Not Knowing Yet Following
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Hebrews 11:1, Hebrews 11:6, Hebrews 11:8–11:22
A four-week series about persevering with faith through tough times with life lessons from Hebrews 11
Have you ever taken a leap of faith?
Have you ever stepped into the great unknown and tried something new, different, big, risky, and scary, that on the surface looks absolutely crazy and makes no logical sense whatsoever? That's a leap of faith.
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Faith is "not seeing yet believing," that just because you can’t something doesn’t mean it’s not real. Faith knows that there’s more to life than meets the eye and that the invisible is often more real than the visible.
Hebrews 11:1 NIV
1 Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.
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.
Faith is also "not knowing yet trusting." The story of Abraham can teach and motivate us to follow God's leading and step forward in faith instead of shrink back in fear.
Hebrews 11:8 NIV
8 By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.
Hebrews 11:9-11 NIV
9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. 10 For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God. 11 And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise.
Hebrews 11:12-16 NIV
12 And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. 13 All these people were still living by faith when they died. They did not receive the things promised; they only saw them and welcomed them from a distance, admitting that they were foreigners and strangers on earth. 14 People who say such things show that they are looking for a country of their own. 15 If they had been thinking of the country they had left, they would have had opportunity to return. 16 Instead, they were longing for a better country—a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared a city for them.
Hebrews 11:17-19 NIV
17 By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, 18 even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.” 19 Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
The Ripple Effect of Faith
Leaps of faith can not only alter the course of our own lives for the better but others as well. It was true for Abraham and it's also true for us.
Hebrews 11:20-22 NIV
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau in regard to their future. 21 By faith Jacob, when he was dying, blessed each of Joseph’s sons, and worshiped as he leaned on the top of his staff. 22 By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and gave instructions concerning the burial of his bones.
Taking a Leap of Faith
(1) Look back and give thanks.
We need fight forgetfulness which can make us less grateful and more fearful (two poisonous toxins that will deaden our faith). Instead we need to be the kind of people who remember and rejoice in what our God has done for us—both the collective Gospel story of a victorious Savior that we share as Christians along with the individual stories of blessing that we’ve experienced in our past. Take some time this week to thank God for those times when He honored a leap of faith in your life.
Taking a Leap of Faith
(2) Look ahead and trust God.
You don’t need to know everything before you trust God with something. Remember faith isn’t about knowing the plan; rather, it’s about believing the promise, and even more importantly, it’s about trusting in the One who makes that promise. We may find ourselves at a crossroads right now—where we sense God is leading us to make a choice or make a change. Pay attention: to the stirrings of the Holy Spirit within; to the words from others; to a passage from the Bible or a lyric from a worship song. Then take the leap.
It’s not really a leap of faith; it’s more like a leap into God.
Trust Him for your best possible future—life now & heaven forever.
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