The perfecter of your faith
April 30, 2010
"Looking unto Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God."
When we're going through a difficult time, the hardest part is not knowing when it's going to be over… or if it's every going to be over.
And yet, you and I are called to keep enduring... to press on, because we're following the perfect example of faith. Do you know who that is?
The perfect example of faith is the perfecter and completer of our faith, Jesus himself! How fitting that the One who endured the cross is the One who calls us to endure our sufferings!
Jesus brought a challenging message of faith to the throngs of people who followed him. And many people rejected his invitation. They wanted the glorious, conquering side of faith without the suffering or pain. And there are many people like this today, too.
But if you want to be like Jesus, then you must be willing to endure even as Jesus endured.
Now, you might say, "Well, I'm not that strong." That's true. You are not! But if you'll let him, Jesus will complete and perfect your faith.
Jesus trusted the Father perfectly in order to fulfill God's will! And you must trust him, too.
He will give you the strength to endure to the end!
… LET JESUS COMPLETE AND PERFECT YOUR FAITH!
OUR THANKS TO YOU!
Do the words rested... peaceful... and refreshed describe you today? Or do the words stressed... rushed... and pressured better describe your way of life?
If you're like most Christians, you'd probably have to admit those last three words more accurately describe your life most of the time!
The good news is that it doesn't have to be this way... even when your life is one big pressure-cooker. And in my new book, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out, I'll show you why.
Based on the principles from Paul's letter to the Philippians and Psalm 23, Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out will help you find true peace and rest in a world that is anything but peaceful and restful. It's the perfect "pause" button you need!
So please request your copy of Pause: Resting in God Instead of Stressing Out when you give online today! --Jack Graham