Faith Keeps Believing
- Date: November 22, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?” (Luke 18:8)
- From Faith That Prevails
In one of Willard Cantelon's letters, he said, "Recording your sermons is one of the wisest things you have ever done. And knowing that these messages can be transcribed into writing and find their way into all levels of life is the leading of the Holy Spirit. I know we look for the soon return of Jesus; but, as He tarries, we seek to fulfill the ministry He has given us." Willard goes on and covers a number of different aspects. This stuff is so old that I don't think they even have it today; and from reading it, my thumb has actually made a lot of the words go away. So, I'm having more trouble than normal. "YOU HAVE DONE [caps, underlined, exclamation mark] A REMARKABLE ACCOMPLISHMENT [I don't know if that's proper grammar] OF REACHING DOWN TO THE COMMON MAN AND MADE CLEAR A SUPERB SERIES ON GRACE! Tragically, not many (and possibly the majority will not) qualify for the attainment of the class of violent men who take the kingdom by force. You have said, as a Pastor, that you are also a boot camp. Might I suggest that you are West Point? Your series on 'Prevailing Prayer' is absolutely a must in preparation for the end times." You will see that he keeps saying, "Get it in print! Get it in print!" So, we have done some of it; and, hopefully, it will be a blessing.
"Carnal Christians will NEVER understand the message that you bring, (and never know the paradox of Paul's words, '…sorrowful, yet always rejoicing'). Charles Finney spoke of burdens of prayer that were so intense that one actually thought he would die; but he also spoke of the joy that came in such waves of intercession that he felt he could not contain. One does not find such books on the best seller list with all the superficiality of the day, but his book on sanctification, written more than a century ago, still provides the meat that not only blesses and stirs my soul, but also those who are true kingdom builders. I look on your sermons in much the same light. Your church is your platform to the world. The messages inspired by the faith of your people [I believe that one hundred percent], that what is drawn by your faith as you come, has brought some things that might be of benefit to the universal church."
There are a lot of words in here, so I keep trying to pick some. He said, "You will reach out to such people as myself and others, and provide today what is almost impossible to find." That's quite a statement. All I am saying is to try to encourage you to keep believing. If there is truth to what he is saying here, then our faithfulness in this last generation might be beneficial to finishing this course, and seeing people come into a realm of sanctification, and seeing souls added, that could be beyond what we imagine today. It could be beyond our greatest expectation, because in our weakness His strength is made perfect.
"Don't look at yourself as anything but a potential miracle, as a vessel that the power of God can flow through. Yes, clay drain tiles; but the glory and the excellency is of God; amen?" I'll tell you, we might just look like 300 men; but God with Gideon's army was able to do something, praise God! "Star, I want you to know that you are going to pay a price for preaching these messages. I was invited by one of my close friends to preach in the largest church in Texas. I preached a message that was almost identical to yours on 'the kingdom of God suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.' I was never invited back. He knew it was too strong for the congregation (and possibly for himself). He preferred to have the crowd."
Willard - a man who has gone before us. A man who is a giant in his generation, and we have glimpsed his life and will never come close to it; but it inspires me to be obedient. It not only inspires me, it compels me; because, those who have freely received are to freely give.