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Faith For The Family

Hebrews 11:23-27
(RA-2400, Program: 1917, Air date: 05.07.17)

  1. INTRODUCTION
    1. The most powerful and influential people on Earth are parents of faith.
    2. Moses’ father, Amram, and his mother, Jochebed, earned a place in God’s hall of fame in Hebrews 11.
    3. We can never overemphasize the importance of families.
      1. Psalm 68:6
    4. Faith is the vital ingredient in any family’s success.
    5. Moses’ parents, Amram and Jochebed, were faithful in training Moses.
    6. We can learn at least four things about faith and the family as we look at the lives of Amram and Jochebed.
  2. FAITH’S VISION - WHAT THEY SAW  (Hebrews 11:23)
    1. By faith, Amram and Jochebed saw that God had a plan for Moses.
      1. Amram and Jochebed were students of the Word of God.
    2. God has a plan for every child.
    3. Moses was not born a great man; he was born a baby. He became a great man.
      1. Psalm 112:1-2
    4. Faith sees every child as special.  We must have faith for our children.
      1. Mark 9:20-24
    5. Proverbs 22:6
      1. The word “way” in this passage has the idea of a bend in a bow or in a piece of wood, and it literally means to raise up a child according to the natural bent that he or she has.   
  3. FAITH’S VALOR - WHAT THEY WERE NOT AFRAID OF  (Hebrews 11:23)
    1. From outward appearances, Amram and Jochebed had every reason to be afraid.
      1. Exodus 1:22
    2. But they understood that they were not in a battle with an earthly king, but in a spiritual battle with the power behind his throne.
      1. Ephesians 6:12
    3. We, too, are living in dangerous times, which is a fulfillment of prophecy.
      1. 2 Timothy 3:1
    4. The perilous times in which we are living show forth in many areas, including the following:
      1. Liberalism in churches
        1. Many churches today do not stand on the authority of the Word of God and the absolute Lordship of Jesus Christ.
        2. We sometimes send our children across the nation for an education but will not drive across town to find a Bible-believing church.
      2. Humanism in schools
        1. Humanism is a camouflage name for atheism.
        2. Humanists do not believe in a personal God, a Deity.
          1. Most modern education is based primarily upon this tenant.
          2. Evolution is the chief building block in humanist education.
        3. Humanism is an attempt to explain everything apart from God.
      3. Hedonism in society
        1. The alcohol industry spends billions of dollars each year in advertising.
        2. Immorality is portrayed as comedy in today’s entertainment.
          1. The devil understands that if we laugh at sin, we can never take it seriously again.
        3. Proverbs 21:11
          1. Children begin as simple, or naïve.
          2. We must train them to become wise.
    5. Just as Amram and Jochebed had faith and were not afraid of the king’s commandment, we must raise our children according to faith.
    6. We must not be dominated by fear, and we cannot afford to be lazy or selfish.
      1. Philippians 4:13
  4. FAITH’S VENTURE - FAITH DID SOMETHING  (Hebrews 11:23)
    1. True faith has corresponding action.
      1. True faith is not fatalism
        1. Faith is not taking the mindset of “what will be, will be.”
      2. Neither is true faith fanaticism.
        1. Moses’ parents did not throw Moses into the river with the attitude of “if God wants to deliver him, God will deliver him.”
      3. Real faith acts. Real faith is belief with legs on it.
        1. James 2:17-18
    2. We must work hard to train our children according to faith and not according to the political correctness of the day.
      1. Proverbs 22:15
      2. Hebrews 13:4
      3. Psalm 127:3
      4. Leviticus 18:22
      5. Proverbs 22:6
    3. The word “train” does not mean merely to teach.
      1. The dictionary definition of “train” includes the following:
        1. To prepare for a contest.
        2. To instruct by exercise.
        3. To drill, to form to a proper shape.
        4. To discipline for use.
      2. Someone can teach a child one thing, and then someone else can come along and teach the same child something different. Training has a deeper context.
    4. In faith’s venture, we do what we can do and God will do what He can do.
      1. Man rolled away the stone, but God raised Lazarus from the dead.
      2. A little boy provided a few fishes and loaves, but God fed the multitudes.
  5. FAITH’S VICTORY  (Hebrews 11:24-27)
    1. As a man, after the training of Jochebed, Moses refused the wealth and position of Egypt to follow the Lord.
    2. Life is a combination of choices that we make.
      1. We’re free to choose.
      2. We’re not free not to choose.
      3. We’re not free to choose the consequences of our choice.
    3. Why did Moses choose to refuse Egypt?
      1. Estimation - he esteemed the riches of Christ greater than the treasures of Egypt.
        1. The word “esteemed” is a bookkeeping term implying an analysis.
        2. Moses understood the value in obeying God’s calling.
          1. How will our children give up the world if they don’t understand what they have in Jesus?
      2. Discrimination - he discriminated between right and wrong.
        1. Children are not able to discriminate between right and wrong until their values are set.
        2. Children must see the riches we have in Christ.
      3. Refusal - he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.
        1. We must give our children the tools to discriminate between right and wrong, show them the beauty of Jesus, so that they will refuse Egypt and follow the Lord.
  6. CONCLUSION
    1. In order to raise children of faith, we must be parents of faith.
    2. Are you a parent of faith? Do you know Jesus Christ personally?
    3. If not, you can pray to Him today by asking Him to come into your life.
    4. Call upon Jesus today. Repent (turn) from your sins, and turn to Jesus. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins, and acknowledge Him as Lord of your life.
    5. Romans 10:9-10
    6. Romans 10:13

 

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