We are looking at the foundations of our faith from Hebrews 6:1,2
If God requires something from us, he empowers us to be able to accomplish it.
1. Our Intercessor.
Jesus lives to make intercession for us Hebrews 7: 25
Intercession is pleading on behalf of another. To intervene between two parties.
Biblically the meaning of intercession is wrapped up in the phrase “draw near to God through him”
Christ is intervening that we would be able to draw near to God
2. Faith would not fail
There are many ways we could look at this but I chose to look at prayers that Jesus prayed here on earth so we could learn from them.
Luke 22:31,32 that there faith would not fail during a specific spiritual attack
Ephesians stated that there are times when the devil will launch an attack against you which will cause Damage
- Fight the good fight of faith because some are shipwrecked 1 Timothy 1: 19
- Later days some depart from faith 1 Timothy 4: 1
- Satan attempt to overthrow the faith of some 2 Timothy 2: 18
Why is destroying our faith so important to satan?
Mighty things that can happen because of our faith. 11: 32 – 35
But beyond all of that Without faith impossible to please God Hebrews 11: 6
3. Fat Faith?
Intercession is intervening that we would be able to draw near to God.
- God drew them to himself Vs 9
- Rescued them from a desert place Vs 10
- Spread his wings over them. Vs 11
- Fed them from a rock and stoney ground. Vs 13
- Israel soon became fat and unruly the people grew heavy and plump and stuffed! Then they abandoned the God who had made them; they made light of the rock of their salvation. Vs 15
The thing that made their faith fail was such blessing that they no longer saw a need for God
Don’t need lions mouths closed unless I am facing lions
Quench flames unless world is on fire.
Don’t need weakness to turn to strength when I feel I am strong.
When I am well fed, then I have no need of God and when a problem comes into my life, we are shocked by it all.
EXAMPLE; Peter fell because he was relying on his strength. If everybody else forsakes you I never will, I will die for you. Willing to do it because he charged a group of 200 people with a sword, but still utter failure.
4. Monotony of Serving
Hebrews 10: 32 – 36 started hard now those days are over so don’t throw away your hope that those things are no longer happening.
EXAMPLE: C. S. Lewis When we reach middle age, there is a tendency to become very dissatisfied. If we have been relatively successful, we ask ourselves, “Is this all there is?” If we have been relatively unsuccessful, we become disenchanted or disillusioned. Either way, middle age is prime ground for spiritual warfare. Youth time is on our side so that can insulate us, but at some time we learn to distrust people because we get beat down by life.
Like Peter, we start I can do this and at the end we end up Weeping bitterly.
5. Cloud of witnesses
Hebrews 12: 1, 2Run toward the one who initiates and perfects our faith.
To run this race, we need to be able to let go of things. Every weight that slows us down.
EXAMPLE: if there ever was a group of people that had to learn to give it is us. Stuff just weighs us down.
Noah – only 8 in the whole world who loved God but it was worth it
Abraham – Left home to go to a new land
Sarah – to old but trusted God to keep his promise of a child in her old age.
Moses – gave up luxury in Egypt to suffer with people of God so attain a better place.
Rahab risked her life offering safety to two spies so she was not destroyed with the whole city of Jericho.
6. Jesus praying for us
Remember, it Jesus requires something of us, then he will supply the power to accomplish it. In this situation, Jesus is praying for us that our faith would not fail.
- Dream again in the monotony of life
- Not destroyed and sarcastic when trials come
- When we are through it we will be able to strengthen our brothers like Peter did.
- Our Job
- Repent like Peter did
- Stand up again like Peter did.
- Throw his confidence on Jesus to lead him by drawing near to him