Summary: Hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering. Fight and never quit for your destiny depends on your patience.
“Stick with it”
Bishop M.L. Maughmer, Jr.
Hebrews 10:23 & 35-39 “Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised ;) Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompence of reward. For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul”.
Focus verse:- 36:- For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.
OPENING:- There is a story of 2 Doberman pinschers and a Pit Bull puppy. This man had 2 full grown Doberman pinschers that he let run free in his fenced back yard. The man had a doggie door so his dogs could go in and out of the house at will. One day his neighbor bought a puppy pit bull that he let run free in his backyard that was fenced as well. One day the puppy crawled under the fence and barked at the 2 Dobermans, they tore into that pup with veracity and literally beat the stuffing out of the puppy, they tossed it around and nearly killed the puppy, but he escaped back under the fence into his own yard all the rest of the day the little puppy whinnied and licked his wounds. The next day the little puppy again crawled under the fence and barked at the Dobermans and again they tore into the little puppy and beat the puppy again, the puppy escaped crawled under the fence into his own yard and again whinnied and licked his wounds. For several weeks every-day the little puppy would crawl under the fence bark at the Dobermans and the same result would happen, they would beat the daylights out of the puppy and send him home whining and licking his wounds. This went on for several weeks and the result was the same. One day the puppy couldn’t crawl under the fence so he jumped the fence, got into the yard of the Dobermans barked at the Dobermans and they jumped on the puppy like they had so many times before, but this time the puppy had grown, he was stronger and had more confidence in himself and beat the Dobermans so bad that they run into their house whining and licking their wounds the Puppy Pit Bull jumped the fence back into its own yard and laid down to rest. The next day the Puppy Pit Bull came out of the house into the yard looked through the fence saw the Dobermans in their yard, he didn’t jump the fence, he didn’t crawl under the fence, this time he just barked and the Dobermans ran into the house whining and scared. He didn’t have to fight any more for he was now able to just bark. The morale of the story is don’t quit, stick with it until you get what belongs to you.
WATCH THIS:- Right now we have to fight, but if you will just stick with it, hang on in there, pretty soon after while you will be able to just speak a word.
Stick with it.
Breakdown:- Hebrews is a General Epistle (Apostolic Letter). It was written mainly to the Hebrew believers, the Hebrew church. Written around 67 A.D. Its purpose was to present the Lord Jesus Christ as perfect and superior in comparison to anything in Judaism and the old covenant had to offer. Hebrews is broken down as such the superiority of Jesus Christ, in chapters 1-2 Christ is Greater than the angels and prophets -“let all the angels of God worship Him” 1:6, 3 & 4 Christ is greater than Moses - “He has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses” 3:3, in 5-8 Christ is greater than the Aaronic priesthood - “being designated by God as a high priest according to the order of Melchizedek” 5:10, 8-10 Christ’s New covenant is greater than the Old - because Jesus was the perfect, permanent sacrifice, rather than the Old Testament sacrifices., and 11-13 Faith in Christ is greater than the Law - “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen” 11:1 & 12:2 “the author and perfecter of faith”.
BACKGROUND:- He was writing to a group of Christians who were under intense persecution and some were contemplating a return to Judaism. They have given up somethings, they have done the will of God, the have left somethings, forsaken somethings, let go of some things but they have not yet obtained that which they had let go for. They had come too far from where they were but have not quite made it to where they were headed. They were literally caught in between then and there stuck in this place called now and they were beginning to feel like why haven’t received that which I am striving for by now. Some were contemplating going back to what they were comfortable with. He admonished them not to turn away from their only hope of salvation.