When believing God, there is often a time period for which we must stay steadfast in our believing and in our holding on to God’s promise. Today we will look at why and how we do that.
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Hebrews 10:23 (ESV) “Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.”
The King James Bible reads the “confession of our faith” but most others say the confession of our hope. But what is Biblical hope? It’s not something that we are wishing for as hope is often used today. Biblical hope is a confident expectation based on the truth of God’s Word.
Whe are told to hold fast the confession of our hope. We are to hold fast to the confession of what we confidently expect to come to pass based on the truth of God’s Word. So what’s this talking about? It’s talking about the promises of God’s Word which we take hold of for ourselves through faith.
Now let me pause here. Don’t just focus on faith for the promise alone. This is a relationship with have with the Father through Christ. Sometimes another part of our lives needs to be straightened out and yielded to God so that we can take hold of other promises. We can think we need to focus on one area and we find God, leading us by his Word and by the Spirit, to focus on other areas which we have yet to yeild to him.
Now about holding fast the confession of hope. I want you to have two things in mind. Hold fast to the hope, that confident expectation of God’s promise coming to pass in your life, and holding fast to the confession of that hope.
Don’t stop believing and don’t stop speaking what you believe. Confess his truth. Confess his promises are coming to pass.
Remember 2 Corinthians 4:13, “Since we have the same spirit of faith according to what has been written, “I believed, and so I spoke,” we also believe, and so we also speak,”
When we believe it, we will speak it. Speaking is an act of faith. Hold fast to speaking what you are expecting based on God’s Word.
Now why do we hold on to the confession of our hope? Because he is faithful. Now don’t miss this part. It’s in knowing he is faithful that we are able to hold fast to the confession of our hope.
So what should we do? We should get into the Word of God and let his Word build up our faith in the faithfulness of God. His Word must come to pass because he is faithful! Amen.
Now let’s see some Scriptures which we can meditate on to keep us focused and built up in faith concerning the faithfulness of God.
Deuteronomy 7:9 (ESV) “Know therefore that the LORD your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
What are we to know? That God is the faithful God. Amen!
Psalm 33:4 (ESV) “For the word of the LORD is upright, and all his work is done in faithfulness.”
All his work is done in faithfulness. He is faithful to do what he said. He is faithful to his Word. If we get a hold of this one point, it will change us. He is faithful to his Word! Amen! You see we want God to do stuff for us but what we need to focus on is his faithfulness to his Word. Once we see what his Word says, we can receive it for ourselves in faith, knowing God is faithful to keep his Word. It’s not about being special. We all are special. It’s about knowing he is Faithful to his Word and all his work is done in faithfulness!
2 Thessalonians 3:3 (ESV) “But the Lord is faithful. He will establish you and guard you against the evil one.”
Amen. The Lord is faithful! To what? His Word!
Let’s go one more.
Psalms 119:90 (ESV) “Your faithfulness endures to all generations…”
God is God. He is faithful and will always be faithful. We can trust God to fulfill his Word. He is a good and faithful God. Meditate on these and other verses like this until your faith in the faithfulness of God fills your heart. They you will be able to stand steadfast, believing God without wavering. As long as you have his Word, you also have his faithfulness for he is faithful to do what he said he would do.
Now I’m going to give you just one more.
Numbers 23:19 (ESV)
“God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said, and will he not do it? Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?”
Amen. God is a faithful God.
Blessings in Christ,