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Faith – The Evidence of the Presence Driven Life

Faith is our response the the work of the Holy Spirit in our heart.

TEXT: Hebrews 11:1-6 (ESV) 1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. 2For by it the people of old received their commendation. 3By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. 4By faith Abel offered to God a more acceptable sacrifice than Cain, through which he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts. And through his faith, though he died, he still speaks.
5By faith Enoch was taken up so that he should not see death, and he was not found, because God had taken him. Now before he was taken he was commended as having pleased God. 6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him. 

QUESTION? WHAT IS FAITH?

Hebrews 11:1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.

Hebrews 11:3By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.

Hebrews 11:6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

  1. ABEL OFFERED GOD A MORE EXCELLENT SACRIFICE THAT CAIN:

            GEN 4:3-5 Genesis 4:3-7 3In the course of time Cain brought to the LORD an offering of the fruit of the ground, 4and Abel also brought of the firstborn of his flock and of their fat portions. And the LORD had regard for Abel and his offering, 5but for Cain and his offering he had no regard. So Cain was very angry, and his face fell. 6The LORD said to Cain, “Why are you angry, and why has your face fallen? 7If you do well, will you not be accepted? And if you do not do well, sin is crouching at the door. Its desire is for you, but you must rule over it.”

  1. ENOCH NEVER SAW DEATH BECAUSE HE WALKED IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD, Just maybe this series on the Presence Driven Church & Christian is Timely?

            GEN 5:21-25

  1. NOAH WARNED BY GOD OF THE FLOOD, BUILT THE ARK & ESCAPED WITH HIS FAMILY

GEN 6-8

  1. ABRAHAM, AT GOD’S BIDDING, LEFT UR (Iraq) & WENT TO THE PROMISED LAND, EVEN THOUGH He DIDN’T Have All the Directions or Questions Answered

GEN 12:1-4

  1. SARAH WAS ABLE TO GIVE BIRTH BEYOND HER NATURAL ABILITY BY FAITH

GEN 18:10 The LORD said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife shall have a son.” And Sarah was listening at the tent door behind him.

  1. ABRAHAM WAS WILLING TO OFFER UP HIS CHERISHED CHOSEN POSSESSION & PROMISE FINALLY FULFILLED, BACK TO GOD-HAVING FAITH THAT GOD WOULD KEEP HIS PROMISE

Genesis 22:9-14

OTHERS WERE MOCKED, SCOGED, IMPRISONED, FROM GEN-REV, FROM THE EARLY CHURCH DAYS THROUGH THE REFORMATION AND THROGH NOW

Hebrews 11:35-40 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life.
36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment.
37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated—
38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.
39And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised,
40 since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

FINAL QUESTION- DO YOUR BELIEVE THE GOOD CAN BE THE ENEMY OF THE BEST and DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THE ETERNAL IS GREATER THAT HE TEMPORAL?

Hebrews 11:1&6 1Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. Hebrews 11:6And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

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