Troubled World Message Series

TRUST ISSUES:
TRUSTING GOD IN REAL LIFE

Part 6 – What Mature Faith Looks Like
(Hebrews 11:32-40)

October 8, 2023
Dr. Mark S. Hartman, Lead Pastor

INTRODUCTION

 

A.​ Romans 1:17  …The just (those who know Christ) shall live by faith.

 

Biblical trust is not presumption; it is not walking on thin ice, going out on a limb, or doing something crazy.  Trust is not wishful thinking, or even positive thinking. Trust is believing in a promise God has made to me. When I believe in a promise God has made and I act on it, my trust guarantees that I will get it.

 

B.​ Hebrews 11:32-40  And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David, Samuel and the prophets, 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. 35 Women received back their dead, raised to life again.

 

C.​ Others were tortured and refused to be released, so that they might gain a better resurrection. 36 Some faced jeers and flogging, while still others were chained and put in prison. 37 They were stoned; they were sawed in two; they were put to death by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated– 38 the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, and in caves and holes in the ground. 39 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (NIV)

 

D.​ Some ESCAPED by faith and some ENDURED by faith but all were viewed the same way by God – people of mature faith.

 

1.MATURE FAITH BELIEVES THAT GOD IS ABLE.

 

Mature faith knows God is able and trusts God to meet the need when and how it is best for us.

 

2.MATURE FAITH SUBMITS TO THE SOVEREIGN PURPOSES OF GOD.

 

A.​ Romans 8:35-37 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? 36 As it is written: For your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.  37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. (NIV)

 

B.​Daniel 3:16-18  Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego replied to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to defend ourselves before you in this matter. 17 If we are thrown into the blazing furnace, the God we serve is able to save us from it, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. 18 But even if He does not, we want you to know, O king, that we will not serve your gods or worship the image of gold you have set up.(NIV)

 

C.​ These men said, Our God is able.  But if He chooses not to, if ultimately it is better for His purposes that the answer be no, it will be a privilege to die being faithful to Him.”

 

D.​ When we pray for the promises of God and we meet the conditions of those promises, God always says yes but reserves the when and the how to what He knows is best.

 

Faith is not receiving from God what we want but rather accepting from God what He knows is best for us. (Anonymous) That is Biblical faith.

 

E.​​ Mature faith bows in honor to the sovereign purposes of God.

 

F. ​Job 13:15  Though God slay me, yet will I trust Him.

 

G.​Habakkuk 3:17-18  Though the fig tree does not bud and there are no grapes on the vines, though the olive crop fails, and the fields produce no food, though there are no sheep in the pen and no cattle in the stalls, 18 yet I will rejoice in the LORD, I will be joyful in God my Savior.  (NIV)

 

3.MATURE FAITH TRUSTS GOD’S PROMISES TO BE FULFILLED GOD’S WAY.

 

A.​ Hebrews 11:39-40 These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised. 40 God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect. (NIV)

 

B.​ God gives us promises and He accomplishes those promises in His way and timing that He knows is best because He sees what we cannot see.  God knows that struggle makes us stronger.

 

C.​ God knows that if He eliminates all our challenges and difficulties, we will weaken and fail.  He knows for us to be strong; we need hard times.  But He tells us, “I won’t let you face more than you can handle.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

 

D.​ Mature faith trusts God to fulfill His promises to us in ways that are best for what we need to grow.