Because of Faith (Hebrews 11:30-40)

Dr Daryl Miller, October 2, 2016
Part of the The Need for Tall Heroes series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

SUNDAY EVENING, OCTOBER 2
Title: Because of Faith
Text: “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.” (Heb. 11:6).
Scripture Reading: Hebrews 11:30-40
Introduction
Hebrews 11 has been described as “Faith’s Hall of Fame.” In this tremendous chapter, the inspired writer marshals a group of spiritual giants to the witness stand. Each of them gives testimony concerning how God blessed them in response to their faith.
The writer says that by faith they accomplished these great things. They accomplished these things not because of financial resources, academic achievement, scientific technology, military might, or hard work; they achieved significantly and rendered outstanding service primarily because of their faith in God and his promises.
I. Because of faith, God did great things to these people.
God does great things within us and to us. Until we let God change us, he will probably not do great things for us, with us, or through us.
II. Because of faith, God did great things for these people.
They came to know God through faith. They experienced him in a personal manner. They experienced forgiveness and gained a position of acceptance with God because of their faith.
The New Testament teaches us that we receive the gifts of life and sonship through faith in Jesus Christ. We receive an inward security that gives us poise and peace in the midst of turmoil.
III. Because of faith, God did great things through these people and
with them.
Hebrews 11 lists great men and women who, because they outbelieved their contemporaries, were lifted to positions of privilege, prominence, and power. They rendered service to the kingdom of God and to their contemporaries and to their posterity. They were not exempt from struggle, suffering, and sacrifice. Their fount of motivation was their faith that made God real to them.
IV. How can we have a great and growing faith in God?
A. We can recognize that faith is a gift of God (Eph. 2:8). God reveals himself to us, and we can respond with faith. A distressed father prayed that the Lord would increase his faith (Luke 17:5).
B. Faith needs to be focused properly. God has given us the capacity to have faith. Some of us put faith in the wrong things. Some people even put faith in failure. We need to focus our faith on God and his promises.
C. Faith must be used if it is to be developed. All of God’s gifts must be used or we will lose them. We develop a greater faith as we exercise the faith we have.
D. Faith comes by hearing and responding to the Word of God (Rom. 10:17). We should read God’s Word to discover his great promises. We should listen as the Lord speaks, and we should harmonize his promises with the situations we face.
E. To have a great faith, we need to obey the known will of God in the present. Some people would like to have a great faith, yet they are not obeying that portion of the will of God that they know. If you want to develop a faith in God’s person and promises beyond the range of your present experience, you must obey what you presently understand of God’s will.
F. To have a great faith, you should get acquainted with people whose experiences with God can strengthen your faith.
G. To have a great faith, you should thank God for the blessings that he already has bestowed on you.
Conclusion
Jesus grieved because his disciples had such little faith (Matt. 8:26). He challenged his disciples to “have faith in God” (Mark 11:22).

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