Faith is focused• Faith in faith is useless• You can have great faith in something that will fail• You can have very little faith in something that is secure• “He considered him faithful who had made the promise”• Abraham’s faith was rooted in the character of God• Faith is believing the word of God
Faith is reasoned• Faith is never a leap in the dark• Abraham reasoned, he must have asked questions; o Has God spoken? o What did he say? o Can he be trusted? o Is he big enough?
Faith is followed by obedience• “When called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went”• “Faith is very difficult when we live as ‘practical atheists’” (David Guzik)• When we live knowing the reality of God, the Lord Jesus Christ and heaven, things get easier• “You see that his faith and his actions were working together, and his faith was made complete by what he did” (James 2:22)
Faith makes you an outsider• “He made his home in the promised land like a stranger”• They lived in tents• They owned only the land where they were buried• They were different• Abraham called on the name of the Lord (Genesis 12:8, 13:4, 21:33, 26:25)• They were not natives, they were strangers
Faith means being prepared to wait• Abraham was called when he was seventy five• He waited until he was as good as dead• God is not Santa Claus• Sometimes it’s difficult to wait
Faith is pleasing to God• Without faith it is impossible to please God• The patriarchs were flawed people• God is not ashamed to be called their God• God identifies himself with us• In Jesus he has experienced our troubles• So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers (2:11)
Faith will be realised• “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19)
Faith will be realised• The patriarchs died in faith• The great hope is fulfilled in Jesus• We too are looking to a ‘better country’• Reasoned faith tells us we will see the city• Reasoned faith tells us we will see his face (Revelation 22:4)• Let us make our time count