Sermon: Our Faith is the Victory
Martin G. Collins
Given 04-Sep-21; 62 minutes
The natural, carnal, worldly mindset is hostile to everything in God's Word. But God's chosen saints have been provided something special to enable them to overcome—namely the faith from being born of God (I John 5:4) making it possible to have a relationship with God the Father and our Advocate, Jesus Christ (I Peter 1:4). The continuous relationship with God, Who has never reneged on His part of the Covenant, instructs how God's people can make continuous progress converting to God's viewpoint, faithfully keeping their part of the covenant. In Luke 18:8, Jesus suggests that this life-saving faith will be a rare commodity when He returns. In the fates of Job and John the Baptist, we can derive insights and hope as to what appears on the surface insoluble problems. God often allows grievous trials to open His people to His Spirit, developing character and spiritual fortitude. To those who are quick to blame God for their sore trials, Jesus's brother James reminds them that every good gift comes from above (James 1:16). As the apostle Peter had to learn, faith must go beyond physical markers and feelings and on to trust and conviction that God always keeps His promises. James instructs us that faith without works is stone dead (James 2:14-16). In the record of the heroes of faith (Hebrews 11), all were empowered by a vision of a heavenly Kingdom, believing that God was a rewarder of those who seek Him (Hebrews 11:6). Whether they perished in martyrdom or died along the trek to the Kingdom not having seen the promises fulfilled, God's saints held their faith to the very end, confident about the future and their citizenship in His Kingdom and their place in His family.
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