Faith Combats weariness and doubt

Pastor Dwain Faith

There is an oppression that comes against the Church of the Lord Jesus.   It is combination of doubt and weariness.

  • Be not weary in well doing and…
  • Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.

Some has gotten a sick heart.   Hope will not carry you where faith will.

Some have submitted to this doubt and weariness because of the faithful warriors that have broken ranks.

In a football team every player is important.  If the linebacker and the fullback quit the team chances are other players will be tempted to quit too.   They may not be willing to go out on the field and play without these two vital players on the field with them.  Even if the coach quickly throws in some replacements the team will have to fight of the “what’s the use” feelings that will try to overwhelm.

I remember a message that Aaron Haskins brought to us.   He told of his winning basketball team at WSU and how they lost their best player.  They could have easily given up and pulled back but they had to regroup and determine to be a winning team.  They went on to play better and it pulled the best out of everyone.

The body has lost some major players over the years.   Some of you would see them as our best players but we, the Church – the body of Christ, are called and predestined to win.

When someone leaves the team everyone wants to know why and they subconsiously and consciously are forced to evaluate their contract.  Do they want to stay on.  Is it time for time to move on.   Why did the other player leave.  Is the reason a greiviance for me also?  Lots of issues and arguments run through the brain.  Can we still win without them?

This whole barrage of questions and testing can appear in the heart in the form of doubt and weariness.  Some of us have retreated into sitting on the bench.   The reasoning, “If the star player is not going to play then why should you stick your neck out?”

We must not fail to take every thought captive and walk by faith in the winning that God has proclaimed over us.

We must not fail to lead our ministries by faith.

We must not fail to serve with faith.

We must not fail to keep our faith fired up through prayer and the word.

We must not fail to lead others by faith.

When star players leave the team, we can be tempted to focus on the stress, the burden, the hardships, the lack of fun, the “heavy load”, the expectations of the pastor, the weariness, the things we are missing out on, etc.

We must keep our focus on the benefits, the joy, the fulfillment, the pleasing of Father, the prosperity, heavenly reward, the promises of victory, etc.

We have walked by hope and not by faith.  Hope deferred maketh the heart sick.  If our hope has not graduated to faith we talk in terms of hope.  Hope is good and visionary, but it doesn’t carry the assurance of faith, so it can’t move mountains or sustain us in the time of trouble.  Hope sounds like this:

I hope I don’t wear out…

I hope I can make it to the class…

I hope we can make a difference…

I hope there is something in this for me…

I hope that this is not in vain…

I hope we don’t fall apart…

I hope we can get the ministry built up…

If we don’t graduate to faith and keep our faith alive through prayer we’ll end up talking more about our mountain, rather than talking to our mountain.  In our mind, our mountain has become too big.   We are ready to settle down and camp and quit.

This is a dangerous place to camp, since it won’t take long for us to get the fruit of our confession.  Weeds always grow much faster than good fruit.  Things always go faster down than they do up.  Notice some of the negative speech…

I’m not getting any help with the clip boards…

I would if someone would just help me….

No one has time for God…

I’m just always on my own…

I don’t think anyone cares…

If I don’t do it – no one will…

This speech is mainly negative because it’s not dominated by faith and it’s not calling forth what Father has promised.  It might have an element of truth to it because of sense realm evidence.  But it was true that the promise land had giants in it too.  But their confession was to be a confession of victory and overcoming power.

On the topic of Evangelism:

I don’t have time for that…

I would have to miss dinner..

I need to be with my family…

I don’t know what to say…

I’m not called to that..

On the topic of fellowship….

Nobody reaches out to my friends when I bring them…

I don’t have any good relationships…

I can’t seem to hook up and connect…

I wish we could do things like other churches do…

I don’t think anyone like us…

I just don’t seem to click here…

I tried to talk with someone and they never ….

On the topic of Serving:

I’m tired of doing all that…

It’s somebody else’s turn…

I can’t afford to be down there for that…

I can’t just live at the church…

I just wish I could fellowship, instead of work, like everybody else…

I never get a break..

No one wants to help…

I have to do it all…

I am just sick of doing it…

I never get a break…

They always wait to the last minute to ask me…

It’s such an inconvenience…

On the topic of Teaching and training:

I don’t have time to prepare…

Why don’t they do it themselves…

I’m not equipped to do all that…

WE BE NOT ABLE

These are all what I call “we be not able” statements.  In Numbers 13 the 12 spies were sent in to spy out the promised land.  A land filled with milk and honey and every good thing.  But 10 of the spies brought back an “evil” report and said to the people “we be not able”.  This report of “leaders” persuaded the people (any listening) and eroded the confidence of the people and they wept (unnecessarily).  We are leaders – mature ones- older ones in the Lord- have a great responsibility to believe Father even when it means giants have to be dispossessed.

Be not weary in well doing, for in due season you will reap – if you faint not!