in our IRAs. We trust in our parents, in our friends, in our jobs. What would it be like to start out like Jesus tomorrow and have no place to lay your head, to walk as He walked? Many of us think pretty highly of our faith. My question would be, when's the last time we were really living in faith? Oh, we have little spurts of "Oh, I believe God," and all of a sudden ten extra dollars came in. No, I'm talking about living in faith.
Hebrews 3 (Verses 17-19) says, "Who was it that sinned, whose carcases fell in the wilderness? Who was it that the Lord spoke and said, I swear to you, you will not enter because of your unbelief?" You know, that's strong. Listen, God swore. I think people really believed they'd find a way in, just like in the day of Noah. "Surely God will be compassionate and open the door. Surely the Word isn't that absolute. Surely I cannot have to pursue it with all of my heart." The power of this. God swore to them! This tells me that these people thought there was still a chance. Listen. "I swear to you," God said, "you're not going to enter into this promise."
The only other statement that I'm aware of that carries that kind of a powerful statement from God is where the Lord speaks, and He says that He will turn those over to reprobate minds so that they would believe a lie. We're coming into an age when people who are professing Jesus with their mouths, people who are professing to live in faith and are trusting in this world and trusting in their own abilities, God is going to turn them over to believe a lie. They'll believe that this is acceptable. But beloved, without faith it's impossible to please Him. Well, what kind of faith? What are we talking about? Another spirit that fully follows God. What are we talking about? Departing from this unbelief.
Hebrews 4, Verse 1, "Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into his rest, any of you should seem to come short of it. For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit…not being mixed with faith…" "…the word preached did not profit…not being mixed with faith…"-the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Faith that comes by that audience with God. The Word preached didn't profit. You can study the Word. You can sit under the preaching of the Word of God. You can hear it, and you can shout "Amen," and it will not do you any good if it's not mixed with faith, with obedience. You show me your faith without your works, and I'll show you my faith by my works. (James 2:18)