This Sunday, March 12th, 2017, Pastor Duane White unpacked an amazing message to continue our Over the Top Faith series here at The Bridge Church in Denton, TX.
Over the Top Faith:
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony,” (Hebrew 11:1-2).
When you live by faith, the “image” projected by your life events to other folks will look like God’s original intent for your life.
We also saw three definitions for faith out of that text:
- Faith is seeing the unseen.
- Faith is turning dreams into deeds.
- Faith is betting your life on unseen realities.
To a faithless person, betting your life on what you cannot see makes no sense. If the faithless had a creed, it would go something like this:
The creed of the faithless reality is the substance of what makes sense, based on the evidence of what is seen.
To a faith person that makes no sense.
If you can see the unseen long enough, it can draw out that God DNA that resides in you. Faith is the observation of the outcome desired before it manifests while it is still unseen.
You have to learn to starve out the weak and feeble things that aren’t God in your life. Faith is seeing the unseen rather then acting on what you have seen. So, what do you see, and what will you do about it?
Faith draws out of you what normally should not come out under your present circumstances. Grace provides it and then faith accesses, unitl God produces it then everybody can see it. You can not prove your faith, or anybody else’s, merely by what they have.
The by-product of your faith is not proof you have faith. It might prove you had faith, but if we see the by-product of your faith, you don’t still need faith for it. Only God knows until you act in faith.
Your act of faith is the proof you have faith. Your corresponding actions show that you have faith, but God doesn’t credit you with faith, when what you have faith for manifests, but when you believe.
Our faith needs to be two things:
- It is bigger than our individual lives. Sometimes you need people to help you.
- It is greater than we can fulfill in our lifetime
“Not one of these people, even though their lives of faith were exemplary, got their hands on what was promised (they ran out of TIME). God had a better plan for us: that their faith and our faith would come together to make one completed whole, their lives of faith not complete apart from ours.” (Hebrews 11:39-40, Message)
God is raising up a PEOPLE in Denton, Texas who will live by FAITH. Not only for themselves, but for the generation they are called to. And beyond that, to finish what others started, and leave a legacy that is beyond their lifetime!
You may be thinking, “What if I believe God and nothing happens?” But God credits your faith as righteousness.
What if I dream and it never happens? Do it anyway – by faith!
What if I pray and don’t get the miracle? Do it anyway – by faith!
You can watch the whole message here:
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