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Special Guest Pastor Benny Perez
Benny Perez - June 25, 2017

Message Recap

Hebrews 11
By faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that the things which are seen were not made of things which are visible. 3
But without faith it is impossible to please Him,for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. 6

Faith is trusting in what you don’t see.

In life, we often walk by what we see, so if we are not careful, we can begin to look at life through our own eyes and we can forget that there’s a God who’s working things out behind the scenes. Then we don’t see things as they are, we see them as we are. That’s why two people can look at the same situation so differently. If we are not intentional, we tend to make decisions and act solely by what our senses experience or what our circumstances say, but we serve a God that says, “Walk in what I can do for you!”

1. We walk by trusting God.

Faith is trusting in God. We can’t trust in simply what we see, but rather in what we don’t see.

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

The things we see are temporal, but the things we don’t see are eternal. We must learn to walk by putting our trust in God.

The things we see are temporal, but the things we don’t see are eternal. We must learn to walk by putting our trust in God.

Our everyday life is tied to God, not the universe, fate, chance, luck, or the alignment of the stars. As believers, our steps are ordered by the Lord.

As with Abraham in Genesis 12, sometimes God asks us to leave where we are without knowing where we’re going.

Get out of your country, From your family And from your father’s house, To a land that I will show you. Genesis 12:1

If you are single and dating, maybe you are in an unhealthy relationship and you know you shouldn’t be with the person, but you don’t want to end the relationship until God brings you someone else. But God often won’t bring you the right person until you can learn to leave the wrong person.

We often want God to reveal His plans before we move, but if we could see it and feel it, it wouldn’t require faith. Abraham and Sarah were obedient to leave their homeland, trusting that God would show them the way to go, and He did. Could it be that in your waiting for God to reveal something, it’s actually God waiting for you to obey the promptings of his Word and Spirit? Don’t settle for what you can see right now instead of embracing what God has for you!

2. You must believe that God is with you.

You have to know that wherever you are geographically or situationally - in prison, at work, on a mountain top, in great times, or in grave illness - God is with you.

And the Lord said to Joshua, “This day I will begin to exalt you in the sight of all Israel, that they may know that, as I was with Moses, so I will be with you. Joshua 3:7

We may think we need a tool or a weapon to have victory, but we don’t need to rely on the things God uses; we need to reply on who He is.

As a Father coming to sleep in the room of his child who is afraid of the dark, God is with you. He climbs right into your bunk bed - in the middle of your pain, your darkness, your prison, your illness. His presence is the thing that makes the difference in our minds and hearts.

3. You must believe that God is for you.

Sometimes when things don’t seem to be going your way, you may feel like God is against you. But our feelings shouldn’t dictate our faith. We must believe that God is our champion, our cheerleader, and our encourager. Not only does He stay with us, but He wants the best for us and works on our behalf.

Pastor Benny shared a story about his son who, during a basketball game, accidentally shot a perfect basket for the opposing team. While the whole crowd seemed to be laughing at him, Benny saw his moment and rushed to his son. Locking eyes, he praised his defense, his rebound, and the arc of his shot, and encouraged him that next time it would be points for his own team.

You have a loving Heavenly Father who not just with you, He is for you. We sometimes assume God is only for us only when we’re doing something right, such as tithing and going to church. But what about when we sin, make mistakes, and fall on our faces? He is still there, and he is still for us, cheering us on, supporting us, and pursuing great plans for us.

No matter your current situation, remember today that God is with you and for you and that He will never leave or forsake you. Learn to trust the one you can’t see over the circumstances you can see!

This Message

In this message, special guest, Pastor Benny Perez defines faith. He explains how God is always with us and that we are to walk by faith, not by sight, in order to step into what God truly has for us.

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