HOW DO WE DIE WELL? IT’S CALLED FAITH! In order for a believer to die well, he/she must live well. If we live for Christ and live the principles of His word we can be assured of our hope. We can have a resting faith—A secure faith—A faith that has no doubt!
Faith is a wonderful thing! God gifts it to us in salvation – He builds it in us through our Christian lives as we allow the Holy Spirit to work in and through us for His glory …and… He rewards us for it as we pass from this life to the next.Abraham and Sarah are no exception—
Oh yes at times they doubted, at times they sinned with some of the consequences still being evident today. …but… The fact remains that they were faithful… They lived lives of faith in God
Noah paid the price of being an obedient servant of God and was rewarded for his faithful obedience. Noah understood that his hope was assured and lived a life of conviction in faith even though he didn’t understand what was coming down the pike.
Faith is required in every part of our lives.
Faith is required to please God.
Faith is required to be saved.
God through the author of Hebrews gave us some great models so that we as believers could understand how to live A REAL FAITH IN REAL LIFE
Hebrews 11:1 SAYS: “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
These two parallel statements tell us what faith looks like. If you just happen to glance at this verse it looks like two phrases that say the same thing, but it isn’t… This verse gives us the 3 basic essential characteristics of Faith—HOPE, assurance & CONVICTION!
Faith is the Christians’s Heartbeat! But… where does faith begin? How does it all start? The starting line of faith for the believer is SAVING FAITH! SAVING FAITH is the faith that is given by God as a response to the Holy Spirit drawing us to Him!
AS BELIEVERS, THE TRUTH IS ALL WE HAVE! God’s truth is our salvation—our sanctification—and—our glorification… THE TRUTH FOR US IS EVERYTHING!
The truth tells us where to start, how to continue and HOW IT ALL MUST END.
-It starts with us guarding ourselves against error
-It continues with us growing in grace and knowledge …and…
-It ends with all glory going to God …
False teachers would have you believe that it doesn’t matter how you live or how your life looks to others because all man is sinful—BUT IT DOES MATTER because GOD SAYS IT MATTERS!
Believers don’t live for this life, WE LIVE FOR ETERNITY! It matters how we live!
A. W. Tozer in his book, THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE HOLY said: “What comes into our minds when we thing about God is the most important thing about us.” WHY IS THAT? Because our perception or thoughts about God determine where our relationship is with Him.