Endurance And Duty in the Faith

*NOTE* All scripture quotations are taken from The Scriptures 1998+ unless otherwise noted.

Suffer hardship with us as a good soldier of יהושע Messiah. 2 Timothy 2:3

Blessed is the man who does endure trial, for when he has been proved, he shall receive the crown of life which the Master has promised to those who love Him. Let no one say when he is enticed, “I am enticed by Elohim,” for Elohim is not enticed by evil matters, and He entices no one. But each one is enticed when he is drawn away by his own desires and trapped. Then, when desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin. And sin, when it has been accomplished, brings forth death. Do not go astray, my beloved brothers. Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no change, nor shadow of turning. Having purposed it, He brought us forth by the Word of truth, for us to be a kind of first-fruits of His creatures. James 1:12-18

Do we throw in the towel just because areas of our life get a little difficult? Do we walk away from things just because we don’t want to deal with certain things? Does not love compel us if we are true servants of Messiah to endure hardship?

How can we expect to grow if we only seek the easy path? Does not the scripture tell us that tribulation works patience? How can we think we are enduring anything if we clear our path of the obstacles rather than enduring them?

How can we say we love if we do things only for our benefit? How much did Messiah endure for our sakes? How much back bone do we really have if we throw in the towel during times of trial?

Therefore, having been declared right by belief, we have peace with Elohim through our Master יהושע Messiah, through whom also we have access by belief into this favour in which we stand, and we exult in the expectation of the esteem of Elohim. And not only this, but we also exult in pressures, knowing that pressure works endurance; and endurance, approvedness; and approvedness, expectation. And expectation does not disappoint, because the love of Elohim has been poured out in our hearts by the Set-apart Spirit which was given to us. Romans 5:1-5

What does it take to stick with it when the glamour is gone? The limelight is fading and flickering out. It moves from ministry to ministry in the local church. For a while it is on the music ministry. Then there is a special focus on Education. Then comes Missions Week, etc. and so on.

As the limelight moves and focuses on a ministry, it looks bright and exciting, and so the ministry picks up people. There is a sense of thrill and joy and camaraderie and power. But then the limelight moves on. Gradually no one seems to be talking about your ministry any more. It’s lost its pizzazz. Recruits aren’t called for from the pulpit. Other things seem to be getting people excited now.

What about your own life and time in the word and in prayer before Elohim? Have you become complacent, sitting on your good intentions never seeming to get anywhere for Elohim or doing more? What are you really doing in life? Are you actually going out to reach people? Or do you sit around thinking the Lord is sending them to you? Scripture tells us to literally go out into the highways and places where people are and draw them in.

If you don’t think you need to be busy going out to reach people, then you have a complacent mindset and you are still lukewarm, or possibly even cold. Do you criticize those who are on fire for Elohim and actually reaching people, just because what they do is not how you think things should be done? You may even have a critical spirit.

Messiah sent his servants out. To go and find people to bring into the Kingdom, he never told them to sit around and wait until people came to them and wait for the opportunity to win them!

And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the street corners and hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house is filled. Luke 14:23

Messiah was busy going out and bringing people in. He was not sitting around in complacency waiting for the Father to bring people to him.

As servants of Messiah we also need to get off our backsides and get busy for him, bringing people into his everlasting Kingdom. We don’t endure by sitting around and waiting, we endure and become stronger by being busy for Messiah.

Here is the endurance of the set-apart ones, here are those guarding the commands of Elohim and the belief of יהושע. Revelation 14:12

My brothers, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the proving of your belief works endurance. And let endurance have a perfect work, so that you be perfect and complete, lacking in naught. James 1:2-4

And still there is another class, —the blind. Yes, you that cannot see yourselves, that think yourselves good when you are full of evil, that put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter, darkness for light and light for darkness; to you am I sent. You, blind souls that cannot see your lost estate. You hinder the work of Elohim in others by trying to control them and make them do things the way you see it. But don’t you know you are miserable, blind and wretched? You have not yet cleansed the inside of the cup.

I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire,1 so that you become rich; and white garments, so that you become dressed, so that the shame of your nakedness might not be shown; and anoint your eyes with ointment, so that you see. As many as I love, I reprove and discipline. So be ardent and repent. See, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I shall come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. To him who overcomes I shall give to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the assemblies. Revelation 3:18-22

The vision of many is dulled even though they think they can see so well. This is a very dangerous mindset. We must always realize we only see through a glass darkly and that we know nothing. This is arrogance.

We need to come to the point of humility. For those with a super ego this will be very difficult to accomplish. We have to lay down everything the flesh is, to crucify the flesh and pick up our stake (cross) and follow Messiah. It’s about denying ourselves totally and realizing that even though others do things we would not does not mean the Ruach is not at work in them. The Ruach is not at work however in the person who points the finger, manipulates and tries to control others. This is a critical spirit, it is NOT the Ruach. Jude showed us they do not have the Ruach and yet these blind guides are convinced that their way is right. All the while they hinder the work of Elohim.

In the same way, indeed, these dreamers defile the flesh, and reject authority, and speak evil of esteemed ones. Jude 1:8

But you, beloved ones, remember the words spoken before by the emissaries of our Master יהושע Messiah, because they told you that there would be mockers in the last time who would walk according to their own wicked lusts. These are the ones who cause divisions, not having the Spirit. Jude 1:17-19

Those who have the Ruach will discern and know these things. Those without the Ruach will only think according to man’s thinking and ways. They will have head knowledge, but will not behave in a righteous manner. They will not have the divine nature because they do not have the divine, or set apart Spirit (Ruach)

And we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit that is from Elohim, in order to know what Elohim has favourably given us, which we also speak, not in words which man’s wisdom teaches but which the Set-apart Spirit teaches, comparing spiritual matters with spiritual matters. But the natural man does not receive the matters of the Spirit of Elohim, for they are foolishness to him, and he is unable to know them, because they are spiritually discerned. But he who is spiritual discerns indeed all matters, but he himself is discerned by no one. 1 Corinthians 2:12-15