Summary: What it means to have Faith.
“An Overcoming Faith!”
6/24/2007 – Marsing, ID
2/10/2008 – Marsing, ID
“6But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
“6Empero sin fe es imposible agradar á Dios; porque es menester que el que á Dios se allega, crea que le hay, y que es galardonador de los que le buscan.”
We live in perilous times, times in which we cannot make it with self alone. Recently I heard a preacher say it that self is flesh without the “h” backwards.
We live in times where we have obstacles that face us everyday, if not at every corner.
It seems that at every corner there is a wall that comes before us and does not allow us to go to the next step, into the next dimension with God.
You see many Christians, many non-Christians are living in the dimension of “Self” and Jesus is calling them into a greater dimension, into the dimension of the “Kingdom of God!”
A couple of weeks ago I gave an illustration of the “Yard Sale of Satan” and mentioned some of the obstacles Satan puts in our path: Envy, Jealousy, Anger, Doubt, others as well as Discouragement.
It is through these obstacles that Satan wants to destroy the gift of God that is in YOU!
Tell somebody, you belong to God! God has a gift in YOU!
The bible tells us that Satan is a liar, the father of lies, his only purpose is to steal, kill and destroy.
You may think you are the first one or the only one to be going through the problem you are going through, you may think you are the only one experiencing your situation and no one can relate to you.
Let me tell you friend, that Jesus died on the cross to carry your burden. The problem with many of us today, is we come to church with baggage, and we leave with our baggage and we pick some up along the way.
Let me remind you of some great young men that God lifted up from the obstacles of this life:
I. MOSES, OVERCAME A THE OBSTACLE OF A SINGLE-PARENTING HOME
(BIBLICAL YOUTHS THAT OVERCAME OBSTACLES TO SUCCEED by Lauro Hernandez)
A. His parents had to give him away – Ex. 2:3”But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. ‘
B. If they didn’t he would have been put to death –Ex.1:22”Then Pharaoh gave this order to all his people: “Every boy that is born you must throw into the Nile, but let every girl live.”
C. He became Son of the Pharoah’s daughter – Ex. 2:10”When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, saying, “I drew him out of the water.”
D. He Became a Great Leader and a Leader of a Great Nation
Heb. 11:24-29”By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a short time. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. 29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. “
Moses went through living as a son with a single mom, he went through the ridicules, through the loneliness of not having a physical father with him, but when God got ahold of him, God brought out the gift in him of leadership and was able to use Moses, a stuttered for the kingdom of God.
II. JOSEPH, OVERCAME A DYSFUNCTIONAL HOME
A. His father had two wives and two mistresses
B. He was the Eleventh of Twelve Sons
C. He was gossiperer, spying on his brothers
D. He’s brothers wanted to kill him, kill their own brother
E. We have to see the fundamentals that were in their hearts
F. The sold him to a foreign country
G. HE was sent to PRISON – NO future for those that have a criminal record!