Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV
Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Greek word translated “author” in Hebrews 12:2 can also mean “captain,” “chief leader,” or “prince.” “The initiator to that which is certain”; “one who writes plans with conviction”.
To What End?
We don’t possess the benefits of the Father for our own sense of completion. We manage the effects of the Father for a purpose.
The unstoppable mission of Jesus…
For ALL to know the love of the Father!
John 17:20-23 TPT
‘“And I ask not only for these disciples but also for all those who will one day believe in me through their message. I pray for them all to be joined together as one even as you and I, Father, are joined together as one. I pray for them to become one with us so that the world will recognize that you sent me. For the very glory you have given to me I have given them so that they will be joined together as one and experience the same unity that we enjoy. You live fully in me and now I live fully in them so that they will experience perfect unity, and the world will be convinced that you have sent me, for they will see that you love each one of them with the same passionate love that you have for me.’
…Believe in Him through our message
1 Corinthians 12:7 TPT
‘But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to each one for the profit of all:. ‘
1 Peter 4:10 TPT
‘As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God. ‘
Living Under The Influence of Our Circumstance
We get caught living under the short-term influence of our circumstances and not the eternity of the unstoppable mission of Jesus.
We Take Ourselves Out of Divine Balance
When we focus on ourselves and not the elements of God, it’s tough to find peace and balance.
- Frustration (trying to work out wrong and right)
- Worry (Are we enough?)
Being complete and balanced is peace. There should be no reason for peace in the logical world governed by circumstance. In a judgmental world, there seems to be no space for mercy. Wrong seems to come easier than right, depression constantly trumps victory, and oppression wins over freedom.
BUT He balanced us by declaring us righteous and holy…
For I will demonstrate my mercy to them and will forgive their evil deeds, and never remember again their sins.”
Jesus has written His unstoppable vision in your heart.
He gives you the vision of how He sees you so that you can look at the world as He looks at the world.
He reveals that we have been declared holy and righteous to eliminate ANY sense of inadequacy and self-focus.
No excuses to be about His work!
He supernaturally places all the elements of the Father on the inside of you.
‘Jesus replied, “Loving me empowers you to obey my word. And my Father will love you so deeply that we will come to you and make you our dwelling place. But those who don’t love me will not obey my words. The Father did not send me to speak my own revelation, but the words of my Father. I am telling you this while I am still with you. But when the Father sends the Spirit of Holiness, the One like me who sets you free, he will teach you all things in my name. And he will inspire you to remember every word that I’ve told you.’
Perfected faith allows us to hope for the completed promises of Jesus as if they have already been fulfilled.
HE WANTS US TO REMEMBER BECAUSE HE KNOWS HOW EASILY WE FORGET.
The Covenant Written on Tablets So The People Would Remember…
‘When the Lord finished speaking with Moses on Mount Sinai, he gave him the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, written by the finger of God.’
How Easily We Lose Focus!
The Distraction Of Our Own Creating
Exodus 32:1 NLT
When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.”
We honor the Word of God not how we feel in the moment.
Too Distracted. Too Blinded To See What Has Been Placed On The Inside By God Himself!
Exodus 32:15-16 NLT
‘Then Moses turned and went down the mountain. He held in his hands the two stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant. They were inscribed on both sides, front and back. These tablets were God’s work; the words on them were written by God himself. ‘
Prepare Your Heart For the Promises of God.
Precious Words To Be Kept Safe
Before the tablets were given to Moses, He was making sure there was a sacred place for them.
Exodus 25:26 NLT (Inside the Ark)
‘When the Ark is finished, place inside it the stone tablets inscribed with the terms of the covenant, which I will give to you. ‘
Ready your soil. God does not waste His Word.
It may seem like you are in a time of preparation, but being prepared by God means He has a Word he needs you to store as precious!
Allow Jesus to call you Holy and Righteous.
If you do not believe that God has a unique promise and purpose for you for others, how will you ever treasure them in the face of adverse circumstances?
Look past your circumstance and allow His perfected faith in you to see the promise.
Do not let frustration rob you of the promise!
Exodus 32:19-20 NLT
When they came near the camp, Moses saw the calf and the dancing, and he burned with anger. He threw the stone tablets to the ground, smashing them at the foot of the mountain. He took the calf they had made and burned it. Then he ground it into powder, threw it into the water, and forced the people to drink it. ‘
Don’t let the disappointments of the flesh rob you of the promises made to you in the Spirit.
Allow God’s Goodness To Overwhelm Your Circumstance and Pride!
Others’ lives depend on it!
Exodus 33:17-19 NLT
‘The Lord replied to Moses, “I will indeed do what you have asked, for I look favorably on you, and I know you by name.” Moses responded, “Then show me your glorious presence.” The Lord replied, “I will make all my goodness pass before you, and I will call out my name, Yahweh, before you. For I will show mercy to anyone I choose, and I will show compassion to anyone I choose. ‘
WRITTEN ON THE TABLET OF YOUR HEART
2 Corinthians 3:2-3
‘For your very lives are our “letters of recommendation,” permanently engraved on our hearts, recognized and read by everybody. As a result of our ministry, you are living letters written by Christ, not with ink but by the Spirit of the living God—not carved onto stone tablets but on the tablets of tender hearts. ‘
Just like Moses, frustration, hurt, and disappointment may leave your heart shattered on the path; hopes, dreams, and even the promises of God are forgotten, broken, or even resented.
But He Restores The Broken Hearted for The Broken Hearted
Exodus 34:6-7 NLT
‘The Lord passed in front of Moses, calling out, “Yahweh! The Lord ! The God of compassion and mercy! I am slow to anger and filled with unfailing love and faithfulness. I lavish unfailing love to a thousand generations. I forgive iniquity, rebellion, and sin. But I do not excuse the guilty. I lay the sins of the parents upon their children and grandchildren; the entire family is affected— even children in the third and fourth generations.” ‘
THERE MAY BE CONSEQUENCES, BUT THERE IS ALWAYS HOPE!
Exodus 34:10 NLT
The Lord replied, “Listen, I am making a covenant with you in the presence of all your people. I will perform miracles that have never been performed anywhere in all the earth or in any nation. And all the people around you will see the power of the Lord —the awesome power I will display for you. ‘
The World Will Break Your Heart through frustration and disappointments…
Broken heartedness will cause you to retreat from others. After all, wasn’t it others who hurt you in the first place?
BUT His Covenant With You Restores and Sustains You
Exodus 34:28 NLT
‘Moses remained there on the mountain with the Lord forty days and forty nights. In all that time he ate no bread and drank no water. And the Lord wrote the terms of the covenant—the Ten Commandments —on the stone tablets. ‘
Proverbs 3:1-4 TPT
‘That’s how you will find favor and understanding with both God and men— you will gain the reputation of living life well. Hold on to loyal love and don’t let go, and be faithful to all that you’ve been taught. Let your life be shaped by integrity, with truth written upon your heart. My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life, never forget the things that I’ve taught you. Follow closely every truth that I’ve given you. Then you will have a full, rewarding life. My child, if you truly want a long and satisfying life, never forget the things that I’ve taught you. Follow closely every truth that I’ve given you. Then you will have a full, rewarding life.’
Psalms 147:3 TPT
‘He heals the wounds of every shattered heart.’
BECAUSE HE HAS PERFECTED YOU, HE CAN PERFECT OTHERS
Hebrews 8:11-12 TPT
‘For here is the covenant I will one day establish with the people of Israel: I will embed my laws within their thoughts and fasten them onto their hearts. I will be their loyal God and they will be my loyal people. And the result of this will be that everyone will know me as Lord! There will be no need at all to teach their fellow citizens or brothers by saying, ‘You should know Yahweh,’ since everyone will know me inwardly , from the most unlikely to the most distinguished. ‘