Summary: The key to living successfully as a Christian is found in maintaining a constant daily, basic spiritual routine
FINISH LINE FAITH
Introduction: "Philippians 3:13
3:13 one thing I do. "This one thing I do" is only one word in the Greek,
succinctly expressing single-minded concentration and determination.
3:14 press toward. "Press toward" is the same as "follow after" in Philippians 3:12.
3:14 mark. The Greek word for "mark" here actually means "watch," referring to being
watchful for signs of the approaching end of the race.
3:14 prize. The "prize" is nothing less than God’s "crown of righteousness" which the
Righteous Judge (II Timothy 4:7-8) will award those who have kept the
faith and finished the course.
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discover that not everyone on the team
is a superstar. A player may play all
season for that one moment of glory;
yet, every member of the team is expected
to be great at the basic fundamentals.
Pastor Erwin Luster of Moody Church in
Chicago airs a weekly radio program called
"Making It Across the Finish Line."
As in "sports," so in "Christian Living,"
certain disciplines, when developed,
enhance one’s daily walk with God.
Let’s consider four such disciplines of the Faith:
1. Consistent Faith
2. Flood Faith
3. Fire Faith
4. Fight Faith
Theme: The key to living successfully as a Christian
is found in maintaining a constant daily, basic
I. A Definition
A. Biblical - Hebrews 11:1 The Amplified Bible
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed)
of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not
see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact
what is not revealed to the senses].
B. THE FREE DICTIONARY, by Farlex - ** FAITH IS
1. Confident belief in the truth, value, or trustworthiness of a
person, idea, or thing.
2. Belief that does not rest on logical proof or material evidence
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II. Consistent (regular, steady) Faith
A. Often experiences are sought that will boost
beyond the normal Christian Experience.
1. a particular fast
2. a special service
3. a great revival
B. Each experience uniquely brings us closer to God.
1. Thank God for these, but consistency takes us to
the finish line.
2. Moments of grandeur ( splendor ) come and go,
but consistent stability gains ground every day.
C. spiritual challenge and warfare
1. We are at war with Satan and his lies.
a. "You are going under!"
b. "You can not pay the bills."
c. "The sick child will never recover."
2. Each challenge can be used of God to strengthen us.
3. illustration: Writing in Moody Monthly, Carl Armerding recounted his
experience of watching a wildcat in a zoo. "As I stood there,
" he said, "an attendant entered the cage through a door on
the opposite side. He had nothing in his hands but a broom.
Carefully closing the door, he proceeded to sweep the floor of
the cage." He observed that the worker had no weapon to ward
off an attack by the beast. In fact, when he got to the corner of the
cage where the wildcat was lying, he poked the animal with the
broom. The wildcat hissed at him and then lay down in another
corner of the enclosure. Armerding remarked to the attendant,
"You certainly are a brave man." "No, I ain’t brave," he replied as
he continued to sweep. "Well, then, that cat must be tame." "No,"
came the reply, "he ain’t tame." "If you aren’t brave and the wildcat
isn’t tame, then I can’t understand why he doesn’t attack you.
"...the man chuckled, then replied with an air of
confidence, "Mister, he’s old -- and he ain’t got no teeth." Our Daily Bread.
III. Faith While in the Flood (Ps. 66:6,12)
66:6 rejoice in him. This special combination of chapter and verse (i.e., Psalm 66:6) brings to mind the prophetic number of the Antichrist, the "Beast" of the coming world humanist government (Revelation 13) in the last days (Revelation 13:18). But just as God miraculously turned the sea into dry land to save His people in the past trouble (Exodus 14:21), so He will cause the dry land to swallow up the "flood" sent after His people by the Satan-possessed Beast in the future "time of Jacob’s trouble" (Jeremiah 30:7; Revelation 12:15-16; see notes on these sections ___Defender’s Bible Notes