Summary: How to live a peaceful, victorious life by believing the five dynamics of faith outlines in this message.
Faith’s Explosive Power
GOD HAS GIVEN US DIRECTIONS FOR EVERYTHING RELATING TO OUR SPIRITUAL LIVES. Whether its evangelism, baptism, the Lord’s Supper, tithing, witnessing, or worshipping, God has given us a plan. Follow His plan and have success. Leave it and fail.
He has also made available to us all that we need in this life...food, shelter, inward peace, power for service, whatever–its all available.
Its not the plan of God for any of us to live a miserable, defeated life. Such a life dishonors Him. He wants us to have peace and victory.
How are these things obtained? Through faith in God.
• Faith is looking to God for help.
• It’s the hand that reaches out to receive God’s gifts and provisions.
• Faith is resting on the Lord for the fulfillment of His promises
Illus.: “Mushrooms or Toadstools”
Dad brought home what looked like mushrooms. Some in the family thought they were toadstools. Were they edible or not? Someone remembered seeing an article in the National Geographic magazine on mushrooms. They found the article which had pictures and descriptions of mushrooms and toadstools. Convinced they had mushrooms, they cooked and ate them–-all because the magazine article said it was OK. That’s faith!
We need to put that kind of trust in God’s Word. If we do, think of the blessings that flow our way. Let’s look for a moment or two at faith’s explosive power.
1. Faith Sings
The person without a vital, active, living faith has no song. He is depressed, gloomy, despondent and blue. But the one with faith can rejoice in the midst of every trial.
H.G. Spafford lost his entire family in a disaster at sea. In the midst of his grieving, he wrote the following...
When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
What ever my lot, Thou has taught me to say,
It is well, it is well, with my soul.
Fanny Crosby is another case in point. As a baby of six weeks, hot clothes were placed upon her eyes and her sight was destroyed. She never saw the beauty of nature, nor the faces of her friends, but she had faith in God and a song in her heart. Some of the most beautiful and beloved songs in our hymn books were written by her:
• Jesus, Keep Me Near the Cross
• I am Thine, O Lord
• Safe In the Arms of Jesus
• Blessed Assurance
Faith sings, for it blasts away doubt and fear. Faith lets the light shine through the darkest clouds. Faith gives a lift to the heavy heart.
2. Faith Serves
□ By faith Noah built the ark. It took him 120 years, but he did it!
□ By faith Moses led his people out of Egypt.
□ By faith Joshua led Israel into the Promise Land.
□ By faith Gideon fought against impossible odds, but gained a great victory.
Faith never asks for the easy way...it goes on despite the hardships and meager results. F.B. Meyer said, “We never test the resources of God until we ayyempt the impossible.
3. Faith Supplies
Human beings are by nature, worriers. They worry about everything–food, clothing, and shelter They worry about the results of yesterday, the problems of today and the uncertainties of tomorrow.