Success – understanding that Christ is in complete control of the believer’s life.
1) Matthew 28:20 “I am with you always, unto the end of the world.”
2) Hebrews 12:2 “Jesus the author and finisher of faith.”
3) Philippians 1:6 Have confidence Christ started the work in you He will finish it.
4) Romans 8:28 God, who justified the called, has a purpose, a reason for our life; all things experienced will work towards our victory.
It is God’s plan that we endure the trying of our faith. The testing of our faith is not designed to cripple us, it is intended to strengthen and reinforce our confidence in Christ as The Deliverer.
Success comes to the disciple when he or she understands that we have an anchor of the soul, Jesus Christ The Righteous One. He is both sure and steadfast there is no shadow of turning with Him.
Abraham is a wonderful example of God’s provisional care. In Hebrews 6:14, 15 the Bible tells us that God promised Abraham, “Saying, ‘Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.’ And so, after he [Abraham] had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” Abraham’s fortitude, i.e. his strength and endurance came from the promise God gave. Abraham was not persistent for persistence sake. Abraham was unrelenting because God gave a promise! In the same way, we endure because we have a hope, we do not endure to obtain the hope. The promise has been given; Christ who has begun the work will also finish the work. Of course this does not permit us to sin. One who sins is estranged from God (1 John 3:9). The believers passion is for God things, the Spirit of God within us leads us to a rich and fulfilled relationship with our Creator. We frequently forget that Jesus said, “it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (Luke 12:32). We receive the Kingdom not my works but by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8; Galatians 2:16; 3:12). Remember Abraham? Galatians 3:18 tells us that God gave the inheritance to Abraham by promise, not by the works of the law. Likewise, Christ gives us a better heritage not by adherence to the law, or by works, but by faith in Christ as the Shepherd of our soul. Yes, confession without works is dead; “show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works” (James 2:18b) But remember, James never said that you are saved by works. One who works without total reliance upon Christ as Savior, Provider, Author and Finisher has run in vain (Galatians 5:4, 5).
If we are to be successful in this race (as Paul put it) we must understand that we are triumphant only through Christ (2 Corinthians 2:14). Understanding that Christ is in complete control is essential to our spiritual journey. If we as believers refuse to acknowledge that Christ is in control of our lives, Satan may entice to abandon the faith as stated in 1 Timothy 4:1. If however we understand that success depends upon Christ, we will be able to weather the ebb and flow of life, knowing that “all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to God’s purpose” (Romans 8:28).
By Pastor Don Elswick, Truth & Freedom Ministries
[author] [author_image timthumb='on']http://truthandfreedomradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/photo11.jpg[/author_image] [author_info]Pastor Don Elswick: Since the 80′s, Don has been preaching the Gospel of Jesus Christ and has served as the pastor of congregations in West Virginia, Ohio, and Virginia. Currently Don is the pastor of three churches in southwest Virginia including the non-denominational Tazewell Grace Fellowship in Tazewell, Virginia, which is the home of Truth & Freedom Ministries. We are excited to have Don as our Senior Adviser and Head Elder here at Truth & Freedom Radio and we pray that you learn about the wondrous power of our Lord when you hear him speak or read his articles. (Email: firstname.lastname@example.org)[/author_info] [/author]