Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV).
When it comes to gaining victory over our negative circumstances, Jesus is our only standard. Other believers—no matter how strong they were or are—are not our standard.
Many compare their experiences to the Apostle Paul. Yes, he overcame many trials and tribulations, but he is not our ultimate role model—Jesus is!
Although Paul does instruct believers to imitate his ways, He is talking about his ways in Christ. Paul clearly stated in the scripture above that it is Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Therefore, He is the model for successful living.
When we make Jesus Christ our standard, the Holy Spirit stretches us to a new level of victory and success in Christ. So, what standard of victory should we expect as we live out our lives in and through Jesus?
- When Jesus was taken to the edge of a cliff to be stoned, rather than believing God to survive the stoning, He confidently walked away to safety.
- When Jesus was in a terrible storm at sea, He did not believe God to survive the storm; He used His authority to command the storm be stilled.
- When Jesus needed to get across the water, He did not believe God for a boat; He walked on the water.
- When Jesus lacked enough food to feed more than 5000, He did not go to the local supermarket; He multiplied the food He had.
Jesus used every trial He faced as an opportunity to set a standard of faith that you too can follow. Through the cross He made the way for you to live at that same level. All you have to do is believe.
Confession: Jesus Christ is the author and finisher of my faith. In Him I live, and move, and have my being. I am able to walk in victory over every trial and circumstance that I may face because Jesus is my standard!
Author: Jerry Savelle