Looking unto Jesus
In you, O Lord, I have taken refuge; let me never be put to shame. Rescue me and deliver me in your righteousness; turn your ear to me and save me. Be my rock of refuge, to which I can always go; give the command to save me, for you are my rock and my fortress. Deliver me, O my God, from the hand of the wicked, from the grasp of evil and cruel men.We are all aware of the Scripture; "looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith". But have we really settled this into our spirit? This says that all the work that is necessary to give us victory over our enemies is already done. The work is complete in Christ. Every victory has been accomplished in Jesus. The same Jesus who now lives in us to be the power to enforce his victories in our life. A life with power over sin, the flesh, and the works of the devil.
The Lord has provided us with a life that knows no defeat, only constant victory. To be His vessels. To put the devil to flight. Let me make this a little plainer. Jesus is know to be the "Word of God". We know that the Word will never fail, nor pass away. And that it can't be added to or anything taken from it. So if Jesus is the finisher of our faith, then everything necessary has already been done. He is now seated awaiting for His enemies to be put down.
The gospel is the declaration of the complete ruin of the enemies of man, by the one man Jesus Christ. There are mysteries of God. I don't know the end of these things. But I am sure that there is total freedom in Christ. Freedom not as with men, but freedom from sin, the flesh, and the works of the devil. Real freedom. We aren't here to be a door mat for the world, but to be a brilliant light of true victory over all the things that plague the world. So that all men will be drawn to the light.
If this is so, then what is the problem? That we have taken our eyes off of Jesus. We have look to ourselves for the answers. We have a little of Jesus, but we want to figure all these other things out ourselves. If you don't believe that, let me ask you. Why are there christian doctors? As christians we know that it is God that heals not man, or their devices, or their knowledge and learning. Don't we know that the arm of flesh, the trust in man is worthless, of course.
So then we need to return to the Lord, the word. To seek after His commands, to walk in His ways, to rely only upon Him. This is radical christianity, to "have faith in God". Not in the wisdom of man, not in his strenght, or knowledge and learning. But to rely only on the Lord, this is a step that the leaders of Jesus day missed, and they were turned away for a season, so the Gentiles could be brought in. Today the churchs need to return to the Lord. And to seek His face, to look unto Jesus, and walk in his power by making Him the source of our every need, and giving Him the honor due Him. Then He will show us his victory in the word so that we by His Spirit may see (understand), and that our nakedness (helplessness) be covered with his righteousness (the Spirit working mightily in us).