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02 The Faith of Enoch

Benjamin Ng
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  • June 12, 2020
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Father in heaven thank you so much for the time that we have together Thank you Lord that we can come and study together this evening thank you Lord for seeing a safely through a new week this past week thank you for your watch care over us and thank you for the many blessings Lord and if we're struggling with seeing your goodness in this past week I pray that you would jog our memory even now as we're studying not only we remember of your goodness but we also see your goodness through your word as well so bless us tonight as we study together Lord please may your presence be with us we pray in Jesus' name we pray and ask a man. Please turn with me in your Bibles let's follow along in Hebrews chapter 11 verses 5 and 6 hubris Chapter 11 verses 5 and 6 we are studying the faith of enough today Hebrews 11 verse 5 and 6 the Bible says this by faith in arc was translated that he should not see death and was not found because God had translated him for before his translation he had this testimony that he pleased God but without faith it is impossible to please him for Hugh that cometh to God must believe that he is and that he is a reward or of them that diligently seek Him Look we don't really know that much about the life of Enoch Ok Not much detail is given about him even in the Old Testament in Genesis there but there is one thing that stands out in this passage that we just read here in Hebrew Chapter 11 is that he pleased God Maybe that's not even a detail that you were familiar with before but Iraq is famously known for being the man that walked straight into heaven he never died less than a bible said Genesis Chapter 523 and 24 let's turn our Bibles there shall we Genesis Chapter 523 and 24. This is what the Bible says about you knock all the days of 365 years and walked with God and he was not for God took him look Iraq was the 1st one to walk straight into heaven he was a 1st human being from our Planet Earth to walk right into heaven and he pleased God he loved God he longed for God to come soon and take everybody home he represents the group of people at the time that will go to heaven without ever seeing death there are 2 people in the Bible that actually represent that and also. But in 1st chapter 4 there shall we 1st chapter 4 there is this group of people that will see Jesus come with their own eyes they themselves will not experience mortal death. Before starting in verse 15. 15 The Bible says For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord that we which are alive and remain until the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep for the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God and the dead in Christ shall rise 1st but then verse 17 Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air and so shall we ever be with the Lord those which are alive and remain at the 2nd coming of the Lord Those are the ones that are represented here in the life of Enoch this evening so friends look what we want to do as we study the life of Iraq and his faith the faith of Iraq really we're going to go through some details here that we find in Hebrews chapter 11 and verse 5 Look what is described of Enoch before God translated him all we know is that he pleased God That's the only detailed will given Yes he lived by faith and will look at that in a minute but what does it mean to please God because this is the detail that stands out about Enoch Let's go to a few texts Let's start in 1st were already there in chapter 4 Now let's read verse one 1st chapter 4 and verse one. Furthermore then we beseech you brother and exhort you by the Lord Jesus that as ye have received of us. Or to walk and to please God So you would abound more and more so if you want to abound more and more what he has to do you go to please God But what is put together with pleasing God here in 1st the chapter for this one it is one learning how we ought to walk and look walking is an action it is an action so pleasing God is current with something we do it's an action Ok so it's not just I love you God and we please him and that's it what are these actions that the Bible talks about let's look at another verse that talks about pleasing God Let's go to 1st John chapter 3 verse 22 1st John chapter 3 and verse 22 let's turn our Bibles there 1st John chapter 3 and verse 22 The Bible says and what so ever we ask we receive of him because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in his sight so what sort of actions do we connect this with in the 1st John it is what do his commandments we keep His commandments so friends if we want to please God we will be commandment keepers Those are 10 commandments there are 10 actions now look before you think I'm talking about righteousness by works again I want to say this every time it comes up do you remember when Peter walked on water we looked at this illustration before wasn't able Peter to walk on water it was the Word of God and the 10 Commandments before they were given in stone. They were spoken by God And so really the 10 Commandments are 10 promises the very power to keep the 10 Commandments is found in the 10 Commandments it's found in God's spoken word and so if you put the 10 Commandments in your heart and mind you will begin to keep the 10 Commandments it was the very Word of God that an able us to keep it Romans chapter 8 let's turn our Bibles there Romans chapter 8 and verse 8 what does the Bible say here about pleasing God Romans chapter 8 and verse 8 the Bible says this so then they that are in the flesh cannot please God if we are in the flesh now Surely its not talking about our our flesh right now is not talking about that friends when it talks about the flesh Let's allow the Bible to interpret what that flesh is let's go to Galatians chapter 5 verses 19 to 21 what does it mean to be in the flesh because those that are in the flesh cannot please God Galatians chapter 5 starting in verse 19. The Bible says another works of the flesh are manifest which are these adultery fornication uncleanliness lust seriousness idolatry witchcraft hatred variance emulations wrath seditions strife seditions heresies this is long list isn't it verse 21 envying Zz murders drunkenness reveling and such like of the which I tell you before as I've also told you in time past that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God Those that are in the flesh they do the works of the flesh so can you understand where you are in the flesh or not yes all you have to do is look at your actions if you are living in sin if you are committing sin you cannot please God which really means its opposite to keeping the commandments of God because sin is the transgression of the law and friends if you have sin in your heart you know what happens it controls you that's what Romans Chapter 7 talks about sins wells in you and it causes you to do the things that you don't want to do and it stops you from doing the things that you want to do you see that so many people are in bondage to sin and so you want to be set from Sri from sin all you have to do friends as runs to Jesus confess your sins recognise that it is wrong run to him he will give you perfect freedom and perfect rest in Jesus Christ so if we are in the flesh we will do those things that are opposite to the commandments of God Let's continue Galatians chapter one girl ations chapter one. Verse 10 what is the means of please God friends it'll be different will they'll be an obvious manifest change they'll be a difference in your life your actions how you live but Galatians chapter one verse 10 What does it say. For do I Now please men or God or do I seek to please men for if I yet pleased men I should not be what the servant of Christ so if you're the son of Christ you please God if you please men you can't be the servant of God and please God you see so these are 2 opposites Yes one is you living in the flesh you are now what pleasing men or somewhat servant to men what does that mean though Romans Chapter 6 and verse $22.00 friends what does it mean to be a servant of Christ and then will see its opposite Romans Chapter 6 and verse $22.00 it were a servant of Christ we can please God Romans 622 The Bible says but now being made free from sin and become servants to God you have your fruit until holiness and the end everlasting life friends if we are servants of God we are free from sin we have fruit that is evident that you can see on the tree of the Christian it's evidence that they are followers of Jesus it is evident that they are not living to please men but their living to please God and we know what the fruits are the fruit of the spirit is what love joy peace longsuffering kindness goodness gentleness all these good things it's the fruit of the Spirit and Jesus says what we started in Matthew by their fruits you shall know them so all we have to do is look at the the fruit of the Christian all you have to do is look at your life all you have to do is investigate and look at yourself in the mirror and you can know. Whether you are pleasing God or not you see that you can understand this minute this moment this evening whether you are pleasing God or not are you living a righteous life or you living in sin do you have obedience to the commandments of God are you servants of Christ do you have the fruits of the spirits high calling Yes definitely high calling and friends it will be impossible to do it without Jesus Christ many people try all we have good intentions we have good motives we have good desires but they will always fall infinitely short without the help of Jesus Christ so friends look remember if we want to please God there's something that must be mingled with it let's turn our Bibles better Hebrews chapter 11 because we set a very high standard what does it mean to please God obey his commandments have victory over sin right have the fruit of the Spirit have Jesus Christ the biting in your heart but in Hebrews 11 look at what it says. But without faith it is impossible to please God it is what it's impossible we must mingle with faith if we want to be righteous it's impossible to be righteous by faith look how impossible is impossible it's impossible for a man to fly and I'm not talking about sitting on an airplane it's impossible to measure for man to live one hour without breathing. You understand how impossible isn't possible Look there's no way on this earth that we can do it you've never ever seen it done many people try to keep God's 10 Commandments without faith and they feel miserable even without faith it's impossible to please God without faith it's impossible to keep the 10 Commandments without faith it is impossible to have the fruit of the spirit it's impossible to have victory over sin without faith it is impossible and so really where in lies this power it is found in faith we understand that faith and what is the foundation text for all or when we talk about faith faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God Well when you hear the 10 Commandments in it what you heard from the 10 Commandments is not just a command but in that command itself is the strength that energy the power to be able to keep it without faith faith comes by hearing hearing by the Word of God So if we want to have victory over sin if we want to live a life that pleases God if we want to be able to keep the 10 Commandments we must put the 10 Commandments in our heart I challenge you all a few weeks ago I don't know I don't remember if it was last week or a few weeks ago but I challenge you all to memorize the 10 Commandments spend time in it put in your heart and you will begin to keep the 10 Commandments you're struggling with any you look at 10 whatever one you're struggling with memorizing the understand that. And when you put the word of God in your heart it gives you the power the strength to be able to put it in practice Look we're not keeping the 10 commandments to make God happy you understand that he's not happy with us when we keep the 10 Commandments that's you know we're not doing it because we're afraid of God and we're afraid of being destroyed we do it because we love him if you love me keep my commandments if you love God you please Him right so really the motivation behind it is love it's not on scared of being destroyed I'm scared of the Almighty God no friends we will never ever ever keep the 10 Commandments perfectly being scared being afraid fear only goes so far it is a love that takes us over the hump it is love that will finally give us the victory but friends let's come back Hebrews 116 it says there's something else yes we see the faith we see the believe that's that's that part there but in verse 6 there is one little section there at the end that is really important as well and yes it links to faith it says that he is a reward or of them that do what that diligently seek Him Faith comes by hearing but we must not just stop there when you hear the Word of God That's the beginning of the growth growth of your faith that's where the change begins to take place but the rewards are of them that do what diligently seek Him and the reward in this life is victory. Do you see that the reward in this life that we can experience is victory and God gives us the victory if we were diligently seek Him You know what the word diligently seek means is just one Greek word diligently seek that it means to crave to investigate to search out these other these are the meanings that are taken from the concordance and you look at that word diligently seek to crave to investigate to search out and listen to this to scrutinize you looking at it from all angles you are investigating it your scrutinizing it putting it under critical examination friends when the last time you scrutinized the Word of God when the last time you investigated the Word of God when the last time you searched out and craved you can't live without it you might eat breakfast lunch and in a but there's this food that you just not satisfied with until you eat it that's craving When's the last time we've come to this point with the Scriptures is it any wonder that maybe some of us were still struggling in our personal lives because we haven't got to the point where we've investigated the scriptures you know friends I've told you and I shared with you in the past few months you know I began to grow by listening to a lot of sermons but when I began to listen to summons I wasn't listening to some and while I was vacuuming while I was washing the dishes there was a certain point where I considered my personal devotions I would sit down I would listen to the sermon and I would type it out or write it out. And then of course you know sometimes I would be washing dishes or vacuuming or whatever and I would also listen to sermons as well that's what you call the icing on the cake that's a bonus but there was a time when I began to grow in faith yes it comes by hearing but I wasn't happy enough I had to write it down I had to search it out I had to make sure that what I was listening to Made sense I understood it and it was true you have to go to the next if you really want to please God if you really want to have victory over sin if you really want to have substantial change and satisfaction and joy and peace in the Christian life you can't be satisfied with just listening that's the beginning faith comes by hearing yes but that is the foundation upon which you must continue to build Matthew 633 but seek ye 1st the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you what's right Psalms 119172 my tongue shall speak of the righteousness for all the work on my sorry my tongue shall speak of the word for all that I come our righteousness so it means to seek his law when the last time you scrutinized the 10 Commandments when the last time you investigated the 10 Commandments John 539 tells us to search the Scriptures 2nd term of the Chapter 215 tells us to study to show our selves approved unto God friends this evening I'm challenging you to take it to the next level. Maybe you've been going to church a lot and you've been listening to a lot of sermons it's like baby food you need that at the beginning but if you don't start eating solid food is that substantial you'll never Grohl You might have see victory small victories here and there at the beginning but don't think that that's enough you must continue to grow beyond what you have been feeding on before meaning your experience of last year has to be deeper today than it was then that your Spins of the day must be deeper than the experience of yesterday the time that you're spending the knowledge that you're gaining the depth to which you are going you must grow roll you must increase let's turn our Bibles to collage ans kolache ans chapter 3 a look at this Colossians chapter 3 and verses one and 2 what happens when you begin to search and to study the scriptures Colossians chapter 3 starting in verse one. If you then be risen with Christ seek those things which are above see that word seek It's like Seek ye 1st the Kingdom of God Matthew $633.00 so if you are risen with Christ seek those things which are above where Christ said a thing on the right hand of God set your affection on things above not on things of the earth friends when you begin to seek the Word of God your affections and desires begin to change your mind not change overnight if you start dating someone for the 1st day of the 1st week you might not change to like the things that they like maybe you never liked rock climbing before but because they go rock climbing you go and try it on the 1st time you tried are you a saw but just for the sake of spending time with this person you go again and the more times you go the easier it gets the less saw you get the more you change it's not going to happen in the 1st try maybe not maybe you might not even have on the 2nd or the 3rd or the 4th but when you make the effort when you seek those things which are above your affections begin to change to what extent verse 5 Colossians chapter 3 verse 5 mortar fire there for your members which are upon the earth fornication uncleanliness in order not affection evil concupiscence and covetousness which is idolatry friends what is that that's the fruits that's the word change that's the actions your life begins to line up more closely with the life of God You don't need to have a Ph d. or masters or even a bachelor's in theology to search the scriptures you know. I went to theology school and. I never studied Daniel and Revelation that. There was this person that a come to our church a few years before I went off to us a study of the school and my mom and that just decided to. My mom she decided to buy all the videos of this person and he had a Daniel revelation series and so when I got of the ology school I started with my morning devotion I began to listen to the tape the cassette tape on the Daniel revelation and I took notes and guess what I challenge the class and I passed another took down a revelation at the all you see you don't need to go to theology school in order to search the scriptures all you need them all one is a willing heart Number 2 is time you got to make the time friends when you begin to search the Scriptures when you begin to seek God with all your heart not only will you find him but you begin to change because you are putting the word of God in your heart your faith begins to grow and expand and deepen and then your thoughts your affections your purposes your desires your tastes they all change from the inside all the way to the Job Chapter 8 verse 5 Job Chapter 8 verse 5 let's turn our Bibles Their Job Chapter 8 verse 5 What else is connected with seeking Job Chapter 8 verse 5 if thou would a seek under God betimes and make the supplication to the Almighty what else is connected to seeking God making supplication friends that's called prayer. We got to mingle the Word of God When we seek Him that when you see and come across something that goes against the grain of your life you begin to say God help me change and then when you see something that just speaks to your heart and you never realized before God please write this in my heart that I don't forget that we got to begin to pray that God would walk with us like he walked with Enoch friends we got to pray that we can have a deeper relationship with us with Jesus would have prayed that God would live in us we got to pray that Jesus would talk to us and guide us have you ever prayed that before or are your prayers too preoccupied with me myself and I in my life but if you said God please give me a deeper understanding of your word or you've been a satisfied with where you're at in your relationship with Jesus can you go to another level I think it can in Arc after the age of 65 he began to walk with God in his life just deepened and deepened for 300 years 300 years and only then Gattaca friends we can always go to another level we could always have a deeper relationship with Jesus than you had the day before we can always pray more spend more time in his word saturate our mind more if you're having morning devotion that have morning and evening devotion if you're struggling with that it's Ok you continue to pray God help me but if you're consistent with morning and even of ocean have it 3 times a day like Daniel you want to me and if that's not enough and and you want to deeper relationship with Jesus then it's one of quit your job. It's time to quit your schooling and say God I want to serve you full time you know my devotions when people ask me How do you do your devotional life I tell them it's different Ok it's different I study for a living I spend the whole the very studying the Word of God because I have to share this weekend I had to study this out even though I've written it before but I wrote this last year I had to study it in all so you go deep to another level you make sure you understand you make sure that it makes sense you make sure that it applies to your life so that you can speak to other people's hearts and so I just read I read read read read about 8 to 10 chapters of the Bible a day and I just read read and read and you got to spend more time and so if you finish the Bible the New Year the finish shouldn't in 9 months if you finish 9 months and 7 months just keep reading and saturate yourself with spiritual things and don't forget to spend time in the spirit of prophecy in the writings of l. and white saturate yourself to the point where you say you know what I can't do it I can't spend more time with God and work my job effectively it's time to quit you see that but many of us maybe don't get to that experience we don't you know when I went to theology school I never ever ever went there thinking I wanted to be a pastor even when I graduated I didn't want to be a pastor but I knew that a loved studying the Word of God I really really really enjoyed my time in theology school I had a wonderful time and I knew that I wanted to be in full time ministry but I just didn't want to Pastor I just didn't so you know you get to this point where you're so saturated with the Word of God that you can't think and dream of doing anything else and it's not to say that or this person ever since all friends I got my secret sins trust me we all struggle. But that's what we got to make sure we take our experience consistently to a deeper level Hebrews 11 verse 6 at the end there says he is a reward or of them that diligently seek Him that reward friends is a changed life it's a peaceful life it's a happy life it's a life full of content to mint friends if the conditions are met seeking God He will give the reward God He wants to have a relationship with us today Amos chapter 3 verse 3 says can to walk together except that they be agreed God he is ready he has done his part he is just waiting for you to reach out to him today Genesis 22 Chapter 5 verse 22 tells us you not walked with God after he began Methuselah 300 years his walk was not just one day nor one week no one year friends it was 300 years in UK had a deep abiding trusting and loving relationship with God and it normally grew deeper as each day passed God He wants the same for us today as well friends he wants us to talk with him he wants us to share our burdens with them he wants us to understand him as well he wants us to walk with them the Chinese philosopher. Said the journey of a 1000 miles begins with once they're friends we've got to take the 1st step today. You gotta put off the works of the us there's gotta be some substantial change in your life if you're not used to walking with God if you're not used to reading the scriptures if you're not used to spending time with them there's got to be somewhere in your life where you're going to say Ok I'm going to spend the time there this has to change this has to be removed this has to be put in another time if that's your gym if that one meal if that's over time work if it's your sleep there's got to be sacrifice somewhere you're going to take the 1st or so this evening friends I'm challenging you to take the 1st step to Christ what are you waiting for he's waiting for you and I hope that you'll be willing to set aside your schedule to set aside your time to be willing to change and I'm not talking about change to be righteous change to make room for the Word of God and you've got to figure out what that is some of you it just studies some of us who work some of you it's a family some of you you're just too engrossed in are not even talking about the the bad things but the good things in life maybe that even needs to change to you see that so we have to figure it out God is a reward or of there that diligently seek Him. Are you willing to diligently seek Him today you got to make that effort and I hope that even today it's a Sabbath Bless of ours we are in we have this privilege now to spend time with Christ the times that you couldn't before maybe now you're just crashing and burning maybe you're just tired and exhausted from the week but friends make the effort just like you do in work in your studies I got to do this before a sleepless evening May God help us all geezers he wants to walk with you today let's pray Father in Heaven Lord I thank you so much that you love a soul much in spite of who we are in spite of what we've done. Lord you still want to be with us I pray Father that you would please draw close to each and every one of us I pray that you would police help us to see how madly in love you are with us the Lord I pray that we would make that effort today help us to set aside time help us to plan help us to look at our schedule help us to make appointments with you to keep it just so that we can understand how much you love us Father police help us to have a deeper experience today please walk with us and teach us what it means when you knock walk with you give us that same experience of a lot we want to walk with Jesus our Savior today. Fill us with the Spirit Lord draw close to us speak so hot sun will give us a good night's rest tonight as we were its high for the evening help us to put you also last day as well. To bless us until we meet again we pray in Jesus' name. Amen this media was brought to you by audio verse a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons leave the visit w w w dot audio verse or.

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