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Moving Out By Faith

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Sermon shared by Derrick Thompson

June 2003
Summary: Putting faith to the test
Tags: Doubt (add tag)
Denomination: Church of God
Audience: General adults
Sermon:

Let us pray

Welcome....

Each Sunday we are re-minded of our theme for this year, which is, With God All Things
Are Possible or With God Nothing Shall Be Impossible.........

Today we will be using as our topic, Moving Out By Faith. Please turn with me in your bi-bles to Matthew 14: 22-36. Letís all stand and read
together. Please tell someone, Faith Can Move Mountains.

What is faith? The bi-ble says that, Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the
evidence of things not seen, or faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of
what we do not see or faith is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for us,
even though we cannot see it up ahead.

Letís think for awhile. What is faith? Faith is believing that you are cured from that
sickness, even though there is no evidence of you being cured; the pain is still there; the
symptoms are still there............
Faith is believing that you have received that job that you applied for, even though you
are still in the un-employment line. Faith is believing that your son or daughter who is out
there on drugs will be alright, even though there is no evidence of a change taking place;
your son and daughter is still acting crazy.................
Faith is believing that your ungodly husband or wife will one day be a child of God, even
though right now you see no change in their ungodly living. Faith is believing that God is
going to add to the church those that are being saved, even though all you can see right
now are just empty pews............

How many of you believe that faith can remove mountains or any difficulties you might
face in your life? How many of you believe that the Word of God is true? Well, it is time
for us to start believing Godís Word and move out by faith. I donít care what man might
say; I donít care what the statistics are showing; because there is a God who can change
things around. The God whom I serve can take nothing and make something; He can turn
darkness into light. God wants us today to start moving out by faith, and start trusting him
completely............

The basketball finals between the San Antonio Spurs, and the New York Nets is currently
taking place. I was told that in basketball there are two approaches. One is "man-on-man;"
the other is "zone defense." When youíre playing man-on-man, you stay with the player
from the opposing team whoís been assigned to you ......wherever that person goes, you
go. But when youíre playing zone defense, you position yourself within a designated geo-
gra-phi-cal area of the court and you play against any player that comes into that zone or
that area.

The coach will give clear instructions as to which kind of defense will be played - man-on-
man or zone. Both have advantages, depending on what the other team is doing
offensively. Some players find it naturally easier to play the zone. And they have to work a
little harder to play man-on-man.

"Itís that way for most of us in life, isnít it?" Itís just easier to stay "in the zone," to stay
where it is comfortable, to stay where itís easy to get by with a minimal amount of effort,
and where very little faith if any is required. It is time for us to take a good look at
ourselves, and start to move out by faith..........elaborate....start thinking big, start trusting
God completely.....

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