MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDIES
Faith for Completing Your Life’s Assignment
Wednesday in the Word
September 15, 2010
“Hebrews 11” Faith III
(Dealing with Mountains)
A. Assignment defined…
- A duty one has been appointed to perform.
- The act of putting a person into a non-elective position.
- A position of responsibility.
- A delegation, a mission, a duty, a job, a position, a post.
B. The difference between an assignment and work:
- God gives the believer an assignment not work.
- Adam received an assignment in the Garden of Eden.
- In the assignment, you will discover and live out your creative purpose.
- It is through discovering that purpose you are able to bless others and attract increase and favor.
- Work is simply to collect a paycheck.
A. Jeremiah 1:5-10
B. St. Mark 11:12-14, 20-23
- Each time a situation arises in your life, you should answer the negative situation with the word of God.
- When situations malfunction in your life, you use your faith like God uses His faith.
- The faith of God speaks – and God said… (Genesis 1).
OPENING OBSERVATIONS REGARDING FAITH
A. Faith does not absent you from contradictory circumstances; in other words, mountains will show up.
B. Mountains do not move because you “want them to move”.
C. Mountains do not move because your situation is “so pitiful”.
D. Mountains, on a daily basis, can be very different. Therefore, mountains should be thought of as problems or categories.
I. Dealing with Mountains
A. Jesus dealt with mountains [categories that changed].
- St. Matthew 4:1-11
a. Jesus’ first mountain [category]: He is tempted by Satan to create food. (verse 3)
1. Jesus matched the word of God from Deuteronomy 8:3 with the mountain Satan introduced.
2. When Satan brings a test in your life, you must match the Word with the category; otherwise, you are not in faith.
b. Jesus’ second mountain [category]: He is tempted by Satan to test God’s promise of angelic protection. (verse 6)
1. Jesus matched the word of God from Deuteronomy 6:16 with the mountain introduced by Satan.
c. Jesus’ third mountain [category]: He is tempted by Satan to denounce the sovereignty of God. (verse 8)
1. Jesus matched the word of God from Deuteronomy 6:13 with the mountain.
d. The mountains were destroyed only after Jesus gave Satan the word of God [it is written…] (verse 11)
B. Jesus acquired the tongue of the learned to speak to mountains [categories or problems].
- Isaiah 50:4
a. Every morning for 18 years, Jesus was taught the law.
b. To have Hebrews 11 faith, you must acquire the tongue of the learned. (St. Matthew 11:29-30)
c. Church is to develop a learned tongue; to teach you what is written in the Book.
II. “Hebrews 11” Faith
- The entire chapter of Hebrews 11 is about typical men and women who received transformed lives through faith.
- These were average individuals whose faith made them stellar.
- Hebrews 11:1
a. What is faith…?
1. Faith is produced by the word of God, so we can substitute faith for the word of God. (Romans 10:17)
2. Substance is reality…the word of God gives the reality, gives confidence, the title deed.
3. Evidence is proof…the word of God is the evidence or proof until the tangible manifests.
- Hebrews 11:2
a. Obtaining is the primary function of faith (faith teaches us how to obtain; faith changes us by helping us to obtain).
b. Faith transforms [changes] the way things are up until faith is received and utilized.
B. Ordinary individuals of faith who each addressed their different mountains [category or problem] with the word of God and what they produced: a) The persons of faith, b) their action and c) what it produced.
- Hebrews 11:3
b. God’s mountain was He wanted a world.
c. God framed [to perfect; to make fit for one] the worlds by speaking.
d. God produced creative faith.
- Hebrews 11:4
• 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.
b. Abel’s mountain was how to receive God’s blessing on his offering.
c. Abel produced sacrificial faith.
- Hebrews 11:5
b. Enoch’s mountain was to be translated from death.
c. Enoch produced translation faith.
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