MinistrEmail December 2015 – Faith In His Final Outcome

Faith In His Final Outcome

For a number of weeks now I have been preaching at Living House Family Church on the topic of Destiny and Calling (you can listen to or watch these messages on our website). I would like to share with you this month an encouragement to have faith in His, God’s, final outcome for your life, health, finances, ministry etc.

To begin with let’s look at the scripture that I have been using each week to premise our understanding.

Psalms 119:103-105  How sweet are Your words to my taste, Sweeter than honey to my mouth!  104  Through Your precepts I get understanding; Therefore I hate every false way.  105  Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.

His Words are supposed to be good to “our taste”! He made you and recreated you in Christ for His good pleasure, and I can tell you this for sure, that He takes pleasure in you fulfilling all that He has created you to do. He didn’t make you one way and then call you to do something contrary to that, His will will taste good to you. Taste and see that the Lord is indeed good and His will for you is a pleasure to fulfill.

When we understand the Character of God to do good for us, we will begin to trust Him beyond the moment. In truth it really doesn’t matter what things look like in ‘the moment’ as long as you have settled God’s Word in your heart. His Word must illuminate where you stand and not the circumstances, and His Word must illuminate your path ahead, and not what is happening around you.

Jeremiah 29:11 (AMP)  For I know the thoughts and plans that I have for you, says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil, to give you hope in your final outcome.

When we settle in our hearts that the Lord’s plans for us are good and only good, we will have an absolute confidence in the final outcome. This is not an excuse to walk in presumption nor is it simply a moment to burst into song with Doris Day singing Que sera, sera (whatever will be will be). No, this is not a fatalistic pattern of thought that nothing you can do will change things. Your obedience and faith has a huge part to play in your future, and it is that obedience and faith that activates the plans of God for how things will end.

Ecclesiastes 7:8  The end of a thing is better than its beginning; The patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Sometimes many people get overwhelmed by the challenges of the moment, especially at the beginning of a thing. I’m somewhat the opposite, I actually enjoy and am filled with inspiration with something new, I struggle with being overwhelmed later in the process, and have learned to keep it new by understanding that the Lord does not ebb! Why is the end of a thing better than it’s beginning? Because it ultimately doesn’t matter haw many mistakes you made along the way as long as you finish well, and finish with God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (NKJV)  Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,  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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Hebrews 12:1-2 (AMP)  THEREFORE THEN, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses [who have borne testimony to the Truth], let us strip off and throw aside every encumbrance (unnecessary weight) and that sin which so readily (deftly and cleverly) clings to and entangles us, and let us run with patient endurance and steady and active persistence the appointed course of the race that is set before us,  2  Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God. [Psa 110:1]

When we look to Jesus, we look to the Manifest Word of God. We must look away from “(all that will distract) to Jesus”….why? He is the “author” or as the Greek word ‘archēgos’ describes ‘chief leader’. This word gives a very strong understanding that not only is Jesus the one Who is the Author of our lives, but the compound of the two Greek words literally tell us that He personally leads the charge! “arche” (archay) means chief in rank and “ago” means to lead.

Jesus has written the script that He personally goes before you to implement. That why we must keep Him out in front of us, He must be Lord in all things!

Kenneth E Hagin in His book, ‘Following God’s Plan For Your Life’ (page 13) says that Jesus personally told him this;

“I’d rather you were too slow than too fast when you are trying to follow my leading. At least when you’re behind me, you can still see Me out ahead of you. But if your too fast and you jump out ahead of Me, you wont be able to see Me any longer, and you’ll get off track.”

When we trust Him as the author and chief leader as well as the perfecter and finisher of our faith, then everything we believe and do will be based in looking at Him and His Word. Let’s look at Hebrews 12:2 in a few other versions.

(NLT)  We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting Him, He endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now He is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne.

(YLT)  looking to the author and perfecter of faith—Jesus, who, over-against the joy set before him—did endure a cross, shame having despised, on the right hand also of the throne of God did sit down;

Jesus is the finisher and perfecter of our faith! Im telling you this today, you can have faith in His final outcome for your life!

Psalms 138:8  The LORD will perfect that which concerns me; Your mercy, O LORD, endures forever; Do not forsake the works of Your hands. 

The things that concern your life are perfected, completed, and brought to God’s final outcome by Jesus. Our part is to simply believe, and obey.

Take a moment now to thank the Lord for His absolute commitment to you to bring to pass in your life His perfect will. Our part is again, to simply believe and obey Him. Now read this last Scripture with me and let your faith rise as you do, and then personalise it as  a declaration of your faith!

Philippians 1:6 (AMP)  And I am convinced and sure of this very thing, that He Who began a good work in you will continue until the day of Jesus Christ [right up to the time of His return], developing [that good work] and perfecting and bringing it to full completion in you.

Love and blessings,
 sign Chris
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