THE BASICS OF THE FUNDAMENTAL VI
Faith is now! Hebrews 11:1. Faith draws from the power of God to deliver the expected result in the now. However, faith needs patience to deliver the desired result. Someone may say that if faith is now, why do we have to be talking about patience again. The Bible says:
“That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.” – Hebrews 6:12
We need the combination of faith and patience to inherit the promises of God. The process of faith; believing with the heart, confession/declaration with the mouth is a continuum until the desired result is obtained. Abraham obtained the promise after he had waited patiently (for 25 years). The Bible says:
“And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.” – Hebrews 6:15
What? Someone could get scared. Does it mean that I would have to wait for 25 years like Abraham to receive the promises of God? The concept of patience is not tied to a specific period of time. However, the consistency of our operation in the process of faith should be crowned with thanksgiving and praise to demonstrate that we have finally entered into rest (which is a proof of faith).
“For he that is entered into his rest, he also hath ceased from his own works, as God did from his. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.” – Hebrews 4:10-11
As we continually give glory to God concerning our expectation, the probability of doubt is eliminated and God is moved to confirm His Word in our lives. Abraham did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief, he was strong in faith giving glory to God. Romans 4:19-20. God does wonders in praise. Exodus 15:11.
On the other hand, faith demands us to forgive. Un-forgiveness places us on the list of enemies of God. The Bible says:
“And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses. But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.” – Mark 11:25-26
No one strives with his maker and succeeds in it. Isaiah 45:9. Don’t allow all your work of faith to amount to nothing; forgive! Every believer is a product of God’s forgiveness.
Enter into your seasons of unending catalogues of good reports!
Scriptures for meditation: Hebrews 4:1-11; Matthew 5:22-24
Jesus is Lord!