Summary: This message deals with the value of Biblical faith and how to use your faith to gain victory in Christ.
Scripture: Habakkuk 2:1--4
Title: “When Faith Takes Over”
Introduction: This Scripture is used to teach that the person who has been made righteous by God lives (and survives the coming ordeal) by faith. The believer trusts God in everything. Hab. 2:4 is also quoted in Rom. 1:17 and Gal. 3:11, where Paul uses it to teach that the one who is righteous by faith (rather than by works) shall live.
Paul’s emphasis is on salvation by faith; this writer’s is on living by faith.
Faith in God sees the invisible, believes the incredible, and receives the impossible.
Some say that faith is the gift of God. So is AIR, but you have to breathe it; so is BREAD, but you have to eat it. Some are wanting some miraculous kind of feeling. That is not FAITH!
“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Rom. 10:17). This is when faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to take God at His Word.
-- D. L. Moody
A little boy in Sunday School was asked to give his meaning of faith, he answered, “Faith is like seeing Jesus with your eyes closed.”
Faith is not a leap in the dark; it is a leap out of darkness into the light.
I want us to look at three instances when FAITH took over and victory was won.
I. FAITH AT THE GATE. (2 Kings 7:3-4)
a. According to the O.T. Law lepers were required to live outside the cities.
b. Four men, lepers, they were experiencing a severe famine in the land and the Syrians had surrounded the city and was starving the people out.
c. These four men took a look at their situation and made a decision.
d. “Look at us, we’re lepers, no one wants us and we’re going to die any way.”
e. “Our situation is desperate! If we stay where we are we’re going to die. “We will starve if we stay here, and we will starve if we go back into the city. So we might as well go out and surrender to the Aramean army. If they let us live, so much the better. But if they kill us, we would have died anyway.” (v. 4)
f. There are times when we have to make the decision of FAITH!
g. Faith took over and the lepers were blessed beyond their fondest imaginations!
h. When they arose and acted on their faith they found the Lord had driven out the enemy and the Syrians had left behind all their stuff and all the lepers had to do was walk into the blessing.
II. BORN OF FOUR (Mark 2:1-12)
a. Sometimes the person in need can’t help themselves and someone else has to take the initiative of FAITH in their behalf to help them.
b. RECOGNIZING the need: Sometimes there are people that don’t know they can get help until someone comes to them and tells them.
c. These four unnamed men saw their friend and knew he couldn’t help himself.
d. These four men had HEARD about Jesus and decided to carry their sick friend to Jesus for healing.
e. Jesus saw their faith (v. 5) when these men were tearing up the roof to let their friend down to where Jesus was inside the house.