Episode Notes

The Heroes Of Faith – Nathan Hulls [07/10/2018 AM]

The journey of faith

Key scripture

Hebrews 11:1-3 (NKJV)

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. For by it the elders obtained a good testimony. By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible.

  • Everyone has a mission and a purpose for God.

Vs 8

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

  • They lived by faith. God said He wanted to use Abram’s family line to bring His Son into this world.
  • Abram was from the Ur of the Caldeans. Ur was a pagan centre of the moon god Nana. It was known as an ungodly culture.
  • Abram didn’t come through a family of faith in God.
  • His father, Teran, made and sold idols. He was a pagan worshipper.
  • Abram was not qualified and he was 75 years old but he listened to God.
  • It gives us hope because we don’t have to be qualified. We are called to a life of faith.

Gen 12:1-3 (NKJV)

Now the Lord had said to Abram:

“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house,
To a land that I will show you.
I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great;
And you shall be a blessing.
I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you;
And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

  • First two words God said to Abram was ‘get out’
  • To step into a life of faith, we need to step out of where we are now.

Gen 11:31-32 (NKJV)

31 And Terah took his son Abram and his grandson Lot, the son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, his son Abram’s wife, and they went out with them from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to the land of Canaan; and they came to Haran and dwelt there. 32 So the days of Terah were two hundred and five years, and Terah died in Haran.

  • Terah took his family out of Ur, but he stopped in Haran.
  • Don’t settle after the first step. Don’t be distracted by the things of the past.
  • Celebrate the things of God but don’t settle. Our city needs to know God.
  • Comfort can lead to complacency. When things settle they don’t grow.
  • Let’s not be the generation that God moves on from.

1. Get out of the environments that will stop us from stepping out in faith

  • Remove yourself from negative relationships. Negativity creates boundaries

Vs 3

“And in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Heb 11:8 (NKJV)

By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going.

  • Maybe we might be called to move from a place that is holding us back.
  • God told Abram to go to a land that I will show you.
  • In 2013, Kate and Nathan had a sense from God to go. They headed to Adelaide.
  • Step out in faith – you will know when you get there.
  • Let God speak to you.
  • Indiana Jones had to step off from the cliff’s edge before the ground was there in front of him.
  • Rely on God to direct you to where you need to go

Gen 12:4, 7

So Abram departed as the Lord had spoken to him, and Lot went with him. And Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran. Then the Lord appeared to Abram and said, “To your descendants I will give this land.” And there he built an altar to the Lord, who had appeared to him.

  • God speaks, we obey, God speaks, we obey.
  • Do what He has asked you to do. He will speak to you again.

2. Have trust – dependency to trust Him. Step into faith

3. Travel light

  • Abram left all his possessions behind and he was able to just pitch his tent wherever he stopped.
  • We have to be unattached to our possessions because the next instruction may be to move.
  • Don’t be tied down to unproductive debt that will hold you back.
  • We need to be living a life of relative simplicity.
  • Be ready, willing and able to step out when God speaks.

Gen 12:10-20

10 Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to dwell there, for the famine was severe in the land. 11 And it came to pass, when he was close to entering Egypt, that he said to Sarai his wife, “Indeed I know that you are a woman of beautiful countenance. 12 Therefore it will happen, when the Egyptians see you, that they will say, ‘This is his wife’; and they will kill me, but they will let you live. 13 Please say you are my sister, that it may be well with me for your sake, and that I may live because of you.”

14 So it was, when Abram came into Egypt, that the Egyptians saw the woman, that she was very beautiful. 15 The princes of Pharaoh also saw her and commended her to Pharaoh. And the woman was taken to Pharaoh’s house. 16 He treated Abram well for her sake. He had sheep, oxen, male donkeys, male and female servants, female donkeys, and camels.

17 But the Lord plagued Pharaoh and his house with great plagues because of Sarai, Abram’s wife. 18 And Pharaoh called Abram and said, “What is this you have done to me? Why did you not tell me that she was your wife? 19 Why did you say, ‘She is my sister’? I might have taken her as my wife. Now therefore, here is your wife; take her and go your way.” 20 So Pharaoh commanded his men concerning him; and they sent him away, with his wife and all that he had.

  • There was a famine in the land of Canaan so Abram took his family to Egypt. He made a poor choice to say that Sarai was his sister.
  • But Abram’s life continued to be blessed even though he made poor choices.
  • We will make poor choices too, but keep travelling towards God.

4. Keep the faith or fail fast. Get up quickly to get back on track

5. Recognise God’s grace in your life

  • In Genesis 13:1-9, Abram inherits Canaan.
  • Living a life of faith can be difficult, but if you are walking in God’s favour His grace will fall on you.
  • Come back to God’s presence to experience His grace.
  • The journey of faith will lead you to the goodness of God.
  • Don’t hold on to the power of the past. When we live in the past it clouds the present.
  • God will make us one with Him.
  • Celebrate God’s goodness in your life.

Suggestions for Discussion Questions

  1. Discuss the fact that Abram was not qualified.
  2. How prepared are you to step out when God speaks to you?
  3. Discuss why comfort can lead to complacency.
  4. Are you ready, willing and able to step out when God speaks?