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Through To The End

Part II

 

Part I – Review

I.                    Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 11:24-32 KJV

a.       Terah spoke forth the vision to go to Canaan

b.       Terah planned on going to Canaan and left Ur of the Chaldees

c.        Terah stopped his action in the middle of his journey and stayed in Haran

d.       Terah did not complete his journey into Canaan but stayed in Haran and died

 

II.                  Vision, Plan, Action, Follow Through:

– Genesis 12:1-8 KJV

a.       Abram received the vision while in Haran

b.       Abram made his plans and collected all he had

c.        Abram departed to fulfill the vision

d.       Abram followed all the way through to Beth-El where the Lord God appeared to Abram.

 

Part II

 

I.                    God has a plan and a purpose for your life.

 

For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future with hope. – Jeremiah 29.11 NRSV

 

II.                  God wants to share His plan for you.

 

‘Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.’ – Jeremiah 33.3 NKJV

 

‘Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord…’ – Isaiah 1.18 KJV

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your vision, plan, actions, and checks.

Did you?

 

III.               Terah planned to go to Canaan but stopped in Haran. What is stopping you?

 

In Part I, you were given an exercise to write out your situation as it relates to your vision, your obstacles, and your action steps to get you back on track. Did you?

 

IV.                VISION, Plan, Action, Follow Through

 

Where there is no vision, the people perish… King James Version

Where there is no vision, the people cast of restraint… American Standard Version

Where there is no vision, the people are unrestrained… American Baptist Publication Society

Where there is no vision, the people run wild… Berkeley Version

– Proverbs 29.18

 

Without FAITH it is impossible to please God. For he who comes to God must believe [know in his heart] that God is a rewarder of those that diligently seek God.

– Hebrews 11.6

 

People will go around like a wild animal doing whatever seems good or right to them at that moment, directionless.

Give people clear vision, clear direction, and they will achieve the impossible.

V.                  Vision, PLAN, Action, Follow Through: By FAITH …

Executing Vision … believe it, plan it, do it

 

By FAITH Abram [who became Abraham] when he was called out to go into a land he knew not he left. – Hebrews 11.8

 

Now FAITH is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. … Through FAITH we understand that the worlds were framed by the Word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear. – Hebrews 11.1,3

 

Key words:

 

Faith – From the Middle-English feith, Old French feid, Latin fides meaning faith, belief, trust from the Latin fidere to trust or confide in; from NT Greek pistis meaning persuasion, credence, assurance, belief, faith, fidelity.

 

Substance – From the Latin substantia meaning to ‘under’ stand or to make firm for standing; from the root of substare meaning to  be, be present, to exist.; in NT use in Hebrews 11.1, hupostasis, from Greek, meaning confidence, assurance.

 

Hope – From Anglo-Saxon hopa meaning hope or expectation; from Anglo-Saxon hopian to hope, to have expectation; from NT Greek, elpis meaning favorable and confident expectation.

 

Evidence – From Latin evidentia meaning clearness from evidens meaning clear; having the Latin roots of e from and videre to see; from NT Greek elegehos meaning proof/reproof, conviction.

 

Understand – From Middle English understanden, from Anglo-Saxon understandan meaning to stand under; from NT Greek noieo to exercise the mind, observe, to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, think, understand.

 

So we can say …

Right at this moment in time our hope, confidence, belief, trust is the firm reality upon which we can stand things which we put our favorable and confident expectation. It is the proof, reproof, and conviction of things not seen just as if they were seen. It is through our hope, confidence, belief, and trust that we make a firm foundation upon which to build in reason the exercise of our mind to comprehend, heed, consider, perceive, and think that the worlds were framed by the Word [rhema or spoken word or command] of God…

 Hebrews 11.1,3 [Rogers’ Expositors’ Translation]

 

‘The Lord answered me: Write the Vision. Make it plain. It is for an appointed time. It will speak and it will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it. Surely it will come to pass. It will not wait. The just shall live by FAITH.’ – Habakkuk 2.2-4 [abbrev by me for emphasis]

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision, write it out, make it plain, get partners so they can run with it.

 

If you believe God gave you the vision and you have written it out and you have made it plain and you have been getting partners then … keep going. Though it seems like you are only waiting on it to happen, wait for it. It will surely come to pass. Trust God. Live by your Faith.

 

VI.                Vision, Plan, ACTION, Follow Through: Hear and Do

 

‘But be you doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves. For if any be a hearer of the word, and not a doer, his is like unto a man beholding his natural face in a glass. For he beholds himself, and goes his way, and straightway forgets what manner of man he was. – James 1.22-24

 

You have a plan for action, now act!

 

But, I don’t know if it will work or if it is right or God’s will for my life?

 

Nike = Just do it!

 

Nike: Greek for victory.

 

The runner from Marathon to Athens said one word, “Nike.”

 

VII.             Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith and Works

 

‘… Faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. But, someone will say, ‘You have faith and I have works.’ Show me your faith without your works, and I will show you my faith by my works. … Faith without works is dead.’ – James 2.17-20

 

“Action speaks louder than words.”

 

“Put up or shut up.”

 

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

 

But what if I fail?

So. You found out what didn’t work. Take another swing.

– Thomas A. Edison was asked when he reached the 5,000th element for his light bulb if he would give up. He said he discovered 5,000 things that didn’t work.

 

“We choose to go to the moon. We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is the one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” – President John Kennedy at Rice University, 1962

– July 21, 1969 02:56 UTC [Zulu], Commander Neil Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon. Less than 7 years after the speech made by the President in Houston Texas.

 

Vision, Plan, Action, FOLLOW THROUGH: Faith with works

 

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Though It Tarry… Wait For It

 

For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. – Habakkuk 2:3 KJV

 

I.                     For the just shall live by faith

 

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…

– Hebrews 10:36~38 KJV

 

Action and patience are the starting points for any word from God for anything that God has promised you.

 

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written, “The just shall live by faith.” – Romans 1:17 KJV

 

Faith is an action word. If God has said something and you do not act on it, you do not have faith that God is able to fulfill (fully fill to the full) that which He said He would do.

 

But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith. – Galatians 3:11 KJV

 

Blind obedience to rules, to traditions will not get you there. You must believe, lay a hold of as true and live it as true, those things that God has said.

 

… but the just shall live by his faith. – Habakkuk 2:3 KJV

 

But, the just shall live by faith. What is faith? How shall you live by it? Faith means hope, confidence, and trust. To have faith is to place your confidence, your trust, yes even your hopes in the words of another that they are true; then, not to turn back from it. Faith means it is so. As far as you are concerned it is as real as a physical thing. It has substance. It is as real and binding, able to be used in testimony as evidence. Its truth cannot be denied.

 

Question: Have you received a promise from God; a vision of things to come? Has it yet arrived? Has God asked you to do something that seems impossible?

 

If God has said a thing you must act on it. If you are just, you must accept it and act on it with all the power at your command, with all of the abilities that you have. And, you must be patient. Many times, your ability to do anything about what God has promised you or shown you is very little to nothing at all. Sometimes, you just have to take God at His word and act within the realm you have.

 

II.                   Abram believed God

 

Now the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. So Abram departed, as the LORD had spoken unto him… Genesis 12:1~4a KJV

 

Abram was a Chaldean, just like his father Terah. He left Ur with his father. He helped start the city of Haran. But, one day God spoke to Abram and said go and I will bless you, and through you all the families of the earth will be blessed. Abram heard and acted. Abram did not know where he was going. He was just going with God, because God said go and Abram trusted God that He was able to perform just as He said He would.

 

III.                 Dust of the Earth

 

And the LORD said unto Abram, after that Lot was separated from him, Lift up now thine eyes, and look from the place where thou art northward, and southward, and eastward, and westward: For all the land which thou seest, to thee will I give it, and to thy seed for ever. And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth: so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered. Arise, walk through the land in the length of it and in the breadth of it; for I will give it unto thee.

– Genesis 13:14~17 KJV

 

Abram had grown wealthy and his only heir, his nephew Lot, left him. He now had no one through whom he could fulfill God’s promise. So God encouraged Abram that still his, Abram’s seed shall be innumerable like the dust that covers the earth. And, Abram acted again on the word of God, even though not knowing how God was to bring it to pass.

 

IV.                Stars in the sky

 

And Abram said, Behold, to me thou hast given no seed: and, lo, one born in my house is mine heir. And, behold, the word of the LORD came unto him, saying, This shall not be thine heir; but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir. And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the LORD; and he counted it to him for righteousness. – Genesis 15:3~6 KJV

 

When Abram again despaired that he had no heir other than one born in his house, God showed Abram otherwise and promised Abram his own child.

 

V.                  Abraham and Sarah

 

And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect. And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly. And Abram fell on his face: and God talked with him, saying, As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee. And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy seed after thee. And I will give unto thee, and to thy seed after thee, the land wherein thou art a stranger, all the land of Canaan, for an everlasting possession; and I will be their God. And God said unto Abraham, Thou shalt keep my covenant therefore, thou, and thy seed after thee in their generations.

– Genesis 17:1~9 KJV

 

Abram trusted God so well that when God changed his name to Abraham, he made everyone call him that. Abram / Abraham had been holding on to the promise of God for 24 years; passed relatives, passed those born in his household, passed the son born of him and his wife’s handmaid. Passed all these things he held on to the promise God had given him.

 

Abraham received the word from the Lord God as truth and acted on it. And in due time, Isaac (laughter) was born to Abraham and Sarah (princess) when he was 100 and she was 90.  

 

VI.                Abraham and Isaac

 

In Genesis chapter 22, we see where the Lord God again called to Abraham; this time to offer his only son, Isaac, as a burnt offering unto the Lord. Abraham obeyed God. Isaac was Abraham’s only son. Abraham knew he had to do just as God had said. Abraham told his two servants, “I and the boy will go yonder and worship and come again to you.” (verse 5) When asked by his son where the sacrifice is, Abraham replied God will provide.

 

It is important to note Abraham’s thinking. He told his servants, they would come back, so one way or the other Isaac was coming back with him because it was through Isaac that the promise was to be fulfilled.  Whether God would provide His own sacrifice or the boy Isaac was going to be slain and raised from the dead. One way or the other, the promise of God involved it being through Isaac and Isaac couldn’t do that dead.

 

VII.              Though the Vision tarry… wait for it

 

By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise

– Hebrews 11:8~9 KJV

 

For what saith the scripture?  Abraham believed God, and it was counted unto him for righteousness. – Romans 4:3 KJV

 

For 24 years, Abram believed God for the promise of the land and a seed to give it to. For years, Abraham raised and taught his son Isaac to trust God as he had; even to the point of sacrifice.  The promise was a seed that never came for 24 years. The promise was to be sacrificed even when it was in Abraham’s hand. Yet, Abraham trusted God. Abraham held on to his faith in God that God would do just as He said He would do.

 

Question: What is it that God has told you that seems to take forever to come to pass? Do your circumstances make it seem impossible given your abilities to make it come to pass? Has God given it to you only to ask for it back?

 

Whatever it is, trust God that He can and will bring it to pass, just as He said.

Don’t accept a counterfeit.

Don’t look to a solution you can provide.

Be patient. Learn to wait upon the Lord. Be diligent to rest in confidence. (Heb 4:11)

If He asks for it back, give it to Him and know He is still able to fulfill His promises.

 


© 2006 Dr. David J. Rogers / Pastor – International Community Church Frisco TX

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