Further Obedience Builds Great Faith
- Date: January 30, 2017
- Teacher: Pastor Star R. Scott
- Scripture: “Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. ” (Hebrews 4:11-12)
- From Great Faith
So "Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. For the word of God is quick [alive], and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart" (Hebrews 4:11-12).
Has the Word become alive to us? Does the Word go to your mind, or does it come and pierce your heart? That quiet time that we've talked about, that obedience. There's a principle, beloved, in the Scriptures: to those that have shall more be given. The more you obey, the more revelation He will give you, the more enabling of His grace will He give you to walk in further obedience. This is how great faith begins to build up in our lives. So this Word that's alive, as we get before God and we open, as James says, this mirror that reflects the condition of our heart, it is a discerner of the thoughts and the intentions. One of the things that I'm trying to get across is this. We believe that we are what our good intentions are. Don't you think that it would be good to let God reveal our intentions? "Well, I know my own heart." No, the Bible says you don't know your heart. I've run into people that try to argue that point. "I know my own heart." "Well, the Bible says-" And they wouldn't say this-"I don't care what the Bible says. I know my own heart."
How do we get to where the heart is revealed, our intentions and our thoughts are revealed to us? He said a couple of verses earlier, you cease from your own labors. You step back, analyze how much of what we're doing is being done through the mind, through rote devotions, through quick little prayers, and when's the last time we laid before the Lord and came up with this final determination: "I will not go unless Your presence goes with me. I'm tired of playing church. I'm tired of comparing myself by others. I want to know the real condition of my heart and not what I promote it to be"?
So he ends the chapter this way, on a very positive note. He says as you allow the Word to be alive in you and it reveals the thoughts and the intentions of the heart, he said, "Seeing then [verse 14] that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession." Our profession of what? The finished work of Jesus, our profession of the consequences of entering into rest and the Word revealing our hearts. "…let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin." Can you say "Praise God" for that?
Now, the good news of this is that He was tempted in all ways as we are. He knows what we're going through. He knows our frame is dust. And for some people that might get under condemnation, there's nothing to get under condemnation for. Jesus has already been touched with the feelings. He knows this warfare that we're in. He knows the weakness of flesh, that there's no way that this flesh can keep the law of God. He knows that. So He watches us in all of our endeavors and as we're walking in the Spirit and in those times that that grace is working in us, and it's like, "Praise God! Look at the power of God and the presence of God." We're all excited, and then we begin to think it's us. The minute we begin to think we're contributing, what does God do in His love? Yeah, He chastens us. He just throws up some kind of a test, and we fail. "Oh, God, help me." He's touched with the feelings of your infirmities. "Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, [What does the throne of grace provide for you?] that we may obtain mercy, [And where do you find yourself today? Where may we find ourselves down the road in situations that are beyond our control, that are beyond any of our own strength?] and [you will] find grace to help in time of need."