Summary: Learn to please God "the Enoch way".
WHEN ORDINARY PEOPLE TRUST AN EXTRAORDINARY GOD
September 14, 2008
“Enoch: The Incredible Invisible Man”
Today we’re looking at the incredible invisible man.
“By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away. For prior to his transformation he was approved, having pleased God. Now without faith it is impossible to please God, for the one who draws near to Him must believe that He exists and rewards those who seek Him.” – Hebrews 11:5 (CSB)
“Enoch was 65 years old when he fathered Methuselah. And after the birth of Methuselah, Enoch walked with God 300 years and fathered sons and daughters. So Enoch’s life lasted 365 years. Enoch walked with God, and he was not there, because God took him.” – Genesis 5:21-24 (CSB)
3 STATEMENTS AS WE LOOK AT ENOCH’S LIFE AND THE LESSONS HE TEACHES US.
If there’s one thing Enoch’s life teaches us it’s this:
HAVING FAITH IS more important THAN YOU THINK.
Faith is to our spirits what oxygen is to our bodies.
Without oxygen our bodies shut down and stop functioning.
Without faith our spirits shut down and stop functioning.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God…” – Hebrews 11:6a
It doesn’t say that without faith it’s just incredibly difficult to please God.
It says without faith your relationship with God isn’t just sick, it’s dead.
It’s non-fuctioning. There’s no way a person can please God unless they believe certain things.
Enoch demonstrates what God does for us when we have faith.
What are the benefits of having faith in God?
There are two major benefits to having faith in God.
• God will bring me to heaven.
“By faith, Enoch was taken away so that he did not experience death, and he was not to be found because God took him away.” – Hebrews 11:5a (CSB)
“For prior to his transformation he was approved, having pleased God.” – Hebrews 11:5 (CSB)
• God will make me a better person.
“For prior to his transformation…” – Hebrews 11:5b (CSB)
The other side of the coin is what happens when we don’t have faith in God?
Enoch also shows us what happens to us when we don’t exercise faith in God.
• My life will disappoint God.
“Now without faith it is impossible to please God.” – Hebrews 11:6a (CSB)
The word ‘impossible’ is a strong word.
You’re more likely to be struck by lightening today than you are to please God without faith.
The probability that you might be struck by lightening is around 3,000,000 to 1.
The probability that you might one day die by flesh eating worms is about 1 million to 1.
The probability of dying from a snakebite or bee sting is a little better, about 100,000 to 1.]
Still, the writer of Hebrews says, “You’re more likely to have some statistical oddity happen to you than you are to make God happy any other way than by putting your faith in Him.”
There’s just no getting around that word ‘impossible’.
• I will fail to reach my potential .
It takes belief, strong belief to reach one’s potential.