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When Faith Falls Short

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Sermon shared by John Knight

March 2002
Summary: We can no longer remain in the tomb, but must move to the resurrection. We must do more than accept forgiveness of sins, we must accept Christís transformation of our lives.
Denomination: Holiness
Audience: Believer adults
Sermon:
When Faith Falls Short

John 11:1-44


Introduction: A man fell off a cliff, but managed to grab a tree limb on the way down. The following conversation ensued:

"Is anyone up there?"
"I am here. I am the Lord. Do you believe me?"
"Yes, Lord, I believe. I really believe, but I canít hang on much longer."
"Thatís all right, if you really believe you have nothing to worry about. I will save you. Just let go of the branch."
A moment of pause, then: "Is anyone else up there?"


There was a tightrope walker, who did incredible aerial feats. All over Paris, he would do tightrope acts at tremendously scary heights. Then he had succeeding acts; he would do it blindfolded, then he would go across the tightrope, blindfolded, pushing a wheelbarrow. An American promoter read about this in the papers and wrote a letter to the tightrope walker, saying, "Tightrope, I donít believe you can do it, but Iím willing to make you an offer. For a very substantial sum of money, besides all your transportation fees, I would like to challenge you to do your act over Niagara Falls." Now, Tightrope wrote back, "Sir, although Iíve never been to America and seen the Falls, Iíd love to come." Well, after a lot of promotion and setting the whole thing up, many people came to see the event. Tightrope was to start on the Canadian side and come to the American side. Drums roll, and he comes across the rope which is suspended over the treacherous part of the falls -- blindfolded!! And he makes it across easily. The crowds go wild, and he comes to the promoter and says, "Well, Mr. Promoter, now do you believe I can do it?" "Well of course I do. I mean, I just saw you do it." "No," said Tightrope, "do you really believe I can do it?" "Well of course I do, you just did it." "No, no, no," said Tightrope, "do you believe I can do it?" "Yes," said Mr. Promoter, "I believe you can do it." "Good," said Tightrope, "then you get in the wheel barrow."

How far will your faith take you?

Text & Overview

Sick man dying/ dead (vss 1-4)
Hesitant savior (Why does he linger?)
Martha (vss 17-27)
If you had been there
Martha knew, see, experienced
Yet I know
But, I question, what does Martha really believe
Jesus responds
Martha responds
*TRUST- How far do you trust God
Martha-as far as what I know/ only what I can perceive by 5 senses

Greatest problem in churches today
Not sinners in church -we could use more of them, then we would have evidence
of fulfilling our Great Commission
*But, lack of trust
We trust God only as far as we can throw Him
Trust God for salvation, but not for transformation

Ill-We can accept that we are forgiven for sexual sins/ improprieties, but fail to accept transformation change. New heart, new mind -becoming the New Man. Fail to receive the New Mind in Christ = deliverance

Drinking = sobriety only God can bring
Tobacco addiction = freedom

Not just overt sins/ vices, but..
Tithes- We fail to fully believe the promises of God. Itís like never mind the pressed down, shaken together, pouring into your lap thing.
[taking on the mind of Christ as concerns love, to neighbors, to enemies]

What would happen if the church would let go of its doubts and step out in full faith and assurance in Godís word?

Listen to what Paul says in 2 Corinthians
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