Don’t Lose Faith
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.
This is called faith when we believe God will fulfill His promises, although we may not see them manifest immediately after we pray. Some prayers are answered immediately; others are answered at a certain time, God’s appointed time!
Abraham was originally called Abram; he was the son of Terah. He lived in Haran, and the moon-god Sin was worshipped in Haran and Ur, but God instructed Abram to move out of the country and leave his relative’s and his father’s house to go into a country God was in 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 to move 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 decide 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 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 spirit receives of His Spirit, it’s not about being baptized 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 spirit, our character and behavior change to exemplify Him. When we delight ourselves in Him, He will give us the desires of our hearts. When we’re submitted to Him, no matter what we go through, He is always with us to bring us out with the 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 He did what He said He would do.
Nothing is too hard for God; we have to believe God, not what we see or feel. 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!
Professing Christians are falling away from God and returning to living according to the secular culture because they have lost their faith in God. God has not changed; they have lost their perspective; they have forsaken their first love. Because they once had a relationship with God and know Him and His character, the wrath of God will be with them, just like those that reject His Words and His instructions.
You can’t be straddle the fence; either you will believe God, or you want. You’re going to either follow His instructions or you want. Time is winding down; this is not the time to lose faith, and this is not the time to be disobedient to the Word of God; death or Jesus may just show up at anytime, will you be prepared to meet them?