Faith Baptist Church
4258 Botetourt Road
Fincastle, Virginia 24090
We get caught up with getting ahead of God and we miss out on his blessings. We may even end up in his wood shed. Why are we so impatient? Are we so spoiled that we think the plan of God revolves around us; on our timing; on our plans?
Are we so resolved in our independence that God’s biblical answers are ignored? I think this is often the case.
To correct this problem we have to ask ourselves two questions.
1.) Do we believe in the inspiration of the Scriptures?
2.) Do we accept the authority of these Scriptures to guide us in our faith and in our conduct toward God and mankind?
The book of Hebrews tells us of the Hebrew children and their unbelief in Heb.3:17-19.
They had experienced the deliverance of the Lord as they passed through the Red Sea. The Lord destroyed their enemy, Pharaoh, and now they faced a more devastating enemy, unbelief. Unbelief stays with us 24/7 whereas an enemy comes and goes. Unbelief will play with your mind more than a visual combatant.
When a lack of godly faith envelops a mass of people the results can be exponential and explosive. Without faith in God fear arises and fear begets doubt. This resultant evil finds its birth in the plans and schemes of Satan himself. A house divided against itself will certainly fall.
As Israel fell through unbelief, America is falling as well. Sad to say, but this unbelief is being nurtured in the family of God, and more vividly in the local churches across this nation.
The belief that the plan of God for the church is wrong and that we have to reinvent the purpose and mission of the church indicates the fear among the pastors is spreading. Leadership must know the plan of God for the Church and the local church must have faith in the plan. Leadership must first be spiritually minded, not worldly minded. Leadership must first be heavenly minded, not culturally minded, Gal.1:10. If the church is to go forward with the plan of God the church must go theologically and doctrinally. If God and his teachings (Bible doctrine) are going to be ignored in the pastors' studies and in the pulpit, then the church is going in another direction and is following a different (heteros) plan.
Because there has been an exodus from the plan of God in the local church, the work of God has been sacrificed for the plans of men. People are willing to let God fulfill their spiritual needs, but they have to have the right object of faith placed before them. This, of course, is summed up in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the preaching and teaching ministry of a sound local church.
If Paul had become discouraged with the results of his preaching on Mars Hill, Acts 17, and had scrapped the commandment of the Lord to preach to the Gentiles, think of the results if he had quit. Missionaries would have been afraid to go take the gospel to foreign, non-Jewish lands. Overseers of congregations would have melted back into the paganism from which they arose. No, Paul lost his life and so did many others as they defended the faith. He would not have been any kind of example to fellow believers if he had lost faith in the plan of God.
He would not have had rest for his soul if he had fought against the plan of God.
Sometimes the plan of God calls for the believer to reflect on the earlier days of their Christianity.
When things are new we tend to get so caught up in the excitement that we forget what we are excited about. The Hebrew believers in Jerusalem, after Pentecost, were caught up in the excitement of being saved, and being free from the law of Moses, Heb.10:32-38. They worked together to help one another out. They stopped competing with one another so they could work as one.
And yet, they forgot all of the fellowship they once had. They forgot that Christ is the one who counted. In the midst of their hardships as noted in v.33-34 where they suffered along with persecuted saints, where they gave of their goods to help them, somewhere along the way they became impatient. Their tolerance for helping the needy saints wore thin. The pastors’ call to put others first became more faint each week. The enduring substance of their faith which awaited them in heaven as divine reward gave way to the temporal substance of this earth. They became resentful of God’s call for them to be faithful to their church and their church family, Heb.10:25.
The Hebrew believers were casting away their confidence in the promises of God which offered a great heavenly reward. Some were still hoping God would make Jerusalem rise and shine as she had done before. Some were still hoping in an earthly paradise. But as the Roman government continued with its persecution, coupled with religious Judaism’s daily harassment, these saints started giving in so as to ease the pressures that came with living their new found faith. They needed to be reminded that the sacrifice Jesus Christ made for them completely absolved them of all duties to the law of Moses.
They needed to see themselves wholly under grace, and fully free from the bondage of sin forever.
Remembering requires recalling former lessons, lessons learned by instruction and learned by experience. The children of Israel in both Old and New Testaments failed miserably in this important part of staying faithful. They failed to remember the faithfulness of God. Remembering demands the absence of all distractions, something we all have a hard time getting away from.
Paul called saints to remembrance and so did Peter in their epistles. We all can quickly forget our blessings and where they come from. Let us recall our many blessings in the Lord and stay faithful to him.