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The Declaration of Faith

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The Declaration of Faith

Hebrews 11:1–6 KJV 1900
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it the elders obtained a good report. 3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. 4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh. 5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God. 6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Hebrews 11:35 KJV 1900
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Hebrews 11:39–40 KJV 1900
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.

There are several words to look at in the text

Words to remember
++Obtained
Obtain
++get, acquire, or secure (something).
++to gain or attain usually by planned action or effort
In the language of Scripture Greek
Obtain
++To bear witness
++To testify of
Hebrews 11:2 KJV 1900
2 For by it the elders obtained a good report.
By Faith The Elders
++Saw beyond what was visible
++Were witnesses of a good report

Faith brings understanding

Hebrews 11:3 KJV 1900
3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.
Words to remember
Obtained
++Framed
Framed (defined)
++ The underlying constructional system
++The structure that gives shape or strength
Framed (Text)
++Perfectly joined together
++Prepared
++Perfected

Faith recognizes the power of the word of God

The word of God
++Prepares all things
++Perfects all things
++Puts all thing together
Even when I can’t see the word, it is working

Faith shapes our Worship

Hebrews 11:4 KJV 1900
4 By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.
Words to remember
Obtained
Framed
++Offered
Offered
++To present as an act of worship or devotion
++To present for acceptance or rejection
Offered
++To bring
++To present

Faith declares our relationship to God

Hebrews 11:5 KJV 1900
5 By faith Enoch was translated that he should not see death; and was not found, because God had translated him: for before his translation he had this testimony, that he pleased God.
Words to remember
Obtained
Framed
Offered
++Pleased
Pleased
++To afford or give pleasure
++To bring satisfaction
++To give pleasure to
++To please

We do not have to wait to please God.

Enoch had his testimony
++Before he was translated
++Because of faith
Hebrews 11:6 KJV 1900
6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
Faith reveals
++The existence of God
++The reality of God
++The generosity of God
God is
++Worthy of the pursuit
++A rewarder of them that seek him
Isaiah 40:10 KJV 1900
10 Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, And his arm shall rule for him: Behold, his reward is with him, And his work before him.

You can count on God

When you face difficulty
++He will come
++His hand is strong enough
++His authority rules
++His reward is with him
His is working
John 9:4 KJV 1900
4 I must work the works of him that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when no man can work.
1 John 3:12 KJV 1900
12 Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother’s righteous.
1 Corinthians 3:13–15 KJV 1900
13 Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is. 14 If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. 15 If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

Faith will be tested

Hebrews 11:35 KJV 1900
35 Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection:
Hebrews 11:39–40 KJV 1900
39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: 40 God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.
Faith is
++Not About Receiving
++Trust in God
++Produced in the Process
Romans 15:13 KJV 1900
13 Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.
1 Peter 1:6–7 KJV 1900
6 Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations: 7 That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ:
Faith under pressure
++Is precious
++Is enduring
Faith declares
++Glory
++Praise
++Honor
Luke 18:8 KJV 1900
8 I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?
When Jesus Comes how will he find us?
We must be a people of Faith.
We live in what faith has declared

What is the declaration of Faith?

The Smallest Jedi
++She was to small to be a Jedi
She desired to be one
She would take no for an answer
They made an exception
The Smallest Jedi
She was to small to be a Jedi
++She was trained to be a Jedi
She learned about her weapon
She learned about tactics
She graduated from school
She received he uniform
The Smallest Jedi
She was to small to be a Jedi
She was trained to be a Jedi
++She is afraid
The enemy shows up
now it is time to fight
Though trained, equipped, and dressed for battle
The Smallest Jedi
She was to small to be a Jedi
She was trained to be a Jedi
She is afraid
++She cries
Sometimes the battles of life leaves us feeling unprepared. But the declaration of faith tell us that before the fight was ever fought before we step onto the battle field. the fight was

Rigged

We were not equipped to loose
Jesus has won the battle
Victory is already mine
2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV 1900
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
Romans 8:37 KJV 1900
37 Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us.
The Smallest Jedi
She was to small to be a Jedi
She was trained to be a Jedi
She is afraid
She cries
++She got into the ring
through our tears
through our discomfort
if we just get into the ring
1 Timothy 6:12 KJV 1900
12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
John 16:33 KJV 1900
33 These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.
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