Building Your Legacy of Faith
Building Your Legacy of Faith
THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT WILL THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR FAITH?
5 WAYS THAT I CAN BUILD A LEGACY OF FAITH
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. Hebrews 11:1-2
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. Hebrews 11:6-7
1. Faith to do the crazy thing.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. 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 11:8-10
2. Faith to go.
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. Hebrews 11:11-12
3. Faith to believe God’s word.
By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned. By faith the walls of Jericho fell, after the army had marched around them for seven days. Hebrews 11:29-30
4. Faith to walk ahead.
There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground.These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. Hebrews 11:35-40
5. Faith to face the worst
THE BIG QUESTION: WHAT WILL THOSE WHO FOLLOW YOU SAY ABOUT YOUR FAITH?
FAITH IS NOT…
Then Satan entered into Judas called Iscariot, who was one of the twelve; he went away and conferred with the chief priests and officers of the temple police about how he might betray him to them. They were greatly pleased and agreed to give him money. So he consented and began to look for an opportunity to betray him to them when no crowd was present. Luke 22:3-6
1 ATTACKING those who bother me.
A dispute also arose among them as to which one of them was to be regarded as the greatest. But he said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles lord it over them; and those in authority over them are called benefactors. But not so with you; rather the greatest among you must become like the youngest, and the leader like one who serves. For who is greater, the one who is at the table or the one who serves? Is it not the one at the table? But I am among you as one who serves. Luke 22:24:27
2. GETTING NOTICED most prominently.
“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift all of you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not fail. And when you have turned back, strengthen your brothers.” But he replied, “Lord, I am ready to go with you to prison and to death.” Jesus answered, “I tell you, Peter, before the rooster crows today, you will deny three times that you know me.” Luke 22:31-24
3. CARELESSLY DECLARING my faith commitment.
FAITH IS… being WILLING TO DO what God is WILLING.
Series Memory Verses
Without faith, it is impossible to please God. Hebrews 11:6
We walk by faith, not by sight. 2 Corinthians 5:7
PASSING THE DAILY TESTS OF FAITH.
He knelt down and prayed, saying, “Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me; nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.” Then an angel appeared to Him from heaven, strengthening Him. And being in agony, He prayed more earnestly. Then His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground. Luke 22:41-44
ASK for what I want.
Father, if it is Your will, take this cup away from Me.
ALIGN my desires with God’s desires.
ACCEPT his will as my highest joy.
nevertheless not My will, but Yours, be done.
My Challenge to You:
When life knocks you down, are you willing to get back up?
If your best days are in the past, you are not truly living your life for today or the future.
3 Keys for Perseverance
Refusal to be phased by Rejection
And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? - Romans 8:28-31
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your path. - Proverbs: 3:5-6
3 Keys to Succeed in Life:
When you live your life to serve the Lord, you reap the greatest rewards.
“They sailed to the region of the Gerasenes, which is across the lake from Galilee. When Jesus stepped ashore, he was met by a demon-possessed man from the town. For a long time, this man had not worn clothes or lived in a house, but had lived in the tombs.” Luke 8:26-27
“Then all the people of the region of the Gerasenes asked Jesus to leave them because they were overcome with fear. So he got into the boat and left.” Luke 8:37
“Without faith, it’s impossible to please God.” Hebrews 11:6
“Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn, yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you are than birds! Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to your life? Since you cannot do this very little thing, why do you worry about the rest? “Consider how the wildflowers grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Luke 12:22-34
Why should I live by faith?
1. God values me.
2. God promises to provide for my needs.
Faith is a heart thing not a head thing
How do I live by faith? TRUST
1. Take my problems to Jesus.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.” Matthew 7:7
2. Rest in His promises.
Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32
3. Understand God’s sovereign timetable.
“But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day.” 2 Peter 3:8
4. Seek God’s priorities ahead of everything else.
Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well. Luke 12:31
5. Treasure generosity over hoarding wealth and possessions.
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Matthew 6:21
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
I won’t lose heart no matter what it looks like.
I won’t quit no matter what it feels like.
I will fix my faith on the good future that God has for me.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad. 2 Corinthians 5:1-10
1. Faith in my eternal destiny. (v. 1)
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling.
2. Faith in our new glorified body. (v. 4)
For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.
3. Faith in the presence of the Holy Spirit. (v. 5)
Now the one who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
He who began a good work in you will be faithful to complete it. Philippians 1:6
4. Faith that I can actually please God. (v. 9)
For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
5. Faith in a final judgment by a just God. (v. 10)
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
God doesn’t judge us by what he doesn’t give us.
30 Days of Faith
1.Building Your Legacy of Faith
2.Faith to Pass the Tests of Life
3.Faith to Get Back Up Again
4.Living By Faith Today