Faith in GodBro. David Chancellor
8/28/2011 11:00 AM
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.
Abraham was an example of faith in God. We want to be like Abraham. Abraham went to the promised land, but he lived in a tent “for he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God”. Faith – firm persuasion; a conviction based on hearing; surrendering to God. Abraham was convinced God had said it, so he was willing to go and do it. He believed what God told him and was persuaded it would turn out like God told him. “These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.”
There are some things we need to be convinced and fully persuaded of: Christ and his working in our lives.
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 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. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah's womb: 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.
Our standing with God is based on faith. We should be persuaded that if God said something that’s the way it’s going to be.
Abraham believed what God had to say. “He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God.” Consider the source. If God said it, that’s how it will be. Unbelief works to destroy your faith. Faith depends on us being fully persuaded that God will do what he says he will do. Believe God will do what he says he’ll do. The devil will work on your mind to try to convince you that God isn’t true. Accept that God can do what he said he can do. Believe that God has the power to work miracles.
Abraham believed God and thanked God for his son, even before it happened. When God speaks to us, we believe that it will be just like he said.
What advantage then hath the Jew? or what profit is there of circumcision? Much every way: chiefly, because that unto them were committed the oracles of God. For what if some did not believe? shall their unbelief make the faith of God without effect? God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.
They had had the opportunity to hear God speak. “For what if some did not believe?...” The fact that some aren’t persuaded doesn’t make it not true. The Old Testament helps convince us that Jesus is who he is, that God did what he said he would do. “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightiest be justified in thy sayings, and mightiest overcome when thou art judged.” Don’t throw away what God had to say just because someone else says differently. What someone says carries no weight against what God said.
Be fully persuaded that God will forgive and you can go forward forgiven and free from sin.
Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.
This is Christ’s account of the conversation between the rich man and Abraham as the rich man was in hell. Christ wanted the Pharisees to realize they needed to hear what God had to say. “And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”Jesus let them know what their condition was. They didn’t believe when he raised Lazarus from the dead.
We have to take God at his word. If God said it, we must believe what he said. Jesus told this so we would consider how we live and be prepared for eternity.
Gideon had his fleece. We could question it in our minds, like Gideon did. Believe what God said. Gideon had to be convinced God spoke to him and if he would do what God said then it would turn out like God said.
Take God at his word. That’s where faith has to work.
2 Timothy 1:9-12
Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began, But is now made manifest by the appearing of our Saviour Jesus Christ, who hath abolished death, and hath brought life and immortality to light through the gospel: Whereunto I am appointed a preacher, and an apostle, and a teacher of the Gentiles. For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day.
God saved us according to his purpose and grace. We can put our lives in his hand and know our lives will work out as God planned. God’s people know when he speaks. If we know the voice of God, believe him. God’s word is reliable and dependable.
As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Paul was persuaded nothing could separate us from the love of God. He experienced this love in a very real way on the road to Damascus. God loved him enough to stop him in his tracks. If God could love him there, persecuting his church and his people, God could love him through anything else.