The Beauty of Faith

(audio sermon by Gary Sampson)

Faith is not about getting, it’s about loving. It’s not about results, it’s about surrender.

Speakers notes follow –

The Beauty of Faith

Psalm 23.1-6 He makes me lie down in green pastures – Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me

Being carried asleep by my father – car to bed – never thought about being dropped! Adults too – weddings beautiful due to couples trust – see it in their eyes

Faith in God is trust in God – beautiful

The church made it ugly – about results – being healed, getting job, child, partner – children/spouses focused on getting are not beautiful – brats/nags – real faith is about surrender – beautiful

The Lord is my shepherd – I lack nothing (NIV) I shall not want (KJV) I don’t need a thing (MSG) – is the focus on things or God ?

Some preachers say confess that you’ll get it, don’t say ‘if its God’s will’ – focused on getting – real trust says ‘your will be done’ – that’s beautiful

Faith of Shadrach Meshach Abednego – dead or alive, Job – Though he slays me, yet will I trust in him

Faith is not about getting, its about loving – David loved God

He guides me along right paths – why we need to surrender – pray your will be done – don’t always know whats best for us – maybe job isn’t good – benefit more if not healed – or others will

Faith rests – I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me (David) – Come to me all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest (Jesus)

Some Christians pray like pagans – frenzy confessing over and over – frenzy isn’t rest – asserting your will isn’t surrender – surrender to have rest

Praying for something? Hand the situation, thing, person to God – surrender – let him know he can do as he wants – having done that, ask him to guide you

Immigration Story – hand it over – he guides – gives rest – and results – He guides me along the right paths …

Faith in God gives –

① Peace regardless of results

Phil 4.12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Important? You bet! You can endure any trial – people suicide over loss – loved ones, finances, careers

Jesus had peace with losing everything – family, friends, clothing, life – into your hands I commit my spirit

My God, my God – not confusion – quoting Psalm that predicted cross – ie. Father you did it as you promised – You’re in control

Faith is not about getting, its about resting

② Purpose – 1 Co 9.16 For when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, since I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel! If I preach voluntarily, I have a reward; if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.

Peace different to purpose – about standing – stationary – I’m okay – purpose is moving – you want to go somewhere

Those trusting God have purpose – God gave you existence for a reason

Atheist’s hate suggestion they’ve no purpose – they know its problematic – usually say marriage, career enough purpose

– Thats not having a purpose to exist, its using existence for a purpose – usually many – people keep looking for more purposes trying to fill the lack of purpose – related to peace – but purpose gets you moving

③ Passion – Acts 26.24-25 At this point Festus interrupted Paul’s defense. “You are out of your mind, Paul!” he shouted. “Your great learning is driving you insane.” “I am not insane, most excellent Festus,” Paul replied. “What I am saying is true and reasonable.

Peace is about standing, purpose is about moving, passion is about seeing

Those with faith in God see life through God’s lenses – God coloured lenses – hippies Lennon rose coloured ‘Hey man everything’s pink’

Faith in God – better colour – positive – creation his, marriage his, kids his, all his

Wonderful to meet 80 yr old – lost loved ones, jobs, financial failure, bad in life, smiling because they trusted God all these years

Faith walk is a love walk – trust walk – relationship that gives you peace, purpose, passion

HealerYou hold my every moment – calm my raging seas, walk with me thru fire – heal my disease – I trust in you – I believe – not because you will heal – but know whats best – you’re more than enough – nothing is impossible for you

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