- Date: August 18, 2017
- Verse: “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Hebrews 11:6)
The living Word, Jesus, the written Word-God and His Word are one. It's obvious that faith comes by communing with God, fellowshipping with God. How much time do we get in that quietness to where He can actually take over our lives as now our treasure, truly? When it comes to running or playing or whatever else steals our time, we're just saying, "Nah, man! This is too precious to me.
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- Date: August 16, 2017
- Verse: “Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us” (Hebrews 12:1)
The teaching that we're on is "Faith with Patience." The greatest hindrance to our faith is all of these weights, the abundance of this world, the cares of this world, the deceitfulness of riches, the lust of things that enter in and chokes the word (Mark 4:19). What does the word "beset" mean? To surround and to bind, like a bear hug, to choke off. The great admonition of the Word of God is how to stand in this last day, to walk free, to be seekers first of the kingdom of God and His righteousness and believe that He will provide all of these things that are necessities to us.
- Date: August 9, 2017
- Verse: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
The study here on faith and patience that we're doing, we're calling it "Faith That Prevails" or faith that endures. I told you the hardest thing to do to come up with titles over thirty five or forty years. We're basically doing the teaching that we did twenty years ago that we called "Faith and Patience." We just have a different title and a little different emphasis. The emphasis that we want to put on this is not faith and patience that has to do with the physical oppression of the enemy. We're not just talking about faith for healing. We dealt a lot with healing back then.
- Date: August 7, 2017
- Verse: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 13:13)
Did we come in faith today? Did we come looking to encounter God or just, it's Sunday, so we show up at church? "…He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). If we're here today and desperate for His presence, He will visit us; praise God! We'll be changed. We'll be like Him. As that bride, we will be prepared for His soon coming. The Lord is at hand! Don't forget what time this is that we're living in. We are the people who will very likely see the coming of the Lord.
- Date: August 4, 2017
- Verse: “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21)
"Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be" (Romans 4:18). Abraham hoped against hope. When he no longer had anything in him to hope for the promise, he still had hope in his God. He favorably expected God to do that which He promised. "Lord, it's beyond me. I believe; help my unbelief." "For he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him" (Hebrews 11:6).
- Date: August 2, 2017
- Verse: “Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.” (Romans 4:18)
We go out in faith not knowing where we are going. We obey that mandate and rest. Having ceased from our own labors, we rest and then we begin, the Scripture says here, our sojourn. Faith is a walk. The faith that God wants to build in our lives is not just a momentary miracle. God wants us to begin to sojourn in trusting Him in every area of our lives. We don't know where we are going but we know that we're leaving natural security, we're leaving our hometown. We're leaving all that we've known and trusted in, and we go looking for a city whose builder and maker is God.
- Date: July 31, 2017
- Verse: “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14)
We talked earlier about two different aspects of faith and the need to be patient. We talked about the faith of Noah and how some of us who were prayed for last week didn't get a manifestation yet, and we're already caving in and fainting in our minds. "Well, you know, I guess it might not be God's will. I knew that it was too good to be true." The great cloud of witnesses that Hebrews speaks of, this brother Noah who went before us, who had no written Scripture but fellowshipped with God. We have the written Word and we have the living Son of God.
- Date: July 26, 2017
- Verse: “Is any thing too hard for the LORD?” (Genesis 18:14)
I was just reading the story on Moody again. He'd just come back from his London crusade. Some of the greatest revivals that Europe had known and he comes back into Chicago. He had a heart for Chicago, and you remember that's where all the kids were that he first reached. He was battling a dilemma and just before Europe he had to finally come to the conclusion that his method of evangelism wasn't biblical. He was one of those that started what he called the evangelism of bribery. All of these poor kids and he would go out and offer them things to come.
- Date: July 24, 2017
- Verse: “And a certain scribe came, and said unto him, Master, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. And Jesus saith unto him, The foxes have holes, and the birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head. And another of his disciples said unto him, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.” (Matthew 8:19-22)
Let's turn to Hebrews, Chapter 11. As we look at Hebrews, let's allow the Word to stir our hearts and speak through us to us through these verses. "Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." As we look at that aspect of it, we're a people that are going to walk and spend time in the unseen realm. The Scripture speaks clearly to it in the life of Abraham and the call of God upon his life. It says that he went into a country that he had no idea where Father was leading him.
- Date: July 19, 2017
- Verse: “And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” (Mark 4:40)
We remember the story in Mark 4 as the disciples were in that boat and it was filling up with water, they were in a quandary. They were bailing the boat out and as they went back to wake up the Master they said, "Lord, don't You care that we perish" (Verse 38)? Remember what happened? The multitudes were coming down upon Jesus. He was walking in power and authority with the multitudes pressing. He wanted to get His disciples alone so that He could build some faith in them.