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Old 10-11-2009, 12:58 AM
 
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Looking unto Jesus the Author and Finisher of Our Faith

The statement's context is important to understanding it full meaning. The statement follows Hebrews 11 which is the Bible's "Hall of Faith." Here are examples from history of men God greatly used who lived by faith in challenging times and we called upon by God to carry out difficult tasks.

The one thing common to these men and women was their faith in God. The believed Him, accepted His words as truth, realized that it was God their Creator who called them to salvation and service and therefore they put their trust in God and obeyed Him. Obeying Him simply means they accepted His will and purpose for their lives.

These faithful men and women were not perfect, and were the same as you and I. The had the same carnal nature, the same desires, the same lusts, the same pride and fallacies you and I are subject too. Yet they were victorious in accomplishing God's will for their lives and are at the moment enjoying in Heaven the presence of the Lord and the blessings of Heaven

Indeed, Satan is a very powerful enemy. Let us never take Him for
granted. Always be watchful, vigilant.
What is the solution? We must keep ourselves close to God. Satan
has no power over us unless we allow it. Try as he might, he cannot
enter our heart unless we open it. We must open the way, we must
permit his entrance. He cannot force himself upon us. Just as Jehovah
God will not force Himself upon us, neither can Satan. It is your
choice. It is my choice. Each one of us must decide what we will do.
Christ pleads for your heart, but you must open.
In 2 Peter, chapter one, I read, "seeing that his divine power
hath granted unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness,
through the knowledge of him that called us by his own glory and
virtue." That's verse 3 of 2 Peter 1. Whatever is needful for having
life and godliness is found through the knowledge of Christ Jesus. It
is by and through this knowledge that we can keep ourselves out of
Satan's grasp.
The world in which we live is guarantee conscious. Everything
we obtain must have some kind of guarantee. Almost the first thing
asked when buying something is, "What kind of guarantee do you
offer?" "What does the guarantee include, how long will it last,"
and the many other questions concerning the intention of the company
to stand behind their product. When buying a new car, a new set of
tires, a new battery; "What is the guarantee?"
Of course, a guarantee is only as good as the company making
the guarantee. Will the company stand behind their guarantee? Have
they the reputation of keeping their part of the promise? Or, will
you have to take them before the courts of the land to force them to
live up to their promises. And then, sometimes we overlook the small
print in the guarantee. We have it in writing, but they have
inserted something that nullifies their promise. How disappointing
it is to seek to have a company make a product good, only to find
out that they have some small print that protects them from doing
what you thought they promised to do. I have said all of that to
make this observation.
There are some guarantees offered to man that we need not
worry about. Some guarantees that are sure, dependable, lasting.
These guarantees are promises made by our God. He guarantees the
important things in life; those things of true value. There is no
small print, there is no attempt to deceive; these guarantees are
easily understood. He will stand behind them; We can rest assured
that His word will stand the test of time. Listen to the inspired
writer, "Wherein God, being minded to show more abundantly unto the
heirs of the promise the immutability of his counsel, interposed
with an oath; that by two immutable things, in which it is
impossible for God to lie, we may have a strong encouragement, who
have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us: which we
have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and
entering into that which is within the veil" (Hebrews 6:17-19). You
see, God cannot lie; thus what He has promised or guaranteed will
surely come to pass.
I wish to examine some of the Lord's guarantees, or promises
which He has made unto mankind. But, first, let us notice that the
Lord has promised to keep every guarantee He has made. I now read
from 2 Peter 3:9, "The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as
some count slackness; but is longsuffering to you-ward, not wishing
that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." And
again, "Let us hold fast the confession of our hope that it waver
not; for he is faithful that promised
" (Hebrews 10:23). We might
question, even doubt man's word; but the Word of the Lord should
never be doubted. His word is constant, unwavering, dependable. We
should never question what the Lord has said. I am persuaded that
some do not follow that advice. Some are heard to say, "Well, I
think this way is as good as the Lord's way." My friends, man's ways
have never been as good as the Lord's way. Jeremiah said a long time
ago, "It is not in man that walketh to direct his own paths"
(Jeremiah 10:23).
In Proverbs 3:6, I read, "In all thy ways acknowledge Him and
He shall direct thy path." You will notice that the Lord will direct
our path. That is guaranteed, it is promised. But to whom? To the
one who acknowledges Him.

Jesus said the peace and joy we have is not the same as the world defines joy and peace. I think many Christians think in worldly terms of peace and joy and are greatly disappointed when their worldly expectations are not fulfilled.


1. Many have doubted the reality of their salvation because their expectations were earthly ones.
2. Yet, our hope and faith in not in worldly solutions, but in heavenly one's that come for God.

3. The child of God who understands this will be at peace with him or her self and will not be tossed about the storms of live.

4. We have times of peace in this life. There are times when things go well and we have few cares. Yet, we do not need strength in these times. It takes no strength to enjoy good times. It is the times when trouble comes that we need strength that comes from the Lord. This is why the Lord tells us to "Look to Jesus" who is the author and finisher of our faith.


D. He too endured the greatest personal suffering the world has ever known.

1. He was God, come to earth to redeem men from their sins and yet His own people hated Him. II. Jesus the Author and Finisher of our Faith.

A. Our faith is in Him....that means His purposes and His plan. Our plan would be to never have any trouble...we would that everything would go smoothly. No challenges, no difficulties, not trouble, no disappointments...just an uneventful life.
B. Yet, God's plan is that we grow and mature. Is it not difficult for a child to learn. If the baby lies in his crib and never moves he will be a peace, but what kind of life would that be? A baby has to experience the bruises and cuts from falling to learn to walk.


1. It is totally unrealistic to think that everything in this life will be all "roses" and good times. That is not the way life is. Yes, we seek for times without trouble.....and we live expecting good times.

C. In Hebrews 11 all these people have hope too. Their hope was in God and they believed His promises.

1. Abel was opposed by his brother and brutally murdered for this faith. 2. Enoch lived in an evil age 600 years before the Flood. He saw every sinful act man could do...yet he was not deterred from walking with God.
3. Noah lived in this same time and preached 120 years the message of salvation and only his family...eight souls believed. He saw the world destroyed. He believed in God all this time and kept obeying the Lord building that great boat. There was a day when the rains came that he was glad he had.

4. Abraham believed God and left his home, the false faith of this father and journeyed south into a strange land believing God's promise that he would be a great nation and be given a land.

5. Moses faced the most powerful ruler in the world at that time. God told him he was to lead Israel out of Egypt....and he did. It was not easy and it was a difficult task. He lead the people out of Egypt physically, but Egypt and its sinful ways were still in the hearts most of the people. Yet, even when they murmured and opposed him, even his own sister and brother...he kept looking unto the author and finisher of his faith.

6. Joshua marched around a city following God's instructions. He followed the Lord in each battle and saw the victories. Yet, the people never really every fully followed the Lord. They stopped before the victory was complete. They married and let their children marry the Canaanites...against God's clear command and they never lived for any length of time in peace because of their disobedience.

7. Rahab was a lying harlot and traitor to her city. She believed God in spite of the pressures she was under and God saved her. She is in the genealogy of the Lord Jesus Christ.

8. All the thirteen judges of Israel believed God and were used by God to deliver that nation. Gideon defeated thousands of Midianites with only 300 men.....and God on his side.


Conclusion:
1. Are we getting the picture now? [b][i]Our hope is in the future. It is in a future the Lord has promised to us.
Hebrews 11:35- 40 says, "Who through faith subdued kingdoms, wrought righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, Quenched the violence of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, out of weakness were made strong, waxed valiant in fight, turned to flight the armies of the aliens. Women received their dead raised to life again: and others were tortured, not accepting deliverance; that they might obtain a better resurrection: And others had trial of cruel mockings and scourgings, yea, moreover of bonds and imprisonment: They were stoned, they were sawn asunder, were tempted, were slain with the sword: they wandered about in sheepskins and goatskins; being destitute, afflicted, tormented; (Of whom the world was not worthy they wandered in deserts, and in mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise: God having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect."

2. They all received a good report through faith. They believed God, lived obeying God in the face of every difficulty live could throw at them. They are now experiencing the result of their faith.

3. But if Jesus Christ is to be the author of our faith....we must believe and allow Him to be our Savior and strength."See that ye refuse not him that speaketh.
For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this word, Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God is a consuming fire."
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