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08/25/2010 – “The Importance of Faith” IV – “Hebrews 11” Faith

MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
August 25, 2010

The Importance of Faith IV
(“Hebrews 11” Faith)

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23

INTRODUCTION
A. The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is about typical men and women who received transformed lives through faith.
B. These are average individuals whose faith made them stellar.
C. All “whosoever’s” qualify for a great life through the use of their faith.

I. Exegesis of Hebrews 11
A. Understanding “these all died in faith”. (Hebrews 11:13; Hebrews 11:39)
1. It is important to understand that faith is a law. (Romans 3:27)
  1. A law is a principle that is predictable and reliable.
  2. Proper bible faith produces a predictable outcome with predictable results.
2. Because faith is a law, faith always yields something.
  a. These heroes of faith received “something” but the “something” they received was not “the Promise”.
  b. They received everything they were believing for except “the Promise” of the Messiah [Jesus Christ coming into the earth].
    1. Hebrews 8:6-10
      a. Jesus negotiated a new covenant from the Old Testament law to the New Testament grace.
      b. The mechanism of faith works from the inside out.
  c. They qualified for true faith evidenced by inclusion in Hebrews 11.  In other words, their lives experienced supernatural results through faith.
  d. Though they did not receive the manifestation of the Messiah, they each received manifestations of the power of God through their use of faith.
  e. They each learned how to walk in action faith which equals changed lives.

B.
 Hebrews 11:1
1. What faith is…?
  a. Faith is produced by the word of God, so we can substitute faith for the word of God.  (Romans 10:17)
  b. Substance is reality…the word of God gives the reality, gives confidence, the title deed.
  c. Evidence is proof…the word of God is the evidence or proof until the tangible manifests.

C. Hebrews 11:2
1. These otherwise ordinary [normal, average] men and women who understood if they would begin confessing and acting on the word of God they would experience a life change because the Bibles says they obtained.
2. Obtaining is the primary function of faith (faith teaches us how to obtain; faith changes us by helping us to obtain).
3. Faith transforms; if you can conceive it from the Word, God can do it (caution: God only allows what you allow).

D.
 Individuals of faith and what they produced: a) The persons of faith, b) their action and c) what it produced.
1. Hebrews 11:3
  a. God is governed by the laws of faith.
  b. God framed the worlds by speaking.
  c. God produced creative faith.
2. Hebrews 11:4
  • You faith can still speak even after your death. [Example: God revealed to Pastor that his father could not be totally rewarded in heaven for his faith until all those who he has poured into have completed their assignments]
  • The greatest gift you can leave in life, particularly to your children, is the legacy of how faith operates.
  • Verse 4 omits Adam and Eve because their actions did not produce faith.  They had more faith in the words of Satan than they did in the words of God.
  a. Abel is the primary character in verse 4. 
  b. Abel offered worship.
  c. Abel produced sacrificial faith.
3. Hebrews 11:5
  a. Enoch
  b. Enoch pleased God by the walk of faith.
  c. Enoch produced translation faith.
  • Faith paces; if you can believe it, God will do it.
  • God can translate you from any negative situation you are experiencing.

D. Hebrews 11:6
1. Faith is necessary, not for an exclusive group, but for all.
2. There is always another level up from the place you are currently.  This is why we must learn how to rejoice in the development of our assignments.
3. There are three stages to assignment development:
  a. Decree
  b. Distress (new levels, new devils)
    a. If you have not been through distress, you will not know how to act when you get to that declared place.
    b. If God ever did it once, He will do it again.
  c. Development

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