Women of Faith

WOMEN OF FAITH

(Pastor Lee Jackson – FFWC)

1.  INTRODUCTION – IN 2 TIMOTHY WE HAVE THE GREAT APOSTLE PAUL WRITING TO YOUNG TIMOTHY FROM PRISION IN ROME.  PAUL WAS NOT WRITING TO COMPLAIN ABOUT HOW UNFAIRLY OR HARSHLY THE LORD WAS TREATING HIM BUT TO INSTRUCT AND ENCOURAGE YOUNG TIMOTHY.  TIMOTHY HAD A GREAT SPIRITUAL HERITAGE.  HIS GRANDMOTHER LOIS AND HIS MOTHER EUNICE WERE WOMEN OF GREAT FAITH AND PAUL WAS CONVINCED THAT THIS FAITH WAS ALSO IN TIMOTHY.  IN ACTS 16:1 PAUL FIRST MET TIMOTHY AND HIS MOTHER WHEN HE TRAVELED TO LYSTRA AND DERBE AND FOUND A DISCIPLE NAMED TIMOTHY WHOSE MOTHER WAS A BELIEVER AND WHOSE FATHER WAS A GREEK.  TIMOTHY’S FATHER IS NEVER MENTIONED AGAIN.  HIS SPIRITUAL HERITAGE CAME THROUGH HIS MOTHER AND GRANDMOTHER, WOMEN OF GENUINE FAITH.

2.  TEXT 2 TIMOTHY 1:1 – 7

3.  CHARACTERISTICS OF GENUINE FAITH

     A)  BRINGS DIVINE FAVOR & LEADS TO SALVATION

•  Eph 2:8-  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

•  Joh 1:11-12-  He came unto his own, and his own received him not. 12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

     B)  SANCTIFIES THE HOME (1 COR 7:14)

•  IMPACTS FUTURE GENERATIONS

•  IT IS NOT EASILY ABANDONED OR DISGARDED

•  OUR CHILDREN KNOW IF OUR FAITH IS GENUINE

     C)  ESSENTIAL TO OUR LIFE IN THE SPIRIT

•  FAITH IS ONE OF THE SPIRITUAL GIFTS (1 COR 12:9)

•  FAITHFULNESS IS THE FRUIT OF THE SPIRIT (GAL 5:22)

     D)  ENCOURAGES OURSELF AND OTHERS

•  PAUL WAS WRITING  TO TIMOTHY FROM PRISON BEGINS BY ASSURING TIMOTHY OF HIS LOVE AND PRAYERS

•  PAUL TOLD TIMOTHY TO “STIR UP THE GIFT THAT WAS IN HIM”.  I BELIEVE THAT HE WAS REFERING TO THE GIFT OF FAITH.

     E)  DISPELLS FEAR AND OPERATES IN LOVE

•  “GOD HATH NOT GIVEN US A SPIRIT OF FEAR, BUT OF POWER AND OF LOVE AND OF A SOUND MIND” (7)

•  “THOUGH I HAVE ALL FAITH SO THAT I COULD REMOVE MOUNTIANS, BUT HAVE NOT FAITH, I AM NOTHING” (1COR 12:2B)

4.  GENUINE FAITH WILL BE TRIED – QUEEN ESTHER

•  PLAYERS IN DRAMA:  QUEEN ESTHER, UNCLE MORECAI, HAMEN, THE KING

•  ESTHER RAISED BY HER UNCLE A WOMAN OF FAITH

•  KNEW SHE WAS RISKING HER LIFE

•  CALLED ALL THE JEWS TO 3 DAYS OF PRAYER & FASTING

•  WE SEE THE CHARACTERISTICS OF GENUINE FAITH (A–E)

5.  CONCLUSION– THE SPIRIT THAT DROVE WICKED HAMEN TO HATE THE JEWS IS THE SPIRIT OF THE ANTICHRIST, WHICH IS FROM SATAN.  IT IS ALIVE AND WELL TODAY.  IT IS OUT TO DESTROY OUR CHILDREN, OUR FAMILIES AND THE CHURCH.  JESUS ASKED THE QUESTION, “WHEN I COME WILL THERE BE ANY FAITH?” WE NEED GODLY WOMEN TO STEP UP AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE.  MORDECAI’S CHALLENGE TO ESTHER RESONATES TO THE WOMEN IN THIS CHURCH TODAY: WHO KNOWS WHETHER YOU HAVE COME TO THE KINGDOM FOR SUCH A TIME AS THIS?”

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