Tuesday, January 5, 2016

"Enduring Faith"

“Enduring Faith”


For you need endurance, so that after you have done God’s will, you may receive what was promised.  For yet in a very little while, the Coming One will come and not delay.  But My righteous one will live by faith; and if he draws back, I have no pleasure in him.  But we are not those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.           Hebrews 10:36-39


The author of Hebrews, which I believe to be the Apostle Paul, is encouraging the Hebrew believers to have an ENDURING FAITH.  In other words, he is telling them to persevere in times of persecution, and be OBEDIENT to the will of God, in order that they might receive their inheritance.


He wanted them to know that the Lord Jesus Christ, the Coming One would be coming without delay, and should find them exemplifying their ENDURING FAITH, a STRONG, ABIDING FAITH, that did not waver or falter, but  was able to withstand the winds of strong persecution.  Then he warns them that if they ‘draw back’ or ‘shrink away’ that they would not be pleasing to Jesus Christ. 


Then Paul says to the Hebrew believers, “But we are NOT those who draw back and are destroyed, but those who have faith and obtain life.”  I think this was somewhat of a ‘pep talk’ to them, in order to bolster their faith and encourage them to PERSERVERE for the cause of Christ.  To hold on to their STRONG ENDURING FAITH so it would not be weakened and they would not lose their rewards.  A weakened faith is non-productive and bears very little, if any fruit, and when one with weakened faith stands before the Lord, they will be ashamed of their life and their lack of PERSERVERANCE for the Kingdom of God.   


This is a lesson for ALL TRUE believers, We NEED to have a STRONG ENDURING FAITH, so we will not disappoint our Lord, but will be able to hear Him say to us; “Well done MY GOOD and FAITHFUL servant!”  “Share your Master’s joy!”  (Matthew 25:21)


If you have not given your HEART and Life to God, then you definitely will NOT hear Him say:  “Well done My GOOD and FAITHFUL servant!”  “Share your Master’s joy!”  Instead you will hear Him say:  “Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!”  (Matthew 25:41)  You NOW have the opportunity to change your destiny, by:  CONFESSING your sins to God and asking Him for His FORGIVENESS, BELIEVING, with ALL your HEART, that Jesus died for YOU, and is ALIVE in Heaven, making intercession for you, before God, then ACCEPT His gift of SALVATION, and work on having a STRONG ENDURING FAITH that will bring about these words:  “Well done My GOOD and FAITHFUL servant!”  Do it NOW, while you still can.  He’s waiting and coming SOON!!

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