Summary: Encouragement and help in facing overwhelmin trials
We aren’t so unlike the men and women of old.
A. As human beings they had the same temptations.
1. As a matter of fact, the men and women of
old did not have a present and living Holy
Spirit of God in residence.
a. It is this Holy Spirit who empowers us to
rise above so many physical challenges.
2. We hear about a lot of the good that was
accomplished by the people of the Old
a. I am sure that these people also caved in
to temptation....from time-to-time.
1.) Some of this is recorded, but we are
not assured that all of their weak
moments have been revealed to us.
** Some caved while others stood out as beacons of light
for generations to come........some even stand out as
examples for us, in the Christian age.
What amazes me, is the faith that they were able to
display...BEFORE THEY HAD THE EXAMPLE OF
CHRIST TO SET THEIR EYES ON.
Heb, 11:38-40 - 38of whom the world was not worthy.
They wandered in deserts and mountains, in dens and caves
of the earth. 39And all these, having obtained a good
testimony through faith, did not receive the promise,
40God having provided something better for us, that they
should not be made perfect apart from us.
A. How much more sure our faith can be...now that
we have the example of Jesus Christ, the Apostles,
and those Christians who have gone before us.
1. Our faith SHOULD BE stronger than those
of the past who had no such helps (Holy
Spirit, Christ, Apostles, Saints).
a. And yet..........it seems that it doesn’t take
too much to shipwreck our hope andfaith
I wish to look at some examples of real faith at work...from
the Old Covenant period of time, as well as some from the
New....and see if we can be inspired to new hights...to see
ifwe can pick up something from these men and women of
old which could strengthen our faith...our hope...our
I. What does one do when he sees his life’s work crumble
Job. 1:13-22 - 13Now there was a day when his sons
and daughters were eating and drinking wine in their oldest
brother’s house; 14and a messenger came to Job and said,
“The oxen were plowing and the donkeys feeding beside
them, 15“when the Sabeans raided them and took them
away—indeed they have killed the servants with the edge
of the sword; and I alone have escaped to tell you!”
16While he was still speaking, another also came and said,
“The fire of God fell from heaven and burned up the sheep
and the servants, and consumed them; and I alone have
escaped to tell you!” 17While he was still speaking,
another also came and said, “The Chaldeans formed three
bands, raided the camels and took them away, yes, and
killed the servants with the edge of the sword; and I alone
have escaped to tell you!” 18While he was still speaking,
another also came and said, “Your sons and daughters were
eating and drinking wine in their oldest brother’s house,
19“and suddenly a great wind came from across the
wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it
fell on the young people, and they are dead; and I alone
have escaped to tell you!”
20Then Job arose, tore his robe, and shaved his head;
and he fell to the ground and worshipped. 21And he said:
“Naked I came from my mother’s womb,
And naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away;
Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
22In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.
Gen. 19:24-29 - 24Then the Lord rained brimstone and
fire on Sodom and Gomorrah, from the Lord out of the
heavens. 25So He overthrew those cities, all the plain, all
the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground.
26But his wife looked back behind him, and she became a
pillar of salt.
27And Abraham went early in the morning to the place
where he had stood before the Lord. 28Then he looked
toward Sodom and Gomorrah, and toward all the land of
the plain; and he saw, and behold, the smoke of the land
which went up like the smoke of a furnace.
29And it came to pass, when God destroyed the cities of
the plain, that God remembered Abraham, and sent Lot out
of the midst of the overthrow, when He overthrew the cities
in which Lot had dwelt.
A. Our faith is in God.....
1. For those of us who say this, I feel that there
is a powerful lot of value placed on things
other than God.
a. May we never be tested as Job or Lot...