Faith Patiently Endures
- Date: December 6, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” (Hebrews 6:12)
- From Faith That Prevails
The great men of faith, when they went out, messed up, didn't they? And they owned up to it. Many of us have too much pride to own up to it. But we've already taken a look at Abraham, and we just finished a look at Isaac: Isaac, the conduit; Isaac, the man who didn't have to set his own agenda. What a man of faith, that just realizes, "The only reason I'm here is to let her flow. I don't have to come up with new revelation. I don't have to be the hotshot on the block. They don't have to have my name in lights. I'm just going to be faithful to take what my father, Abraham, has given me and put it into my son, Jacob, the con man." You talk about faith! How about anointing Jacob? "Dear God, we're going to put all of this in Jacob's hands?" He'll sell it at the next swap meet for the right price, it appears. But maybe God knows something about Jacob that we don't know. That should encourage you parents about some of those kids.
I think about myself. If my dad had been a Christian, and this was put into my hands, I think he would have felt like Isaac. Jacob is sitting there saying, "I pulled it over on them today. I deceived Esau. I've deceived Dad. I am a wheeler dealer. I've got it all for myself." The one thing that we realize is that Jacob was motivated by more stuff, wasn't he? He wanted stuff. He wanted preeminence. He wanted the stuff. He wanted prosperity. He wanted to be in charge, that preeminent spirit, independent. And he really believed that he did all of that. But God is behind the scene going "Oop! Oop!" [Pastor pushes imaginary buttons]. "A man's heart devises his way, but the Lord orders his steps."
So here is God, ordering, directing, every step that's going on-both good and bad. What we would call "bad." In fact, most of the time what we call "bad" is good, because "all things work together for good to them that love God, and ordered according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). That's faith. That's faith. That's the assurance, being fully persuaded that what God had promised, Romans says, He is able to perform" (Romans 4:21). Looking not at the things that appear, that are, but looking into the invisible (the Scripture says about Moses) and calling things that are not what God called them, as though they are. Faith! Not fainting. If we endure till the end, if we don't faint, if we endure, have faith that endures, what will happen? We will inherit the promise (Hebrews 6:12).
So we're just taking some time to look and say, "Where am I in this process?" What we are asking is, Are we making some progress? Are we moving along in a way that is bringing about a new assurance, a new reliance in God? Have you been able to identify things that have been out of order in your life, a spirit of independence? Has the abundance of this life that we have in America been a blessing or a curse to you? Is it something that you can use and distribute and bless others, or is it choking the Word of God out of our lives? This same prosperity, same abundance. It can do both things, can't it?