Day: August 1, 2015
Cast not away therefore your confidence, which has great recompense of reward – Hebrews 10:35
Have you ever seen a drunk staggering? They walk unsteadily as if they are about to fall. They move from side to side. They begin to give way. They are unable to be steadfast and stand firm in one place.
Abraham staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strong in faith, giving glory to God (Romans 4:20). Whatever you do, don’t throw your trust in God away. Don’t throw away the word and the promise God gave you. You trusted Him to save you, but now you’re going to have to trust Him to do everything else He said He would do. There was a time when you believed God. You were sure that God was going to do it, but because it seems like it will never happen, you want to give up. What you don’t understand is that the moment you give up, you are also giving up some things. What you are telling God is, I don’t want it anymore. You can give it to somebody else.
Be patient, do the will of God and you will receive the promise (Hebrews 10:36). Do what God told you to do and keep doing it. Keep obeying. Everything you receive from God is by faith. When you got saved, it was through faith. For by grace are you saved through faith (Ephesians 2:8). God wants you to live by faith because it is your faith that brings you much reward (Hebrews 10:35).
Some of you feel like you’re fainting, but God gives power to the faint. Don’t throw it all away. Don’t give up. Don’t go back. God is not pleased with anyone who turns back (Hebrews 10:38). Why would you want to give up when God is giving you another chance? Heaven doesn’t need you. The earth needs you. Everything Jesus gave us before He ascended into heaven was for us to use on earth, not in heaven. You have what the earth needs and the earth is waiting on you. For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19).
Abraham knew the condition of his body and he knew his age, but He chose to believe what God knew and what God said. Before the birth of the promise, Abraham praised God. He glorified God. He kept thanking God (Romans 4:20). There was no need for Abraham to worry about his body being dead when the word God gave Him was alive (Hebrews 4:12). When God made a promise to Abraham, He told him what HE would do because only He could do it.
The thing you need done in your life may be hard for you, but it’s not too hard for God. God is the only One who can save you. God is the only One who can deliver you. I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land (Exodus 3:8). Not only has God commanded the thing that has kept you bound to let you go, but He has commanded it to let go of everything that was stolen from you. When you go, you shall not go empty (Exodus 3:21). He shall deliver your mind and your soul out of deep waters (Psalm 18:16). So why are you worried? He didn’t say you would do it. He said that HE would do it.
God doesn’t want you to believe Him today and then not believe Him tomorrow. It’s hard to receive anything from the Lord in that condition. He doesn’t want you to stagger in unbelief. He wants you to walk by faith. Abraham was fully persuaded (sure, confident, certain and convinced) that God was able to perform what He promised. He never stopped believing. Abraham’s faith did not fail and Jesus has already prayed for you that your faith won’t fail.
The promises God gives are exceeding great and precious (2 Peter 1:4). It is not like trash to be thrown away. Hold on. It’s not too late for you. It’s not over and it’s not the end so keep enduring and keep pressing. What Abraham went through was making him to become the father of many nations (Romans 4:18). You’re in the process of being made to become something. Don’t resist God and don’t throw your confidence in His word away.