Have you lost faith? Finding Faith – is the first installment of our new series “Faith Check”. This sermon series “Faith Check,” is a Holy Spirit lead deep look at FAITH through the book of Jeremiah. Have you ever seen an abandoned house? Yard overgrown, paint peeling, broken windows, dirt and neglect, just broken down? This is what our spirit looks like when we loose faith. Let’s be honest with ourselves and have a Faith Check. What state is your faith in?
13 Thus the Lord said to me, “Go and buy yourself a linen waistband and put it around your waist, but do not put it in water.” 2 So I bought the waistband in accordance with the word of the Lord and put it around my waist. 3 Then the word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, 4 “Take the waistband that you have bought, which is around your waist, and arise, go to the Euphrates and hide it there in a crevice of the rock.” 5 So I went and hid it by the Euphrates, as the Lord had commanded me. 6 After many days the Lord said to me, “Arise, go to the Euphrates and take from there the waistband which I commanded you to hide there.” 7 Then I went to the Euphrates and dug, and I took the waistband from the place where I had hidden it; and lo, the waistband was ruined, it was totally worthless.
- Jeremiah represents Jesus
- Belt represents Humanity
- Euphrates represents behind enemy lines.
What is FAITH? –
Hebrews 11:1 says, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.”
James 2:26 says, “For as the body apart from the spirit is dead, so also faith apart from works is dead.”
If we are the belt, then the buckle is faith. It must be firmly engaged and attached to Jesus.
Are you able to keep your faith up while behind enemy lines or do you fail?
Blockbuster Case Study –
They were in the movie rental business. The truth is we value movies and entertainment more than ever today, but blockbuster failed. Why?
– Because they dug deep into their routine.
– The world changed and they didn’t move forward or adapt.
- Do you have a blockbuster faith right now?
- Is your faith failing because your not moving forward?
- Are you waiting for the world to return to what it used to be?
It didn’t work out for blockbuster and it wont work out for you.
The Inheritance Factor – What faith inheritance are you passing on?
Jesus is moving forward, are you clinging onto Him or hiding in the rocks waiting on things to return?
Doing life in the comments –
*** What are ways you are moving forward in your faith? ***
Gods precisely explains why His people have failed to move forward in their faith in verses 8-11. Let’s look at this and then do the opposite.
8 Then the word of the Lord came to me, saying, 9 “Thus says the Lord, ‘Just so will I destroy the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem. 10 This wicked people, who refuse to listen to My words, who walk in the stubbornness of their hearts and have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them, let them be just like this waistband which is totally worthless. 11 For as the waistband clings to the waist of a man, so I made the whole household of Israel and the whole household of Judah cling to Me,’ declares the Lord, ‘that they might be for Me a people, for renown, for praise and for glory; but they did not listen.’
How do we find faith to fully connect to Jesus?
…refused to listen to My words
1 – Listen to the His Words
Are you reading the Bible to check your list or to check your heart? Listening to the Word is different than reading the Word.
…walk in the stubbornness of their hearts…they were taking steps to further their hard hearts
2 – Take Godly next steps
Are you taking next steps to your faith or to your comfort?
…have gone after other gods to serve them and to bow down to them
3 – Relationship with Jesus
The entire story of the belt shows the Fathers heart. “I want you to be connected to Me.” Are you working on your relationship with Jesus all the time? Is something distracting you?
Your Next Step – Today is the day to let go of old ways and hold onto Jesus.
- Let go of thinking worship isn’t worship without a church building; you are missing out on your weapon that is worship if you refuse to adapt.
- Let go of thinking church isn’t church without Sunday morning; you are missing out on growth if you refuse to adapt.
- What do you need to let go of so you can hold onto Jesus?