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The Life of Faith IV

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The Life of Faith IV

Hebrews 11: 24-28

God speaks to Amram in a dream

Thermuthis –Pharaoh’s Daughter

Nothing is more important that making the right choices in life

The life of faith involves making choices, hard choices

Faith Makes Difficult Choices

In the life of Moses we see that faith enabled Him to make hard choices

Moses’ life begins another chapter in the history of the faithful

Moses had the opportunity in the lap of luxury

He had the opportunity to have it all; he was adopted into the kings family, which is implied by the name Pharaoh

But the writer says very plainly that He chose Christ, interesting- Christ? V 26

He like all of the other faithful looked beyond the natural, earthly to the spiritual by faith

He made a choice in the now based on the not yet

He looked beyond the present reality to a future reality

Faith is the substance of things not seen the evidence of things hoped for.

Eugene Peterson translates this verse in the Message;

The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living. It’s our handle on what we can’t see.

 

Faith’s Choice Begins with Choosing not to Choose

 He chose not to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter

He rejected the comforts and pleasures associated with that life

He chooses pain and progress rather than pleasure and regress

The language implies that Moses was so adamant about this that he wouldn’t allow himself to be called that in private conversation

It seems to make sense that he could have done more for his people in the house of Pharaoh

But if he had done that his people would have never been free

Always a slave

Always slave mentality

Always the conversation of a slave

In order for Gods people to be free they had to move to a place of promise and freedom

That would have never happened if Moses hadn’t chose not to choose

He had to make the same choice over and over again

There was a constant pull, a constant call to come over to the pleasant life

The life of little pressure

The life of least resistance

The life of placating

But that life is a call to the mediocre, the mundane, and in effect it is a call to nothing

Once you choose not to choose you must keep on choosing

Faith’s Choice Continues With Identification

Whatever choice you are led to make by faith that choice will always identify you with the people of God

Al of us have to make choices in life

The choices must be made by faith for the people of God no matter what they are

The life of faith dictates the choices

Whether it is a career

Whether it is related to education

Whether it is who to marry

Whether is how to raise your children

Whether it is where to invest your money

Faith must dictate and when it does you will be identified with the people of God

If the choices you make do not identify you closely with the people of God, you did not choose by faith

 

 

 

Faith Enables Us to Suffer With the People of God

He saw the Hebrews as the despised desperate people of God

To the Egyptians it didn’t make sense for slaves to be the people of God

Once he recognized who they were he had to own them, for to disown them would be to disown his heritage

The choice was clear he could enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season in Egypt or suffer with or be identified with the people of God

Faith always identifies with the people of God

 Faith Enables us to bear the Stigma of Gods People

26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.

He considered disgrace for the sake of Christ to be of greater value than the treasures of Egypt

It is believed that this means that exodus was a type of coming out of the slavery of sin into the freedom that redemption of Christ offers

Perhaps Moses suffered from the Egyptians as Christ did from the Jews

How does he do this he fixed his focus on the reward of the invisible world

Remember faith can only operate when the faithful is certain that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him

 

Faith Enables Us to Live with Patient Courage

The first time Moses tried to liberate the people of Egypt he failed

The first time it was his idea the second time it was Gods idea

Sometimes you can have the right idea at the wrong time and the wrong way

He was the right with the right mission but doing it the wrong eay

He had to flee to Midian to the backside of the desert for forty years

The hardest choice for the faithful it to patiently wait on God

Faith will help you to wait until the appropriate time

Faiths Choice Will Give Demonstration v.28

By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood,

The celebration of the Passover in Egypt was a great demonstration of Moses’ faith

To shut the people in their houses with blood on the door post was a demonstration of faith

If God acted at all was won, but if God did not move all was lost

It was an act of faith on the part of Moses 

It was a new move it had never happened before

The faith that chooses not to choose and the faith that identifies is the faith that will risk everything on the intervention of God at the crucial moment

 

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