Have Unwavering Faith

Friends,
Many people are going through different kinds of trials, some that appear quite desperate and extreme. But 1 Thes. 5:17 tells us to “Pray constantly.” Also, verses 16 & 18 on both sides of that: “Be joyful always” and “give thanks in all circumstances…” Why? Because it makes a difference!

Unfortunately, people often give up too soon. God’s timing is not our timing, but if the promise is truly from God, it will come. So we need to be patient and trust. “Trust the LORD completely, don’t ever trust yourself…” (See Prov. 3:5,6) Jesus said in John 7:6, “The right time for Me has not yet come; for you any time is right.” Let’s not be like that. Let’s be like Him in our thinking, for “we have the mind of Christ.” (1 Cor. 2:16) If we choose to walk in His Spirit, our thinking will indeed stimulate correct actions. As Gal. 5:16 says, “If we walk in the Spirit, we will not fulfill the desires of the sinful nature”–of which impatience can be one.

Ec. 8:6,5: “For there is a proper time and procedure for every matter… [now, note] and the wise heart will know the proper time and procedure.” Let’s seek having a wise heart by seeking Him. “For the LORD gives wisdom, and from His mouth come knowledge and understanding. He holds victory in store for the upright… Then you will understand what is right and just and fair –every good path.” (Prov. 2:6-9)

So, “Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the LORD; trust in Him… Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for Him; …do not fret–it leads only to evil.” (Ps. 37:4-8)

Prov. 23:17,18 & 24:14 tell us that fearing the Lord and finding wisdom gives us a hopeful future.

Look at Rom. 4:18, 20. “Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” See? –he did not choose unbelief. He chose faith and to be empowered by that choice of faith! He praised God through it. He was confident that what God had told him He would do for him, He would surely do!!! We can choose this faith also! For “Everything is possible for him who believes.” (Mark 9:23) And Luke 1:37 says, “For with God, NOTHING is impossible.”

So let’s “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10), listening to what He is saying to us as we lift our eyes to Him for help. When He speaks, ask for confirmation that you heard correctly, and then hang on to that promise in faith. For if we can see it, or if our reasoning can reason it out, it is no longer faith; it’s just sight –that is, seeing it, or knowing that it’s obvious to come to pass. No, “We walk by faith, not by sight.” (2 Cor. 5:7) And what does Heb. 11:1 say?: “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Now THAT definitely gives us reason to be joyful and give thanks. So let’s give our great God joyful thanks before we SEE our promise come into view!!!!!! Meditate on Ps. 50:14,15,23 because that says thank offerings pave the way for the deliverance.

There are so many wonderful promises in God’s Word. May we continually ask His Holy Spirit to teach us through it, and He will. There is a WEALTH of joy, peace, guidance, comfort, etc. to be found in those pages! But remember too that “they are spiritually discerned” (1 Cor. 2:14) and those who are not born from above (John 3:3) do not have the Spirit of God in them to instruct them and give them understanding of the Scriptures. (See 1 Cor. 2:10-14 and 1 John 2:27) “The Spirit gives birth to spirit… You must be born again.” (See John 3:5-8) It is only His sheep that listen obediently to His voice (see John 10:27), but to the ungodly, God says in Ps. 50:16, “What right have you to recite My laws or take My covenant on your lips? You hate My instruction and cast My words behind you.”

Truly, it is only to His own that He guarantees to bring help.

Isaiah 64:4,5 says, “No eye has seen any God besides you, who acts on behalf of those who wait for Him. You come to the help of those who gladly do right, who remember Your ways.”

So for us–those of us who love our Savior and God with all our hearts–He WILL act! Therefore, I encouraging us to listen, wait, and choose the kind of faith that Abraham had… and follow 1 Thes. 5:16-18 which I quoted in the first paragraph. Be ready to give Him much praise “on the day the LORD gives you relief from suffering and turmoil…” (Isa. 14:3) For though “your wound is incurable, your injury beyond healing [and] there is no one to plead your cause, no remedy for your sore, no healing for you… the LORD declares, ‘But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds.'” (Jer. 30:12,13,17)

So stand firm in faith,
dear one.
Love,
Rachel

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~ by smilesback on August 18, 2009.

 
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