- Date: August 7, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.” (Matthew 13:13)
- From Faith That Prevails
Did we come in faith today? Did we come looking to encounter God or just, it's Sunday, so we show up at church? "…He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him" (Hebrews 11:6). If we're here today and desperate for His presence, He will visit us; praise God! We'll be changed. We'll be like Him. As that bride, we will be prepared for His soon coming. The Lord is at hand! Don't forget what time this is that we're living in. We are the people who will very likely see the coming of the Lord. We're the people that will very likely, soon and very soon, see the King! "The trumpet of God will sound, the dead in Christ will rise first and those of us that remain will be changed in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye." Come quickly, Lord Jesus. So we are being called together to prepare ourselves for that hour. Isn't that what you're living for? Or is it the raise, the bigger house, the better car, the clothes, the next vacation? Are we living and moving and having our being in expectation and preparation for that instant transformation? Then we'll see Him, the Scripture says. We'll be like Him. "And so shall we ever be with the Lord" (1 Thessalonians 4:17)! It gets a little weary down here sometimes; doesn't it? But "so shall we ever be with the Lord!"
We're talking about what we can do to prepare ourselves in this hour, in a day when even the very elect are going to be shaken. "To he that endures to the end, they shall be saved" (Matthew 13:13). Do you know what we're in right now? We are in an endurance contest. All that the world has is pressing against us. Everything that is in preparation for the man, Antichrist, the spirit of antichrist is opposing "he who now letteth." The church stands and opposes all that the Antichrist is going to bring. "He who now letteth"-he who now restrains will restrain until "he be taken out of the way and then shall [the Man of Sin] be revealed," the Son of Perdition. (2 Thessalonians 2:7 8). Do you feel that restraining force, right now, that we're called to be? Do you feel that pressure that's against us in being able to endure until the end? We need to become aware of that. Realize that the Lord asked the question, "When I come, will I find faith on the earth?" Not religion. "Will I find faith on the earth? A people who are solely living by a trust in My anointing, and My presence, and My power. A people who have cast off all of the weights and sins that so easily beset, and are running with patience the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith."
Is that where you find yourself, just looking to Jesus? I want you to know something: I can't finish this race in my own strength, but I'm looking to Jesus, the author and the finisher. Are you looking to Him more readily? Do you realize the absolute folly of trying to finish this in your own strength? Do you understand that everything that's behind us that's past, is past? Today is the day of our salvation! What are our eyes focused on today? Are we caught up by the world and its treasures and all of our responsibilities? We're wearing ourselves out. We're serving our vocations, barely able to keep our eyes open as we come before the Lord in our time of devotions, and in the time of feeding ourselves with the Word of God because we're serving this world's system. Lay aside all the weights and sins that have you bound up and run with patience this race. You've got to run it lawfully. This race that we're involved in is the race of pursuing the presence of God, the lordship of Jesus. Paul said, "[I have run this race] henceforth there is laid up for me a crown…not to me only, but unto all them also that love [that are looking for] his appearing" (2 Timothy 4:8).