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Not Seeing Yet Believing

November 3, 2019 Speaker: Dan Davis Series: FAITH

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 20:27–20:29, Hebrews 10:24–10:25, Hebrews 11:1–11:7

A four-week series about persevering with faith through tough times with life lessons from Hebrews 11.

The Unspoken Struggle

Sometimes it’s hard to hold on to your faith in God.

This is something we rarely talk about with others, but it's a common experience that we all go through at one time or another.

Hebrews 11:1-7 NIV

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for. 3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible. 4 By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. 5 By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. 6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. 7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Hebrews 11:1-2 NIV

1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. 2 This is what the ancients were commended for.

Hebrews 11:3 NIV

3 By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.

Hebrews 11:7 NIV

7 By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.

Hebrews 11:6 NIV

6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.

God's Character > Our Circumstances

Faith means resting in God’s good character more than wrestling with our difficult circumstances.

Don’t confuse God’s goodness with your hardships because they’re not the same. You won't always know why God has allowed you to go through what you’ve been through. Just know that you're not the only one. If God can allow all the unspeakable suffering that His One and Only Son, Jesus Christ, had to endure, you too can hold on to your faith know God is working out His plans for your good and His glory.

Not Alone

To hold on to faith, we need to remain committed to earnestly seek after God, and to be reminded of His goodness—and not only by those who have gone before us, but also by those who walk alongside us. That’s why we need church. That’s why we need Sunday worship. That’s why we need weekday groups. That’s why we need faithful friends. That’s why we need each other.

Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

Not Seeing Yet Believing

My eyes may tell me deny His existence. My circumstances may tempt me to doubt His goodness, but faith says otherwise: God is real and God is good.

John 20:27-29 NIV

27 Then he said to Thomas, “Put your finger here; see my hands. Reach out your hand and put it into my side. Stop doubting and believe.” 28 Thomas said to him, “My Lord and my God!” 29 Then Jesus told him, “Because you have seen me, you have believed; blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”


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