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QUALITIES OF FAITH

Rom 14:22-23


{22} Do you have faith? Have <it> to yourself before God. Happy <is> he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

{23} But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because <he does> not <eat> from faith; for whatever <is> not from faith is sin. nkjv

 

Introduction:             

While in seminary I worked for a brief time in the Lenox Factory. I worked in the department called Quality Control. The quality of workmanship amased me. At times the workmanship was very poor.


If we had a quality control department for faith how high would our rating be? I think the text relates to a quality kind of faith. Listen as the text unfolds concerning quality faith.


1.         Quality Faith Is . . Personal

2.         Quality Faith Is . . Positive

3.         Quality Faith Is . . Protective




1.       Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Personal.     v 22 a

"Do you have faith? Have <it> to yourself before God."


A. A Personal . . Probe Concerning Faith.

                        "Do you have faith?


B. A Personal . . Proposal Concerning Faith.                                          “. . . Have <it> to yourself before God."


ILLUSTRATION: TOPIC: Dedication INDEX: 3508-3511 SUBTOPIC: Personal     

General William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army, was once asked the secret of his success. General Booth hesitated a moment, then with tears streaming down his cheeks he replied, "I'll tell you the secret; God had all of me there was to have. From the day I got the poor on my heart and a vision of what Christ could do, I made up my mind that God would have all there was of William Booth -- God had all the adoration of my heart, all the power of my will and all the influence of my life."

   The birth of the Salvation Army came about through a man who offered his life as a sacrifice to God.


Application:


Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Personal



2.       Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Positive. v 22b-23 a

            [22 b] ". . . Happy <is> he who does not condemn himself in what he approves.

            {23} But he who doubts is condemned if he eats,. . . "


A.        Positive in . . Decision.          v 22 b

            ". . . Happy <is> he who does not condemn

himself in what he approves.


B.        Positive in . . Determination.           v 23 a

" . . . But he who doubts is condemned if he eats,. . . "


Illustration: TOPIC: Bible SUBTOPIC: Standard of Faith and Duty

            "There are a good many problems before the American people today, and before me as President, but I expect to find the solution of those problems just in the proportion that I am faithful in the study of the Word of God."

            "I ask every man and woman... that from this day on they will realize that part of the destiny of America lies in their daily perusal of this great book." Woodrow Wilson 28th Pres.


Application:


            Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Positive.



3.       Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Protective. v 23b, c

            ". . .because <he does> not <eat> from faith; for whatever <is> not from faith is sin."


A.        Faith protects us from our . . Impulses. v 23 b

            ". . .because <he does> not <eat> from faith; for whatever <is> not from


B.        Faith protects us from our . . Iniquity. v 23 c

            ". . . for whatever <is> not from faith is sin."


Illustration: TOPIC: God INDEX: 364-365 SUBTOPIC: Protection of

A believer was fleeing from his enemies during a persecution in North Africa. Pursued over a hill and through a valley with no place to hide, he fell exhausted into a cave, expecting to be caught. Awaiting his death, he saw a spider weaving a web. Within minutes, the spider had woven a beautiful web across the mouth of the cave.


The man's pursuers arrived, but on seeing the unbroken web assumed it impossible for him to have entered the cave. Later that believer exclaimed, "Where God is, a spider's web is like a wall. Where God is not, a wall is like a spider's web." Few things offer security to believers more than an awareness that God will use His overcoming power to protect them.


Application:

                    Qualities of Faith; Faith is . . Protective.