DOES OUR FAITH HAVE A FEVER?
Faith To Face The Year — Part 2 of 2
Hebrews 11.8-16, 23-29
Hebrews 10.39 “But we are not of those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who have faith and preserve their souls.” (esv)
Proverbs 22.13 “The sluggard says, ‘There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets!’” (esv)
v. 1 “Now faith is the reality of what is hoped for, the proof of what is not seen.” (csb)
v. 3 “By faith we understand … that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” (csb)
DIAGNOSTIC QUESTIONS FOR OUR FAITH:
ARE WE Believing God OR Blaming Others?
v. 8 “… Abraham … was called to go out to a place that he was to receive as an inheritance.” (esv)
v. 16 “… they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one.” (esv)
v. 10 “For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and builder is God.” (esv)
UNCERTAINTY – v. 8 “… he went out, not knowing where he was going.” (esv)
INSECURITY – v. 9 “… he went to live … in a foreign land, living in tents …” (esv)
INFERTILITY – v. 11
Genesis 16.5 “Then [Sarah] said to Abram, ‘You are responsible for my suffering!’” (csb)
Genesis 3.11-12 “‘Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?’ The man said, ‘The woman whom you gave to be with me, she gave me fruit of the tree, and I ate.’” (esv)
v. 11 “… Sarah … received power … since she considered him faithful who had promised.” (esv)
ARE WE Embracing Conviction OR Excusing Compromise?
vv. 24-25 “… refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to be mistreated with the people of God than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.” (esv)
v. 26 “He considered the reproach of Christ greater wealth than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking to the reward.” (esv)
v. 27 “… Moses persevered as one who sees him who is invisible.” (csb)