2017-09-28 / Worship

We must live our lives by faith

By REV. FICKLEN GUIN
(Hebrews 11:8-11)

The most important part of our lives is this: coming to the place that we see ourselves to be sinners in need of a Saviour who can change our hearts, minds, and beliefs about who we are, where we are going, and what we must do.

In the next verses, we see all of this, and the importance of it in our lives as we move forward into the future. The most serious question in our mind and heart must be: “What are we going to do about this matter?”

We see the answer to this question through a number of important Bible characters back in the Old Testament who found themselves facing this question and the answer to it.

The first ones we want to look at and study are Abraham and Sarah and how they come to see their answer to their future. Through God speaking to them in their lives, they understood that they had to live their lives by faith because the part of their lives that was most important was the part that was still in front of them to be lived. Hebrews 11:8 says, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed, and he went out, not knowing where he went.”

It is that way for all of us when we look at the part of our lives we must yet live. It says this about Abraham, “By faith he sojourned in the land of promise,” with Sarah his wife, in tents with his son of promise, Isaac, and then his grandson, Jacob, who was the heir of promise from Isaac.

Through the life of Abraham we see how important our faith in God is, which includes a promise from God that He will take care of us through our faith that we plant in God through our belief in God. Faith and belief are tied together by God working in our lives through our belief in God through Jesus Christ, God’s only begotten Son.

Verse 10 says that Abraham looked for a city which hath foundations whose builder and maker was God.

In these verses, we see how Abraham and Sarah work as a team. It says, “Through faith also Sarah herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child (Isaac) when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised,” (verse 11) referring to God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah in their old age. We must always hold on to God’s promises that He has made to us in His Word, the Bible, through Jesus.

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