[Faith Race 1-28-2021]
Press On In The WORD
These days are pivotal times for mankind, in the midst of a worldwide pandemic and globalization. And in that setting, God has called His faithful to endure trials and tribulation to bear fruit to the glory of God, and finish the race set before them, as Christ did His.
In the quest of determining the direction of our lives, we are being goaded by authoritative influences and guidance in the world to direct our lives. While the general population of the world looks for direction given by man’s authority and wisdom, those born of the Spirit of God are disciplined to surrender to God’s authority and wisdom, to follow the lead of His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, by direction of the Holy Spirit, and endure to the end.
We must not resist God, but welcome His discipline to bear the fruit of righteousness as we look to Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, and endure to a victorious finish in Christ.
Endure to Bear Fruit
As believers in and of Jesus Christ, we as children of God must endure discipline to mature and partake of God’s holiness, in order to follow Jesus, the way and the truth and the life (John 14:6).
While a sharply spiked goad was used to guide resisting cattle in days of old, we have become children of God and sheep of His pasture, to be protected and guided by the rod and staff of the Good Shepherd as we are led in the paths of righteousness, for His name sake (Psalm 23:1-4). It is the Spirit of truth who guides us into all truth (John 16:3), that we may be sanctified by the word of God, which is truth (John 17:17), to be separated to follow Jesus in the light (John 8:12, 11:9-10).
There are times when we must endure chastisement to become and remain fruitful followers as disciples of and in the Lord Jesus Christ. It is in the light that God the Father prunes and disciplines His children, to bear much fruit in Christ Jesus, to the glory of God the Father (John 15:1-2,8).
The Bible accounts for such chastisement. It is written:
If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Should we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:7-11.
Endure to the Finish
We all are running a race in life, be it a proverbial rat race in and of the world, or a race of faith in Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
We must resist the devil’s schemes that distract us from focusing on and in Jesus Christ. For we are called to endure to bear fruit in Christ to the glory of God, and endure to a victorious finish. Such were the lives of the faithful alluded to in the Book of Hebrews (Hebrews 11:1-40), as well as Paul and the apostles of Jesus Christ.
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for he joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls. Hebrews 12:1-3.
It is a faithful saying:
For if we died with Him,
We shall also live with Him.
If we endure,
We shall also reign with Him.
If we deny Him
He also will deny us. 2 Timothy 11:1-2 .
Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
“For yet a little while,
And He who is coming will come and not tarry.
Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back,
My soul has no pleasure in him.”
But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul. Hebrews 10:35-39.
Praise, Bless, and Please the Lord!