M&M - "By Faith" - Lesson 3 - Hebrews 12:1-2


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Transcript:
Hi ladies. I’m Barb Bindewald and welcome back to M&M. This time, this term, our theme
is By Faith: Things are Not as they seem.
I want to give you a little background – just the last few hours. Before I started filming
this, today was awful. Just awful. And I’m not even going to go into it. Takes too long
and so forth. It’s hot. Um, it’s very hard. It’s much harder to live here and
I’m sorry, my missionary sisters who are in very primitive areas. You’re thinking,
“Ha! She doesn’t’ know anything.” So please forgive me. But, um It’s all relative,
right? For us it’s very hard. And it was just a bad day. Hard. Bad. Without any details.
So I’m sitting down there in the one cool room in the house, downstairs in the living
room. I cried a couple times. And mostly just been angry. Frustrated. Irritated. You name
it. I’m that way today. And then I thought, and I’ve got to do M&M! I’ve GOT to do
M&M! I’m behind. I need to do this. And then I think I can’t do this now. I’m
not in the right mood. I’ve got to quiet myself. I’ve got to get myself ready. Well,
I put on a little makeup, and put on lipstick but I decided, I made a decision while I was
sitting downstairs.
I thought, “No. Now is the time I need to do M&M.” Now is the time I need to sit in
front of you and be real. Just as you need to be real with your sisters. With your family
in Christ. Real and yet pointing to Christ. Not just commiserating. That doesn’t do
any good. Maybe feels good for a little while. I wanted to just stay down there and wait
till things got better and everything was better and then come up. And I sit before
you and I say, “Hi ladies. Welcome back to M&M.” But I decided I’m not doing that.
So I’m here. I’m still put out. Frustrated. But I am here. And I hope that this by itself
- maybe before I say anything else - that this is your message for today as you are
watching and listening to M&M.
Faith is not a feeling. We are to seek God stand on his word, believe what he says, not
what the world says and not what my emotional heart says. There is a higher and a deeper
truth. Faith is taking God at his word. So PLEASE. I decided to model for you today that
you don’t wait. You do not wait. We must not wait to go to Christ until we have cleaned
ourselves up. Until we have gotten our act together. We must run to him at every type
of situation. In every emotion. In every kind of day. It’s all true. The gospel is true
whether I’m having a rotten—what is that book? Terrible, no good, whatever, horrible
day. It’s still true.
Or if things are wonderful and you feel you see God working in your own heart, every where
around you - if it’s one of those days - it’s also true. So I decided to come up here. It’s
starting to get a little bit cooler. I’m sweating. I like the title, “Things are
not as they seem.” Today especially…it’s true. If you could look around, and I’m
not going to show you. If you could look around…it seems…I don’t know what it seems like
sitting here. This is our bedroom, in a corner. Our stuff hasn’t come yet so there’s no
pictures on the wall. It’s hot. My bed is right there and it’s unmade and you can’t
see it so I’m not going to show you.
So I’m here. And I want to express to myself and to you run to Jesus no matter what. Don’t
wait till your anger subsides. Don’t’ wait till your sadness gets better. Run to
him exactly the way you are. One of my favorite hymns is “Just As I Am.” You know, the
Billy Graham crusade hymn.
The second verse says, “Just as I am and waiting not to rid my soul of one dark blot.
To thee whose blood can cleanse each spot, oh Lamb of God, I come.” So, I’m here
and I’m here to M&M. And I need to M&M now more than ever. So, I want to remind you that
M&M is not mainly about this hour or so that we spend together. That’s not the main part
of M&M. This is just sort of a pep rally. It’s when we gather so to speak. If you’re
online, you’re not probably sitting with someone although you could be. But it’s
when we come together in one sort of way and it’s sort of an accountability time when
we recite and shut the door together and so forth. But M&M is what you do with the Lord
during the other hours of this week. It’s not this. IT’s what you and I do when we
leave this time that you and I have together. That’s the real M&M. So Please put your
cards by your bed, on your kitchen windowsill. Put the CD in your car, or on your iPod and
go walking. And listen to it and recite and repeat. However, but DO IT during the week
asking God to meet with you in His word. Don’t just make it a discipline. Ask him to come
and to speak to you. So, that’s my little message this morning before we even get to
M&M.
I want to share a quote with you. It’s from Max Lucado.
“Christ has not budged from His throne, and Romans 8:28 has not evaporated from the
Bible. Our problems have always been His possibilities. The kidnapping of Joseph (in the Old Testament)
resulted in the preservation of his family. The persecution of Daniel led to a cabinet
position. Christ entered the world by a surprise pregnancy and redeemed it through His unjust
murder. Dare we believe what the Bible teaches? That no disaster is ultimately fatal? In 2nd
Timothy 4:18 the apostle Paul wrote his final words from a Roman prison, chained to a guard,
within earshot of his executioner’s footsteps. Worst-case scenario? Not from Paul’s perspective.
He wrote: “God is looking after me, keeping me safe in the kingdom of heaven. All praise
to Him, praise forever!” Paul chose to trust his Father. May we do the same."
Isn’t that encouraging? I love that. Well how has it been going M&M? I hope you are
getting into a routine and that you are chewing on the bible verse each week. Picture a cow
chewing his cud. Goes sideways and the juice comes down. That’s what we’re doing. Meditating
on is like chewing and chewing and chewing and getting all the juice. But the neat thing
about the word of God is you never get all the juice out.
So another quote for this week and it is a quote that we have used, it’s a basic in
M&M. It says “Faith requires a continual rehearsal of and delighting in the many privileges
that are now ours in Christ. Like children born into a royal family we need time to realize
the full extent of the riches of our birthright. Fill your mind with, reflect upon, and act,
in accordance of your many spiritual blessings in Christ.” So faith requires a continual
rehearsal of. Why does it say that? Because, we, like Ann Voscamp says, I am beset by chronic
soul amnesia. I empty of truth and need refilling. So…again today, together, let’s rehearse.
Let’s recite. Let’s remind each other of who we are in our Lord Jesus Christ. And
most importantly who He is. So are you ready? Let’s shut the door.
Lord, I have shut the door; speak now the word
Which in the din and throng could not be heard. Hushed now my inner heart; whisper Thy will
While I have come apart, while all is still.
Lord, I have shut the door; here do I bow. Speak, for my soul attent, turns to thee now.
Rebuke Thou what is vain; counsel my soul; Thy holy will reveal; my will control.
In this blest quietness, clamorings cease; Here in Thy presence dwells infinite peace.
Yonder, the strife and cry, yonder the sin; Lord, I have shut the door, Thou art within.
Lord, I have shut the door, strengthen my heart;
Yonder awaits the task – I share a part. Only through grace bestowed may I be true;
Here, while alone with Thee, my strength renew.
Amen.
So we have asked Jesus to meet with us. We have shut the door. I don’t have a door
near me but I hope that you are learning to literally or figuratively shut the door. Turn
off the TV, turn off the music, close the door, close your mind to all the distractions
and learn to focus.
Ok now, let’s sing our great song. I love it. Don’t you? Let’s sing “All Must
Be Well.”
[music]
Through the love of God our Savior, All will be well
Free and changeless is His favor, All is well
Precious is the blood that healed us; Perfect is the grace that sealed us
Strong the hand stretched forth to shield us;

All must be well
Though we pass through tribulation, All will be well
Ours is such a full salvation, All is well
Happy still in God confiding;
Fruitful if in Christ abiding
Steadfast through the Spirit's guiding
All must be well

We expect a bright tomorrow; All will be well
Faith can sing through days of sorrow, All is well
On our Father's love relying; Jesus every need supplying
Yes in living and in dying;
All must be well
On our Father's love relying
; Jesus every need supplying
Yes in living and in dying;
All must be well
[music]
Alright, it’s time now for our recitation time. Now remember, I said at the beginning
of this, I’ve had a terrible, no good horrible very bad day. But I’m here. And I am here
to M&M. And I am here to meet with the Lord through His word. So my week has been kind
of like my day where I did not get to M&M as much as I wanted to. It was my own fault.
But I’m here and I’m M&M’ing. So let’s say our verses together. Are you ready?
First let’s say our benediction. Even though we do it at the end which I usually forget.
But it was the first verse we started on so let’s do that. You ready?
Ephesians 2, 8 - 10.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the
gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship
created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we should
walk in them.
See I didn’t do it perfectly. Let’s do it again.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the
gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship
created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we should
walk in them.
All right. Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Let’s do it again. Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Again? Hebrews 11:1
Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
All right. Our new verse this week is Hebrews 12: 1 and 2. I love this verse. It’s an
oldie for me. I hope I know it well because, at least I have in the past, I remind myself
of it. I pray it often.
Ready? Hebrews 12: 1 and 2.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Isn’t that great? Let’s do it again!
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Well done. Well done! Even if you read it, if you stammered through it, good for you
for doing this! Do not give up! Do not give up! There will be great benefits, great fruit
from this. So now we get ready to have our meditation time but first let’s ask God
to bless our time together.
Father, we come to You in the name of Jesus and I am so glad I can come to You no matter
how I feel inside. For You are God and You are worth of praise and worship and obedience
no matter how I feel. So Lord I come. I come and already am starting to repent of my anger
and frustration and wanting above all, my schedule today the way I planned it. I thank
you that You rule, You are God and I’m not. So I come to you just as I am - trusting You,
Lord as You promised to wash me and cleanse me and purify me through the blood of Jesus
Christ. Thank You that you have adopted me, I am Your daughter and nothing and no one
can change that. So we praise You Lord and we ask You now be our teacher. Come and teach
us, speak through Your word, encourage each lady who is here. We pray in Jesus name, Amen.
All right. Let’s do our meditation time now.
Let’s now…let me share with you my thoughts about this verse, Hebrews 12: 1 and 2. I would
love to hear what you thought, what you meditated on, what you thought as you meditated this
week on this verse. We have places where you can share with that. Please share your thoughts.
You can email us, we have a Facebook page, we have a blog so please let me know. Let
me know how God uses His word in your life. Because I know it will encourage all of us.
One more time let’s say our verse.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off
everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance
the race marked out for us. Let us keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and perfecter
of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and
sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Full, full of wonderful truth. Therefore, whenever you see a therefore you should ask
yourself what’s the therefore there for? And it’s referring to the whole chapter
before Hebrews 11 - which is called Faith’s Hall of Fame. You know the baseball hall of
fame: Babe Ruth, Mickey Mantle, my son could tell me. But this is Faith’s Hall of Fame.
Read the whole chapter in Hebrews 11. It is quite a list. These are those who walked by
faith, not perfectly, but they walked by faith. Trusting God. Falling sometimes. Suffering
greatly. Knowing great joy and knowing great sadness. Knowing frustration and not receiving,
when they died, not receiving yet what God had promised because gGd’s plan was not
ready to end there. It was still going. So, it’s a wonderful chapter. And then chapter
12 starts, “Therefore…since we have such a great cloud of witnesses surrounding us”,
since we have all those people. Most of them who are named and we can read about their
lives. We can read and see how God used them, how He spoke with them, how He taught them,
how He forgave their sins. We have that cloud of witnesses. From the beginning of time,
from the time that Adam and Eve left the garden and God covered them even though they were
sinners He covered them with animal skins that was the first shedding of blood for the
covering of sinners. And it was pointing to the blood of Christ. Ever since that time,
God has been working. He’s not tired, as I said last week, He’s not wringing his
hands. He has a plan and He is accomplishing it. So, the “therefore”: Since we see
a little bit of that plan and we know God is working and we know that He loves us and
He has shown Christ to us, those who are Christians, let’s be encouraged. Let’s throw off everything
that hinders. You might want to read different translations of this verse. That’s one good
way to meditate. Go to different versions. You can do it online in one place, Bible Gateway.
Um, but, read the different ways its written. I really like the different ways. SO throw
off everything that hinders. And the sin that so easily entangles. Oh, how easily it entangles!
The first part, that hinders, throw off everything that hinders. I don’t think that’s necessarily
sin. It could be good things. Things that—nothing wrong with it. But if those things or people
or mindset or fears or whatever that hinders you. If those things hinder you from walking
with Christ by faith; of growing, if they hinder you from growing, if they trip you
up, if they slow you down, throw them off. Throw them off. And the sin that so easily
entangles you. We’re going to have a whole lesson coming up on how we throw off that
sin that so easily entangles you. Have to wait on that.
But, so that we can run with perseverance. I’m telling you I have learned so much in
the last just 3 weeks we have been here in Japan. I am so spoiled. I am not used to harder
life, things take longer to get anything done. Where it’s physically harder. It’s been
very hard for me. I don’t know much about perseverance. I really don’t. I hope to
learn it. And I think that’s one thing God has been doing. He just keeps knocking me
down in the good sense. I fall and I fall and I have to die to myself. I just want to
go home and I want to be with the ones I love. I want to be back in air conditioning in every
room. I want everything to be familiar and it’s not. So I constantly have choices to
make. Will I follow him? Will I lay myself down for my brothers and sisters here or for
those who don’t know Christ? Will I lay myself down and die to my wants and wishes?
So the main part of this verse is let us fix our eyes on Jesus. There is, in another translation
it says, let us look to Jesus. Keep looking to Jesus. Now you think, I’m an English
teacher. Look to, look at, look for, now those prepositions are important. Look for someone,
look at someone. I think the fix your eyes on Jesus has the idea of looking at. That’s
important. Look. Keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, although he is unseen. We use the eyes of
faith and focus and we look through the mess, through this reality, through it to what God’s
word says is true which is deeper and stronger and more true if you can put it that way than
what we see and feel. But the other translation that I love says looking to Jesus - looking
to Jesus. Remember that quote I read before, please look back at that one that we read
about don’t look so much to your hand, your grasp, but look to Jesus, every night when
you go to bed, look to Jesus so forth. The man who wrote that quote, Charles Spurgeon,
is the man I want to talk about today. I would like to share his story. It’s simple but
it’s profound. It to me, it says it. It illustrates these words, “let us look to
Jesus. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus. Let us look to Jesus.” When you look to someone—I’m
looking to my realtor to find a house for me. I’m looking to--We don’t use it that
often in English but it’s the idea that looking to means also depending on, trusting.
So this account that I’m going to read was written by Charles Spurgeon himself. He’s
one of my favorite Christians. I read his devotional, um, Morning and Evening, just
about every morning and evening! But it’s one of my favorites. God has used him and
his life many, many times. So listen to his story.
“I sometimes think I might have been in darkness and despair until now, had it not
been for the goodness of God in sending a snowstorm one Sunday morning, while I was
going to a certain place of worship. I turned down a side street, and came to a little Primitive
Methodist Church.”
He apparently was headed somewhere else but because of this big snow storm he went down
a side street and found this church instead. Primitive Methodist Church.
“In that chapel there may have been a dozen or fifteen people. I had heard of the Primitive
Methodists, how they sang so loudly that they made people’s heads ache; but that did not
matter to me. I wanted to know how I might be saved....
The minister did not come that morning; he was snowed out, I suppose.”
Have you ever felt really disappointed when the head minister is not there and you think,
“Ah, the assistant or someone is going to preach and I’m not going to get anything
out of this.” Are you guilty of that as I have been?
“The minister did not come that morning. At last a very thin-looking man, a shoemaker,
or tailor, or something of that sort, went up into the pulpit to preach.”
Now this man was a lay preacher. He was not ordained. He was not the official preacher.
“Now it is well that preachers be instructed, but this man (these are his words) was really
stupid. He was obliged to stick to his text, for the simple reason that he had little else
to say. The text was—"LOOK UNTO ME, AND BE YE SAVED, ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH" (Isa.
45:22)
Now that’s old English. Those of you who are studying English or English is your second
language, it’s just Look to me and be saved, all you, the ends of the earth.
“He did not even pronounce the words rightly, but that did not matter. There was, I thought,
a glimmer of hope for me in that text. The preacher began thus: "This is a very simple
text indeed. It says ‘Look.’ Now lookin’ don’t take a great deal of pain. It aint
liftin’ your foot or your finger; it is just ‘Look.’ Well, a man needn’t go
to college to learn to look. You may be the biggest fool, and yet you can look. A man
needn’t be worth a thousand a year to look. Anyone can look; even a child can look.
"But then the text says, ‘Look unto Me. Look to me’ Ay!" he said in broad Essex,
"many on ye are lookin’ to yourselves, but it’s no use lookin’ there.”
I should do this in simpler English. Many of you are looking to yourselves but it’s
no use looking there.
“You’ll never find any comfort in yourselves. Good word. Some say look to God the Father.
No, look to Him by-and-by. Jesus Christ says, ‘Look to Me.’ Some on ye say ‘We must
wait for the Spirit’s workin.’ You have no business with that just now. Look to Christ.
The text says, ‘Look to Me.’ "
Then the good man followed up his text in this way: "Look unto Me; I am sweatin’ great
drops of blood. Look unto Me; I am hangin’ on the cross. Look unto Me, I am dead and
buried. Look unto Me; I rise again. Look unto Me; I ascend to Heaven. Look unto Me; I am
sitting at the Father’s right hand. O poor sinner, look to Me! Look to Me!"
When he had managed to spin out about ten minutes or so, he was at the end of his tether.
Then he looked at me under the gallery (the pulpit was up high back then), and I daresay
with so few present, he knew me to be a stranger. Just fixing his eyes on me, as if he knew
all my heart, he said, ‘Young man, you look very miserable.’
Well, I did, but I had not been accustomed to have remarks made from the pulpit on my
personal appearance before. However, it was a good blow, struck right home. He continued,
‘And you will always be miserable—miserable in life and miserable in death—if you don’t
obey my text; but if you obey now, this moment, you will be saved.’ Then lifting up his
hands, he shouted, as only a Primitive Methodist could do, ‘Young man, look to Jesus Christ.
Look! Look! Look! You have nothing to do but look and live!’
I saw at once the way of salvation. I know not what else he said - I did not take much
notice of it - I was so possessed with that one thought. I had been waiting to do fifty
things, but when I heard that word, "Look!" what a charming word it seemed to me. Oh!
I looked until I could almost have looked my eyes away.
There and then the cloud was gone, the darkness had rolled away, and that moment I saw the
sun; and I could have risen that instant, and sung with the most enthusiastic of them,
of the precious blood of Christ, and the simple faith which looks alone to Him. Oh, that somebody
had told me this before, ‘Trust Christ, and you shall be saved.’ Yet it was, no
doubt, all wisely ordered,”
God ordained it all. God sent a snowstorm. God directed him. God directed him to that
lay preacher who was not very good and that night God open the heart and the ears and
the soul of Charles Spurgeon and brought him to life in Christ.
So he says, “and now I can say is (and this is from the hymn)
‘E’er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supply,
Redeeming love
has been my theme, And shall be till I die. . .’
That happy day when I found the Savior, and learned to cling to His dear feet, was a day
never to be forgotten by me. I listened to the Word of God and that precious text led
me to the cross of Christ. I can testify that the joy of that day was utterly indescribable.
I could have leaped, I could have danced; there was no expression, however fanatical,
which would have been out of keeping with the joy of that hour. Many days of Christian
experience have passed since then, but there has never been one which has had the full
exhilaration, the sparkling delight which that first day had. I thought I could have
sprung from the seat in which I sat, and have called out with the wildest of those Methodist
brethren . . . ‘I am forgiven! I am forgiven! A monument of grace! A sinner saved by blood!”
That is not just a salvation story. Now that was the time, the testimony of how Charles
Spurgeon became a Christian. But as we’re going to see, I think the very next verse,
the way you come to Christ, like that - trusting Him, that His death was for YOU, that his
resurrection was for YOU. He died in your place because you had to die because of your
sin - your falling short from the Glory of God. You could not measure up to a holy God.
And so God sent his Son as a substitute. The Lamb of God, to be slain. That His blood was
shed to forgive our sins. Amazing.
And then we are given the righteousness of Christ. So that is the way we are saved. Rescued.
We were lost and now we are found. But you know what sisters? Today. In this awful, terrible,
no good, very bad day, it is the same. I am to look away from all that bothers me, that
gives me pain, that gives me sadness. Look away from that. And look to Jesus. Depend
on Him. What does that look like? I come to Jesus just as I am. I tell Him. He knows already
but He wants us to put it into words. I tell him. Tell him. I put it into words. Be totally
honest. He already knows. Whatever huge thing in your life or tiny little thing. Irritations,
big things, whatever. But come to Christ. Look to Him. Let Him be your savior your Lord,
your Lord, your substitute. Your helper, your comfort. He is our everything. So whatever
your day is like, we are to throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles
and fix our eyes on Jesus, running the race with perseverance, keeping our eyes on Jesus
because He, for the joy set before Him endured the cross. We were His joy. YOU were His joy.
Amazing. That He thought of all those who had come to Him and be rescued from their
sin and live forever with Him when He was on that cross.
So ladies, the word for the day is LOOK. Look, look, look. Stop looking to yourself, like
I do. I keep looking inward hoping I can find the strength, the hope, the faith…no. Look
to Jesus. And the faith comes. Because of whom you are gazing. So may the Lord bless
your meditation on our following verse this next week and please, put your cards around
all over the place. Listen to the CD’s, listen to the song, memorize the song so that
when, so that no matter what kind of day you’re having, you can sing. Isn’t that a line
in the song? Sing! It’s one way of preaching the gospel, preaching the truth to yourself.
SO thank you for M&M’ing with me today. This is just one little part, now you go out
and do the real M&M’ing. Your time with the Lord, your closet time. Whether it’s
in a real closet or a figurative one. See you next week!
Benediciton: Ephesians 2, 8 - 10.
For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the
gift of God, not as a result of works so that no one may boast. For we are His workmanship
created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand so that we should
walk in them