“Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which does so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 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 is set down at the Right Hand of the Throne of God.” Hebrews 12:1-2.
Faith put into action can only arise through experience…precept upon precept, line upon line as Jesus authors our faith and finishes our faith. Reciting Scripture over and over until it “sinks down in our soul” is not faith in Jesus Christ and His finished work in action, it is faith in our narrative. It is only when we put our faith in action and believe that Jesus Christ is the Source and His Cross the means by which the promises of God are yes and amen, that we experience JESUS authoring and finishing our faith.
“2 You lust, and have not: you kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: you fight and war, yet you have not, because you ask not.
3 You ask, and receive not, because you ask amiss, that you may consume it upon your lusts.
4 You adulterers and adulteresses, know you not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God.
5 Do you think that the Scripture says in vain, The Spirit that dwells in us lusts to envy?” James 4:2-5.
Sadly, many attempt to author and finish their own faith according to their own lusts…they ask amiss. The Holy Spirit is jealous of our faith in our own narratives. He (the Holy Spirit) is not commissioned to free us from the law of sin and death when our faith is in our decrees, ceremonies and traditions (Romans 8:2). When we are the source and our narratives is the means, our faith is in our narrative.
Jesus Christ came to die on Calvary’s Cross to free us from the debt of sin which is death and the dominion of sin. Put your faith into action – faith in Jesus Christ, Who He is and what He has done on Calvary’s Cross for whosoever will believe. Allow Him to Author and Finish your faith through your current experience.
“26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
27 And He that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, because he makes intercession for the Saints according to the Will of God.
28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called ACCORDING TO HIS PURPOSE.” Romans 8:26-28 (emphasis added).
All things work together for good to them that love God and are called according to HIS purpose…not our own lusts. Faith in action is authored by Jesus Christ according to the Will of God.
-Donna Clark Warren