A WORD OF PROPHESY CHANGED EVERYTHING
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.