Faith is Fully Persuaded
- Date: January 8, 2018
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.” (Romans 4:21)
- From Faith That Prevails
It is kind of interesting that it says in Hebrews, Chapter 11 concerning Moses, "[they] esteemed the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures [of] Egypt: For he had respect unto the recompense of the reward." He had respect for that which was going to come from associating with the people of God, the plan of God. When we talk about faith, and we've shared what the word itself means. Faith, as we've talked about it in the past, we know that faith means "to be fully persuaded." The word faith itself means "to have absolute assurance, to be fully persuaded." What does that mean? Well, we hear spoken of Abraham in Romans that "he was fully persuaded that what God had promised He was able to perform" (Romans 4:21). We have a lot of promises in here, don't we? Are you fully persuaded that what God has promised He is able to perform? I want to tell you one thing He promised, He said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you" (Hebrews 13:5). Praise God for that! Let me give you another promise. "God is not willing that any should perish," (2 Peter 3:9). That gives hope for all of our loved ones that are not yet born-again. "God is not willing that any should perish."
I was so blessed as I was at the recent basketball camp. Thank you for all of those who participated in the ministry. We may not reap a lot of direct benefit from that, but I want to tell you something: There was seed sown in people's lives that will never go away! When I was eight years old, I've shared that testimony. I went to something very similar to that and somebody talked about the war for my soul. Satan and Jesus warring for my soul. And I want to tell you something, that never went away! Every day of my life, when I was out fighting, when I was out drinking, and when I was out carousing around, I never forgot that story. There were many times when I laid down at night and was rebelling against the voice of God, never forgot about that story! We may never see the benefits, but the Bible says one sows, another waters, and the Lord brings the increase; amen? (1 Corinthians 3:6-7).
After I got born-again I wrote a little note back to that lady and thanked her, (for the cookies), and for that great story of the love of God where Jesus became sin for me and died for my salvation. Later on this gentleman-it just so happened that where her house was located there on the way from the school-but it so happened that this man actually worked for my father in Fort Ord. And later on, many years later, she had passed away first. But my father let Ben know, Ben Cole was his name, that not only was I a Christian, but that Father had separated us into the ministry. This was as my father was actually still outwardly opposing the gospel, but thought this man should know. The gospel's powerful, isn't it? We're not ashamed, "it is the power of God unto salvation," (Romans 1:16). Thank you for everybody that helped. People taking off work half a day to come up here, for little children that we may never see again. But a seed was planted, praise God! And you know what? It's more for us at times than it is for them; amen? To break loose of the cares of this world and all of the bondage and lust of material things that have ahold of us. Just throw it off and say, "I'm going to sow into the kingdom when it costs me something!" See, many of us are glad when its costs us nothing. I'm talking about faith! See, it takes faith to do those kinds of things because it's a full assurance. It's being fully persuaded. It is an absolute reliance, or trust, in God. And that's part of what I was speaking toward in the last statement that I made, just a trust and a reliance in God. Can you trust God as your source? Are you relying upon Him for any promotions that we might have in this life? Men of faith who were always, absolutely always more focused on the eternal than the temporal. Men who feared nothing that this world was involved in.