FOUR FACETS OF GOD PLEASING FAITH — sermon outlineBy
FOUR FACETS OF GOD PLEASING FAITH
by Eddie Lawrence
Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.
There is a key to unlock the realm of the impossible. Without this key, it is impossible to enter the realm of the impossible. What is this key? It is the irreplaceable element in living the Christian life. It is faith. I will add, it is the kind of faith that pleases God. This verse states clearly that "without faith it is impossible to please Him". There is no ability to please God, no empowerment to live in a way to please God, without faith. Then the verse tells us the kind of faith that does please God.
In the verse before us we see that this "God pleasing faith" has four facets to it.
The Four Facets of God Pleasing Faith are:
1. There is a coming to God involved in it.
"for he who comes to God"
2. There is a knowing that "God is" involved in it.
"must believe that He is"
If you put this as if God was saying it in first person, it would read, "He who comes to me, must believe that I Am." In other words, you know that God is eternal, that He is the same God He has always been. He lives now. He is existing presently in your circumstances to respond to you.
3. There is a realization concerning God's heart as a giver involved in it.
"He is a rewarder "
God is a giver. For God so loved the world that He gave…. He is not a cosmic slot machine that is used just to dispense gifts to us, but neither is someone who is demanding we do all the giving without any response from Him. All through the New Testament, the truth is emblazoned that God responds as a giver to His children when they approach Him in childlike faith. Remember what Jesus taught in Matthew 7 "How much more will your Heavenly Father give good things to those who ask Him?" James says, "Every good and perfect gift comes from Him." Even the Holy Spirit is a the Father's gift to us.
4. There is a seeking after God Himself involved in it.
"of those who diligently seek Him."
Notice carefully that the person is seeking the "Giver" not the gift. This is key. Knowing and properly responding to who He is will bring you into the court of what He does.
As a husband, father, pastor, author, and web developer, Eddie lives an exciting and productive life. He holds earned Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry degrees and is also the owner of Sermon Seedbed.
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