Christ Is The Author & Finisher Of My Faith | INFEMI Sermon By Deacon Sam Wachira

Christ Is The Author & Finisher Of My Faith: Sermon By Deacon Sam Wachira

An author is the originator of a plan or an idea. The one who authors is responsible for the thing that is and has significant influence over that thing.

A narrative is a representation of a particular situation to certain aims and values. A narrative can be good or bad. It can liberate you or bind you.

Throughout your growth, your person will be pelted by narratives by those around you. Some of us subscribe to a narrative that is given to us.

If we show a people one narrative, that’s all they’ll see themselves as.

Power is the ability not only to tell the story of a certain person but to also define the person. Whoever defines you has power over you.

A negative circumstance is not as powerful as how the story is told.

A single story creates a stereotype. The problem with stereotypes is not that they aren’t true but that they’re incomplete.

Chimamanda Adichie

The devil cannot create or finish. He can only segment. The devil will segment your story to make it look like it’s the only thing about you.

Adam and Eve when they fell in the garden, God asked them, “Who told you you were naked?” There was a narrative they subscribed to that God did not give them.

Christ is the most important authority of your life and faith. The enemy likes to capitalize on exhibits from certain situations in your life. We need to know the enemy but also know ourselves.

Are you a victim or a culprit of a single story?

“Now when Jesus went into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, Who do people say that the Son of Man is? And they answered, Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.

He said to them, But who do you [yourselves] say that I am? Simon Peter replied, You are the Christ, the Son of the living God. Then Jesus answered him, Blessed (happy, fortunate, and to be envied) are you, Simon Bar-Jonah. For flesh and blood [men] have not revealed this to you, but My Father Who is in heaven.

And I tell you, you are Peter [Greek, Petros-a large piece of rock], and on this rock [Greek, petra–a huge rock like Gibraltar] I will build My church, and the gates of Hades (the powers of the infernal region) shall not overpower it [or be strong to its detriment or hold out against it].

I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven. Then He sternly and strictly charged and warned the disciples to tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.” 

Matthew 16:13-20 (AMP)

The Pharisees and Sadducees were powerful people who challenged Jesus on who He is. This is what transpired before Jesus asked the disciples who they thought He was.

Christ asked this question to the disciples to test them and find out if they were victims of the influences of who the Pharisees and Sadducees said about Him.

“When they arrived in Capernaum, the collectors of the half shekel [the temple tax] went up to Peter and said, Does not your Teacher pay the half shekel? He answered, Yes. And when he came home, Jesus spoke to him [about it] first, saying, What do you think, Simon? From whom do earthly rulers collect duties or tribute–from their own sons or from others not of their own family? And when Peter said, From other people not of their own family, Jesus said to him, Then the sons are exempt. However, in order not to give offense and cause them to stumble [that is, to cause them to judge unfavorably and unjustly]go down to the sea and throw in a hook. Take the first fish that comes up, and when you open its mouth you will find there a shekel. Take it and give it to them to pay the temple tax for Me and for yourself.” 

Matthew 17:24-27 (AMP)

“This is what everyone shall give as he joins those already numbered: a half shekel, in terms of the sanctuary shekel, a shekel being twenty gerahs; a half shekel as an offering to the Lord. Everyone from twenty years old and upward, as he joins those already numbered, shall give this offering to the Lord.” 

Exodus 30:13-14 (AMP)

Peter and Jesus qualified to pay temple tax. The rest were not of age.

Jesus did not pick the disciples from the temple. He got them from where they were working (tax collectors, fishermen) and under trees.

The disciples were young and impressionable. Jesus needed to check whether the disciples succumbed to the peer pressure of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

One of the downfalls of King Saul was peer pressure and the fear of man.

Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned, for I have transgressed the commandment of the Lord and your words, because I feared the people and obeyed their voice.

1 Samuel 15:24 (NKJV)

Jesus needed to check the disciple’s position of faith regarding Christ. This happens to us too when we go through difficult circumstances.

Human beings can describe or try to reveal God to you but you need Christ to reveal Himself to you. We cannot solely depend on people to reveal who we are to us. Depend on God so you don’t fall into the trap of a single story.

“Then Samuel took a flask of oil, poured it on Saul’s head, and kissed him. He said, “Do you see what this means? God has anointed you prince over his people.“This sign will confirm God’s anointing of you as prince over his inheritance: After you leave me today, as you get closer to your home country of Benjamin, you’ll meet two men near Rachel’s Tomb. They’ll say, ‘The donkeys you went to look for are found. Your father has forgotten about the donkeys and is worried about you, wringing his hands—quite beside himself!’

“Leaving there, you’ll arrive at the Oak of Tabor. There you’ll meet three men going up to worship God at Bethel. One will be carrying three young goats, another carrying three sacks of bread, and the third a jug of wine. They’ll say, ‘Hello, how are you?’ and offer you two loaves of bread, which you will accept.

“Next, you’ll come to Gibeah of God, where there’s a Philistine garrison. As you approach the town, you’ll run into a bunch of prophets coming down from the shrine, playing harps and tambourines, flutes and drums. And they’ll be prophesying. Before you know it, the Spirit of God will come on you and you’ll be prophesying right along with them. And you’ll be transformed. You’ll be a new person!

“When these confirming signs are accomplished, you’ll know that you’re ready: Whatever job you’re given to do, do it. God is with you! “Now, go down to Gilgal and I will follow. I’ll come down and join you in worship by sacrificing burnt offerings and peace offerings. Wait seven days. Then I’ll come and tell you what to do next.”

Saul turned and left Samuel. At that very moment God transformed him—made him a new person! And all the confirming signs took place the same day.” 

1 Samuel 10:1-9 (MSG)

God transformed Saul the moment he left Samuel. This was before any external indicators took place. Saul still remained unsure of this and relied on the external manifestations as the evidence of his transformation. His downfall was looking for something physical so as to believe.

This is the same thing the Pharisees and Sadducees asked of Jesus. They asked for signs so that Jesus could prove who He was.

Don’t chase after externalities to define who God says you are.

God can raise a man who knows Him so as to avert a crisis.

“Then Samuel took the horn of oil and anointed David in the midst of his brothers; and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily upon David from that day forward. And Samuel arose and went to Ramah.” 

1 Samuel 16:13 (AMP)

A Divine transformation changes the narrative. Embrace the transformation.

Knowing God as the author and finisher of your faith is what transforms you.

At what point did Peter’s self narrative change? It was when he rightly perceived who Christ was. 

The establishment of your identity is not done by your knowledge of yourself, your weaknesses or strength. The right perception of Christ is what will deliver you and establish your identity and call. It will also grant you spiritual treasures.

Who you say God is is what delivers you and grants you the power to move in the supernatural. It unlocks all that you need.

Christ is the One who defines you.

The pursuit of prophecy has led people to forsake their walk of faith faster than the pursuit of the knowledge of Christ. Track your transformation into Christlikeness more than the expiry date of God’s promises.

Christ is the originator of your identity.

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