How do we get God’s approval? By being more good than bad? By keeping the ten commandments? By promising to be perfect? By being religious and going to church? The Bible says there’s only one way to get God’s approval. Hebrews 11:6, “And it is impossible to please God without faith.” Without faith, it’s impossible to please God. You can do all kinds of great things in your life but without faith, you cannot please God. It is vital that we learn to live by faith. This week’s message will challenge, strengthen and deepen your faith.

Message by Todd Lester – October 23, 2016

Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith.

Matthew 9:29 (NIV) “According to your faith let it be done to you.”

Hebrews 11:1 (GW) Faith assures us of things we expect and convinces us of the existence of things we cannot see.

Psalm 32:8 The Lord says, “I will guide you along the best pathway for your life. I will advise you and watch over you.”

WHEN I EXPECT THE BEST…

1 Samuel 17:1-52 (David faces Goliath)

1. IT HONOURS GOD

1 Samuel 17:46 Today the Lord will conquer you … and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel!

2. IT INCREASES MY ABILITY

1 Samuel 17:49 Reaching into his shepherd’s bag and taking out a stone, he hurled it with his sling and hit the Philistine in the forehead. The stone sank in, and Goliath stumbled and fell face down on the ground.

Isaiah 40:31 But those who trust in the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.

3. IT INSPIRES OTHERS

1 Samuel 17:52 Then the men of Israel and Judah gave a great shout of triumph and rushed after the Philistines, chasing them as far as Gath and the gates of Ekron …

HOW TO EXPECT THE BEST WHEN FACING A GIANT

1. TUNE IN TO GOD EVERY MORNING

Psalm 5:3 Listen to my voice in the morning, Lord. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.

A couple of years ago, we posted a very fun alternative wake-up call for you to use on your mobile device. Click here to download this one-of-a-kind “alarm.” Thanks to KL for reminding us of this, as she still uses this wake-up call today!

Eeyore quote: click here

2. THINK ON GOD’S PROMISES THROUGHOUT THE DAY

Psalm 119:95 Though the wicked hide along the way to kill me, I will quietly keep my mind on Your laws.

Philippians 4:8 Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honourable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold tightly without wavering to the hope we affirm, for God can be trusted to keep his promise.

3. TRUST IN GOD’S LOVE WHEN THINGS LOOK BAD

Psalm 42:11 Why am I discouraged? Why is my heart so sad? I will put my hope in God! I will praise him again—my Saviour and my God!

Hebrews 12:10 For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness.

4. TALK WITH OTHER BELIEVERS

Psalm 119:63 I am a friend to anyone who fears you—anyone who obeys your commandments.

Psalm 1:1 Oh, the joys of those who do not follow the advice of the wicked, or stand around with sinners, or join in with mockers.

Hebrews 10:25 And let us not neglect our meeting together, as some people do, but encourage one another, especially now that the day of his return is drawing near.

For Sermon discussion resources click here:   Oct 23 Sermon Resources

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