Fearless Faith

Joel Conti October 27, 2019 The Red Thread

Main Point: Following Jesus is not just about obtaining faith for salvation, it’s a constant and daily surrender to His voice.

The greatest miracle is the miracle of salvation. We believe in Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and we receive eternal life.
What other areas of your life require faith?
Faith is “belief that God will handle your situation, even though you know that you cannot”
Faith is “assurance in the goodness of God”
Faith is “peace that everything will work out in perfect order because God loves you”

Old Testament: faith only appears twice
“I will hide my face from them,” he said, “and see what their end will be; for they are a perverse generation, children who are unfaithful.”
Deut. 32:20 NIV

“See, he is puffed up; his desires are not upright- but the righteous will live by his faith.” Habakkuk 2:4 NIV
I believe the phrase used for faith in the Old Testament is “do not fear”
Faith and Fear are enemies of each other- you cannot have both, they cannot co-exist

We live our lives in perpetual fear and we don’t even recognize it as fear…we think it is wisdom, insight or discernment…it’s fear and it is the enemy of faith

Wisdom makes you feel at peace. Fear makes you feel afraid.
“But the wisdom that comes from heaven is first of all pure; then peace-loving, considerate, submissive, full of mercy and good fruit, impartial and sincere.” James 3:17 NIV

Fear is not from God- Jesus is the Prince of Peace

Faith responds to God’s voice
Faith allows you to sleep at night while fear keeps you awake worrying

Paul was not gaining traction with the Jewish people and was frustrated with their lack of receptivity. Acts 18

The Jews opposed and abused Paul (Acts 18:5-6)
Paul walks “next door to the house of Titius Justus, a worshiper of God. Crispus, the synagogue ruler, and his entire household believed in the Lord; and many of the Corinthians who hear him believed and were baptized” (Acts 18:7,8)
Paul left the Jews because of fear that they wouldn’t listen- God visits Paul and speaks to him:

“One night the Lord spoke to Paul in a vision: “Do not be afraid; keep on speaking, do not be silent. For I am with you, and no one is going to attack and harm you, because I have many people in this city.” So, Paul stayed for a year and a half, teaching them the word of God.”
Acts 18:9-11 NIV
Paul responded to the Lord’s voice and stayed on in Corinth for a year and a half
“Do not be afraid!”- this phrase should change our lives
“Keep on speaking, do not be silent”- I am with you and I have many people in this city
Is the foundation for your house built on faith or fear?

Faith affirms your position before God
Righteousness
“This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God”. Romans 3:22-23 NIV
Faith: He sees you like He sees Jesus
Fear: You are not a son/daughter and you need to earn your salvation

Forgiveness
“God presented Him as a sacrifice of atonement, through faith in His blood. He did this to demonstrate His justice, because in His forbearance He had left sins committed beforehand unpunished”. Romans 3:25 NIV
Faith: We have been forgiven by the blood of Jesus
Fear: You will never be fully forgiven by the blood

Justification
“He did it to demonstrate His justice at the present time, so as to be just and the one who justifies those who have faith in Jesus.”
Romans 3:26 NIV
Faith: We are declared not guilty for our sins
Fear: You should stay in your guilt for what you have done

Faith always believes that God is Good, and His goodness affects every area of our lives.
If God is good and my situation isn’t good, that means that He isn’t finished in my situation yet!

Faith pushes us beyond our current boundaries
“By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, he obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going”. Hebrews 11:8 NIV
Abraham ‘left home for a distant land’- this land became the promised land
He is calling you to into a land that is unknown

“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. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.” Hebrews 11: 9,10 NIV

The temporary discomfort, the feeling of being homesick and “not knowing where you are going” are some of the best ingredients for a life of faith
This is our faith journey- faith is not comfortable, it makes us get off the couch and it makes us journey into the unknown
Declaration: I will not make decisions based on fear disguised as wisdom, I will walk by faith into the unknown path ahead

Faith is obeying the voice, even when the path seems uncertain.
A trial is just a trail that you haven’t figured out yet!
“If fear was not an option, what would you do?”

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