Word at Work October 11, 2016

Scripture: Hebrews 3:17-21

Hebrews 3:17-21 we are told, “Now with whom was He angry forty years? Was it not with those who sinned, whose corpses fell in the wilderness? And to whom did He swear that they would not enter His rest, but to those who did not obey? So we see that they could not enter in because of unbelief.” What do we use our faith for primarily? In the first two thirds of Hebrews 11, everyone uses their faith to subdue their own flesh so they can sign on wholeheartedly to God’s purposes. There is much subduing that faith does in the book of Revelation. While in Hebrews, the first application of faith is on our own flesh to obey God. Abraham had to use his faith on his flesh to step beyond his culture, abandon his father the patriarch and to go with God. God asked him to do something that was not culturally acceptable, and no doubt he had to use his faith on his flesh to obey. After I had spent seven years in ministry, I had generated a wealth of teaching materials regarding faith. And after seven years the Lord spoke to me and said, ‘Abraham was the father of all them that believe and he did not know any of what you are teaching!’ I had to dig into the Word and completely reassess everything that I taught. I found I had missed something called the Cross. I had to be willing to set aside over 500 audio messages and start over. And when I added the Cross, everything dramatically changed. How are we using our faith? Are we using it to believe for better accommodations, better vehicles or financial security? Or are we using it on our flesh to withstand our comforts, desires and goals that are not birthed by God? Adding the cross opened my eyes that the first application of faith was intended to be used on our own flesh to obey God. When we use our faith to give God the honor and obedience that He wants, we are on the right track. Are we there? That is the question.

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