Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That Trusts God’s Way of Doing Things”

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Hebrews 11:17-19  By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,  (18)  Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:  (19)  Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.

So far we’ve learned the history of how God promised Abraham and Sarah a son in their old age, and then they had to wait several years for that promise to come to pass. Now, we see that God was calling on Abraham to give his son back to God by offering him on an altar. You can read about this account in Genesis 22:1 – 12.

As you could probably imagine, this would be extremely difficult for anyone who did not have strong faith in God, and an understanding of how God operates, as Abraham did. When Abraham obeyed the Lord, it wasn’t out of blind faith because God doesn’t call anyone to obey Him simply out of blind faith.

When Abraham obeyed God, it was from a place of intelligent faith; meaning he understood how God actually operated and he understood that this commandment was not in keeping with God’s normal way of doing things.

One thing we learn from Abraham is that after you have been in relationship with God for a while, you also learn God’s character and how God does things. Learning God’s character helps you depend upon Him and trust Him even more because you know how He really is instead how people think He is.

So, what did Abraham know about God? The Bible says he knew “…that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead…”. Another thing Abraham knew was that God did not accept human sacrifices, as the idolatrous religions of the land.

Knowing these two things, Abraham basically realized that God must be up to something if He is allowing this to take place. Abraham also knew that if he would just trust God, everything would turn out alright and he would receive a blessing for the simple act of trusting the way God was doing things!

God did not allow Abraham to go through with this sacrifice. We now know that it would serve as an illustration of how one day God would give His only begotten Son and, instead of stopping that sacrifice, God would allow the sacrifice of His only begotten Son to be carried through to completion because it was necessary to redeem the world from the penalty of their sin.

Of course, this redemption is only effective when we receive Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Have you made Jesus Christ your personal Savior from the penalty of your sin and the Lord who directs your future? Doing this takes Faith that Trusts God’s Way of Doing Things!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That Doesn’t Go Back”

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Hebrews 11:15-16  And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.  (16)  But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Up to now we know that Abraham left his original home, Ur of the Chaldees, to go to a land that God had promised him; the land of modern-day Israel and much of the land around it. Abraham was in the business of obeying God because he had been in relationship with God long enough to know how God operated.

Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, and Jacob were now in the wilderness, and since God had not turned away from them, Abraham wasn’t about to turn away from God! Paul, the author of Hebrews, is bringing out that Abraham didn’t even consider taking his family and going back to his old life because God had been too good to him!

Other than the grace and power of God that was keeping Abraham from going back to his old life, Abraham had one more factor…he had a made up mind! He made up in his mind that he would trust God and not even consider going back to where and what he used to be!

This illustrates to us how that, when God brings us out of our old life of sin, by salvation through the blood of Jesus, we don’t have to go back to what we used to be, and that is good news!

There will be many opportunities for us to go back to what we used to be, but let us have the kind of faith Abraham had…Faith That Doesn’t Go Back!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That is Persuaded”

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Hebrews 11:13-14  These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth.  (14)  For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country.

In our last video, we talked about how Sarah considered God to be a God of His promises. In her case, she saw the promise come to pass. In this video, we will talk about how all those mentioned thus far were also convinced of God being a God of His promises, and yet they didn’t see the promises come to pass.

What promises are we talking about? Promises such as the land God promised to Abraham (the Promise Land) modern-day Israel and much of the land around it, the promise of the Messiah, the promise of eternal redemption from the penalty of sin, the promise of an eternal kingdom, the promise of an eternal city that is built and governed by God!

They didn’t need a contract to be signed by God and they didn’t need to have a sign shown to them, they were fully persuaded of God’s promises to be good because they knew that God, the Promise Maker, was good and the fact that He made the promises was good enough for them!

Are you persuaded that the promises of God’s word can be completely depended upon simply because it is God who gave those promises? Such promises as Philippians 1:6  he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ: and where it says in 1 Corinthians 10:13 God is faithful, who will not suffer (allow) you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

All these promises are true when you are walking with the Lord and in the power of His might! The saints mentioned in Hebrews 11 knew this and God wants you and me to know it as well, so that we may also have Faith That is Persuaded!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith that Waits on the Answer”

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Hebrews 11:11  Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.

In our last Five Minute Faith episode, we talked about Faith that Doesn’t Need All the Answers. In this episode, we’ll talk about Faith that Waits on the Answer.

If you don’t know who Sarah was, she was the wife of Abraham, the patriarch of Israel, and she was mother to Isaac, who was the promised child of God to Abraham and Sarah in their old age but also the heir of Abraham’s estate and Messianic promise.

For those who know the story of God promising them a son in their old age, we know that when Sarah learned of this announcement she laughed to herself in disbelief of the promise in Genesis 18, and I believe that often we think she was the only one who laughed, but Abraham also laughed at this news when it was told to him in Genesis 17.

It would be easy to hold that one event of unbelief against Sarah, but that is not how God tells the story here in Hebrews 11. He tells us Hebrews 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. It matters more how God tells the story than how your past tells the story.

There was apparently a time in Sarah’s life where her faith grew and, rather than continuing in her old mindset of unbelief, she began to have faith in God; the kind of faith that learns to wait on the answer. She didn’t do this because she had some great sign shown to her, but she simply considered God to be a God of His promises!

We do not have to be defined by any one particular incident or time in our lives. Sarah, not only shows us the importance of learning to wait on God’s answer, but she also shows us what it looks like to move beyond times of unbelief and failure and to move forward into greater levels of faith.

Let’s allow Sarah’s faith in action to stir our hearts to put the same kind of faith into action in our lives…even if it’s the action of…waiting on the answer.

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That Doesn’t Need All the Answers”

Hebrews 11:8-10  By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.  (9)  By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise:  (10)  For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God.

                 How many of us like to know as many answers as we can possibly know before we make a decision? I would say we ALL, to some degree, feel more comfortable when we feel like we have some answers before we make decisions, especially life-altering decisions such as starting a new job, relocating our family, deciding whether or not to invest, deciding whether or not to buy a house or to rent, etc.

                 While it is certainly wise to get as many answers as possible, it is not possible to get ALL the answers because there is probably always one more question that can be asked. For those who tend to seek “all the answers”, they tend to fall into what’s called “Analysis Paralysis”, meaning they get so bogged down with analyzing whether or not they should do something, that they never actually do that something.

                 Abraham did not allow himself to fall into this trap. But rather, when God called him to go out to where the Lord would lead him, the Bible says he “…obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went…”.

                 One thing we notice about Abraham’s life is that he knew how to make sure it was God speaking, and once he was assured of it, he didn’t keep asking for more answers; he just obeyed and had faith that God would direct his next steps. He understood that he didn’t have to know all the steps, or the outcome, but he DID have to take the next step, and so do you and I if we are to fulfill God’s purpose for our lives!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That Moves”

Hebrews 11:7  By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith.

Many people have heard of the story of Noah and the ark. It’s often used in preaching and in many Children’s Ministry lessons. We have to remember that Noah was a real person, living a real life, in this real world, with real people, and real circumstances. What distinguishes Noah from the rest of the people around him was that Noah had real faith in God. When I say “real faith”, what I mean is he had faith that believed God enough to get moving on that which God had placed in his heart.

We’re reminded in James 2:17  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Long before these specific words were penned by the Apostle James, the prophet Noah understood this concept and that is why the Bible says he “…moved with fear…”, because he had Faith that Moves.

When you and I face this life, as Noah did, and we place our unreserved faith in Almighty God, we no longer have to live in fear, as others may, but we can confidently pursue that into which God has led us. We don’t just believe in God, but we believe Him enough to move when He says to move, because true faith is shown when it is acted upon, as it was with Noah.

As we seek God for stronger faith in this new year, let’s also ask Him to give us the heart and courage to move on that faith as well, for THIS is where we will see the blessing in our lives!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith that Pleases God”

Hebrews 11:5-6  By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.  (6)  But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

                 “translate” – Greek metatithemi; to transport or transfer. This speaks of Enoch, whom Jude says was a prophet of God, whose life so pleased God that God brought him from this life into eternity with God without Enoch having to die a natural death. Some may say that God did this because He has a future plan for Enoch during the Tribulation time period, but this would be incorrect.

                 God did this, as the Bible declares in these verse “…before his translation (transfer to Heaven) he had this testimony, that he pleased God”. While it is true that God has a special calling for Enoch during the Tribulation time period, Enoch wasn’t chosen for that because his name was Enoch and it would just sound cool to have someone named “Enoch” be one of the guys fulfilling that prophecy. He was chosen for that very special task because he first had faith that pleased God.

                 While you and I will not be chosen to fulfill the same prophecy that Enoch has been chosen to fulfill in the last days, we can have the same kind of God-pleasing faith that moved God to give Enoch a special calling in God’s eternal plan. As a matter of fact, in the next verse we are told that we can’t please God without faith.

                 This is good news during times of great trouble and distress because God isn’t looking for some great one to come along and save the world. He already has someone who can do that…His name is Jesus! But rather, all God is looking for is someone who will simply place whatever amount of faith they do have in His eternal hands and let Him begin to work things out.

                 So, are you ready to have faith that pleases God? If so, simply connect with him in a simple prayer of sincerity and ask Him for that kind of faith, and He will surely develop it in your heart!

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Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith that Gets Noticed”

Hebrews 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

We live in a social media world, in other words it’s rather easy to get noticed…for at least a few seconds…just long enough for someone to click “Like” or to retweet something before they move on to the next catch picture or phrase.

                 Abel, son to Adam and Eve and brother to Cain, had a faith that was noticed. The Bible says “…by which he obtained witness…”. This means that his faith was taken notice of by those around him, and ultimately by God.

                 During difficult situations, such as we’re facing in these last days, while others are fretting, wringing their hands, and wondering what’s next, does your faith in God and a better tomorrow stay strong to where people around you take notice of it and are encouraged by it also?

                 If your faith isn’t where it should be, you can reach out to God in prayer and ask Him to strengthen your faith so that you may stand strong in the days of adversity. The Bible says in Hebrews 10:39  But we are not of them who draw back We don’t draw back into fear and uncertainty like those who have no hope, but rather we draw closer to God and allow Him to strengthen our faith and we let our faith rest in His ability.

                 Next time you are tempted to allow fear and discouragement to set in, just remember that God already has provided a way to have strong faith, and that kind of faith is what gets noticed by others.

Five Minute Faith Talks: “Faith That Sees Beyond”

Hebrews 11:1-3  Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  (2)  For by it the elders obtained a good report.  (3)  Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

In these verses, the author Paul establishes a very concise and strong definition of the kind of faith that pleases God. He points out that this kind of faith is not only pleasing to God, but it enables us to see beyond our current situation to something better that awaits us.

                 Because of recent events, we just want to take some time to connect with our community and encourage you to look beyond this situation with faith.

                 In Vs. 1 he tells us that this Faith that Sees Beyond is substance and evidence. Substance (Greek hupostasis; assurance; confidence) and evidence (Greek elegchos; proof; conviction). Faith that Sees Beyond has assurance that there is something better beyond this and a conviction of this to be true. Where does this conviction come from? It comes from the fact that our hope is not in this life alone, but in the eternal God who gives us this hope.

                 In Vs. 2, he tells us that those who came before us also had this Faith That Sees Beyond and because of that did great things in this life. We now look back on their lives with great admiration. They didn’t let their current situations, which were difficult, dissuade them from seeing beyond and faith that things would eventually turn out better.

                 In Vs. 3, he tells us that this Faith that Sees Beyond recognizes that everything around us was created by the spoken word of God and that if God can create this great universe and everything that therein is with just a spoken word, that same God sees things on a bigger scale than we do and therefore can, with a spoken word, create a better future for us! It simply takes holding on to that Faith That Sees Beyond  and waiting on it to come to pass!

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