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Faith …. Hebrews 11:6 … November 27, 2016

     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. Hebrews 11:6 ESV

     Faith in God is not believing because you can see Him, but it is believing in God even though you cannot see Him, and with confidence, believing and trusting everything about Him to be true. Faith is not looking for Him hoping He exists; it is looking for Him knowing He exists. This is the kind of faith that pleases God because this is a child-like faith that simply trusts in Him as God. This faith believes the words of God from the past, in the present, and for the future.

 PAST:

     By faith we believe in the immaculate conception and virgin birth of Jesus, God’s only Son.  And the Angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus.”  Luke 1:30-31 ESV … And Mary said to the angel, “How will this be, since I am a virgin?” And the angel answered her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; therefore the child to be born will be called holy -the Son of God.” Luke 1:34-35 ESV …. For nothing will be impossible with God. And Mary said, “Behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be according to your word.” Luke 1:37-38 ESV

PRESENT:

     By faith, we believe that Jesus has commissioned us to tell the gospel of His coming and acknowledge that He is with us always.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.  Matthew 28:19-20  ESV

FUTURE:

     By faith we believe our future to be secure.  Let not your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to myself, that where I am you may be also. John 14:1-3 ESV

     True faith in the past, present, and future concerning the things of God will determine how you live. You will live as shepherds seeing, as wise men seeking, and a sojourner traveling through. Faith teaches that this world is not your home because you have a Savior that has given you a heavenly citizenship. Our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. Philippians 3:20 ESV May I encourage you to live in faith, not only believing in thought, but in faith that causes you to believe with action – Faith that changes how you live because you realize you have a Savior. The Savior, Jesus, God’s only Son that became flesh and lived with us in the world. A Savior that became like us yet without sin, so that we might become like him in whom there is no condemnation.

Because of His Grace ~ Pastor David

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