Exercising Faith in Difficult Times

Luke 22:31-34, God wants everyone to be humble

1. Understand the “who” and the “what”
  – in this instacne, the who is satan
  – what is satan after? He’s after your faith
  – it’s your faith that’s being fought after

2. Understand it is a fight (for your faith)
  – 1 Tim. 6:11-12, faith is a fight
  – Eph. 6:10-16, I need God’s strength and God’s power, not my own
  – I no longer live by my faith, but by God’s faith

3. Understand it’s not a walk by sight in the natural
  – 2 Cor. 5:1-8, v.7: we walk by faith, not by sight
  – 1 Sam. 13:16-14:1-23
  – in order to believe the impossible, you must see the impossible
  – saw that the God of the impossible is on our side
  – have vision that surpasses our circumstances
  – God is watching us, rooting for us to do the right thing
  – human behavior changes when we know we’re being watched
  – be an armor bearer for others
  – get people around you that believe in you, and be willing to take a risk

4. Understand what God wants to give you
  – 2 Tim. 1:7, God gives us a spirit of power, love, and sound mind.

In Pursuit of: True Riches, Part 5, Sep 7, 2008

In Pursuit of True Riches

– we pursue the actual, not just the concept.

1 Tim. 6:1-5, we’re called to flee from people that say Godliness is a way to get rich.
v. 6 – Godliness with contentment with great gain
v. 7-10 – note that the “love” of money is the root of all kinds of evil

Pursue righteousness (v.11)
Pursue Godliness – I have to pursue it, it doesn’t pursue me
Pursue Faith – claim promises of God, put on the armor of God
Pursue love
Pursue patience
Pursue gentleness
Fight the good fight of faith

Pursue knowledge of the Lord, Hosea 8:1-3 – if I reject this word, the enemy will come after me