Faith Treasures the Eternal
- Date: December 8, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” (Matthew 6:24)
- From Faith That Prevails
We want to contrast a little bit the heart of Jacob with the heart of Moses. The abundance, the pursuit of abundance, on Jacob's part and what God had to do to pry it out of his hands and set him free, as opposed to the heart of Moses, who refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter. Let's look at the wording there in Hebrews 11. "By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches" (verses 24-26). Faith. Faith is able to see into the spirit realm. Faith is able to see into the eternal. Faith begins to look to the treasures of being risen and seated with Christ in the heavenly places. Can you think of a treasure greater than that? Can you think of a treasure greater than that stone that is going to be handed to you some day with a name written on it that's between you and God? What treasure do you think can be deemed greater than that? I wonder what epitaph can ever be written about you that would be greater than the words, "Enter into this rest." What are we living for, the eternal or the natural? That's the great question that we're trying to ask in these teachings. We quote it, and we quote it, and we quote it-"To be a friend of the world is enmity with God" (James 4:4). "Ye cannot [love] God and mammon" (Matthew 6:24).
"When I come will I find faith on the earth?" Let's see, as we go on, if we can get this question answered in our own lives. "I'm sure, Lord. Because though everybody else forsakes You, I'll be standing. I got this thing figured out. I got it together. Every day, I'm just trusting the Lord. I live every day by faith. There's no day different for me." Really? "Yes, I've got this thing down. I've got this doctrine down. The Scripture says very clearly that we trust Him for everything, and in Him we live and move and have our being. So, yes." Jesus came to a time in His life, beloved, when even He prayed more earnestly. If you think every day is the same, you don't understand; you have never come to that place yet-and you will! You will have your Gethsemane. You will have your Mount Moriah, because your faith must be proven so that God will say, "Now I know that you love Me."
Part of what we are sharing is trying to get you ready for day so that you don't panic. We were just sharing that somebody in our fellowship here that loves God and has been faithful and yet is experiencing many different adverse circumstances may be thinking, "What is God doing to me?" with almost a bitterness towards the Lord as these pressures and hardships are coming in. Do you want to know what He is doing to you? The trying of your faith works patience. "Well, I'm ticked off, and I'm ticked off at God!" Guess what? You're going to get more trials then, because we are to joy in the midst of tribulations. "Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations" (James 1:2). "Count it all joy? I'm ticked!" Well, you know what? If you're ticked, tell God you're ticked. And God will say, "I understand. Take this!" Because it's the only biblical way to increase, to reveal, our faith to ourselves.
"Count it all joy when ye fall into divers temptations; Knowing this, that the trying of your faith worketh patience. But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing" (James 1:2-4). If you can find another way for me in the Scriptures, I'll gladly take that route. It's not there. Even Jesus learned by the things He suffered. He's the captain of our salvation. He's the author and the finisher of our faith, and you think you have another way? No, I don't even want to hear it. Yet we go out, and there are people preaching that kind of doctrine all over the country. It's a lie against the truth. "When I come, will I find faith on the earth?"