Thursday, October 28, 2010

Faith Needs Works

Faith needs works James 2:17 "Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself."

Hebrews 11:7 Noah
Noah built an arch in faith at God's direction. He was told of a flood coming when nobody had seen rain.

Hebrews 11:8
Abraham went to Cannan at God's direction not knowing what he would find there. He trusted God to provide and fulfill His promises.

Abraham gave Lot the best pasture. Abraham trusted God to provide for his livestock even with bad land. Gen 13:6-12

Abraham was willing to offer up his Son Isaac by God's direction. This was the ultimate test, and he passed. Abraham believed God would even raise the dead to keep His promise. Romans 4:17

Hebrews 11:20 Isaac blessed Jacob, believing in the power of the spoken word.

Hebrews 11:22 Joseph requested his bones be carried back to Israel, believing in God establishing His people in Israel.

11:23 Moses led Israel out of Egypt
Moses left Pharaoh to serve God
Moses did not fear Pharaoah when he returned.

Hebrews 11:30 Jericho's wall fell
God told the Israelites to march around Jericho for 6 days. And on the 7th day they marched around it 7 times. This was obedience of faith.

Hebrews 11:31 Rehab trusted God with red rope

Gideon attacked 100,000+ men with 300

Samson took on the Philistines alone

Jephthah led Gilead against Amon after Gilead had rejected him for being a bastard.

David fought a lion, bear and Goliath, but did not fight Saul. Sometimes faith fights and sometimes faith waits.

Elijah stopped rain by his word. Called down fire to consume the sacrifice. Killed 400 prophets of Baal. Lived in power.

Elisha believed for and received a double portion of Elijah's power.

Jeremiah had God's promise of protection. There were many efforts to kill Jeremiah but God was with him each time. Jeremiah did not shrink back from speaking the word of God.

Where would all these people be without these works? They would not have overcome. Thier problems would have stayed with them.

Activate your faith with the works of God.

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