God calls us to run the race of faith with endurance. There is guarantee that race will be easy. In fact, our race is wed to Jesus' race, which climaxed in the cross. Hence, to run the race with endurance, we must fix our eyes upon Jesus.
Faith always triumphs. That triumph may be a visible victory, or it may be an invisible victory through hardship and suffering. It always triumphs because our faith is not in the performance of our faith. It is in something better, Jesus Christ.
Faith is looking beyond what is seen and trusting in what is unseen. In this sermon, we see that the Patriarchs, Moses' parents, and Moses looked beyond their circumstances and to the fulfillment of God's promises in Christ.
Faith looks beyond our present circumstances and looks to Christ and the promises of God, which means that the decisions that we make in the here and now should be guided by our faith in the future grace of God.
Faith is not an end in and of itself. Faith has an object. What is important truly is the object of your faith. The object of your faith dictates how you live in the here and now and will spend eternity.
Families and churches that refuse to teach the gospel to the next generation are described as stubborn and rebellious. This Psalm makes clear that the call of each believer is the faithfully and consistently proclaim the truths of the gospel with those that will follow us.
When our expectations are not met we have two choices. We can complain and give up, or we can trust in the sovereignty of the true and living God. Our decision depends on how we respond to the question, "Is God's word enough?"
As God's children, we are kept, now and forever, by God's amazing grace. Therefore, we are freed to content in the purpose of praise God in all of our lives.
In a fallen world there are challenges to the church from the inside and outside. Jude calls us to confidently contend against those that reject the gospel, not surprised by the challenges, rather being broken over those that reject their only hope.
As followers of Jesus Christ, believers must understand their faith should cost them something and be willing to pay that price. The faith once and for all delivered to the saints is valuable enough to contend for, and that is Jude's call in his letter. We are to contend for the glorious Gospel.