Nov 13, 2008
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FRAGMENTS THAT REMAIN
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
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
"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."
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
If you don't quit . . . you will win. But if you quit, you can
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
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
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
Actively witnessing and winning
Attending worship meetings
Reading your Bible regularly (through
the Bible yearly).
Praising God among men
Willing to leave your comfort
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
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
"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy
faith, praying in the Holy Ghost." (Jude 1:20)
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