Pastor Mike Palmer – “How Pleasing is Your Faith?”

27 November 2016

Hebrews 11 – How Pleasing is Your Faith

What is faith?
Verse 1: Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see.

How important is faith?
Verse 6: And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.

What does your faith look like?
– I go to church?
– I believe in God?
Quite frankly, those are weak answers

Let’s ask it another way…
What are you doing right now that without God’s presence and power would fail?
What are you doing, what activity, what ministry, that if God turns away would fall apart and you would be a failure?

Let’s look at some examples from Hebrews 11 of what faith does and ask yourself this question… is my faith doing any of these things? Is my faith pleasing to God?

Faith goes
Verse 8:  It was by faith that Abraham obeyed when God called him to leave home and go to another land that God would give him as his inheritance. He went without knowing where he was going.

  • there are people in our own community who have or are in the midst of going somewhere for God
  • faith drives us to follow God’s call on our lives, no matter where it might lead

Faith gives
Verses 17-19: It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac,  18  even though God had told him, “Isaac is the son through whom your descendants will be counted.” 19  Abraham reasoned that if Isaac died, God was able to bring him back to life again. And in a sense, Abraham did receive his son back from the dead.

  • faith does not hold back from the Lord and those He places in our lives
  • Eastside Baptist Church is a good example of those who gave of their missionaries (Trey and Whitney Sapp) to financially and prayerfully support them coming here to Salmon

Faith endures
Verses 24-26: It was by faith that Moses, when he grew up, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.  25  He chose to share the oppression of God’s people instead of enjoying the fleeting pleasures of sin.  26  He thought it was better to suffer for the sake of Christ than to own the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking ahead to his great reward.
Verses 35b-38: But others were tortured, refusing to turn from God in order to be set free. They placed their hope in a better life after the resurrection. 36  Some were jeered at, and their backs were cut open with whips. Others were chained in prisons.  37  Some died by stoning, some were sawed in half, [d]  and others were killed with the sword. Some went about wearing skins of sheep and goats, destitute and oppressed and mistreated.  38  They were too good for this world, wandering over deserts and mountains, hiding in caves and holes in the ground.

Faith Breaks down walls
Verse 30: It was by faith that the people of Israel marched around Jericho for seven days, and the walls came crashing down.

Faith lives
Verse 29: It was by faith that the people of Israel went right through the Red Sea as though they were on dry
ground. But when the Egyptians tried to follow, they were all drowned.

  • We all go through this life the same, by faith in Christ we will live, without faith in Christ we will die—that simple.

Let’s face it most folks exhaust their faith simply deciding if they will attend church on Sunday. Very few tithe to the Lord, much less offer all that they have. We make all kinds of excuses about that, but we don’t have faith to actually be obedient. Then when it comes to an offering like Lottie or Annie we give from our comfort—no faith required, but we pat ourselves on the back and we’re proud that we give a little something.

And as far as serving God, we come up short—little to none of our activities require faith. We need, we need to pursue a God pleasing faith that will go anywhere He calls us, give all to Him and endure at all cost to breakdown walls for the Gospel.

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