Don’t Lose Your Faith – Part 2
Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen – Hebrews 11:1
Faith is described in two words with confidence and certainty and they need a beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in God’s character, that He is who He says. The ending point is believing in God’s promises, He will do what He says. When we believe God will fulfill His promises all though we may not see them being manifested after we prayed, this is called faith.
Abraham was originally called Abram, he was the son of Terah. He lived in Haran, the moon-god Sin was worshipped in both Haran and Ur, but God instructed Abram to move out of the country and to leave his relative’s and his father’s house to go into a country God was going to instruct him to go. God called Abram to Himself, to live a life serving a true and living God. God does us the same way, He calls us from living a life of sin, to a new life of worshiping and serving Him in holiness. After following God’s instructions in moving away from his family, God made Abram a promise that He would bless him with a son, mind you, Abram was seventy-five years old when he moved from Haran.
Rather than waiting on God, Sarai and Abram decides to assist God by placing a third person in the marriage bed. Sarai instructed her husband to have a child by Hagar. When Hagar conceived, she felt she was a better woman than Sarai because she could conceive and Sarai couldn’t. Anytime a third person is in the marriage, the marriage will be destroyed because in the beginning, God created a male and female, it was to be one husband and wife until death. Whether it be a man or woman who has slipped into the marriage, the mess will not be blessed because it’s not God’s desire.
Abram was ninety-nine years old when God gave him a covenant. Abram’s part of the covenant-making process was circumcision that God established as a sign of the covenant to indicate that his children were dedicated to God. Circumcision was to serve as an outward sign of inward dedication to God for Abram and his children. After the covenant was made, God changed Abram’s name to Abraham. When our hearts become circumcision, in heaven we have been given a new name, matter of fact we have become a new creation (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature, old things are passed away: behold, all things are become new – 2nd Corinthians 5:17). As a new creation, our being receives of His Spirit, it’s not about being baptized or receiving salvation, it’s when the Spirit of God comes into our human frame, and lives within our being (Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him – John 14:23). This a divine indwelling, and when He indwells in our being, our character and behavior changes to exemplify Him. When we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our heart. When were submitted to Him, no matter what we go through, He is always with us to bring us out with victory.
Not only did God change Abraham’s name, but He changed Sari to Sarah. God did the miraculous with Abraham and Sarah. Both were old and Sarah wasn’t at the age of conceiving, but God gave life to a dead situation. Abraham believed God was going to fulfill His promise, and God did what He said He was going to do. There is nothing to hard for God, we have to believe God, and not what we’re seeing or feeling. God will never give us a promise He will not fulfill. When God gives us a spoken word of promise, we can believe it will be done, no matter how long we may have to wait. Don’t lose faith, believe God!