On Friday, May 15, 350 graduates of Rhema Bible Training College USA walked proudly into the Cox Business Center auditorium in Tulsa. Surrounding them were family and friends, cheering and taking pictures to capture the special moment. Each graduate received a diploma and a runner's relay baton. The diploma marked their completion of years of preparation. The baton served as a reminder that others have run before them, and it is now their turn to enter the earth's harvest fields and run their race for the Lord. Over 7,000 people in 75 countries watched the celebration over the Internet.
Rev. Keith Moore, pastor of Faith Life Church in Branson, Missouri, and Sarasota, Florida, and a 1983 Rhema Bible Training College graduate, delivered the commencement address. Rev. Moore reminded the graduates that in the next phase of their lives, God will be faithful to help them finish their course.
If you asked me, "What can you say to me after 30 years down the road from when you were sitting in my seat?" I would tell you three words: God is faithful! It took all the faith my wife and I had to get to Rhema. And then, once we got here, it took all the faith we had to stay. We had to believe God for every tank of gas, lunch money, and tuition money.
The way you believed God for your lunch money, clothes, and tuition is the same way it works in the next step of your life. You're going to find out that God is faithful.
The scripture says in First Corinthians 1:9, "God is faithful, by whom ye were called unto the fellowship of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord." It also says in First Thessalonians 5:24, "Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." He's faithful to strengthen you. He's faithful to keep you. God won't allow you, or suffer you, to be tempted or tried above what you're able, but will, with the temptation, make a way where you're able to escape it.
What does that mean? If a problem shows up in your life that you never imagined you'd have to deal with, He is faithful to help you overcome it. Don't ever believe the lie that "This is too big. This is too much." If it really was too big, it wouldn't be in your life. God wouldn't have allowed it.
We know God is faithful, but what about us? Can He count on us? First Corinthians 4:2 says it's required of stewards that a man be found faithful. Whatever stewardship or charge the Lord gives us, it's required that we be found faithful.
For us to be faithful, we must do exactly what God tells us to do. God doesn't reward tenure. He doesn't reward talent. He rewards the person who obeys Him.
God already counts you faithful (1 Tim. 1:12). That's why you're here. The reason you are called is that the One Who knows the end from the beginning knew your heart. He knew you had a heart to obey Him. At that moment before you ever answered the call, He said, "I count that one faithful." That's how you've made it this far. All we've got to do is agree with Him. If He says you're faithful, then you're faithful.
As the ceremony ended, the graduates walked out of the auditorium, each holding a lit candle in one hand and a baton in the other. Each baton bore these words: "I commit today to carry the baton of revival to this generation. I will carry the banner of faith and God's power to a lost and dying world. This is my time to do all God has called me to do!"
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