Art Moffat Sermons – May

Art Moffat Pastor
Art Moffat Pastor

 Faith is a Journey, Not a Destination

6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. — Hebrews 11:6 (NLT)

If what you are doing now is something that you can do with your own effort and your own vision, then it is not from God.

Without faith it is impossible to please God.

Faith is believing in Almighty God’s sufficiency in your personal life or at 2nd Presbyterian. Faith means trusting God completely. Faith relates us to God. Why is that?
One word. Dependence.

My complete dependence on God. Through dependence, the “I” word is dead. The “I can do it” is gone. By Faith, my work gets transferred to the hand of God. That takes it out of my will, my work, my determination. God calls that faith. Placing what we do in the hands of God.

Faith is a journey, it is not a destination.

Faith gets you to the destination.

Question: Am I satisfied with my faith? Meaning, how dependent on God am I right now, last week, dependent on Him this year than last?

Speaking personally, I , Art Moffat, am not going to be happy with my faith until Art Moffat reflects Jesus around everyone I’m around.

And Jesus said that He always knew the will of God the father. That’s where I want to be.

I am learning to ask God in small things — not just in the middle and large things. For instance, one of my extravagances is English and Scottish shaving soaps and shaving creams. Sometimes I’ll say, “Lord, which one would you like me to use this morning?” And, I may hear (not a voice but an understanding) “George L. Trumper Sandalwood.” Or, “Mitchell’s Wool Fat Shaving Soap.” and sometimes, “You choose.”

Because faith is relationship with God through the Holy Spirit, in decisions we make, big and small.

Without faith,
in small things,
in middle sized things
and in large things,
it is impossible to please God
without dependence on Him.

Why? It’s a the personal relationship thing. The Lord wants to be considered important and necessary in every aspect of your thinking , dreaming and planning. That’s what “Jesus is Lord” means.

Someone says, “that’s too small to bother God about.” You’ve heard that! That person means well, but doesn’t know God on the scriptures. One scripture says,

Commit everything you do to the Lord.
    Trust him, and he will help you. Psalm 37:5

Without faith it is impossible to please God.

That means in little things, medium things and large things.

The Lord likes us to be specific.

For instance, Jesus came upon several different people at different times and said to each,

“What would you like for me to do for you?”

Each told Jesus something specific. He likes that.

 [a]Keep on asking and it will be given you; [b] keep on seeking and you will find; [c]keep on knocking [reverently] and [the door] will be opened to you.
Matthew 7:7 (AMP)

I completely believe that Jesus is appalled at the little we ask of Him.

Faith is a journey, not a destination

Where the destination is heaven and dependence on the Holy Spirit keeps us on the journey — TO the destination.

So, faith is the journey of being in relationship with Jesus, learning more and more to trust Jesus. Trusting God, learning dependence on His decisions for you, is the mark of the disciple.

Did you ever think how many people would be dead right now if it were not for the prayers of faith of believers and churches?

The Bible says, every person is given a measure of faith. The measure is a measurement of my trust in the Lord. Remember again, If I can do it, that is not faith. Faith is in something that I cannot see or in something that I cannot do myself without God.

This man prayed for his son to be freed from seizures. The son still had the seizures. That man said to Jesus, “Give me more faith.”

THAT IS A WONDERFUL PRAYER!

“Lord, give me more faith”

Faith is from God, not from me. 2 Peter 1:1 says, “Jesus gives us faith but I have to be willing to receive it.”

Faith is a journey. A journey for increasing faith—increasing trust and dependence on God in all things.

When the scriptures talk about a measure of faith, that also says, faith is not to be a struggle, as in, “I struggle with faith.” Faith is to be relaxing. Relaxing because I know that in my personal relationship with Jesus, my faith in Him for the concerns of life are in His hands. I can relax. Even when certain prayers are not yet carried out.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

 This is not a threat from The Lord. It is something to know for the journey.

Faith is a journey — a growth journey.

For He holds the whole body together with its joints and ligaments, and it grows as God nourishes it.
Colossians 2:19 [b] NLT

One day we have the faith of a child, then stuff happens and our faith as a child gets buried under the stuff.

Here is how we bury our faith — when the journey suddenly stops.

1. When we get frustrated.
2. When we get uptight.
3. When we get worried.
4. When we listen to unscriptural advice.
5. When my emotions rule me.

Now two scriptures that help this.

…My grace is sufficient for you…
2 Corinthians 12:9

I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:13

Let me ask you a question.

If you know the story of Jonah, why did God love Jonah?
See, the Lord told Jonah to go to preach repentance to the people of Nineveh. The people of Nineveh were the number 1 enemy of Israel — Jonah’s nation.

Repentance would save Nineveh from God’s wrath. Yet because they were enemies of Israel, Jonah was pleased with God’s wrath over Nineveh’s sin.

But the Lord knew that Jonah had complete faith in what God told him to do.

Jonah refused to go to Nineveh, because Jonah did not believe in the mission. Jonah just doesn’t want to do it. Doesn’t want any part of it.

God told Jonah to do something that Jonah was uncomfortable doing. Bringing the number 1 enemy of Israel to repentance wasn’t what Jonah wanted.

Jonah didn’t love these people.

Jonah had, however, incredible faith. God said that Nineveh would be saved from God’s wrath IF Jonah preached to them. Jonah absolutely believed this. So, Jonah wouldn’t go.

So, God has a whale swallow Jonah to help Jonah change his mind — to get his attention. God wanted Nineveh brought to Him, through Jonah’s anointed preaching.

Frankly, if I were God, I would have let the whale keep Jonah but God doesn’t lose sight of the larger picture.
Everything that God destined for you to do is waiting for you to allow Him to carry that thing out.

Like Jonah, we then tend to cover these purposes of God for us beneath piles of stuff — distractions, insecurities, our egos our emotions, our own thinking. Yet the Lord gives out faith, personal faith to carry out His purposes.

Faith is a journey, not a destination.

Without faith, it is impossible to please God.

Let’s turn that scripture around.

Through our personal faith in Jesus Christ we will please God, being that He is the God of the impossible.

In the past 6 months here at Second Presbyterian I have been so blessed to hear and to see so many things that the Lord has given to so many of you — to witness your faith, or your abilities, your faith carrying out the Lord’s purposes, His kingdom purposes.

The Lord had a destination for Jonah. Only faith would take him there. Only through faith could God use Jonah. Repentance was the destination. Faith was the journey to make the destination happen. Faith empowered by the Holy Spirit — Jonah being a faith keeper.

Faith is a journey, not a destination.

Without faith, it is impossible to please Almighty God.

Jesus is Lord.
Amen.

 

 

 

 

One thought on “Art Moffat Sermons – May”

  1. Just recently found your blog Carol. I so appreciate the reminder about faith, and I am finally learning and so appreciate the reminder. Sometimes I forget and my faith is weak. I found out this year (since Dec, 2013) that when my faith is weak How God is really taking care of me. He really does hear the prayers of His faithful people. God is Good! I appreciate reading these sermons, especially because we are not there every week! /Art is a wonderful teacher. And I appreciate his faith and witness
    Blessings to you and Art.

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