Abraham had hope even though the promise of God made no natural or logical sense. In Christ, hope is the complete expectation of coming blessings. We are not to waver through unbelief, but be strengthened in faith giving glory to God.
To be fully persuaded that what God has promised He is able to perform; we cannot walk by sight. At the age of eighty-six Abraham received the promise that he and his wife Sarah would have a child. Fourteen years later, he still believed God would fulfill His word. There is often a time gap between the spoken and the seen promises of God. Timing is not to be pondered when walking by faith. We do not look at any limitation, but at the unlimited potential we have in God. Abraham didn’t consider their weaknesses, but counted on the faithfulness of God. We do not reflect on what appears to be dead, but on the one who gives life. No circumstance should diminish our conviction. We are to be immovable at all times. It’s our believing, not our behaving, that matters most.
Our spirituality does not have to be complicated. We are to only believe. It’s the tendency to add to this one basic principle of faith that hinders our full persuasion. Doubt is often planted through others around us. It comes to cause us to vacillate, hesitate and no longer be fully convinced. We must shut out all voices opposite to God’s and stand firm in His Word, from glory to glory!
Romans 4:20-21 “He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.”
As we go through difficulties and various trials, we realize that our adversary continues to bring pressure upon us by asking us “Is it true that you worship God? Is it true that you trust Him? Is it true you believe He is going to deliver you out of the fire? Is it true?” We come to know that yes, it is true.
Jesus is the author and the finisher of our faith, and during our trials, He increases His ability within us to stand by faith. As He walks with us, we grow in our trust in knowing who He is and what He can do. He never leaves us, nor forsakes us. We become strong in our dwelling place in Him because of our daily communication with Him. We pray, read His word, worship and enjoy His presence. Even if it is only for a short time each day, this daily time with Him fortifies the place of victory we have in Him.
It is true that we believe He is our savior, healer and deliverer. It is not based on natural circumstances, but on the reality of our faith in Him as we go from strength to strength. It’s a process to be in the place where we stand immovable in Him. There used to be a time when we would have one foot in The Word, and the other in the world. We would believe God is going to bring us out, but we were easily fearful and anxious. Now our confidence in the Lord is becoming more and more consistent. Less and less do we let disturbances move in our place of rest in the Lord. We believe because He is the truth. We are walking the talk, from glory to glory!
Daniel 3:14 “Nebuchadnezzar spoke, saying to them, ‘Is it true, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego, that you do not serve my gods or worship the gold image which I have set up?’ ”
When we believe in the Lord’s presence and power, we seek after Him with desperation in every situation.
As the woman with the issue of blood pressed through the crowd to touch the hem of the Lord’s garment, she knew she would be healed when she reached that point. She believed she would be healed if only she could touch Him. That day there were many others around the Lord crowding and pressing against Him; but they were not believing and seeking Him the way this woman was. She was reaching to submit to His authority, His Word, His Lordship. There was a throng of people around Him; only one touched Him. At the very moment that she touched Him, Jesus perceived power going out from Him.
We believe in who He is with all our hearts. We seek after the cloud, not the crowd. We believe His Word is true and trust the manifestation of His glory. We touch Him as we worship and commune with Him, in spirit and in truth, from glory to glory!
Luke 8:45-46 “And Jesus said, ‘Who touched Me?’ When all denied it, Peter and those with him said, ‘Master, the multitudes throng and press You, and You say, Who touched Me?’ But Jesus said, ‘Somebody touched Me, for I perceived power going out from Me.’ ”
He had been waiting many years for the woman he knew was going to be his wife. In his daily prayers he surrendered the relationship to the Lord asking for His will to be done. Time was passing quickly and the young lady still didn’t respond to his courting. When he asked the Lord to remove his desire for her from his heart, it remained and became even stronger. Anger, doubt and sadness began to fill his heart. God, why did you put this desire in my heart for her if she is not the one? God should I still wait? Hope? Pursue?
What he needed was to recognize and remove his unforgiveness towards God, and to freely open his heart for God to move. Whether it’s a relationship, business, ministry or an endeavor, questions may come forward when what we believed God for doesn’t happen or when the way it happens differs from our expectations. Seeds of unforgiveness towards God are not easily detected. Like all forgiveness, it’s attained by abiding in God’s unconditional love. The moment we forgive love abounds and brings rest in our souls.
We trust Him for every outcome as we walk by faith, not by sight. Time is not a factor. We rest in His ability to bring about the best for us, and for His will to be done as He works all things together for good. Our part is to love Him relying on His care, from glory to glory!
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.”