As we have now spoken about what Faith is , we need to see how we get Faith. Lets look at Hebrews 12:1 it says “Let us lay aside every weight and the sin which easily besets us, and let us run with the race that is set before us” .
What does this scripture mean? Beloved often in life we all go through times in our life where we just want to quit, we want to give up because of that certain situation that seems too much for us to bear . We think there is no way we going to get through this. Maybe there is someone out there reading this who is going through a divorce, and thinking there is no way forward from this. Maybe there is someone out there who has just lost their job, business and you thinking how am I now going to pay my bills, support my family.
Well look what God is saying , He is saying Lay aside all your weight , (your problems,your hardships, that divorce you going through, that struggle) and the sin that comes against you, and run with patience the race that is set before you. There is a race that God has set before you, He has set a plan for you, in Jeremiah 29:11 it says” For He knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you and plans to give you a future” . You who has lost your business, you who is going through a divorce, you who has financial problems, do not give up!! God is saying is He has set a plan for you, He knows your struggle but He is saying put those struggles aside and wait on Him Isaiah 40:31 , run that race, run through that disappointment, be patient, He has written your life for you, your Life is in His hands, You have a Future !!
In Hebrews 12:2 it says ” Looking unto Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our Faith” . Now we are going into the depth of our Topic. In our opening scripture God talks about us needing to run the race with patience that He has for us. But in the second verse He begins to tell us what we need to be looking at while we are running this race, (going through these hardships) that God has set before us. He says looking unto Jesus Christ the author and finisher of our Faith!!
So what does this mean? God is saying that in the race that we are running , in the time that we are waiting on the Lord, in the time of our struggles we need to look unto Jesus Christ (our Savior)in order for us to get to our Destiny (the plan God has for us) . When Jesus Christ went through pain, being persecuted , how did He get through that pain, how did He endure that pain? He endured it by Faith hoping in the joy (victory) that was set before Him. He ran the race that was set for Him in patience. Jesus Christ showed us what Faith is, He became the author of our Faith , He modeled what Faith is. When we are running the race , going through hardships, we need to look unto Jesus Christ, remembering how He endured that pain, how He never gave up, how He had Faith, how He kept aside his pain and kept running that race set before Him. We need to take that example of Jesus Christ and apply it in our own situations and act as Jesus Christ did. Having mighty Faith in our Lord, knowing that He will see us through, just as Jesus Christ did when He died on the cross for us. He had Faith in his Father that through all this pain, joy was coming and He will be seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
We need to be like Jesus Christ. When you are going through that struggle, look to Jesus , look to how He acted towards that pain. In our hardships we need to put Jesus Christ present . In Galatians 2:20 it says “It is no longer I who lives, but Christ who lives in me” . We need to live as Jesus Christ lived, we do not receive victory without Jesus Christ. Hebrews 12:2 Jesus Christ is the finisher of our Faith, Jesus Christ showed us the result of Faith and the evidence of Faith. When Jesus Christ died on the cross he said it is Finished!! John 19:30.
What is Finished? That sickness that has brought you pain for so many years it is finished Isaiah 53:5 , that poverty over your life it is finished, that addiction you are battling with is Finished!! Beloved you do not need to worry no more, Jesus Christ bared it all for you on the cross. Believe in the word of God, have Faith and start believing that you are victorious!! Praise the Lord!!!