feast: Our Part in the Sanctication Process (Part Eight)
David F. Maas
Given 07-Oct-20; 58 minutes
Jesus Christ commends the persistent widow in Luke 18:7, yet poses the question, "When the Son of Man comes, will He find (this kind of persistent) faith on the earth?" God's called-out ones are wasting their precious time wishing for or trying to "work up" faith without 1.) faithfully obeying God, 2.) striving to keep His Commandments and 3.) trusting His purpose for them. Jesus Christ's desire for His fiancée (the collective Body of Christ, the Israel of God) is that she demonstrate the same kind of faithfulness to Him as He does for Her. The only tangible measure of faith is faithfulness, trust, and loyalty to God. God individually gives each of His children sufficient faith, and it never runs out unless he purposely chooses to quench it. The apostle Peter makes it abundantly clear in his Pentecost sermon that there is a quid pro quo for the receiving of God's Holy Spirit, namely, repentance and becoming baptized in a watery grave (Acts 2:38), indicating the commitment to make a concerted effort to obey God's laws (Acts 5:32). In short—no obedience, no Holy Spirit. As one former church leader proclaimed, "If we ever get the feeling that God has moved way off, we need to ask ourselves, who moved?" If God's Called-out Ones would examine the 30,000 promises God has made and kept, they would be motivated to reciprocate their faithfulness to Him by trusting and obeying Him, keeping His Commandments
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