Summary: The Problem is not if we can believe, but the problem is are we willing to trust and accept God’s plan? Shall Jesus find faith? The apple is fact, the apple seed is a tangible sign of faith. In the seed is a plan of God to bring forth fruit. You can count
WHERE IS YOUR FAITH?
SHALL JESUS FIND FAITH?
THE BATTLE BETWEEN FACTS AND FAITH?
By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com
I do this lesson in three parts.
TEXT: Luke 8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
I. THIS APPLE SEED IS A TANGIBLE SIGN OF FAITH!
A. I HOLD UP AN APPLE? I ASK WHAT IS THIS?
THE FACT IS THIS IS AN APPLE! I ask is this apple faith or fact?
The apple is fact, you can see it, hold it, and eat it.
The apple has hidden within great faith, the SEED!
B. I cut the apple away from the core and give it to people and I ask them to eat it.
I ask them if this apple is good? I finally get down to the apple core, and from the apple I dig out seeds. In the morning service I get 7 seeds. In the apple in the evening I get 4 seeds.
A SEED IS A TANGIBLE SIGN OF FAITH.
C. FAITH SAYS:
IN THIS SEED IS AN APPLE TREE!
FAITH SAYS IN THIS SEED ARE ROOTS, LEAVES, BRANCHES, A TREE TRUNK.
D. FAITH SEES AN APPLE ORCHARD!
E. FAITH SAYS THIS SEED CAN SURVIVE DROUGHTS, STORMS AND COLD WINTERS!
F. FAITH SAYS THIS SEED WILL OVERCOME BUGS, BEETLES, AND WORMS.
G. FAITH WILL EAT THE RESULTS OF HER WORK AND PATIENCE!
H. Every year when we reaped the fruit of our garden, Dad would save some of the corn, and some of the beans, for next year’s planting.
What would have happened if we had next year’s seeds ground for meal?
I. IF THIS SEED IS NOT ENOUGH, IT IS SEED FAITH...
DON’T EAT THE SEED CORN...
J. THE APPLE IS THE RESULT OF FAITH! FAITH TAKES TIME
Taste this Golden Delicious Apple?
You are eating the results of faith linked with Divine timing.
Joseph waited 13 years from the well to the Palace.
David waited 14 years from Samuel’s anointing to being King.
Moses waited 40 years in an hot, barren desert.
Noah worked 120 years before it rained.
The Israelites lived in slavery some 400+ years.
K. YOU CAN COUNT THE SEEDS IN AN APPLE,
BUT ONLY GOD CAN COUNT THE APPLES IN A SEED.
II. WILL JESUS FIND FAITH WHEN HE RETURNS?
Luke 18:8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
We are all on a journey?
Fear, doubt, worry, anxiety, depression, loneliness, are trying to kill our JOY, PEACE, LOVE, HOPE and our FAITH.
We must learn to guard our FAITH, HOPE, AND LOVE.
III. WHAT IS FAITH?
FIDELITY TO ONE’S PROMISES
BELIEF AND TRUST IN GOD
FIRM BELIEF IN SOMETHING FOR WHICH THERE IS NO PROOF
BELIEF WITH STRONG CONVICTION
WITHOUT DOUBT OR QUESTION
MENTAL STATE OF ACCEPTING SOMETHING UNSEEN AS TRUSTWORTHY
B. There is a Biblical definition!
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of
things not seen.
Now faith is the assurance (the confirmation, THE TITLE DEED) of things we
hope for, being the proof of things we do not see and the conviction of their
reality --- faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we
do not see.
Hebrews 11:1 What is faith? It is the confident assurance that something we
want is going to happen. It is the certainty that what we hope for is waiting for
us, even though we cannot see it up ahead.
Hebrews 11:1 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith,
is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on
what we can’t see.
IV. FAITH MUST BE NOW!
A. You can not bank on yesterday’s faith.
B. You can not live on the CREDIT -DEBT of tomorrow’s faith.
C. I hear the DOOMS DAY CROWD talk of yesterday’s revivals and speak, doom and gloom to the modern church...
D.. THERE IS A GLORIOUS CHURCH, ALIVE AND THRIVING THROUGH OUT THE STORMS OF THE DARK AGES ---
Ephes. 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
E. FAITH MUST BE TODAY!
2 Cor. 6:2 (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.)