Faith Does the Word
- Date: January 27, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ” (Hebrews Hebrews 4:11-12)
- From Great Faith
We have so many people today that are satisfied just studying the Bible. Happy Christians, "Oh, we had a great study last night. Oh, let me tell you what I just learned. Oh, let me quote a couple of verses." Now, we dealt with somebody recently that goes to one of the most popular churches in this area, whose testimony to another Christian was, "If we're going to relate, Jesus has to be first in my life." Does it all sound good so far? "But our premarital sex is okay." Hmm! Church is full of folks. They all love Jesus. This person [says he] loves Jesus, talks about Jesus, witnesses about Jesus, says Jesus has to be first. Parents who are in church every Sunday. Parents who will witness. Parents who are diligent about fellowshipping with others, know of a situation and prepare for it. And, cut straight through! But are they doing it?
How much of the Word are we responsible to do? All of it! We assume that! And all I'm saying, beloved, is if you think that these thousands and millions of people in all of these buildings that are churches-if you think that the magnitude of that unbelief will not affect you, you're naïve. Because, remember Israel? They all came through the water, didn't they? They all saw the miracle. Can you imagine, these people saw the pillar of fire, the cloud by day! They saw the waters divided and congeal! They went across on dry land! They drank from the rock! And then they murmured.
Let me tell you something. If you're murmuring, you're not going to keep murmuring unless somebody's listening to you. So they murmured and murmured and murmured and murmured. If we go back to that Numbers passage, we remember what this murmuring caused. One of the things was they murmured against Moses, right? "Moses brought us out here to kill us. We need a new leader." And all of the stuff that went on that they were murmuring and murmuring and murmuring, and God finally said, "Listen, I'm tired of this. Ten times." Can I ask you a question? Is unbelief contagious? Is murmuring contagious? Is fear contagious? As we're preparing to enter into a day-listen. The wilderness doesn't compare. Sodom and Gomorrah don't compare. The days of Noah are referred to-as it was in the days of Noah, so shall it be in this day of the coming of the Son of Man. (Matthew 24:37)
Are we prepared for that? See, my job as a pastor is to make sure that we're ready for what's coming. My job isn't to teach you the Bible. My job is to equip you to do it. That's called feeding. The pastor's role is to feed and to lead, to set you on a course and say, "No, you're not going anywhere but down this straight and narrow path. We're going to cut straight through the Word of God. We're not going to look to the right hand or the left." That's leading. Feeding is, "Do it." Set a course and let's do it. We find the places of the still waters and the green pastures and the path where God leads us. My heart's burden, as I was praying this afternoon and just asking Father, "What can I do? What more can I do to prepare a remnant?" And He says, "Labor". There are three aspects of this word: study, diligence, and obedience. One of the literal aspects of it is just to be doers. That's the obedience factor. They that believe that He is, and He is a rewarder to those that diligently seek Him.
So, "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" Hebrews 4:11-12).