Faith and the Warnings of God (Genesis 6:5-18)

Dr Daryl Miller, October 9, 2016
Part of the The Need for Tall Heroes series, preached at a Sunday Evening service

Title: Faith and the Warnings of God
Text: “By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.” (Heb. 11:7).
Scripture Reading: Genesis 6:5 - 18
Genuine faith in God includes believing that God is a personal being of great power, wisdom, and love.
Through faith we receive the blessings of God. “he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.” (Heb. 11:6). Some of God’s rewards come here and now. Some of God’s rewards do not come until we enter the next life. We may find ourselves in some difficulty if we limit God’s activity on our behalf to the present. The heroes of faith did not always receive the fulfillment of their dreams immediately (Heb. 11:13). Genuine faith includes the positive response of the believer to the promises of God. This faith enables us to face all situations with a positive mental attitude, believing that God is working to bring good to people who trust him.
A believer responds to God’s warnings with genuine faith. We live in a world that can be either dangerous or delightful. Noah comes to our attention primarily because he believed in God such that he heeded God’s warnings. Noah was a righteous man who was blameless in his generation. He walked and talked with God and preached of righteousness. The exception in his day, he refused to compromise with that which was ungodly. He refused to become one of the crowd.
Genuine faith will heed the warnings that come from God.
I. God warns us against pathways that lead to self-destruction.
A. Adam was warned against the tree in the midst of the garden. Adam did not respond properly to the warning that God gave to him concerning the consequences of unbelief, disobedience, and selfishness.
The case of Adam should warn each of us against the peril of not trusting God. We should let his example warn us against greedily demanding our own way and rebelling against God. The calamity that befell the head of the race should warn us against the subtle destructiveness of pride.
B. Noah spoke loud words of warning.
1. God loves us, but his tolerance had limits.
2. God comes in wrath against entrenched evil. God wiped out Noah’s generation and began again. God is interested not only in our creed but also in our conduct. Our faith should produce a proper effect in our morals.
C. The destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals the divine wrath against sex perversion and moral destitution.
D. The book of Jonah reveals that individuals and nations should and can respond to God’s warnings. Nineveh heard the warnings and responded, and God dealt with them graciously.
II. How does God warn people today?
A. God uses parents to warn children concerning ways that lead to ruin.
B. God warns us through the teaching of his Word if we will recognize its authority.
C. God may speak to us while we listen in our prayer closet.
D. God may disturb our conscience concerning some habit or contemplated path.
E. God may use the counsel of some godly man or woman to warn us.
F. God may warn us by our observation of wrecks along the road of life.
G. God may warn us through a Sunday school teacher or a pastor’s sermon.
H. God may warn us through suffering and tragedy.
I. God uses the Holy Spirit who dwells within us to warn us against the ways that lead to ruin.
III. Some warnings from God.
A. Christ warns us against being mere hearers rather than doers of his Word (Matt. 7:24?–?27).
B. God warns us against reaping the wages of sin (Rom. 6:23).
C. God warns us against neglecting the great salvation that God offers
(Heb. 2:4).

How do you respond to God’s warnings? Do you believe that God is good and that he rewards those who seek him? Do your believe that when God speaks a word of warning, he has a benevolent purpose in mind for us?—?that is, that he is trying to keep us from damaging ourselves or others?
Do you ignore the warnings of God? Do you rebel against the warnings of God?
Do you rationalize the warnings of God, thinking that you are the exception and that you can somehow escape the consequences? Or do you receive the warnings of God with thanksgiving and with an obedient attitude?
Part of God’s love for us comes in the form of warnings. Genuine faith recognizes and responds positively to these warnings.


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