10/03/10 Sunday Pastor Alex sermon: Back to the Basics: FAITH Heb 10:19-26, Heb 11:1-13, Matt 11:12, Daniel 10:10-14
The gift of Faith is talked about a lot in church. It is also used loosely in daily conversation. Whats important is what God says about Faith and why its important to us.
In Hebrews vs. 10 it says we should have BOLDNESS to enter into the Lordís presence.
This presence being also the throne of Grace.
When the prophets of the Old Testament entered into Godís presence, they fell to their knees. Being in sin is a death penalty from God so they fell to their knees so he wouldnít kill them. God cannot look at sin. We are covered by the Blood of Jesus, washed clean and can enter into Godís presence with no fear of death. This is why we pray to God in Jesusís name, so we are cleaned.
We have to go to the cross of Calvary to meet the Lord because he canít and wonít come to us when we are in our sin. We must have Faith in the crossís ability to do itís work.
This work is cleaning us of our sins so we can go to God in Jesusís name thru Grace.
1) Hold Fast: We must hold fast to things that can bring more Faith into our lives. We are to hold fast to the cross, Godís promises and walk in Faith. God is not in Heaven counting our sins, ready to punish us. God wants to protect us and prosper us. ButÖ..when we sin, we are putting a consequence into motion that was set before time by God. Sin has consequences that bring death and destruction. Just like dropping a pair of glasses, gravity brings the consequence of them falling to the ground. So is the consequence of sin.
Grace is the thing. When the cross is applied to our sins Grace intervenes and stops what we have set into motion by sin. We must have faith in Christís ability to do what He was told to do at the cross. Heb 10:19-20 We are to have boldness to enter into the holiest place by the Blood of Jesus, by a New and Living Way. Jesus Christ is our High Priest that we can draw near to. We can walk in a new way now since we got washed vs. 23. We need to hold fast to the cross because it is able to do great things in our lives.
We should have a New Attitude. We should have Hope. Let our Hope be seen by others so when they ask us why, we can tell them about Jesus!!
FAITH says that no matterÖNO MATTER what life throws at us, we BELIEVE that the Cross of Calvary CAN do what needs to be done in our lives!!
FAITH says that we believe and KNOW God is waiting to UNLEASH his blessings and healings on us.
2) Freedom is Worth Fighting For: Matt 11:12 No matter what comes in our lives, we can be free in the midst of hell. We should hold fast to Jesus, the cross, the crucifixion---
No matter what!! We can be Free and God is with us! We cry out to God in the middle of our mess and He will be there. Freedom is worth fighting for. We need to fight the doubts that satan brings us. When satan comes to us with junk thatís against Godís promises, we need to go to the cross in prayer. We pray to God in Jesusís name and He will meet us at the cross. Anything that tries to kill our joy, take it to the cross and God will stomp it down! The Cross has the power to raise us from the dead and put us in a place of honor.
Daniel 10:10-14 The angel comes to Daniel and tells him what God is going to do with him. The angel said that Danielís words were heard by God. Our words are heard by God. Our prayers go up to God because of Jesus and the cross. We must believe, have faith and
WAIT on God! Freedom is worth fight for because hell wants to steal our faith and joy.
3) We Must Believe there is a Miracle in Our Future:
Say out loud: There is a miracle in our future! We must have Faith like those in the bible had: Heb 11:1-13 Noah, Moses, Abraham, Sarah, Enoch, Shadrach, Meeshack and Abednego had Faith in God! They said God was able to DELIVER them no matter the circumstances. God was with them and they believed. Shadrach, Meeshack and Abednego said NO to bowing to idols and said that God would deliver them.
They had Faith . We need to have Faith that thru the Blood of Jesus, we can go to God and He WILL do a miracle in our lives.!
Faith says==No matter what, God is able to deliver us from EVERYTHING!!
Faith says==If God be for us, who can be against us?? NOBODY!!
One Day we will be in the City of God where there is NO sin, NO death, NO doubt and just NO mess! In that day, every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.! We need to hold fast to our Faith because the Day of the Lord is coming SOON!!