Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
Phil.4:12 “I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound; everywhere and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”
There are times when we do not feel inspired to serve the Lord. There are times when we do not want to obey. There are times when we wonder if we can handle being the believer God wants us to be.
However, we are instructed to go on; to obey the Lord. We do not always serve the Lord with the results of receiving great inspiration from the Lord or from others, but we still must follow his instructions. These instructions are very clearly written out in his Holy Word. Once we know what we are to do, and what we are to be, then we must do and we must be that person by the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit.
Our faithfulness must not rely on inspiration alone to keep on keeping on for the Lord. Our faithfulness must rely on trust in the Word of God alone at times. The English dictionary defines inspiration as the infusion or arousal within the mind of some idea, feeling, or impulse. It also means to invigorate influence upon a person. The word inspiration is used only twice in the Bible. The most familiar verse we know where the word inspiration is found is in II Tim.3:16. “All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.”
All too often believers rely on present feelings to determine their present faithfulness. This is a weak faith. So often we hear the phrase, Lord give us a burden for lost souls. The truth is the Lord has instructed us to witness to lost souls. No where are we told in scripture to call upon the Lord to give us a feeling, or burden us for being or doing what we are instructed to do. We do ask for prayer to be bold as Paul did in Eph.6:18-20.
Faithfulness requires instruction from the Word, and the Lord calls us to obedience to that Word whether we feel inspired or not. Our Christianity is not based on a pattern of conveniences Jesus Christ could have created for himself while he was here on earth. Our Christianity is based on Jesus Christ’s conviction to follow the plan of God no matter what.
There was joy in our Lord, but it was not in his present circumstances at times. 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.”
If it were simply all about how we feel as to whether or not we would obey God’s Word, then Christ would never have gone to the cross for us. We must follow his example and persevere on in faith.
What many believers do today when inspiration is declining is go looking for some avenue of emotional and experiential stimulation instead of going after more biblical instruction.
The knowledge that God is glorified by our obedience is not enough for some. They must feel something in return for faithfulness or else they will stray away from the faith, and then from the company of the fold of the local church.
Through learning the word we are instructed. The Greek word instructed as used in Phil.4:12 is meuo. It is taken from a word that meant to be initiated into a secret society. The Lord uses our Christian learning to teach us the value of his word. Everything else in Christianity is secondary.
The word is the most valuable asset in the local church, in our hearts and in our homes. It is the amenity that we cannot afford to overlook when looking for a good local church.
To say that inspiration [the English definition] is low at times does not mean there is an absence of confidence in the Lord, or that our future as believers is in any way diminished. Our hope in Christ is eternal and real and this causes us to look beyond the pressures that weigh us down at times. But to be able to persevere the believer must rely on faith, not feelings. The local church is called to provide a teaching environment whereby the saints are saturated with the concepts and precepts of the word of God. By this way of receiving doctrinal instruction at every church service the believer can get through the tough times and stay motivated to keep on the straight and narrow way. Joy will come through and our testimony will be kept in tact for the Lord.