The Heroes Of Faith Pt 2 – Kerrin Wallis [14/10/2018 AM]
Go on, I dare you!
Hebrews 11:23-29 (NIV)
23 By faith Moses’ parents hid him for three months after he was born, because they saw he was no ordinary child, and they were not afraid of the king’s edict.
24 By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. 25 He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. 26 He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward. 27 By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. 28 By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel.
29 By faith the people passed through the Red Sea as on dry land; but when the Egyptians tried to do so, they were drowned.
1. Heroes make Heroes
- Moses’ parents led the charge – through faith.
- They were not afraid of the Kings’ edict. They chose to live a life of faith.
- Pharaoh was in charge in Egypt when the Israelites were in slavery there.
- There was no sign the Israelites were going to be delivered, but Moses’ parents trusted God and believed they would be taken out of Egypt. No wonder Moses rose up to be a man of faith.
- If his parents had let circumstances rule their lives, the story of Moses might never have been told.
- Are we setting an example of faith for the future generations? Are we handing on the baton of faith? Do we allow fear to rule our lives?
- What is the spiritual dynamic in your home?
- Do something to show the kingdom of God in your lives and your kids’ lives.
Daniel 3:13-18 (NKJV)
13 Then Nebuchadnezzar, in rage and fury, gave the command to bring Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego. So they brought these men before the king. 14 Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, “Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up? 15 Now if you are ready at the time you hear the sound of the horn, flute, harp, lyre, and psaltery, in symphony with all kinds of music, and you fall down and worship the image which I have made, good! But if you do not worship, you shall be cast immediately into the midst of a burning fiery furnace. And who is the god who will deliver you from my hands?”
16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego answered and said to the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we have no need to answer you in this matter. 17 If that is the case, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and He will deliver us from your hand, O king. 18 But if not, let it be known to you, O king, that we do not serve your gods, nor will we worship the gold image which you have set up.”
- The devil hates it when you stand up in faith
- Nebuchadnezzar dared them, but they answered him back with the word of God.
- They made Nebuchadnezzar very angry when they told him that they wouldn’t answer to him. They only answer to God.
- Don’t give into fear, don’t let anything intimidate you. Believe God.
2. Heroes of faith refuse to live by any other labels other than God’s label
- People of faith chose not to live under negative labels – the labels of:
- Failure, average, poor, broken, dumb, boring, uninteresting, not good enough.
- These labels are not God’s plan for you. You are unique and predestined.
- Put on the labels that God says you are, and keep scratching the negative labels off you.
- Read the Bible so that you can know what God says about you
- We are over comers, blessed, redeemed.
- Refuse to let the labels affect you and don’t let them rule you.
3. Heroes of faith choose hardship over ease
- Kerrin and his friends climbed Mt. Beerwah in the Glasshouse Mountains in Queensland. It is 556metres high and a difficult climb. They slept on the rocks in their sleeping bags, but the joy of their efforts of climbing late at night was seeing the lights of the Sunshine Coast.
- To catch Bass fish you have to be prepared to put up with the hardship of snakes and swarms of mosquitoes. Not many people are prepared to put up with the hardship to catch the fish.
- During Kerrin’s time as a Youth Pastor, he travelled around outback Qld. with Pastor Reggie Dabbs, an American international speaker. They were on a Youth Alive country tour. Kerrin described Reggie as a ‘preaching machine’ and a legend.
- The group set up all day, Reggie preached every night, helped pack up and then move on. They did this for 2-3 weeks straight.
- They chose to endure hardship to preach the Gospel.
‘He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin.’
- We need to embrace, endure and value hardship. Also to embrace challenges, adversity and make sacrifices.
- The current culture embraces pleasure – people avoid commitment to embrace pleasure.
- No lock-in contracts. No committed lifestyle. Lack of commitment.
- We have a culture of people who wouldn’t die or lay down their lives for their country.
- A culture of valuing hardship and embracing challenges is essential for the next generation.
- Monday to Saturday we need to work hard to become the best you can be.
- Don’t let political correctness keep you quiet.
- Go out and be the best you can be, but pursue the kingdom of God.
- Give kids courageous examples. Commit to your church. Show your kids value. Direct them in the way of God.
- Find people who hurt and who need help.
- Real heroes run to hardship not away from it.
- Choose not to seek pleasure and treasure in this life now, but build for the future – in eternity – sow for treasures there.
- Face persecution and embrace persecution.
- Encourage one another to find purpose and meaning in their lives.
- Look challenges in the eye and dare it.
4. Heroes of faith step into the unknown zone
- The unknown is where God is at work.
- Get out of the zone of the known and step into the unknown – out of the comfortable and the known.
- Kids who have gone through trauma and are placed in care, will often sabotage their good environment so that they feel like they are back in their comfortable known traumatic life instead.
- The people of Israel wanted to go back to Egypt because they wanted to go back to the known. This is not how we are to live. God’s plan of influence is in the unknown.
- Heroes of faith stepped into the unknown.
- Our Christian life needs to be filled with the unknown, courage, faith
- Be disciplined followers of Jesus. It’s an exciting journey.
- Expose the empty to let the heroes of faith to come out of you.
- Great moves of God are spread when people step out in faith into the unknown.
- Life is not always pretty and safe. It’s the unknown.
- Take steps of faith and believe God to change the world.
- Be filled with courage and boldness.
- Be confident in God, be a follower of Jesus Christ.
- I dare you!
Suggestions for Discussion Questions
- How do we set an example of faith for the next generation?
- Discuss the spiritual dynamic in your home.
- What are some labels that you are living under?
- Are you prepared to endure hardship to preach the Gospel?
- Can you step into the unknown?