fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Have you ever felt like giving up? Have you ever been so overwhelmed that you don’t feel like you can make it another day? I was like that for several years at the end of the 80’s and the beginning of the 90’s. I had had all I could take of the ministry. Worrying about money, being a loving father and husband, trying to help people that had hit the wall themselves, trying to fend off the critics and the offended, and somehow, I had to preach something uplifting several times every week. I was done, I mean really done.
In the midst of all this I received a prophetic word from Dick Mills. It was today’s verse. I am the author and finisher (PERFECTER) of your faith. Somehow, I always knew Jesus was the author of my faith. Many times I had been encouraged as I reflected on my testimony of the swirl of supernatural events at the beginning of my spiritual journey. The Lord had sought me out, revealed Himself to me, and started my new life with an impartation of His life as well as a series of incredible miracles. I knew Jesus was the author of my faith but when I received this word from Brother Mills, I suddenly became aware of this other aspect of the calling and ministry of Jesus to me. He was showing me that He was the FINISHER, the PERFECTER of my faith. This is a beautiful word in the New Testament Greek, look at the description of this aspect of the ministry of the Lord from Zodhiates’ word book.
“Teleiótēs; from téleios, what achieves its goal. A completer, perfecter, one who brings something through to the goal so as to win and receive the prize.”
The Lord was showing me that “He had this”. He was more than able to finish what He started, after all, it was His Glory at stake, not mine. This “PERFECTER” is an interesting person. He is the one who trains us, equips us, carries us, and provides for us. He stays right on the job all the way to the finish line. When He started the work in each one of us, it was the finish He had in mind all along.
After I saw this in the word of the Lord, a peace and confidence began to settle into my life. Things didn’t change overnight, they seldom do. From that day forward there was a deep change in my heart. Gradually, inch by inch, my circumstances began to change. I knew I was headed to the end of the race, the One in charge has never lost a race yet.


  1. Thank you Jesus, I needed to be reminded of this verse for I sometimes get like Martha busy, busy, doing things that seem good and then get weary or discouraged at times. The message I am receiving today from this verse is that it is not about what I do, but it is always about what He does for me and in me(My Jesus, my author and finisher of my faith).
    Thank you Pastor Frank.

  2. When I was a young, foolish, self-centered college student without strong Faith and Strength in the Lord I would sometimes mentally and physically burnout, breakdown and cry, then shortly thereafter get mad and then fight the world establishment back not giving into personal surrender to goals I myself had set for my own glory and reward. I was able to do this time and time again overcoming adversity of college life and academic pressures I thought on my own personal determination. I gave myself all the credit telling myself my suffering and self sacrifice would be rewarded in the long run.

    However, now as a reborn believer I know that God’s will, His trials and tribulations are and should be seen as a way of constantly turning back to Him and not to ourselves or others for strength. The Prodigal Son – Luke 15:11-32.

    All trials and tribulations are lost opportunities to grow Spiritually stronger and closer to the Lord .True we may think we are in the trenches alone and eventually think we alone won the fight at the time and may have great personal success in school and business. But without turning to the Lord and asking him for strength and blessings we will have lost many opportunities to develop the most important relationship of our lifetime, our personal relationship with Our Savior.

    Believe the Word – He is the Truth, the Life and the Way and look at the world’s trials in a different light, as opportunities to grow your trust and Faith in Him and your temporary burdens will be lighten and you will rejoice in His Glory and not your own. A.M.D.G.

  3. Heb.12:2 – fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

    Mathew Henry’s thoughts on ‘the joy set before Him’.
    What it was that supported the human soul of Christ under these unparalleled sufferings; and that was the joy that was set before him. He had something in view under all his sufferings, which was pleasant to him; he rejoiced to see that by his sufferings he should make satisfaction to the injured justice of God and give security to his honour (honor) and government, that he should make peace between God and man, that he should seal the covenant of grace and be the Mediator of it, that he should open a way of salvation to the chief of sinners, and that he should effectually save all those whom the Father had given him, and himself be the first-born among many brethren. This was the joy that was set before him.

    This is just a piece of the message delivered on Sabbath Morning, January 30th, 1859, by the REV. C.H. SPURGEON at the Music Hall, Royal Surrey Gardens. (Sermon #236)
    “For the joy that was set before him.” Beloved, what was the joy? Oh, ’tis a thought must melt a rock, and make a heart of iron move; that the joy which was set before Jesus, was principally joy of saving you and me. I know it was the joy of fulfilling his Father’s will—of sitting down on his Father’s throne—of being made perfect through suffering; but still I know that this is the grand, great motive of the Saviour’s (Savior’s) suffering, the joy of saving us.
    Now Jesus had to endure the stab in his inmost bowels, and to know that his elect did it—that his redeemed did it, that his own church was his murderer—that his own people nailed him to the tree? Can you think, beloved, how strong must hare (have) been the love that made him submit even to this.
    This is a monster long sermon but well worth your time to read in its entirety.

    As I looked into this I first see the joy set before Him, I see that joy is our redemption, the fulfillment of the plan He and the Father agreed to before the foundation of this world. Then I see the writer pointing us to Christ as our example and then we must for the joy set before us endure till the end through whatever may come our way. That joy for me presently is twofold; the joy of yielding to His will, knowing that Jesus will reach out to others and the Father is sanctifying me through everything this world can throw at me and then the joy of my reward for yielding to His will when I hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.” Mat 25:21,23

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