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Hebrews 11:1-4

Everyone has faith. Faith is the heart of life. Faith is only as valuable as the object of our faith.

True faith is simple obedience to and believing God’s word in spite of circumstances or consequences. It is the simple reliance upon God who is known to be trustworthy. This reliance upon God enables the believer to treat the future as present and the invisible as seen. Faith is described in a two-fold way. It is the “substance of things hoped for,” and “the evidence of things not seen.” again, the word “sub stance” means literally ‘to stand under or to support.’ Faith is the foundation that gives the believer the confidence to stand. “faith is the confidence of things hoped for.” Another word describing what faith is, is “evidence” and it means “conviction.” Now faith is the sub stance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. This inward conviction enables the believer to believe things not yet seen, that God will do what he has promised. That is the conviction that only faith can bring. What biblical faith does: Hebrew writer explains this through the life of heroes of faith.

Abel’s faith in God led him to Reverence

The Message translation says, “By an act of faith, Abel brought a better sacrifice to God than Cain. It was what he believed, not what he brought, that made the difference.” The difference was faith. Cain wasn’t rejected because of his offering, but his offering was rejected because of Cain: his heart wasn’t right with God.” God isn’t interested in routines and rituals, he wants relationships! Abel’s faith in God developed into a genuine love and reverence for God which, in turn, translated into an acceptable sacrifice of heartfelt worship.

Abel’s faith also led him to righteousness.

“Through his faith he won God’s approval as a righteous man, because God himself approved of his gifts” While I’m sure Abel was a very moral, honest, God-loving person, it’s important to pay close attention to the wording of this verse: “he was commended as righteous, God commending him by accepting his gifts” (ESV). You see, it’s not that Abel was righteous by virtue of his own goodness or morality, but because God commended, or declared, him as righteous. Because of his faith in God, the Lord pronounced him righteous. Biblical faith will always lead to righteousness. But righteousness shouldn’t be thought of as a way of life, rather it’s a state of being, a status or condition. In other words, being righteous means being right with God—being accepted by God.

Abel’s faith also led to resentment

Cain had apparently grown jealous and bitter toward his younger brother Abel. And so, the Bible says, “While they were out in the field, Cain attacked his brother Abel and killed him” Genesis 4:8 Cain hated the fact that Abel was accepted by God, yet he wasn’t. Resentment of Cain is the reflection of his character. 1 John 3:12

Abel’s faith has ultimately led to his remembrance.

The Bible reminds us that, “Although Abel is long dead, he still speaks to us by his example of faith” Hebrew 11:4 We don’t know whether or not Abel had any children, but he unarguably left a legacy. What kind of legacy will you leave? How will you be remembered after you’re gone? Faith is meant to be passed down; it’s meant to be shared! What will your legacy be? Your faith is a gift from God—what you do with it is up to you!

This past Sunday's sermon is brought by Pastor Thampy Mathew, a pastor based in Atlanta, Georgia. Pastor speaks from 2 Chronicles 20.

Pastor P.C. Jacob speaks from Colossians 3:1-4 this Sunday.

"If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.

Set your mind on the things that are above. In the midst of everything that happening in and around us, it’s hard to keep an eternal perspective. Because we were raised with Christ, we should act just as Jesus did when He was resurrected.

1. A Heavenly Mindset Is Developed By A Focus On Our Resurrected Position. Col 3:1, Paul says believers can develop a heavenly mindset by understanding their resurrected position in Christ. Christ is seated at the right hand of God, and we are seated there in Christ. Our exalted position in Christ is not a hypothetical thing or a goal for which we strive. It is an accomplished fact. We are different from the rest of the world because of our position in the heavenly realms, and we must live like it.

2. A Heavenly Mindset Is Developed By A Life Of Continual Discipline. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above” (Col. 3:1). The word “set” is an active word. It can also be translated as “seek.” This does not happen by accident; it only happens through rigorous discipline. If you are not actively seeking things above, then you won’t be thinking in a heavenly manner.

3. A Heavenly Mindset Is Developed By A Focus On Our Crucified Position. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 2:3). Paul says we died with Christ and our life is now hidden in Christ. In order to have a heavenly mindset, we must reckon our death with Christ. But, we must ask the questions, “What exactly did we die to?” and “How did we die?” 1. The Believer Died To Sin. He says to “count” or think about yourself differently. You are dead to sin but alive to God. This means that I can break habitual strongholds of sin. 2. The Believer Died To Self. 3. The Believer Died To This World.

4. A Heavenly Mindset Is Developed By A Focus On Our Hidden Life In Christ. “For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Col. 2:3). We no longer belong to the world, but to Christ; and the sources of life that we enjoy come only from Him. Once we are hidden in Christ, others will only see Jesus Christ and not me. What does Paul mean by our lives being hidden in Christ? From whom are we hidden?

5. A Heavenly Mindset Is Developed By A Focus On Our Future In Christ. “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:4). In order to develop a heavenly mindset, the believer must also understand his future in Christ. Whatever you think about the future will affect how you live today. Your thoughts about the future affect how you live today. The second coming of Christ and our future glory should make us purify our thoughts, our conversations, and our daily endeavors. It transforms us.

Pastor P.C. Jacob speaks from John 4:35 this Sunday on his message about "Tomorrow Christians."

"Don’t you have a saying, ‘It’s still four months until harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest." John 4:35

Procrastination: to put off intentionally the doing of something that should be done. Faith speaks about now. Now is the time of deliverance. Now is the time of breakthrough.

1. The Outcome Of an attitude of procrastination: People who have indifferent attitude never reach extraordinary achievements in life. Attitude has a great role in every one’s glorious success or humiliating failure.

2. Procrastination is a serious problem: Each day, God deposits 24 hours into our “time bank”. That is 1440 minutes or 86,400 seconds. We cannot carry the gift of time from one day to the next. Once the day is ended, that allotted time is gone forever. We cannot go back and capture those moments. So seize the opportunity. Do not procrastinate and push out the God given task to another day.

3. Could Be Seen Through The Eyes Of Jesus: There are things which could only be seen through the eyes of Jesus. Jesus looked at the crowd and saw them as scattered and needy.

4. Teamwork Is Needful: Teamwork is a very rewarding way of doing great job for the glory of God. There are hard works that cannot be done by one man, but can be easily accomplished by seven-man team.

Pastor P.C. Jacob speaks from Proverbs 29:18 in his message this Sunday.