Thu, 13 November 2008
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FINISH THE WORK
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GATHER THE FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN - FINISH THE WORK
Recently I looked out a window to see beautiful GREAT WORKS of architecture and design. I thought, "Who did these great works?" Many people were involved: laborers, designers, architects, contractors, financiers. All of them were rewarded monetarily, especially the developers and owners; however, the developers and owners took the greatest risks.
It is the same way in the kingdom of God. You will be rewarded for your work; however, in the God's Kingdom, you will also have ETERNAL REWARDS. And, just like in earthly ventures, the developers . . . the pioneer workers . . . in God's Kingdom take the greatest risks: sometimes their lives! But the rewards are the greatest, also!
In God's work, you can "cash in" at any time. You can quit: you can stop sacrificing, you can stop giving, you can stop working. And there are many reasons you might want to "cash in." Maybe you have been offended, lied about, lied to, emotionally hurt, physically or mentally injured . . . or maybe you are just plain tired!
The Scripture, however, admonishes us ahead of time as follows:
"Be ye strong therefore, and let not your hands be weak: for your work shall be rewarded." (2 Chronicles 15:7)
"But ye, brethren, be not weary in well doing." (2Thessalonians 3:13)
"And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not." (Galatians 6:9)
Our Lord Jesus is a superior example. Resisting great temptation, enduring the greatest of pain, public mockery, and extreme mental anguish, He endured all the way . . . to the end . . . and finished the work. Why? He did it for you and for me!
"For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, unless you are wearied and faint in your minds. You have not resisted unto blood, striving against sin." (Hebrews 12:3-4)
And WHY did Jesus do this . . . what motivated Him? The previous verse in context tells us: "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." (Hebrews 12:2)
Jesus SAW the end! He saw YOU and ME and the millions that would be saved to spend eternity with Him and the Father in Heaven as a result of His FINISHED WORK on the cross.
Can you SEE the END? Do you see BEYOND the temptations, trials, and tricks of Satan that would try to impede . . . to slow down . . . to hinder . . . and to bring to a halt . . . the WORK God has ASSIGNED for YOU to FINISH?! Can you SEE the JOY that is set before you?!
This is why Satan is trying to make you weary, to discourage you, to have people lie about you, to get you to quit. But God is NOT going to let that happen to you. He is sending me to give you this word of exhortation: "Don't quit . . . and you'll win!"
If you don't quit . . . you will win. But if you quit, you can not win!
Some of you are bound to medicines that intelligent, well meaning, medical doctors have prescribed for you. If you have read any of my works on healing or health, you will know that I am NOT against doctors, medicine, or hospitals. Thank God for them! God can use them and many times does.
There are, however, some cases where people are taking medicines that are keeping them from proper health. In other words, these people are NOT experiencing total healing, divine health, as a result of the side effects of the medication: even medications that were expertly prescribed. Why? God is being put as an "option" instead of the source of healing: more trust is being put in the human physician, or the medication, than in the Divine Physician.
King Asa was a prime example of this. He sought the advice of physicians . . . and there was nothing wrong with that . . . but he did NOT seek the advice of God.
"And Asa in the thirty and ninth year of his reign was diseased in his feet, until his disease was exceeding great: yet in his disease he sought not to the LORD, but to his physicians. And Asa slept with his fathers, and died [two years later] in the one and fortieth year of his reign." (2 Chronicles 16:12-13)
Always go to God for the final opinion and advice!
Jesus said in John 4:34, "My FOOD is to do the will of Him that sent me, and to FINISH His work."
After multiplying FOOD for the multitudes in John 6:12, Jesus said, "Gather up the fragments that remain so that nothing is lost." As a worker for Christ, your FOOD is to do the will of your Father in Heaven, also. In like manner, Jesus does NOT want any of God's will . . . YOUR FOOD . . . wasted. Jesus wants YOU to FINISH the WORK God has assigned you. What if all the Christians didn't finish their work?!
In Hebrews Chapter 11 we can read about people who have gone before us and endured great affliction to FINISH the work God gave them to do. Then, God tells us in Hebrews Chapter 12, "Wherefore SEEING we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses [the people in Hebrews Chapter 11 who are WATCHING US from Heaven], let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us."
WHY IS YOUR WORK NOT FINISHED?
Tired? Discouraged? Betrayed? Disillusioned? Lost your vision? Lied to? Lied about? Quit too soon? Lack of finances? No prayer support? No encouragement? Lack of demonstrated support? Physical or mental weariness? Worldly attractions, worldliness, or sin (past or present)? Poor health?
CHECK THIS OUT!
Think back to when you had a VIBRANT, DYNAMIC VISION of great works to do for God.
WHAT WERE YOU DOING THEN THAT YOU'RE NOT DOING NOW?
Living by faith daily.
STOP LIVING YOUR LIFE AS THOUGH IT IS FINISHED . . .
IT'S JUST STARTING TODAY!
Pray and ask the Lord to reveal to you what secret devices the enemy is using to keep you from FINISHING the WORK God wants you to do.
Ask the Holy Spirit to give you discernment into the areas where Satan is attacking you: spiritually, mentally, physically, materially, or relationally. Then DO what the Spirit shows you to do.
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Ghost." (Jude 1:20)
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