A Consistent Faith

Preached by Andrew Smellie, August 26, 2007

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Daniel’s consistent faith inspired a king to praise his God!

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The amazing thing about Daniel’s faith was that through all the drama, intrigue and persecution flying around him, he kept a steady reliance on God. Interesting how Daniel’s prayer life didn’t need to change that dramatically but how he persevered in his trust, while “opening the windows” for all to see his faith in God. God remained the focus. Do people see our unwavering faith in God? It’s when we live faithfully like this that we can point people to the reason for the hope we have!

This past Sunday, God blessed the patient faith of many women working together, as KerryAnn Kanch was baptized and added to God’s Kingdom. She read a letter written over a year ago sharing her desperate plea and longing to draw near to God, which will be posted soon. Tears of gratitude overflowed with her new family surrounding her. And everyone was filled with awe! (Acts 2:43)

“A Consistent Faith” preached by Andrew Smellie
Sunday, August 26, 2007

Hebrews 11:1

Hebrews 11:6
Question: Do you have the faith that God can save you?
Question: Wouldn’t it be awesome to have a humble faith?
• The world is in slavery to sin.
• The world is in slavery to anger, bitterness, lust and greed.
• Faith without action is dead.
• As disciples of Jesus Christ, we want to reach out to everyone.
• Courageous faith is the faith that turned the world upside down.
• The Great Commission will never stop. (Matthew 28:18-20)
• Every generation must be raised up to preach the Word of God to people.
• The world will know their God and Savior.
Question: What holds you back from keeping this faith consistent in your life?
Question: What happens with that faith once you got baptized?

• Everyone has faith in something. Even an atheist has faith.
• An atheist has faith in his own reason. He is his own god.
• True faith is having faith in your Almighty God.
Question: What if you were not consistent in brushing your teeth? taking a shower?
Question: What if your employer was not consistent in paying you?
Why don’t we apply that expectation to our faith?
• We have to have a consistent faith by relying on God.

James 1:2-8
• When you get tested, you need to be joyful.
Question: What if your faith was not tested? We would never know it was genuine
Question: What if your doctor was not tested before he got his M.D.?
• God will test you so your faith can be proven genuine for both you and your hearers.
Question: Don’t you want to persevere to the end?
• You should be on your knees in prayer.
Question: Isn’t it awesome that you keep asking God for the same thing and He gives generously again and again.
• Doubt is the opposite of faith.
Question: Have you ever felt tossed and turned when you have been tested and tried?

Romans 8:28
• God either makes it happen or He allows it to happen to test you.
Question: Do you have confidence in His plan?
Question: Do you trust His reason?
Question: What do you have to do to keep your faith strong?
Question: Are you digging deep in your Bible?
Romans 10:17 – Faith from hearing the word

Question: How would you know that you were lacking wisdom?
• You have to examine yourself.
• You got to examine your faith.

2 Corinthians 13:5
Question: When was the last time that you examined your faith?
• You should be testing yourself. Don’t wait for the Final Exam!
Question: Are you really going to be faithful when you share your faith today?
• It is time to be tested. Three points today
1. A consistent faith develops by being tried and tested.
2. A consistent faith is maintained by being disciplined and determined.
3. A consistent faith is rewarded by fruit and favor from God.

Daniel 6:1-9
• Daniel was consistent in his faith from when he was a young man (15-17yr old until he was old – mid 80s.
Question: What if people in your workplace could say v.5 about you?

1. A consistent faith develops by being tried and tested.
Question: Do you see the trap here formed to test Daniel’s faith?
Question: Isn’t this the way that God wants you to be?
Daniel was like Secretary of State or VP.
• V.3 Daniel distinguished himself. Our faith distinguishes us from the world.
• A lot of people carry their Bibles in their hands / go to church on Sunday.
• It is our faith that distinguishes us because no matter what, “God is in control!”
Question: How different are you from the “good” people of this world?
• It is that faith that motivates you to share your faith, get discipling, dream for the world.
• It was not due to his cunning or compromising that Daniel had those exceptional qualities!
• If you are not consistent, then the devil will pull you in to undermine your faith
• The world sees Satan set the trap of hypocrisy so they won’t listen
• You do not need to compromise your character to succeed or get ahead in life.
• If you are committed to being like Jesus in the workplace or in school, then people will respect you.
• It’s not about if people like you, but that they can’t find anything corrupt nor negligent in you.
• God wants us to be free of the sin that corrupts us.
Question: What corrupts us? Sin is what corrupts us.
• Negligence – not doing what you should be doing
• Decree was only 30 days – Daniel could have made the compromise for that short time!
• However, if Daniel was not consistent, then he could have lost everything with God
• Daniel could have made that compromise.
Question: What would you have done in his place?
Question: What is the temptation that causes you to compromise just a little bit?
Question: Are you really happy to have your faith tested to be proven genuine?
• The temptation is to be inconsistent when issues arise.
• Don’t make excuses.
Question: What conviction do you have?

Daniel 6:10-18
• Daniel could have hidden – put he was consistent “prayed… as he had done before”
Question: When are you tempted to be ashamed of your faith?
• Daniel flexed his spiritual muscle: he got down on his knees and prayed to his God who is truly powerful.
• When you have a consistent faith, people see it like Darius did.
• Stop trying to change who you are for other people.
“Let people feel the weight of who you are and let them deal with it.” – John Eldredge
• They see how consistent you are as a disciple of Jesus Christ. You are steadfast.

2. A consistent faith is maintained by being disciplined and determined.
Question: How is your prayer life?
Question: How is your devotional time with God?
• You have got to be working out your salvation with fear and trembling. (Philippians 2:12)
Question: When you spend time in the Word of God are you doing it because you have to or are you doing it because you are lacking and I’m letting God diagnosis & treat me?
• It could have been so easy for Daniel to compromise.
Question: Do you have that conviction to share your faith with people?
• Even the king was hopeful that God would rescue Daniel.
• There are people around you watching to see if you are a consistent Christian or not.
• Our determination and our discipline help bring people to God.

3. A consistent faith is rewarded by fruit and favor from God.
Daniel 6:19-28
• Great example of how to handle when people do hurtful things to you
Question: Do you believe that God can make sure that wounds will not be on you if you trust in Him?
• God cannot be mocked. Justice will be served. (Galatians 6:7)
• Look at fruit of Daniel’s consistent faith. Even pagan king used his position to proclaim God do his whole kingdom! Your example can help more people than you yourself could.
• God can use you to make a difference beyond your wildest dreams.
Question: Why do you fear instead of having faith?
• Because you are afraid of the consequences. (1 John 4:18)
• God will not allow you to be wounded if you have a consistent faith in Him.
• Daniel was rescued from the lions and was saved because of his faith. (not because of his position or relationships)
• Anything without faith is sin. (Romans 14:23)
• “Sharing your faith” with people without faith is sin.
Question: Where is your faith?
Question: Are you testing it? Are you joyful God is testing it to prove it genuine
Challenge number one: We need to be like Jesus so that we become exceptionally faithful men and women of God.
Question: What do they say about you at your workplace?
• When you wake up, get down on your knees and build your relationship with God because that is where you will find peace.

2 Thessalonians 2:13-17
• When you get encouraged, imagine eternal encouragement.

2 Thessalonians 3:1-5
• Challenge number two: Stand firm! Stop being blown around and have faith.

1 Peter 3:21
• We are saved! Let us make sure that God’s grace has an effect in our lives.

Ephesians 2:10
• Created to do good works which God prepared in advance.

• If you are living without joy and faith in God, then there is a spiritual malfunction in you. Examine it so you can be faithful and approved by God.