Faith Enduring Even More
- Date: August 9, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some is; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:25)
- From Faith That Prevails
The study here on faith and patience that we're doing, we're calling it "Faith That Prevails" or faith that endures. I told you the hardest thing to do to come up with titles over thirty five or forty years. We're basically doing the teaching that we did twenty years ago that we called "Faith and Patience." We just have a different title and a little different emphasis. The emphasis that we want to put on this is not faith and patience that has to do with the physical oppression of the enemy. We're not just talking about faith for healing. We dealt a lot with healing back then. We were having the miracle rallies. We were talking a lot about faith and patience as it had to do with the opposition of the kingdom of darkness. We're still doing that, but we're really talking about a faith and patience that embraces the Christlikeness, the character of Jesus that enables us to finish this race that we're in. What a tragedy it would be to turn aside with the finish line in sight.
The Scripture says we're running this race to please Him. What kind of an effort are we making to please Him who's called us? The admonition that He gives us is found here in Hebrews. You want to turn over there for just a moment, and we'll look at part of this admonition that was given to us by the Holy Spirit.
We're going to look at Hebrews 12 and Hebrews 6 to start off this morning. Hebrews 12 we've already quoted, but I want you to see it again-following the great cloud of witnesses, the great heroes of faith, those who were sawed asunder, those who endured the edge of the sword. Verse 35 of [Chapter] 11, "they were tortured, not accepting deliverance;…others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings." Verse 37, "they were stoned…they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute and afflicted, tormented." As I think about destitution and what a lonely place that must be-it's one thing to be poor, but it's another to be destitute-nothing but God, nothing but God to draw on. Can you imagine being confronted with that? Some chose death. They embraced it. They longed for it because dying was better than living. "Looking for a city whose builder and maker is God" (Hebrews 11:10). Where is our treasure? What really is our motivation to get up in the morning? What is it that is the treasure of our heart? The Bible tells us: it's what we talk about. It's what we put as preeminent. What's first? The choices that we make, are they being made for the eternal? "They wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth." I wonder? We may not ever have to go through this. Can you say, "Praise God," to that? We may not go through this. Today may be as tough as it gets, but the Bible says, "If the days were not shortened, even the very elect wouldn't stand." That doesn't sound like a picnic to me. It is not that tough yet. What are we doing to prepare ourselves? We go on for our master's degrees and we go on for our doctorates. We go to the gym and beat our bodies up so that we can somehow maintain a certain image. We work to become the preeminent on our jobs. How much time do we spend in comparison to that for the kingdom?
If the kingdom is at hand, the Scripture says, "And even more;" (Hebrews 10:25). Now, that relates to the gathering of ourselves together, but I would like to just apply that phrase toward our preparation for His coming. I'd like to apply that phrase toward our hunger for the lost souls that we encounter on a daily basis, as He looked up and saw the fields white for harvest. He had compassion upon them, the Scripture says. Do we have that same burning compassion for the lost that we have for the raise, or what we do with the raise we get so we can have a greater vacation or a bigger savings account? Where are the treasures of our heart? How many times have we been asked this question-how much would change if we knew Jesus was coming back a week from today? "Into caves"-and then he goes on and says, following right on the heels of all of those great clouds of witnesses, "…we also are compassed about with so great a cloud…[and here's the admonition] let us lay aside [the weights]" (Hebrews 12:1).