sermon: Habakkuk: A Prophet of Faith (Part Two)
Living by Faith
Martin G. Collins
Given 27-Aug-16; Sermon #1338; 71 minutes
Martin Collins, focusing on Habakkuk's stance of assuming the position of a watchman, being willing to accept God's ultimate judgment on his people even when the circumstances seem to contradict revelation, emphasizes that all of God's called-out ones are also watchmen, needing to live continually by faith, discerning, listening to, and responding to God's instructions, not only hearing them, but taking them to heart. Without having faith like Abel, Abraham, Noah. and Enoch, judging by faith rather than outward appearances, we cannot please God. Abel, Enoch, and Noah all believed God and were willing to endure temporal loss for a greater reward. Faith constitutes unshakable belief and confidence in God that He will do everything He has promised. Like the apostle Peter, we must learn that human faith, at its best, is not sufficient; Godly faith cannot be worked up, but is a gift from God which we must constantly put to use. This kind of faith comes by hearing God's Word. God holds His called-out ones to a much higher level of accountability, but He has also provided the necessary tools for overcoming and as well as for producing spiritual fruit. In spite of doubts arising from negative appearances, we need to cling to God's promises, even in the worst of times, realizing that all iniquity will be punished eventually. Like the heroes of faith, all of which had to do something to demonstrate their faith, we must be productive in our faith, understanding that faith without works is stone dead. Faith is not a preference, but rather a commitment. Even faith as little as a mustard seed is an open door to God.
Abel offering a better sacrifice Assuming position of watchfulness Attentiveness Chemetizo Dead faith drawing back Enoch Ezekiel 3: Faith expressed by activity Faith as a mustard seed Faith without works is dead Five-fold woe Galatians 6:7 God will complete what He started Galatians 3:11 Habakkuk 1:1-4; 2:1; 3:2 Hebrews2:4-39 ; 5:7-8 10:32-37 11:4-7 Hosea 4: Human faith and godly faith Intellectual assent James 1:2 Lot Luke 17:26-28 Material wealth not necessarily an indicator of God's approval Matthew 17 Noah Philippians 1:6 Prosperity gospel Proverbs 23:32; 30:15 Righteous will live by faith Romans 1:17-18; 10:14-21 Shema Trembling before God's word Walking by faith; not by sight Watchman Works of faith