Summary: Let’s not surrender to the trials and tests. We will never see the reward for faithfulness if we cave in to the hard times.
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Pastor James May
DON’T THROW IT ALL AWAY!
Hebrews 10:35-39, "Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul."
Do you really believe that God will do what he has promised?
Do you really believe that God is faithful?
At what point will you give up on God?
When will the troubles and trials of life, the sicknesses, the pain, etc., cause us to give up?
What can Satan bring into you life that will destroy your trust in God’s power to deliver? …to heal?…to save your soul? … to preserve your family?… to supply your every need?
Too many people are throwing away their eternal inheritance because Satan is bringing doubts into their minds concerning God’s ability to fulfill his promises.
The reward of continuing with God far outweighs the alternative that Satan offers yet so many decide that Satan’s reward is greater – because its easier to give up than to keep fighting.
We need patience! What brings that patience? What builds your faith? How is your trust made greater in God? IT ONLY COMES THROUGH THE HARD TIMES AND THE TROUBLES, NO OTHER WAY!
Have you served the Lord and wondered, “Why does this have to happen? Why does that have to happen?”
Sometimes we reap these problems because we sow the seed that makes them come up, but not always. Sometimes they come simply because it’s time for a test of our faith.
You can’t stop those things from coming – they are coming!
It’s not what happens that will matter but how will you react to what happens!
Will you grow through it or turn back?
It’s fine to question, why – but be ready to accept the answer when it comes and you may not always like the answer that God gives but remember, he is sovereign and he knows what’s best even when we are convinced that we know better.
Remember this, the reward, the fulfillment of God’s promise, shall be waiting after the trial is over but if we are ever going to receive the reward, we must remain faithful to the end.
Sometimes it seems that the trials are more than we can bear. Sometimes they even cause us to question God. Sometimes they will bring us to the very brink of disaster in our spirituality because they even cause us to wonder if there is any such thing as a real God, in a real Heaven, with real power and that really cares about what I am facing and what’s happening in my family right here and now?
Is this some God, sitting in his throne, who doesn’t care about the small details like whether my bills are paid, my child is healed, my needs are met. Is he a too big to care about the small things?
Is this some God who only controls governments and nations while allowing the lesser things of individual needs to go unnoticed?
Which of us has not had some of these same thoughts from time to time?
Oh yes, we begin the battle with a lot of faith and trust. We are like Peter who faced Jesus at the Last Supper and promised upon his life that he would never deny Christ and yet found himself doing just that within only a few hours.
Why would Peter deny Jesus? What happened to Peter’s great faith and his great strength? Little by little doubts come in. Little by little the trials get worse, until there comes a point in every test and trial where we will have to make our decision whether to really trust God or turn and run.