Measure of Faith Sermon - Pastor Steve Winter

These are my notes from tonight's Measure of faith sermon 8/24/2002
I have uploaded the audio to http://www.pentecostal.biz/audio

Every man has a measure of faith but some put their faith in false
things.

Romans 12:3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man
that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought
to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every
man the measure of faith.

Even the atheist has faith. He has faith that somehow everything is
going to work out OK and he has faith that no belief in God or
service to God is of value.

The false-christians have faith, they just have faith that a corrupt
council years ago was correct when they invented a "trinity" of god
persons to worship.

Many people in Germany a few years ago had great faith in the leader
of their country, but it didn't work out.

Many things can be harmful, faith in an unsafe bridge, faith that it
is safe to cross the street when it is not, faith that bad potato
salad is still good. The point? You can have great faith in
something and be so
totally wrong.

The alcoholic has faith that his bottle will provide him relief, and
it does, at a price.
The drug addict has faith in his supplier and in a substance to
produce a predictable
result that will provide him a measure of satisfaction.

There certainly are pleasures in this life but they are a poor choice
upon which to use your measure of faith.

Luke 8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when
they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and
pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.

Where can we get more faith?

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God.

How important is faith?

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for
he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a
rewarder of them that diligently seek him.
7 By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet,
moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the
which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness
which is by faith.
8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which
he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out,
not knowing whither he went.
9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange
country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with
him of the same promise:
10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder
and maker is God.
11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive
seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she
judged him faithful who had promised.
12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so
many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is
by the sea shore innumerable.
13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but
having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced
them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the
earth.
14 For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a
country.
15 And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence
they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned.
16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly:
wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath
prepared for them a city.
17 By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he
that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son,
18 Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called:
19 Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead;
from whence also he received him in a figure.
20 By faith Isaac blessed Jacob and Esau concerning things to come.
21 By faith Jacob, when he was a dying, blessed both the sons of
Joseph; and worshipped, leaning upon the top of his staff.
22 By faith Joseph, when he died, made mention of the departing of
the children of Israel; and gave commandment concerning his bones.
23 By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his
parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not
afraid of the king's commandment.
24 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called
the son of Pharaoh's daughter;
25 Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than
to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;
26 Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the
treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the
reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for
he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Faith involves action. Even the foolish faith of the alcoholic in
his bottle will not achieve results unless he exercises his faith and
drinks.

How many (don't answer) can relate to this next one:

Proverbs 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is
like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.

Even the atheist has faith in his beliefs and in himself, and that
faith is valid but
only up to a point.

People have faith in their doctors, what about faith in a quack
doctor? What about faith in a quack preacher like the trinity
preacher? Do not people receive a measure of satisfaction from
faith in a quack doctor or a con man? But they lose out in the end
of a matter. It is the same with placing faith in a false-christian
preacher like some trinity cultist.

Who among us has ever put their life on the line like the Islamic
suicide terrorists? They had tremendous faith. One can have
tremendous faith and still be tremendously stupid. Their "Allah"
is "a lie". One can have tremendous and steadfast faith in a lie.
Just look at all the trinity churches. Many of them have great faith
and works as well to a false MYSTERY god squad.

Revelation 17:5 And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY,
BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE
EARTH.

In some of the more pathetic Roman Catholic cults men have actually
had the faith to allow themselves to be crucified. Hey, stupid is
as stupid does, eh?

Voodoo victims have great faith in their leaders etc and etc....

Every man has a measure of faith and most put their faith in
false things.

On the other hand, the real Christians put their faith in the Word of
God.

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him
shall not be ashamed.

"Believeth" does not mean the shallow "claim to believe" of the
modern false-christianity. Biblical "believers" are "obeyers".

Acts 2:38 Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every
one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and
ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.
39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all
that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.
40 And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save
yourselves from this untoward generation.
41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the
same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls.

Those who "believed" the Apostles, "obeyed" the Apostles.

Romans 10:16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias
saith, Lord, who hath believed our report?

The Apostles counted people who would not obey as "non-believers".

Remember the very next verse that I read before?

Romans 10:17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the
word of God.

I preach this Word to you so that your faith will be increased but
you have to take the step of faith in obedience to the Word.
Otherwise it is wasted.

James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works
is dead?
James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith
without works is dead also.

James 1:22 But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only,
deceiving your own selves.

Jesus is only the author of eternal salvation for those who obey His
Word.

Hebrews 5:9 And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal
salvation unto all them that obey him;

We all have a measure of faith. God help us all that we put our
faith into that which is true so that it be a blessing rather than a
curse.

A man who puts his faith in a lie will die.

Pastor Winter