Wednesday – The Reward Of Faith

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♪ (Music playing) ♪ Good morning, class.Class: Good morning, Brother
Keith.
Hi, I’m Keith Moore, and this is
Faith School, and we’re so glad for you to be joining us today. We’ve saved you a seat right
here in the front, and we want you to come right on in and be
immersed in the teaching ministry of the Holy Spirit. The Scripture says, “The
anointing teaches.” And what we do here at Faith
School is we get our faith fed, and we get our spirit quickened,
and we’re learning how to walk in the victorious life that God
ordained us to have. So get you a Bible, something to
take notes on, and we’re going to pray, get into the Word
today, and by His help we will hear exactly what we need to
hear. We’ll get answers today, and
we’ll get direction. We’re coming up, things are
about to get better for you. “Father, in Jesus’ name, we all
agree together touching this, asking You for utterance, for
the anointing, asking you for eyes, and ears, and hearts that
can discern, and receive. We’re asking you for answers,
we’re asking you to help us to get into the flow of the Spirit
of Life, and to come out of any darkness or confusion, and to
come into the progressive light that is the path of the
righteous. We purpose not to be hearers
only, but to be doers of it. And as surely as we do, great
things will happen. You always are so faithful and
dependable to watch over Your Word and perform it when we do
it. In Jesus’ name, Amen.” Let’s turn in our Textbook again
today to the great passage in Hebrews ten that flows and leads
into Hebrews eleven. You can’t talk about faith
without getting into Hebrews eleven, that great faith
chapter. And we’ll begin in verse
thirty-five. Hebrews 10:35, it says, “Cast
not away therefore your confidence, which has great
recompense of reward.” Confidence is another word for
faith, and he said confidence and/or faith has great
recompense of reward. This word great has to do – it’s
from the Greek word megas. And so trusting God results in
big reward. Verse thirty-six, he said, “You
have need of patience, that, after you have done the will of
God, you might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and He
that shall come will come, and will not tarry.” With the things of God you have
to stay with it. You don’t just try it for a few
days. We’re not trying this, we’re
committed to this. And when you stay with it,
you’ll see through faith and patience you inherit the
promises, or faith and persistence, you could say. He said, verse thirty-eight,
“Now the just shall live by faith.” This is how God functions and
operates. Several weeks back on the
broadcast, we got into some detail about this. Why faith? Why do we emphasize faith so
much? Well, we believe it’s because
faith is the way God Himself functions, and it’s how He has
created the universe. It’s how He does everything that
He does, and it’s how He has directed us to live. Following His example, the just
are to walk by faith and to live by faith. He said, “The just shall live by
faith, but if any man draw back, My soul shall have no pleasure
in him.” We know a few verses later in
chapter eleven that without faith it’s impossible to please
Him. So this obviously, drawing back,
is the opposite of faith. Drawing back is not faith. So if He’s not pleased in us
drawing back, pulling back, what is He pleased in? He’d be pleased in us seeking
Him, us reaching out, us stepping out, us advancing
instead of retreating. Faith reaches, seeks, lays hold,
steps out. Faith advances. And he said, “If you draw back,”
the Good News says, “If you turn back,” one says, “If you shrink
back,” or, “withdraw yourself, he’ll not please My soul.” Well we want to please Him, not
displease Him. And you get into a – something
the enemy has convinced much of the church world about that
passivity is not pleasing to God. Many people think it is. Many people think it’s somehow
being humble. It’s somehow being submissive to
just pull back, lay back, sit back, and say, “Well, it’s all
up to God anyway, and so I’m just submitting. Whatever happens it is God’s
will, and I’m going to just go with that.” Well that’s not true. That’s not true. There are all kind of things
happening down here on the earth that are not God, that are not
God’s will, that don’t please Him. The Scripture tells us that we
have an enemy, and he’s going about seeking whom he may
destroy. And he’s a devourer and
destroyer, and he’s called the thief, and he comes to steal,
and to kill, and destroy. Well that’s not God, and He
tells us to resist this enemy, and He tells us to fight the
good fight of faith. Well that’s not being passive. That’s not laying back. That’s not laying down. And we saw yesterday that faith
is not a beggar. That if you’re being a believer,
you’re not being a beggar. And if you’re being a beggar,
you’re not being a believer. Say it out loud: “I’m not a
beggar, I’m a believer.” Go with me, if you would, to the
book of Luke. Luke chapter eleven, I believe
it is, and we’ll see something that to me is really
enlightening. I think it’s much misunderstood,
and anytime you see controversy around something, and people
just wrangle and wrangle over it, you know there’s something
really important there in the Word, and the enemy is trying to
keep you away from it. He’s trying to confuse you about
it, or elsewise there wouldn’t be all the controversy. Luke chapter eleven. Luke 11:5 Jesus is speaking and
ministering. He says, “Which of you shall
have a friend, and shall go to him at midnight, and say to him,
Friend, lend me three loaves; for a friend,” another friend,
“of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing set
before him.” So this is – he’s telling the
account, the story, about a man who gets up in the middle of the
night, goes over to his neighbor’s house, and they’re
all asleep, as you can see in just a moment, and is beating on
the door asking, not for a cup of sugar, but asking for some
bread. Now, it says, verse seven, “But
he from within willk answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is
now shut, my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and
give you.” So he’s saying, “Look, it’s
midnight, we’re all asleep, kids are asleep. You’re here beating on the door,
no. Go away.” But verse eight, he said, “I say
to you, though he will not rise and give him, because he is his
friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and
give him as many as he needs.” Now the understanding of this
passage hinges on this one word, importunity. And you’ll hear different people
say different things about it, but the only way to really
understand it is you need to go to the Greek dictionaries and
see what word it was translated from, and to see any other
places it might have been used in the Scripture. And, of course, one of the best
ways to get an understanding of something is just to read the
next verse, and the next verse, and you sure see that here. But he said, verse nine, “I say
to you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you shall
find; knock, and it shall be opened to you. For every one that asks
receives; and he that seeks finds; and to him that knocks it
shall be opened.” Now we saw previously this week,
having seen in Hebrews ten, the Lord is not pleased with those
that draw back, and then we saw in Hebrews 11:6 that, “He that
comes to God must believe that He is, and he must believe He is
a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him.” And here Jesus is talking about
seeking. And we see He gives an
illustration of a man who gets up in the middle of the night
seeking something. And Jesus, His summarization of
this story, and telling us what we are to get out of it, He sums
it up by saying, “Ask, seek, knock.” Every one of these are action
words. They are verbs; they are action
words. Faith, living faith, acts. Living faith does something. And again, like we’re talking,
many have erroneously thought that faith is just passive. “I have faith in God,” what does
that mean? “I believe in God,” okay, what
does that mean? “I believe He’s real, I believe
He exists.” You may even go further and say,
“I believe He’s good, I believe He’s fair.” That’s wonderful, but that alone
is not enough to get results in your life. What’d the Scripture say in
Hebrews 11:6, “Without faith it is impossible to please Him: for
he that comes to God must believe,” these two things,
“must believe He is,” and you, “must believe He is a rewarder
of those,” who what? “Diligently seek Him.” Now seeking Him is doing
something. If you look in Hebrews eleven
you’ll see that every one of these instances He gives of
people who had great faith, they did something. Let me just read a little bit to
you, and you can take the time and go through Hebrews eleven
sometime and look for this. Sometime just read chapter
eleven of Hebrews. This is Faith School, so I’ll
give you an assignment. Read chapter eleven, and don’t
just read it. Look for what they did. What they did. We know they had faith. Their faith so established, such
a good example of faith that the Holy Spirit chose to put it in
the chapter for all generations to see, and to remember, and to
check our faith by the example of their faith. Listen to this, Hebrews chapter
eleven. It said Able gave, or offered, a
better sacrifice. Enoch walked with God. Noah built, or prepared, an ark. Abraham went out not knowing
where he was going. Sarah received strength. Abraham offered up Isaac. Moses parents hid him. Moses left Egypt. They kept the Passover. They passed through the Red Sea. Joshua marched around the walls. Rahab took in, or received, the
spies. Do you see what I’m talking
about? Every one of them did something. Did something. Faith is not just laying around
saying, “I believe.” Faith is not just passively
shrinking back, waiting for God to do something. Living faith acts. Living faith does something. Can you see that? And so, back to Luke, when he’s
talking about this man got results because of his
importunity, what does that mean? Some people have tried to say,
“Well, it was because of his persistence that he got
results.” Well persistence is a very
important thing, through faith and persistence, patience, but
that’s not what this word is. That’s not what he said. The word importunity, if you
look it up in different Greek dictionaries, it literally means
lack of bashfulness. It literally means, or also this
word, shamelessness. Shamelessness or lack of
bashfulness. And so the Lord is saying this
man got his bread. He got his answer. He got what he wanted, but he
didn’t get it because this man was his friend because at
midnight, waking him up out of a deep sleep, and waking the
babies up, he wasn’t feeling so friendly, and he wasn’t thinking
oh, this guy is such a great friend. I’m going to do something for
him. Well, why did he get his bread
then? Because the man was so brazen,
and so bold, and so shameless as to walk up there in the middle
of the night, and beat on the door, and ask for bread. This is the lesson that the Lord
is teaching us. So when he says, what’s the very
next verse? And the Lord says, what? And so I say to you, what? “Ask, it’ll be given you. Seek, you’ll find. Knock, it’ll be opened.” See, if many Christians, even
many ministers had been writing this, in their thinking, that’s
not what they would’ve said. They would’ve said, “How dare
you be so presumptuous as to walk up there, beat on the door? You should’ve just waited at the
house and prayed, and seen if the Lord had seen fit to get you
some bread. How dare you be so bold.” But see, that’s human thinking
that’s religious thinking that’s contrary to what the Lord
Himself taught us. He taught us, step up. He taught us, come right on up
to the door. Ring the doorbell. Beat on the door. He taught us, ask, knock, seek,
come. Isn’t that what Hebrews eleven
is talking about? “He is a rewarder of,” of who? “Those who diligently seek Him.” This is where we need mind
renewal. We need mind renewal because,
again, religion has taught men and women who claim to be
believers, or are believers, religion has taught them to be
beggars, and that this is a good quality. That it is the spirit of
humility to sit back, and pull back, and go, “Oh no, oh no, oh
no. Maybe the Lord doesn’t want me
to have any bread. And maybe the Lord doesn’t want
my friends, you know – maybe we just need to do without. Maybe, maybe – and if the Lord
had wanted us to have bread, then, you know, we’d have
bread.” Not true. Not true. The way God works, He provides,
and then He says, “Come get it.” He provides, and then He tells
us come possess it. He provides, and then He tells
us come possess it. You see, this principle with –
his first covenant people, Israel, He gave them the Promise
Land. And if you read in Deuteronomy
the first couple of chapters and through there, He said, “I have
given this to you. Now go possess it. Go get it.” Well, they failed the test, the
first generation, because when they came to the Promise Land,
and sent the spies in, sure enough, it was just like the
Lord said, a wonderful place. Rich land, flowed with milk and
honey, but there are giants living there who think it’s
theirs. And they have walled cities,
they have iron chariots, they have giant warriors. But the Lord had said, “No, it’s
yours. I gave it to you. It’s yours. Go get it.” And that first generation drew
back even after they got there to the land, the spies gave the
good report, they all fell back to their tents, they cried all
night when they heard the report. They said, “We’re all going to
die out here in the wilderness.” Did that please the Lord? No, that displeased the Lord. What would have pleased Him? What Joshua and Caleb were
saying. They said, “No, no, no. Listen, hush, quiet, quiet,
quiet! We don’t have to die out here in
the wilderness. God has brought us this far; He
will take us the rest of the way. And if He’s with us, their
defense is departed from them. They’ll be bread for us.” We might say today, “Piece of
cake!” If God is with us, it’ll be a
piece of cake. But they were unable to
convince, most of the people. And so most of them wandered
around out there for forty years enduring this dry, barren place. And some people would say,
“Well, yeah, but that must’ve been God’s will.” No, it was not God’s will. The Scripture said He had
prepared for them to enjoy the Promise Land from before the
foundation of the world. Hebrews talks about it in the
New Testament. So why didn’t they enjoy what
God had already provided for them and given to them? Because they lacked the faith to
rise up to go get it, advance. Believers are go-getters! Yeah, they are. Believers get up, and they go,
and they get it. Now you hear people say, “But
you know, what if God doesn’t want you to have it?” If He doesn’t want you to have
it, He wouldn’t have given it to you. This is not confusing. It’s not like we’re trying to
rend something out of God’s hand that He didn’t want us to have. He has already bought it. He has already paid for it. He has already done it in Jesus. Now He wants somebody to get up
and come get it. He said the man got his bread. Why? Because of his lack of
bashfulness, because of his shamelessness. Go with me to Second Timothy the
first chapter. Second Timothy chapter one, and
let’s see a – get some mind renewal about this. In Second Timothy one, you see
the Spirit of God through Paul was encouraging Timothy. Among other things, he said I
see your tears, or I’m mindful, rather, of your tears, reminding
him that he has faith like his parents and grandparents before
him. But he tells him, he says, in
chapter one verse six he says, “Wherefore I put you in
remembrance that you stir up the gift of God, which is in you by
the putting on of my hands.” Again, is he telling him to do
something? You do something. He said, verse seven, why? “For God has not given us the
spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and a sound mind.” Now the Amplified, let’s put
that on the screen if we can, please. Verse seven, the Amplified says
it like this, “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of
cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear).” Does this sound like drawing
back to you? Does this sound like pulling
back, shrinking back? Why would you pull back? Well, fear would be involved. Fear of what might happen if you
keep going. Fear that nothing is going to
happen. Fear that you’re wasting your
time and energy, all kinds of different degrees of fear. “God did not give us a spirit of
timidity.” Several other translations use
that same word, timidity. And what you can see is that the
enemy has convinced millions of Christians that they’re just
showing a spirit of humility in sitting back, and waiting on
God. But the truth is, they’re
yielding to the spirit of timidity that God did not give
us. And so if I’m yielding to the
spirit of timidity and fear, I’m yielding to the enemy. And that is preventing me from
rising up, reaching out, laying hold, advancing, possessing what
God has given us. Oh, friends, God is desiring us,
our Father is desiring us to take hold of everything He has
bought and paid for. Like any good Father, it doesn’t
please Him to see us hurting, to see us in abject want, and lack,
and need, and hurting in our bodies, and oppressed. He’s a Father. He’s the best Father there ever
was, and He’s the richest Father there has ever been, and He has
already bought and paid for everything. Oh, He so desires – can you
sense His heart? He so desires for us to come
boldly, right up to the throne of grace, and I mean lay hold,
and receive, and lay hold, and receive until not only are all
our needs met and overflowing – like Jesus said, “This is why I
came, to give you life and give it more abundantly,” but we have
excess. We have surplus, that out of
that surplus we can minister to others. Do you believe this, children of
God? Say it out loud: “I reject the
spirit of timidity. I will be bold in the Lord and
strong to possess. Hallelujah.” Praise God, praise God. Well, that’s another day of
Faith School. Come back again, and we’ll come
up even higher next time.

 

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