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February 5, 2016

Text: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen. For by it the people of old received their commendation.” Hebrews  11:1-2

Faith is the underpinning of the Christian’s life. It is the “sine qua non” that determines our fate in the judgment. It is our very individual character, the determiner of our actions, “the assurance of things hoped for” (as above). As the very title of this article insists: it is the building block of what each of us is. It is also a variable in every human’s existence. Some have more; some less. It fluctuates in each one due to his circumstances or choices. Our actions are the certificate of our measure of faith . 

To flourish and grow faith needs constant nourishment.  If your do not supply proper and plentiful  sustenance faith dwindles and dies. In modern parlance, use it or lose it“. We may pray as the apostles did, “Increase our faith”. Luke 17:5b However, we must be diligently involved in increasing it!

Ponder what might have happened if some Bible characters had abandoned their faith or let it die.

If Abraham had abandoned his faith there would have been no Isaac, Jacob, or the twelve patriarchs. No Israelite nation to inherit the Land of Canaan. No blessings to all the world as he was promised. “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all of the families of the earth shall be blessed.” Genesis 12:3  If Abraham’s faith in the promise of  a son being born to him faltered it would mean that there would have been no Jesus to die on the cross for us.

If Joseph had forsaken his faith then his father and brothers would have perished in the famine that ravaged the world in their times. Egypt would have not been able to plan for it. Millions in Egypt would not have survived. Moses would never have lived  and blessed the world with God’s laws would have never had a broker to mediate them to Israel. We would never have had such great principles as the Ten Commandments.

If  Moses had jettisoned his faith after leading the Israelites across the Red Sea, what might have happened?  There would have been no trip up Mt. Sinai to meet with God or broker a covenant with him. When the people of Israel nearly died of thirst at Rephidim Moses would not have been able to speak to a rock and initiate the miracle of it gushing water.   (Genesis 17  Nor would the Israelites have been able to rely upon Moses to intercede for them to God when they rebelled against God and demanded that they return to Egypt. (Numbers 14)

You, of course, realize what is going to occur if you do not maintain and increase your faith!  (1) For lack of faith you will forsake righteousness and have to suffer the consequences. (2) Your life will tank. (3) Your eternal soul will likely be lost!

Here are some things to consider in building a faith acceptable to God.

Consult the wisdom of God as your guide in life“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your ways.” Proverbs 3:5-6  “Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. I have sworn an oath and confirmed it, to keep your righteous rules.” Psalms 119:105

Consider your personal values; readjust to more spiritual principles found in God’s word. Vow never to return to lower standards.  “8Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.” Philippians 3:8-11

Take action to serve God and mankind with increasing fervor.  37 And he said to him, 47“You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38 This is the great and first commandment. 39 And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  40 On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”  Matthew 22:37-40

 Finally consider this. “…holding faith and a good conscience. By rejecting this, some have made shipwreck of their faith…”  I Timothy 1:19








One Comment
  1. Larry permalink

    Thank you, Randy. I used half of this one in my sermon Sunday.–Larry

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