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Summary: A message challenging Christians to move beyond believing faith to "keeping the Faith". This sermon challenges the believer to grow in their Christian Faith.

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Where the Battle of Faith is Waged

Pastor Glenn Newton 2-20-00

Text: Hebrews 10:35 - 11:2

“So do not throw away your confidence; it will be richly rewarded.

You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will

receive what he has promised. For in just a very little while, "He who is

coming will come and will not delay. But my righteous one will live by faith.

And if he shrinks back, I will not be pleased with him." But we are not of

those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are

saved. Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we

do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for.”

Jim Cymbala, in his book “Fresh Faith” says, “The Battle of the Christian Life has

always been not just to believe, but to Keep On Believing.” He goes on and says, “This is

how we will grow strong in faith and see the actual fulfillment of God’s promises in our

lives.”

I believe what he says goes hand in hand with what our Scripture speaks to us

about. Two weeks ago I talked about how God wants to add to our life by subtraction,

remember, like the silversmith must heat up the silver so he can remove the impurities, so

God does in our life, he will allow the heat to be turned up so that he can then deal and

with our obedience, he will remove the impurities so that we will be people of Pure Faith,

and Clean Hearts.

This morning I want us to move from the place of becoming people of Faith, to

today’s message of “keeping the Faith”.

Christians we don’t want to be like the Israelites who believed in God for a little

while but then fell away and their disbelief doomed them from ever entering the Promised

Land. And if you will read the story, you will notice that it was not the sin of idolatry, or

immorality, or greed that was the reason for their not entering the Promised Land, but

instead it was the horrible sin of unbelief. Their Chronic Lack of Faith doomed them to

die in the desert.

For whatever reason today in the church we seem to not treat unbelief as a sin, but

we’d much rather call it a weakness. We say, “Well, there just a doubting Thomas” or we

say, “You Know Mrs. Smith, She just has a hard time believing that God will help her.”

That’s the kinds of things we might say, but when I read this passage in Hebrews, and

when I study other passages where examples of disbelief are brought out, God doesn’t

take such a easygoing approach.

The writer describes disbelief as “shrinking back” and says that God is not pleased.

In fact, to reject his promises to us can be far more destructive to us than some of the

other more sensational sins that we often like to talk about. The Bible calls it a “sinful,

unbelieving heart that turns away from the living God.” Heb. 3:12

We have in the last few weeks also talked about how Satan comes to Steal,

destroy and Kill, and he loves nothing more to come and target our Faith, and to break

down our Faith in God. Faith is our lifeline to God.

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