He’ll Do it Again!
“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, 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. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.” Hebrews 12:1-3
Though our walk of faith is traveled individually we are not alone on the journey. We have our brothers and sisters in Christ to encourage us and to share the journey with us and we have the spirits of those who have gone before us cheering us on from the Heavenly grandstands, so to speak. And we are so much the better and stronger in our resistance to the works of the enemy when we are doing life together. Alone we can be easy prey for the enemy, who as a roaring lion goes about seeking whom he may devour. But he cannot succeed when we know we are not alone. When we are sharing each other’s lives in a spirit of true love and fellowship as the Body of Christ.
Yes we have the choice to make, but it is not a burden. We canlay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily besets us, and we can run this race of life with patience; patience with each other and most importantly patience with ourselves.
We are not yet perfect and though we are striving for perfection, it is not ours to attain by human agency alone. The work of transformation in us is a work of the Holy Spirit. Our part in it is to keep our eyes on Jesus because He is the One (The Author) who has first prompted faith in us and He is the One (The Finisher) who will complete it.
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ…” Philippians 1:6
“For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.” Philippians 2:13
“Though I walk in the midst of trouble, thou wilt revive me: thou shalt stretch forth thine hand against the wrath of mine enemies, and thy right hand shall save me. The Lord will perfect that which concerneth me: thy mercy, O Lord, endureth for ever: forsake not the works of thine own hands.” Psalm 138:7-8
He accomplished His work of salvation for us by keeping His focus on the Father and the joy that was set before Him of us begin restored to the Father in righteousness and true holiness. Our salvation was His greatest joy to present us before the Father as a chaste bride.
“Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” Ephesians 5:25-27
His ultimate act of love, laying down His life for us, was not easy, but was fraught with many persecutions, tribulations and sufferings, not the least of which was being rejected by those He came to save. The contradictions were many from the secular world and from the Jews, His own people, in the culture and faith tradition into which He was born and lived all of His life on earth. But, by faith in God the Father it would not defeat Him or cause Him to be deterred one jot or title in the fulfillment of His calling to be the Lamb of God Who takes away the sins of the World.
“All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth. He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken. And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth. Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.” Isaiah 53:6-11
The best defense against becoming weary and felling overwhelmed and on the verge of throwing in the towel waiting for the desires of our heart to be realized or fighting against the temptations of the enemy is to consider Jesus, to remember what He endured for our sakes and find a renewed strength in that, knowing that He is still working in us. We are still loved and Heaven is still our eternal home.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Where withal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34
Be encouraged and edified today! Here these words from a popular hymn.
Before the throne of God above, I have a strong and perfect plea, a great High Priest whose name is Love, who ever lives and pleads for me. My name is graven on his hands, my name is written on his heart. I know that while in heav'n he stands no tongue can bid me thence depart, no tongue can bid me thence depart.
When Satan tempts me to despair and tells me of the guilt within, upward I look, and see him there, who made an end to all my sin. Because the sinless Savior died, my sinful soul is counted free; for God, the just, is satisfied to look on him and pardon me, to look on him and pardon me.
Behold him there, the risen Lamb,
my perfect, spotless righteousness,
the great unchangeable I AM,
the King of glory and of grace!
One with himself I cannot die.
My soul is purchased by his blood!
My life is hid with Christ on high,
with Christ, my Savior and my God,
with Christ, my Savior and my God.
By Charitie Lees Bancroft
And listen to this video: Sister Shirley Caesar singing “He’ll Do It Again”