HEBREWS 10:35-39: “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.” NKJV
OBSERVATION: Elijah was one of the greatest prophets of the Old Testament. He was called to speak for God in Israel during the reign of one of the most wicked kings and queens that ever lived – Ahab and Jezebel. Elijah proclaimed the Word of God during these wicked days. He stood alone many times in his calling. He felt like he was the only one who remained faithful to God. Weary, depressed, and despairing of life itself, Elijah received the call to endure!
I have met so many Christians today who are becoming weary in their walk of faith. They look at the rapid decline of morality in our culture, the growing failures of Christian leaders, and the apathy of many who claim to be followers of Christ, and they feel exactly as Elijah did. Yet, amid their frustration and despair, the Holy Spirit is calling. We too have a need for endurance. I can hear the call of the Holy Spirit. He is calling each one of us to faith and endurance. This is not a time to give up. This is a time to…
HANG IN THERE!
The writer of Hebrews exhorts us.
- “For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:”
He reminds us that the promise is sure and calls us to faith!
- “For yet a little while, And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith;”
Jesus warned us that in the last days, things would grow progressively worse. The Bible does not teach us that the world will get better and better before the return of Christ. What it does teach us is that the return of Christ is certain. It is our blessed hope. It is the assurance of this hope that gives us the strength to continue in faith until that blessed day. We do not look for man or government to usher in a better world. We look for the coming Kingdom and our hope is anchored in the coming King!
- “Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” II Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV
- “Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.” II Peter 3:13 NKJV
We live in a divine tension as Christ’s followers. We are called to pray for all in authority. We are called to let our light shine and love others as Christ has loved us. We are called to be good stewards of all God has given us and to make every effort to make this world a better place.
YET – we know that in the last days things will grow progressively worse. There will become a greater divide between darkness and light. Today, many believers around the world are putting their life on the line each day as they proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ. And, each day in America, we are seeing the spirit of the antichrist beginning to manifest himself in our culture. Today, unlike any other day in my lifetime, I feel the Holy Spirit calling me to…
HANG IN THERE!
It is a call to walk by faith. It is a call to daily be filled with the Holy Spirit. It is a call to pick up my cross and choose the narrow path each and every day. It is a call to look unto Jesus, the author, and finisher of my faith. And, so the writer of Hebrews closes these thoughts with these words.
- “And He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith; But if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” But we are not of those who draw back to perdition, but of those who believe to the saving of the soul.”
Lord, this morning, anchor my soul in the blessed assurance of Your soon coming. Give me the grace to walk each day by faith in Jesus Christ my Lord! Let me be with those who do not draw back, but believe to the saving of the soul. As I patiently await Your return and the new heavens and earth that You have promised, help me to…
HANG IN THERE!
In Jesus’ Name!