James 5:7-12

Aug 2, 2020 | Messages, Sermon Videos

Trey and some members of his family are sick. We kinda knew that Monday at the deacons meeting, he was coming down with a cold. 

He told us that he wasn’t feeling well, he called me Friday evening and that if I would be ready to go. And so, of course, I said, I’d be more than happy to, but he left a message that he wanted me to read to the church, and he’s also left, and I know that this is unusual for us in Baptist churches, but he’s also left a prayer that he has written that he would like me to pray, and so in a moment, I’ll be reading that prayer… By the way, I grew up with that, so I’m already comfortable with that. I grew up in a Presbyterian church and seemed like all the time the prayers were read, but we’re not usually accustomed to that, so Pastor Trey writes here,

 

Hi Redeemer Family, my family and I are sick, nothing serious, but after taking one of our daughters to the doctor, a Covid-19 test was ordered.

I am still feeling the effects of whatever has been passed around my family, normally, I probably would have been all right to preach, and I’m so excited to finish the 10 Commandment portion of the Exodus of the Book of Exodus on coveting.

But one of our churches precautions during this confusing time is that if you have symptoms you should stay home, that combined with the test being still out there led me to the decision to stay home today, it was horrible timing as well because I’ve missed you over the last few weeks, God is good and has been working on me in wonderful ways, I look forward to sharing some of what God has been teaching me soon, until the, Please know that I miss you.

Please received the word of God as preached by my father with all joy and eagerness. Let us bow for prayer together.

 

Heavenly Father,

Thank you for our church family and for your grace that has been worked out in each one of us, we need you to know, and we need to know you and to experience your presence. Lord, open our eyes to the promises of the cross, pour out your love in our hearts again, fill our church with a spirit of understanding and a humble attitude of repentance and a passionate desire for righteousness in the path of your judgments, O Lord, we wait for you. Your name and remembrance are the desire of our soul. Our soul earns for you in the night. Our spirit within us earnestly seek you. So when your judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world learn righteousness. Work in us now, we pray in the Lords precious name. Amen.

 

Would you turn please to the book of James, James chapter 5 once again.

So those that have not been with us the last two weeks that I’ve been preaching while Pastor Trey was on vacation, we’ve been in the Book of James, and I had a couple of other passages already on my heart that I said, Well, you know, I’d like to preach on these passages at some point in the future, even before Trey called on a Friday evening.

 

And when he called, he said, Well, you know, I was going to preach on the commandment thou shall not covet. Maybe you could look at it from the point of view of James.

 

And remember we said that James early is an exposition of Micah 6-8. he has shown you, O man, what is good. And what it is that the Lord does require of you, but to love mercy, to do justly, and to walk humbly with your God.

 

And of course, in the book of changes, there are a lot of shadow, shall we say, Old testament teaching and preaching, and he has a great deal to say about lusting or coveting. Of course, in James Chapter 1, we are told, every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and entice.

 

We’re also told later in the book, you have not because you ask not, you ask and receive not, because you ask amiss that you may consume it upon your lusts.

 

And certainly, both of those passages would have been very enlightening when it comes to the sin of covetousness, but I told Trey, I said You, you prepared your message and you put a lot of work into the message, so I think I’ll leave that and maybe I’ll go to another area in the Book of James.

 

And so thought I immediately settle on this passage that we’re gonna be looking at, as I sat down at the kitchen table with my books and all the rest of the day, but then Saturday… And this is the worst thing a preacher can do. I started second guessing myself. Maybe I shouldn’t preach on that, maybe actually preach on this… I appreciated that last song, I love that last song, if you’ve not seen either the Peterson rendition of that song on YouTube or the Chris Tomlin rendition of that song on YouTube, I would encourage you to view those… They’re excellent -very moving.

 

But the other one line, do you feel the darkness… We live in a dark world. This week, Tim Capon, the state representative was on campus with some of the other board members, they were looking over some things that we had done this summer in the way of remodeling and sprucing up campus.

 

And I had a private word with him and I said, These must be very difficult days for our churches, in our fellowship here in the state, he said, Yeah, these are unchartered waters, so that puts a great deal of stress on leadership doesn’t it? Decisions have to be made. And so the first thing that came to mind is we need wisdom, if there was ever a day, because not only of the Covid business but also the political environment that we’re living in, the social tensions, the believers need wisdom. And I don’t know about you, but I’ve been crying out to God for wisdom, and I’m thankful that James tells us that, if any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, who giveth us to all men liberally and upbraideth not

 

I say, Well, maybe I ought to preach on wisdom.

 

James has a great deal to say about wisdom, he says in James 3, and this was the other passage I was thinking about preaching on, he says, The wisdom that is from above… is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial, and sincere… And I thought to myself, You know, we need that kind of wisdom today, it’s not becoming the Christian church to be either rash, harsh or unreasonable… In the day and age in which we live, we need to truly drink deeply at the well of Biblical wisdom, to be as Jesus said, harmless as doves. But at the same time, wise as serpents- that as I was about past through my message yesterday morning, about 10 in the morning and the preparation of it, and I just didn’t have peace about it.

 

And I told my wife, I hit a brick wall, and I used to hate this when this happened as a pastor, I was like, you sense that the Spirit of God is not directing you here, but here.

 

And that’s kind of what happened.

 

So I came back to my original message that I had settled on Friday evening here in James Chapter 5, look at it please at verses 7 through 11, James 5, 7 through 11, Be patient, Therefore brothers, until the coming of the Lord, see how the farmer waits for the precious food of the earth, being patient about it until it receives the early and the late rains.

You also be patient. Establish your hearts.

 

For the coming of the Lord is at hand. Do not grumble against one of another brothers, so that you may not be judged. The judge is standing at the door.

As an example of suffering in patients, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord. We consider those, blessed who remained steadfast?

 

You have heard of the steadfastness of Job, and you have seen the purpose of the Lord .How the Lord is compassionate and merciful. I’d like to call your tension to Verses 10 in the first part of Verse 11, as an example of inpatient patients, brothers, take the prophets who spoke in the name of the Lord.We consider those who remain, we consider those blessed who remained steadfast.

 

There of course, is a sort of happiness, which is found in the world, and if most people were honest, they would say That’s what they seek after in their life, their highest good, they’re the end of their lives is to be happy, a safe, prosperous, healthy in trouble free existence is the standard by which many would judge a good life or a bad life, if I have been relatively healthy, trouble free and prosperous. That’s a good life.

 

If the opposite is true, that’s a bad life.

 

Now, of course, that’s not biblical, but that is the world in which we live, it is common when people wish each other a happy new year, for example, that what they really mean by that is, I hope the coming year for you is prosperous, healthy, trouble free… That’s what I wish is for you now, that’s not necessarily a bad thing to say, and it’s not a bad thing to wish for, and certainly it isn’t a batting to have in one’s life, but that is not what James expresses as the highest good.

 

There is an expression in Latin, s**** v**** that’s used sometimes in philosophy, you may come across it from time to time, it means the highest good… The is the highest good for the believe the.

 

James wraps it up for us here. Behold, we count them Blessed, he that remained steadfast.

 

James has been giving us in throughout the book, really a biblical perspective about life, I tried to drop on occasion pearls of wisdom about the nature of this love, just to give you an example. For example, you go back 1 chapter 2, verse 14 And chapter 4, you say you, yet you do not know the tomorrow or the what does your life… So you are mist, that appears for a little time and then vanishes, in other words, the brevity of life, the temperal nature of life, consider your life in the perspective of the fact that you are an eternal soul, your soul will spend eternity somewhere. that is a profound thought, sometimes in the midst of our struggles in life, we think that this is all there is, that either the struggles of life or it’s a nasty now and now as we call… Whatever that is. That it always be like this. No, James reminds us that life has a termination point, we don’t like to think about it, that there were comes appointed time in which all of us will pass in eternity, and he reminds us there, and he’s doing a very similar thing here, he says, The S**** V*** for the believer. We count them blessed who endure. And I like to get hold of that principle, today, we read in Proverbs chapter 10 and verse 9, whoever walks in integrity walks securely. But he who makes his way is crooked, will be found out.

 

The key to true happiness, biblically, for the child of God is to walk in the light of God’s word and to endure in that. the word happy here is the same word which is translate translated blessed elsewhere, and of course, I’m interchanging here two versions of the Bible, because the King James Version says, we count them blessed and of course, really it’s happiness.

 

And the little Jesus Christ in the Beatitudes pronounced a number of blesseds, blessed are the pure in heart, and James is kind of using it as a congratulatory comment.

 

He was the person that we look at their life at the end of their life, when we say now that person was truly living life as they ought to live well, he says, it’s the person that endures.

 

At what point may a person look back upon their life and say, Oh, I’ve done well, I have kept the faith, I have finished my course, as the apostle James did, I have done the will of God, I’ve done that which was required of me, so I…

 

I have lived correctly.

 

Well, here it is, we count them happy, we count them blessed which endured. now assuming that the person that we’re talking about has been begotten of God or born again, as we have looked at in the last couple of weeks in James Chapter 1-18. James is building upon that now, so if you’ve never been born again, that’s the starting point for you, you cannot say in any way, shape or form that your life is best apart from the new birth, but assuming that that is true, and I’m sure for many of us in the room, we would say that that’s true of us, James then builds upon that, and he says that the truly successful Christian is the person whose life is marked by patient well-doing.

 

Regardless of our circumstances, regardless of opposition, regardless of persecution, regardless of economic hardship, regardless of privation, whatever in the case might be, patient well-doing is the mark of a truly  successful Christian. Endurance implies more than merely hanging on. Sometimes we may feel like, that’s all we can do.

 

I’m hanging on by my finger nails, I don’t wanna give up my profession of faith, but it is hard. Life is difficult. If you’ve been there, I truly do empathize with you, but in enduring means more than that here, in doing means that a person persists or persevere in living righteously.

 

A couple of examples.

 

Now, let me just say here, I went to just pause for a moment and say, as I’ve mentioned to you, there are certain things that characterize the Book of James, it’s an intensely practical book, and some would say as a result as that that James lays far too much emphasis on the practical and not enough on the position or doctrinal part of the Christian life.

 

Let me just say to you that you know that the apostle Paul did more to expound the gospel of sovereign grace than any other apostle.

 

Now Peter mentions it, of course, and John does as well, but Paul expounds it for us in places like Romens and Galatians, Is James alone in defining the Christian life this way,  a truly successful Christian is one who patiently endures by… Well-doing. well, I think that he does.

 

In Romans Chapter Two, verse six, we read these words, He, that is God, will render to each one according to his works. To those who by patient into doing seeks or glory. And honor and immortality, He will give eternal life. But for those who are self-seeking and to not obey the truth but obey righteousness, there will be wrath, and fury  So I want a mark in the Bible, so far as the gospel of grace is concerned, and you can stretch assuming a note to James here, he tells us this is the true mark of a Christian who by patient, well doing that is consistently steadfast well-doing the person who does that will be blessed, will be rewarded.

 

It is not nearly being in affliction, and I think sometimes we look upon affliction as meritorious, now that’s no real change is referring to her, it’s not really being in affliction, that is varying affliction in the spirit of our Lord Jesus Christ and the prophets before him.

 

It is patiently enduring, living in that way, which is pleasing in God’s sight, that really reveals the beauty and strength of the godly life.

 

So James develops this in a particular way, he as illustrates the principal by pointing us to the life, the lives of the Prophets, which is a very comprehensive subject, of course, and he also mentions another that we’re very familiar with in that is Job. But as I read this passage in the King James version, I met a very similar verbiage to some passages in Hebrews, and so what I would like to do today is give us three examples that we find in the Book of Hebrews of prophets who endured… inspite of great opposition, great difficulties, great trials, who patiently persevered in well doing that we would count blessed. And see what we can learn from their lives.

 

And the first example that we have is that of Abram or Abraham in Hebrews 6:15. would you turn there please?

 

Go back to verse 12. Here is our first prophet, who is an example of patient well-doing or steadfastness?

 

Verse 12 says, So that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

 

So when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by room to swear, he swore by himself saying, Surely I will bless you and multiply you, and thus Abraham having patiently waited… Obtained the promise. He patiently waited and obtained the Promise.

 

No, the abolition, you can see there in verse 12, it is intended to inspire us to be faithful and to be patient in well-doing as we trust God’s promises, and of course, the example is that of Abraham.

 

What was it about Abraham’s example, which we are to lay hold of to help us in our fight to endure.

 

Well, God gave him a promise, he had actually given him a series of promises, but he gave him a promise in verse 14 there, and all though he oath of God, of course, endured many tests and trials before the promise was fulfilled.

 

Think about all that Abraham had been, though God had promised him that in his seed, the earth would be blessed, that he would make of him a mighty nation, as many as the stars in the sky and the sand upon the seashore.

 

That was the promise of God, and Abraham laid of that promise, but there were many dangers toil and snares that he had to pass through before he saw that promise come to fruition.

 

He, of course, had the famon that took him down to Egypt, he had the whole business with a Lot and Sodom and Gomorah… You remember how he had to go after a lot and his family, his family was so not… You had to go and make war.

 

All of those things that occurred, all of those use a long of time, we were told that God so as promised to land to Abraham in Genesis Chapter 12, any promised the birth of Isaac in Genesis chapter, what I want.

 

It was also told in the word of God that he was about 100 years old at the time of Isaac, and he was 99 years old when the Lord appeared to him the second time, and told him that in his seed the earth will be blessed.

 

That he was a much younger man.

 

When God first told him, get up out of your country go into a land and I will show you and I will make of you a mighty nation.

 

Now, how old Abraham was or Abram in those days, when God first called him and promised him that we don’t know, we’re not really told, we can kind of make a guess, but it was many years ,decades that God had told him that, and yet he endured.

 

He clung to the promise, the sojourned quite a few years, and even the land of promise, he sojourned in Hebrews Chapter 11 with Isaac and with Jacob.

 

He didn’t really have a place. As a matter of fact, when it came time to bury his wife, he had to purchase a piece of land in Hebron… Now, the point of this first then, is that the patient endurance of Abraham had a reward, it was a long time coming, but it had a reward

God has not called us We will hear necessarily on this, there are listings along the way… Yes, absolutely. The blessings of the Christian life are many, but the truth is, Heaven isn’t until the life to come.

 

Sometimes we get that confused.

 

Sometimes we think that because the follows of Christ, life should be easier, life should be happier in the worldly sense, and we find that that’s not true, and we become disillusioned, sometimes I’ve seen Christians even get bitter about that.

 

The point of Abraham’s life and the illustration in the Book of Hebrews is to show us that Abraham lived a life of faith, and has James points out, that enduring principle of faith led to a godly life that had a reward in the end, in deities, bad times, in times of plenty, ’cause God made him a mighty man, a wealthy man, but also in times of famine.

 

We Are stuck by the stuff he endured.

 

We are called to follow his example of godly, the obedience, thereby demonstrating that we as the Father and his son, Jesus Christ, that we live by faith and not by sight. That’s the example.

 

And his example is one we should cling to in our struggle, the second example we have in the life of endurance is the man Moses, would you turn to Hebrews 11? Hebrews 11:27.

 

My faith, it says, Moses left Egypt not being afraid of the anger of the king, for he endured.

 

as seeing him who is invisible. By faith, he kept the Passover and sprinkled the blood, so that the destroyer of the first born might not touch them.

 

Now, has the scripture builds upon itself in everything it may be said that everything that we’ve said about Abraham certainly applies to Moses, that He… Like Abraham went through severe trials that even after he left Egypt, it was many years before he came back and led Israel out through the power and might of God, He too endured much in between the time of the Promise and the time that the reward appeared, many many years later, he would stand on the precipice of the promised land, he would go out to Mountain Nebo and God would show him the land.

 

He would see it, he wouldn’t had her in, but he would see it, and the question that naturally arises is, how did this man do it… I mean, if you read Moses is life, it is a marvel how often he was murmured against, how often he was criticized, How often his life was threatened. How many times Israel was at his throat.

 

And yet he continued on, he continued on, he trusted God, he did what he was supposed to do, One of his most severe trials, of course, was that Kadesh Barnea, you know the story, and the story is that the 12 spies were sent out, 10 came and brought an evil report to brought a good report.

 

There the wilderness of Zen, so in at the Southern extremity of the Promised Land, and Joshua and Caleb said, let’s go and God’s with us. We can do this.

 

And the other 10 said, No, no. The cities are too mighty, can’t do it.

 

And of course, the people suddenly turned, they begin to murmur against Moses, and God is ready to chase them in his hot displeasure, then Moses remarkably intercedes for them, he prays for them.

 

And I’m struck, especially by the words of Numbers 14, Verse 18. this tells us something about the way Moses view God.

 

He said, The Lord is slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love. For giving aid and transgression, but He will by no means clear the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.

 

The way, if you ever want an example of intercessory prayer, Moses is an excellent example.

 

And how is it that we intercede for others?

 

Well, the way that Moses did was he would rehearse the attributes of God, He would remind God in his prayer on the way that God has revealed himself to man, and so he says, or you’re a God of tender mercy.

 

You forgive inequity.

 

You’re just in that you wanted wont at all clear the guilty, you will judge according to your righteousness, but at the same time you delight in mercy and Lord on that basis, would you forgive the people, but you have mercy on them and… Of course, he did.

 

And he still punished them, he’s chastens them, that generation never saw the Promised Land, they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. But Moses is an example if intercessor prayer there in that passage.

 

This example, however, in the Book of Hebrews is put before for us.

 

Abraham, who gives us the great principle of how to endure,was given us… It was given as an example, that one who was rewarded for patiently enduring, Moses  is just is given as an example on how we can endure… But that’s always the question on my mind, Oh, am I supposed to do this?

 

No, I have, I’m willing. I want to follow you, I want to be steadfast, livable, Always abounding in your work, but tell me how what I feel that my faith is weak.

 

When, I feel like this old will, and my sin is going to swallow me.

 

How is it that I’m to endure? Well we’re told He endured as seeing him who is invisible.

 

He looked unto Jesus, the author and finisher of His faith. He never forgot what happened at the burning bush, no, in intended, that was burned into his mind, that vision of GOd The way God had revealed Himself as the Lord God, almighty, merciful powerful, omnipotent, righteous, but always ready to show mercy to those… And the bible tells us, this was the great king for Moses.

 

Yet he was a meek man above all the men of the bible Say that even the Miriam and Erin were ready to overthrow his leadership were turned in that passage, He was a meek man.

 

He refused to defend himself. He was used to stand up and put to himself, he would fight for the Lord’s reputation, but as far as the main Moses, he was content to let that name perish in the ARD, he was a meek man, how is it that he was able to do this? He endured as seeing him who is in visible in its so on porth rest in our Christian journey to meditate upon the truth of God’s word, as to grow our God is how He has revealed Himself in His word, as the unlimited ward, as the sovereign Lord.

 

As perfect in every one of his attributes.

 

Perfectly just, perfectly good. perfectly loving, perfectly kind, perfectly holy, perfectly powerful.

 

He was strengthened in the inner man as he meditate upon that, that’s what allowed him to say No to self and yes to God in His will.

 

So many of us would say this. These people don’t deserve this, I don’t resist my leadership, I’ve had many body should be called upon to do this.

 

Anybody in Christian leadership will tell you that they’ve had a taste of that, there was always a taste of that in Christian leadership, the Moses endured as seeing him who is invisible, that’s where he found the courage, the resolution to stay by the stuff to abide in the duty that God had called it to him, that which preserved his mind can preserve our mind as well.

 

Now, Moses had a distinct apprehension of who the Lord was, and you might object, and you may say, Well… Of course he did. He had the burning bush experience.

 

Well, I would say this to you, you’ve experienced the new birth. You’ve had the same taste.

 

You know that the Lord is gracious.

 

You’ve tasted and seen that the Lord is good. Playing to that thing, to let you know this truth… When you say, I have a lot of questions, I can’t make sense of things.

 

I have a lot of questions about was happening in the world today? Well, so what?

 

Cling to what you know to be true.

 

Cling to the Lord God almighty in the way.

 

He has revealed himself.

 

There is nothing which cannot be overcome by faith, then like Moses, by faith, we endure… As seeing him who is invisible.

 

So I’ve seen the example of Abraham, we’ve seen the example of Moses, the final example that we’re going to look at is the prophet of prophets, the Lord of the prophets.

 

The prophet like unto Moses, and that of course is our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

Would you turn to Chapter 12 in Hebrews versus one through three?

 

Hebrews 12, verses one through three, Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus. The founder and perfect 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. Now, have you seen the word endure/ endurance? A couple of times.

 

Here’s the key verse.

 

Verset three, Consider Him who endured from sinners such hostility against Himself, so that you may not grow weary in doing good

I may be speaking to someone who considers themselves to be self, to be quite sophisticated, he said, Well, this is far too simple of an answer, but I will tell you that it’s the Bible answer, the king for us to endure in well doing, to be patient in well-doing throughout our lives is to often consider Him who endured such contradiction of sinners against to self. That’s the key.

 

Remember, Jesus said, Abide in me.

 

And if you abide me, if my word abides Me, you’ll bear much truth and your fruit will remain, the key for us is to find any example of Christ, the supreme exemplar of someone who endured to the end to find in Christ the grace we need to likewise into in our lives, to be steadfast unmovable, this is an implied spiritual reality in this verse, we are all in our flesh, prone to weariness and faintheartedness in, and it is a tendency of being a human being. We think in our minds, this is impossible.

 

Have you ever had that experience in your Christian life? This is impossible to do.

 

I’ve had the experience many times.

 

My first ministry was in pen New York, I was called to do something I felt really uncalled to do, and that was teaching a Christian school.

 

They kind of needed a Christian school teacher, a youth pastor.

 

And as my wife and I had only been married a year and we were both fresh from Christian college, I’ve been trained to be a preacher, I had been trained to teach and preach the Word of God, but as far as teaching to… had no educational background. And I remember many a time, at lunch time, there was a private faculty area where we could kind of go and we by ourselves for a little while.

 

I just remember shaking my head, so this is a possible… This is impossible.

 

But then I would come back, but God has called me to do this. I know that God has led me to do this, and I’m not gonna go into how I knew that, but I did.

 

It was a conviction of mind that God had led me there to do that, but I thought, who can I do this?

 

I found the answer in the example of the Lord Jesus Christ, He endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, he is the supreme example of faith, he was the son of God, yes, he was the prophet like the Moses, but he’s also the supreme exemplar of what it is to walk and live by faith, consider the Lord Jesus- To abide in our duty and persevere and obedience under normal circumstances instead of suffering.

 

And that’s the particular thing James has in mind, he says, when you talk about suffering, consider the prophets, what they endure, and of course, the greatest of these is our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

And a particular word the James uses here, it’s a very strong word in the Greek language, it means the idea is suffering things, bad things, unpleasant things. It was the strongest word I think that James could have found.

 

I don’t know about you, but there have been times when I’ve been surprised about the Christian life, I thought it was gonna be one way and it turned out to be a very different way.

 

I expected maybe opposition from the world, I didn’t always expect opposition or criticism or mumbling from within the body of Christ, sometimes that would blind side or I expected this temptation. I didn’t expect this temptation… I never really thought I would have a problem with that.

 

Well, remember, Satan is wise. And we’re not ignorant of his devices.

 

And there are times I remember when Jesus was tempted in the wilderness, he had fasted 40 days, saying, doesn’t come all our time schedule to tempt us?

 

When he came to the Lord Jesus and He says, If you really the son of God, Turn these stones into bread. Christ hadn’t eaten for 40 days.

 

The most in opportunity, perhaps to be tempted in that way, but he endured like this either on the cross, all that Christ endured, people wagging their heads, casting all kind of blasphemy in his direction, not to mention the physical pain, I just can’t imagine what he endured there on the cross, and of course, all the well-being the Son of God, they’re saying to him, No, no, if you’re really the sort of God come down from that cross. And we’ll believe you.

 

What shame, What indignity that Christ endured.

 

The writer of Hebrews says, Consider him.

 

That endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest you be weary and faint in your minds, that is the true antidote, the antidot is to look outside of ourselves not inside of ourselves.

 

It’s not to work with it, is to look without. For the grace that we need. For the courage we need.

 

We call that sometimes and explosive principle, we are programmed as human beings to think about self-preservation, self-happiness, self-contentment first, were programmed, and so naturally, when we endure contradiction or persecution or suffering… The first thing we go to is, how can I preserve myself? How can I protect myself?

 

What we learn from the Lord Jesus Christ is that the key for us is not to think that way, but to think upon Him, so to think of one his cost, to think upon his glory.

 

He is Lord because He is worthy.

 

He endured such contradictions against himself, our opposition may be a contradiction, as the Lord Jesus Christ was a contradiction, He endure the contradiction of sinners against himself still in obedience to the Father’s will and in His love for you and me is lost ruined sinners, endured the cross, despising the shame and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. Now he is crowned with glory.

 

Two are given the promise, Be faithful unto death, and I will give Thee the crown of life.

 

Consider these three examples.

 

Abraham, who shows us that by patience, patient well-doing, we will be rewarded.

 

Moses, Moses who showed us the how of it all, that He endured as seeing him who is invisible and our Lord Jesus Christ as a supreme example of faith, who despised the shame, sometimes we underestimate that.

 

He despised the shame of the cross, but He delighted in doing the Father’s will, He trusted God, he cast himself upon God even when there were no visible means of support.

 

Have you ever thought about that?

 

Sometimes we may feel that. Can’t do it. Can’t do it, it’s too much.

 

The Christian life is too hard.

 

The world is becoming too dark a place, sin is becoming too entrenched in our society.

 

How can I live the Christian life?

 

Look on to Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith.

 

Who For the joy that was set before him, endured the cross, despising the site.

 

Be thou faithful unto death and I will give thee the crown of life. Let us pray together.

 

Father, we thank you for your word today, for the encouragement that it is to us, and we do live in dark days, and we find ourselves yearning for heaven, for that country, a city that have foundations, whose builder and maker is God, Lord. We look forward to that time and will be in your presence, and we’ll know what it is to be lost in the wonder of who you are and what you’ve done, we pray you Forgive us, Lord, for the fact that we’re not nearly as consistent as steadfast is patient, as we ought to be in our Christian lives.

 

Forgive us, Lord, for not being a patient, and we all do me a not considering enough the examples that were given in the Word of God, and so we pray that you would take this message and encourage us today, I pray for that person who has been struggling this week, maybe with doubts, with fears, Lord, help them to take these words to heart. Behold, we count them happy or blessed.

 

He endured, give us the grace to be that people that endure into the end, thank you for your faithfulness.

 

Thank you that we are kept by the power of God, by faith unto life eternal. We pray that you’d give us all the confidence we need and your promises in these days, that we might live a life that is pleasing in your site.

 

For we pray in Christ name.

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