Heb 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Apostle Paul mentions THE sin that so easily besets us. As I wrote about in previous articles, we all have gifts from God, but we also have demonic spirits that will attempt to counterfeit these gifts, or they will attempt to prevent us from exercising these gifts. In order to exercise our spiritual gifts from God, it is VERY important that we recognize THE WORST SIN that is our weak point, and then address it according to the WORD of God.
EVERYBODY has some weakness that keeps cropping up from time to time. You can be sailing along blissfully, feeling on top of the world, and suddenly some situation or circumstance will bring out THE WORST SIN. It might be your temper, or some unreasonable fear, or a strong desire that you simply cannot control. Most people usually have one of three reactions:
- “Nobody is perfect, we are all sinners saved by grace.” TRUE
- “No matter how hard I try, It is impossible for me to overcome this sin.” TRUE
- “I am just going to have to try harder.” FALSE
Although numbers 1 and 2 are actually Biblically correct, they do not actually address our SIN problem. Number 3 is NOT Biblically correct, but it is how the Babylonian Church wants us to deal with SIN, because it does not work and keeps us in bondage. THE WORST SIN IS PRIDE … it is our knee jerk reaction to attempt to deal with problems with our own intelligence, our own strength, or our own work.
There is ONLY one Biblical correct way to deal with SIN in our life, AFTER we have been saved. When our attention strays from focusing on Jesus Christ; what He has done, and who He is, and we start to focus back to ME, MYSELF, AND I, we surely WILL SIN!
The Apostle Pauls gives us the Biblical answer on how to deal with THE sin.
Heb 12:2 LOOKING unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
LOOKING: G872, aphoraō, af-or-ah'-o
From G575 and G3708; to consider attentively: - look.
- to turn the eyes away from other things and fix them on something
We MUST STOP focusing on ourselves and start focusing on JESUS CHRIST!
WE MUST REST! IT IS FINISHED!
If we are struggling with something, if we are struggling with ANYTHING, we are missing it. We are committing the root of ALL sin …UNBELIEF IN THE WORD OF GOD!
Do we believe the Word of God, or don’t we?
Rom 8:31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
Rom 8:32 He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things?
Rom 8:33 Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God's elect? It is God that justifieth.
Rom 8:34 Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us.
The Bible is clear…God provided a sacrifice…God gave His own Son to pay for ALL OF THE WORLD’S SINS! God cannot lie! God says that the sacrifice of His Son, Jesus Christ, is acceptable payment for ALL sin. The veil that separated mankind from God was torn from the top to the bottom the very moment Jesus died on the Christ.
Mar 15:37 And Jesus cried with a loud voice, and gave up the ghost.
Mar 15:38 And the veil of the temple was rent in twain from the top to the bottom.
Mar 15:39 And when the centurion, which stood over against him, saw that he so cried out, and gave up the ghost, he said, Truly this man was the Son of God.
Now, ANYONE can boldly enter into the Holy of Holies and fellowship with the Most High God.
We might say, “But I still sin, if Jesus paid for my sins, why do I still feel guilty for my sin?
Ah! Now that is what we should really be asking… Why do I still feel guilty? The answer is…drum roll please:
We DO NOT actually believe that the blood of Jesus Christ paid for ALL of our sin!
How do I know we do not actually believe? As long as we are struggling with something, it is proof positive that we do not really believe in the Word of God. If we believe, why do we struggle?
Why does the Jesus say we must take up our cross daily?
Luk 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.
Luk 9:24 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: but whosoever will lose his life for my sake, the same shall save it.
We know Jesus is NOT talking about sin because He paid for ALL of our sins. Jesus is talking about our almost overwhelming desire for SELF EFFORT. Our flesh always wants to take a little bit of credit for what God has done, but God has reserved the credit for our salvation, and for our justification, and for our sanctification, ONLY to Jesus Christ.
Rom 4:1 What shall we say then that Abraham our father, as pertaining to the flesh, hath found?
Rom 4:2 For if Abraham were justified by works, he hath whereof to glory; but not before God.
Rom 4:3 For what saith the scripture? Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness.
Rom 4:4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.
Rom 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.
Rom 4:6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,
Rom 4:7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.
We can read about justification by faith, we can understand justification by faith with our minds, but in order to be truly changed, in order to be SANCTIFIED by the Holy Spirit, we must first have REVELATION of our justification from the Holy Spirit!
Rom 8:13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
Rom 8:14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
We need to have that “eureka” moment! The Holy Spirit is mortifying (KILLING) the DEEDS of the body. God is NOT concerned about sin, He dealt with ALL sin two-thousand (2000) years ago. The Holy Spirit needs to kill the DEEDS of the body.
DEEDS: G4234, praxis, prax'-is
From G4238; practice, that is, (concretely) an act; by extension a function: - deed, office, work.
God is constantly allowing us to face “impossible” situations, and circumstances that our limited strength, our limited intelligence, our limited experience, and our DEEDS just cannot handle. Sometimes it takes a short time, and sometimes it can even take years, but eventually we are finally forced to turn our problem (sin) over to God and REST.
In the not too distant future, God is going to allow the whole Church to face an “impossible” situation. We will face an enemy, who will wage war on the saints, and overcome us.
Rev 13:6 And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7 And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8 And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Fortunately for us, the Bible is packed full of stories about people in “impossible” situations and facing overwhelming problems, who were able to emerge victorious because they knew THE secret to victory in EVERY situation and under ALL circumstances.
Heb 12:2 LOOKING unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith;
Jesus Christ is the alpha and the omega, Jesus Christ is the beginning and the end, Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of our faith. Our Father in heaven has given us His sure Word. We can pick up our Bible and read about the beginning, and we can also read about the end.
The story of Gideon is one of the most fascinating stories in the Bible. The children of Israel were dealing with an overwhelming enemy, and they were facing “impossible” circumstances. Although the circumstances were “impossible”, they were not “impossible” enough for God. God told Gideon to send most of Israel’s fighting men home.
Jdg 7:5 So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink.
Jdg 7:6 And the number of them that lapped, putting their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water.
There are different explanations of why God chose the men that “Lapped water like a dog”. Apparently everybody was thirsty, but most of the people fell to their knees and drank directly from the water, but these three hundred (300) men continued to wade across the water while bringing the water up to their mouth with one hand. It seems to indicate that these men were especially eager to go battle the enemy. Why would people be “eager” to face impossible odds? I believe King David gives us the best insight into the hearts of these three hundred men.
1Sa 17:47 And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD'S, and he will give you into our hands.
1Sa 17:48 And it came to pass, when the Philistine arose, and came and drew nigh to meet David, that David hasted, and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine.
Why did David run toward the giant Goliath, and the entire Philistine army, all by himself? David was “expecting” that the LORD would directly intervene in the outcome of the battle. I believe these three hundred (300) men, and Gideon, had been raised hearing numerous Bible stories, every Sabbath, of God intervening when the odds were “impossible” and they were expecting that God would intervene on their behalf. They may have each personally experienced “impossible” odds, and God intervened on their behalf. These 300 men had faith, and they would not be disappointed!
Jdg 7:20 And the three companies blew the trumpets, and brake the pitchers, and held the lamps in their left hands, and the trumpets in their right hands to blow withal: and they cried, The sword of the LORD, and of Gideon.
Jdg 7:21 And they stood every man in his place round about the camp: and all the host ran, and cried, and fled.
The trumpets that the companies blew were “ram’s horns” (shofar). The “shofar” represents the sacrifice of Jesus Christ and the GRACE of God.
Gen 22:13 And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son.
The clay vessels holding the lamps always represent our terrestrial bodies of clay.
Gen 2:7 And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.
The light always represents the presence of God.
1Jn 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.
And the sword of the LORD always represents the Word of God.
Heb 4:12 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.
Therefore, we see that Gideon and the three hundred possessed everything necessary for a complete victory, even against “impossible” odds. All they needed to do was BREAK the clay pitchers. BREAKING the clay pitcher (our flesh) is all about receiving the REVELATION that WE cannot deal with “impossible” odds on our own (humility), WE NEED GOD! King David knew the secret.
Psa 44:6 For I will not trust in my bow, neither shall my sword save me.
Psa 44:7 But thou hast saved us from our enemies, and hast put them to shame that hated us.
Psa 44:8 In God we boast all the day long, and praise thy name for ever. Selah.
Therefore, when we are faced with “impossible” odds, praise God and expect a miracle…that is FAITH!