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(1). Their Opportunity - Special.
(2). Their Outlook - Small.
(3). Their Opposition.- Strong
(4). Their Omnipotence.- Sovereign
(5). Their Outcome.- Sad.
The bishops car ran out of petrol,
His wife, who was a passenger remembered seeing a garage half a mile back down the road.
He got out the car and started to search the boot of the car for a container,
But the only one he could find was his baby grandsons potty - so that had to do!
He trudged to the petrol station,
Then carefully carried it back with a full container of petrol.
And started to carefully pour the contents from the potty into the petrol tank.
Driving by was the leader of a new independent church,
Recognised a fellow Christian in need and stopped his car to offer-help.
As he approached he saw the bishop pouring the contents of the potty into the tank.
The man-gasped and said:
If Id known they had faith like that in the Church of England Id never have left!
Question: What is faith?
Faith is simply taking God at his word!
And there is nothing new about it.
Throughout all generations God has deliberately withheld the evidence of things visible;
So that people would have to trust in his promise and believe him!
Now There are two sides to faith
Saving faith is primary and fits us for heaven.
Experimental faith is secondary and fits us for earth.
Saving faith is intangible (it cannot be measured).
Experimental faith is tangible (it produces results that can be tested).
But remember the order:
Saving faith needs to come first.
SAVING FAITH IS A PERSUASION OF THE HEART & MIND;
It occurs when a person understands that they cannot save themselves;
That through the death & resurrection of Jesus Christ;
He has done all that is needed to secure our salvation
Saving faith is therefore passive;
It requires nothing but belief and trust in the finished work of Jesus Christ.
And just like when we are offered a gift we receive it or reject it!
EXPERIMENTAL FAITH LIES IN THE WILL:
It is active;
It too focuses on Jesus and is inspired into activity.
We seek to do what he has told us to do!
And whenever a Christian exercises faith:
They are giving evidence to the world;
That God can be trusted and that he keeps his word;
We will see this morning that both Joshua & Caleb had faith,
While the rest of the nation, sadly did not!
Only these 2 men out of a population of about 2 million people;
Exercised real faith!
We pick-up the story of Moses when Moses and the Hebrew people:
Are at Kadesh Barnea this is the last oasis in the Negav desert;
It is 66 miles south-west of the Dead Sea (today it is called Ain Qudeist).
It is just before Canaan the Promised Land.
It has taken them one year, one month and one week, since leaving Egypt.
To arrive at this point.
And they now have the opportunity that they have longed for, for so-long;
A chance to occupy the land that had been promised to their forefathers.
There it was right in front of them! So close they could smell it and almost touch it!
This was their moment in history! This
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