Sabbath 6/30/18 Seventh Day Baptist Edgewater Pastor Keith sermon “A Simple Faith” Hebrews 11:1-6
By Faith Abel pleased God. By Faith Enoch pleased God. And…without Faith it is impossible to please God. When it comes to what we believe, is it more like guessing the number of beans in a jar? Or is it more like choosing your favorite song? The Absolute Truth is in God’s Word-the Bible. God is 100%...100 percent Truth! Our goal is to discover and do the will of God. You cannot pick and choose the parts of the Bible you like and do them while ignoring the parts of the Bible you don’t like.
Faith is not always easy to do. It is a Simple Faith but doing our Faith can be frightening and difficult. Abel made a sacrifice to God and then was killed by his brother. Enoch walked with God and God took him to Heaven. These two men had very little written about them in the Bible. But they had the Faith that pleased God. They were ordinary men not known for their great deeds but they were listed first on the people of Faith list. What made them stand out is that everything they did was to please God. Abel gave from the best of his flock because he wanted to please God. Enoch made a deliberate effort to walk in his life to please God. God wants people who have an earnest desire to please God.
God wants a simple Faith from his believers because Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen. When we can’t see God we should trust him anyways because God CAN see us. He will always be with us to help us. Put our trust in God, walk with Him and He will catch us. Life can be pain and troubles but God will be there to help us and support us.
In chapter eleven all the people listed are people of Faith who had difficulties and troubles. God was with them and never left them or forsook them. They all obtained a better resurrection with Jesus Christ. They overcame the world, the ridicule, the death because of their Faith in the Almighty God. Faith is the ability of trust what we cannot see. With Faith we are emboldened with the power of God that is with us. We trust in our God to overcome the troubles of life.
When we walk with God, we can make a difference in this world. These people of Faith were only humans like us that had weaknesses. Even with their weaknesses, the name of God was glorified because they lived a life of Faith. We too can be valuable to God by living a life of Faith and seeking to please God.