Monday, March 18, 2013

INDESTRUCTIBLE: "Indestructible Faith"

Here are the notes from the message at New Life Community Church yesterday, March 17, 2013.  This is the second message in the series INDESTRUCTIBLE, and is entitled "Indestructible Faith."  If you would like to listen to this message you may do so by going to our website at  God bless.

Indestructible, Part 2                                                                         Sunday, March 17, 2013
 “Indestructible Faith”

Have you ever felt like life was tearing you apart?  Have you ever felt like you were a bit fragile, and breakable?

We even have phrases that describe this condition:

I went to pieces.
Things fell apart.
I’m wasted.
That took me down.

We live in a world that it seems is bent on destruction.

John 10:10

11 Now if perfection was through the Levitical priesthood (for on the basis of it the people received the Law), what further need was there for another priest to arise according to the order of Melchizedek, and not be designated according to the order of Aaron? 12 For when the priesthood is changed, of necessity there takes place a change of law also. 13 For the one concerning whom these things are spoken belongs to another tribe, from which no one has officiated at the altar. 14 For it is evident that our Lord was descended from Judah, a tribe with reference to which Moses spoke nothing concerning priests.  Hebrews 7:11-14 (NASB)
15 And this is clearer still, if another priest arises according to the likeness of Melchizedek, 16 who has become such not on the basis of a law of physical requirement, but according to the power of an indestructible life.  Hebrews 7:15-16 (NASB)
Have you ever wanted to have super-hero powers?

"faster than a speeding bullet, more powerful than a locomotive, and able to leap tall buildings in a single bound"

X-ray vision, super-breath,

Definition:  incapable of being destroyed, ruined, or rendered ineffective


  1. <diamonds are widely considered to be indestructible because they are one of the hardest known substances>


probably from Late Latin indestructibilis, from Latin in- + destructus, past participle of destruere to tear down — more at destroy
First Known Use: 1667
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.  II Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV)

10 We always carry around in our body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be revealed in our body. 11 For we who are alive are always being given over to death for Jesus’ sake, so that his life may also be revealed in our mortal body. 12 So then, death is at work in us, but life is at work in you.  II Corinthians 4:10-12 (NIV)

13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.”Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself.  II Corinthians 4:13-14 (NIV)

We have the same spirit of faith.  SPIRIT OF FAITH.

For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world—our faith. I John 5:4 (NKJV)

16 Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.  II Corinthians 4:16-18 (NIV)

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.  Hebrews 12:2 (Amplified)

Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.  Hebrews 12:3 (NIV)

As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.  Luke 9:51 (NIV)

Three Faith-Testers:
1.     PEOPLE
3.     PAIN

Three ways people test you:
1.      They can let you down
2.      They can betray you
3.      They can unjustly accuse you

And they began to accuse him, saying, “We found this man misleading our nation and forbidding us to give tribute to Caesar, and saying that he himself is Christ, a king.”  Luke 23:2 (ESV)

43 And there appeared to him an angel from heaven, strengthening him. 44 And being in an agony he prayed more earnestly; and his sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground.  Luke 22:43-44 (ESV)

12 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. 13 But rejoice inasmuch as you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when his glory is revealed.  I Peter 4:12-13 (NIV)

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