Faith Apprehends God’s Promises
- Date: July 12, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
- From Faith That Prevails
We want to stir our hearts so that in this last day we are not caught up with all of the busyness, the cares, the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things of this world. Does anybody here contend with a strong desire for the things of this world? There are a lot of things out there to be had, aren't there? Just think about it. Today we can just go on the Internet to do whatever we want to do. Back in the day we used to wait for the Sears® catalog to show up, and then we could start looking at what the new things were. What that new refrigerator was, what was available, the latest and greatest. Today it's being shoved down our throats, the lusts of other things.
How many of you have seen things that you didn't even know existed, but after you saw it you thought, "I need to have one of those." I've had that happen. I didn't even know it existed but once I saw it, I had to have one. I have lived without it all of my life, but now I have to have one of those. It doesn't matter what it is. I'm not sure how I heard about it or whether Greer heard about it, but she brought it home. It was one of those new gadgets that you put water in and you're able to carbonate it. Have you seen those yet? It's supposed to save you money, but I don't know if it's saving us any money. I don't know what the syrup jugs that add the flavor cost, but being the type person I am I want to pour in half jug. Also, I always put more carbonation than it can hold. I blow the safety valve off that thing every time. There's just not a whole lot of moderation in me, so I found abstinence works.
I have to admit, I'm becoming more moderate in things. The Lord is working in my life and I thank Him for it, but there's still that lust of the flesh, lust of the eyes and the pride of life that says, "I deserve that. I need one of those." We're at war, aren't we? There's the world and there's the devil, but the main culprit is self. We're talking about faith that causes us to prevail in this last day, faith that can apprehend the promises of God, faith that allows us to walk in an attitude of thanksgiving when we embrace the cross of God and the denial of self. Jesus said, "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23). I think that requires a little bit of faith, doesn't it? Faith that prevails.
We have done a lot of teaching on the cross. We've even talked about the fact that some of us, after a straight year of teaching on the cross from one perspective to the other, some of us even had the attitude of the burden of the Lord. We shared that God was speaking to us directly saying, "Don't get caught up in that." As we were challenged we backed off from that and as we changed perspective we began to talk about faith that prevails. Do you remember? Don't forget that this faith is primarily to apprehend the promises of God that have to do with our sonship, with our righteousness, with our ability to walk free from the lust of the flesh; our ability to reach out and embrace the cross with thanksgiving. That's what our faith is needed for and we don't want to lose sight of that.