By Faith

Aug 11, 2019 | Thad Key, Senior Pastor

By Faith Moses

Hebrews 11:23-29

Hebrews 11:23-29

Faith chooses to follow God’s destiny seeing your past as divine preparation for your future.

Faith Stands Against the World’s Attraction...

Possessing an Identity of Divine Destiny (11:23-25; Exod. 1-2)

“Every son that is born to the Hebrews you shall cast into the Nile, but you shall let every daughter live.”-Exodus 1:22

Resisting Egyptian infanticide, God providentially protected Moses through his faith- ful parents because he was destined for greatness (11:23; Exod. 2:2; 3:10; Acts 7:20).

This world’s agenda is to assimilate you so you never realize God’s destiny for your life (11:6-7; Eph. 2:1-3).

You are exceptional because you are set apart from birth for a divine destiny that forever alters who you are and what you will do (Eph. 1:3-2:10).

“We know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also pre- destined to be conformed to the image of his Son...”-Romans 8:28-29

Adopted into the aristocracy and privilege, Moses refused the title identifying him with Pharaoh’s family and Egypt (11:24).

You must choose to either identify with this world or identify with “the people of God” but you cannot choose both (11:25; Mt. 12:30; Lk. 11:23; 1 Jn. 2:19).

“Sin” promises life-long enjoyment but is a “fleeting” pleasure that leads into slavery (11:25; Jn. 8:34).

You need “the people of God”-the church-to live by faith as you encounter people, pain, and problems (Heb. 10:24-25; Jms. 5:16).

“Confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.”-James 5:16

How to Live By Faith...

1) Know Your Divine Destiny

“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.”-Ephesians 2:10

God determined when you would live and where you would live so you will make an eternal impact in your lifetime.

2) Identify with God’s People

“Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart...”-Acts 2:46

Small groups take you beyond just information to transformation through in home Bible study, prayer and encouragement (Heb. 3:13).

Faith Weights the Options...

Embracing Your Future Over Your Past (11:26-27; Acts 7:23-29)

Christianity engages your mind through a weighing out of your options in the pres- ent “looking to the reward” awaiting you in the future (11:26).

“Looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”-Hebrews 12:2

God invites Moses to embrace his future over his past in the burning bush experi- ence where God calls him to live by faith (3:1-22).

“Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”-The Lord on Moses’ Destiny in Exodus 3:10

You will live in fear until you have transcendent moments with God where you see the “invisible” God empowering you to live by faith (11:27).

“For we walk by faith, not by sight.”-2 Corinthians 5:7

How to Live By Faith...
1) Reject Fear’s Lie of Safety and Security
“Why are you so afraid, O you of little faith.”-Jesus to his Disciples in Matthew 8:26

“Disturb us, Lord, when we are too well pleased with ourselves, when our dreams have come true because we have dreamed to little, when we arrived safely because we sailed to close to the shore.”-Francis Drake

2) Choose Transformation over Information

“You said, ‘Listen now, and I will speak; I will question you, and you shall answer me.’ My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”-Job 42:4-5

Living by faith moves beyond information to engaging moments of transformation where you see God.

Faith Leads the Rescue...

Giving Grace’s Forgiveness and Freedom (11:28-29)

Moses “faith” obeyed God’s atoning promise that if he “sprinkled the blood” of an unblemished lamb, Israel would be spared God’s judgment (11:28; Exod. 12:1-50; Rms. 1:5).

“The instructions were strange, the demands costly, and the ritual unprecedent- ed...”-Raymond Brown in Hebrews

You will never have freedom from your captivity until you experience forgiveness from the penalty of sin through living by faith in Jesus (11:28; 2 Cor. 5:21; Heb. 9:22).

Even when the Israelites were faithless begging to return to Egyptian captivity, Mo- ses’ faith led to the deliverance of Israel (11:29; Exod. 14:13-14).

A grace encounter with Jesus radically reorients your life as forgiveness leads to the freedom from your captivity to the power of sin (Rms. 6:6-7; Gal. 5:1).

How to Live By Faith...

1) Live for Others to Experience Forgiveness

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus...”-Ro- mans 8:1

Living in faith’s forgiveness leads others to faith in Jesus.

2) Live for Others to Experience Freedom

“Let him know that whoever brings back a sinner from his wandering will save his soul from death and will cover a multitude of sins.”-James 5:20

When you live in faith’s freedom, your life makes others want the freedom Jesus gives (Jn. 8:36; Gal. 5:1, 13)

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