Faith Is the Key
November 17, 2016
November 17, 2016
You can change your life! No matter who you are or what you’re experiencing right now, that’s good news. If you’re living in glorious victory, you can go on to even greater glory. If you’re living in defeat, you can turn it around.
You don’t have to live with lack. You don’t have to live in mediocrity. You don’t have to live in sickness. In Jesus Christ, you can change your condition!
You Need Real Bible Faith
I don’t care how many faith fanatics you’ve known or how many faith failures you’ve heard about; real Bible faith is the most powerful force you’ll ever apply to your circumstances. If you want to change the quality of your life, you’re going to have to learn something about it. That’s all there is to it.
One of the best ways to learn about faith is to study the life of Abraham. Except for the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, no person in the Bible lived more fully by faith than Abraham did. When I think about Abraham’s walk of faith, two words always leap up in my spirit—“fully persuaded.” Abraham was a man who was fully persuaded that God’s promises were true.
Paul said so in Romans 4:18–22. Speaking of Abraham, he wrote:
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, so shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about 100 years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: he staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness.
Like it or not, if you want to enjoy the promises of God in this life, you’re going to have to receive them just as Abraham did—by becoming “fully persuaded.” Partially persuaded won’t do. Almost persuaded won’t either. The marvelous promises of God will be yours when and only when you, like Abraham, become fully persuaded.
Consider healing, for example. Are you so fully persuaded that God’s promises concerning health and healing are true that if in the next week your doctor told you that you had cancer in your body, it wouldn’t shake you? Are you fully persuaded that God is going to meet all your needs— even in a recession?
How about during a war?
Would you greet news that the economy was entering another Great Depression with peace or panic?
Real Faith Never Fails
I’m convinced that most Christians are not really fully persuaded about God’s promises. That’s why we have so many so-called “faith failures.”
Real faith never fails! But often, people get into trouble by trying to act on something when they’re not fully persuaded.
Sometimes a person who’s battling a disease will say, “I’ve confessed my healing for two weeks. Now I’m supposed to act like I’m in faith, so I guess I’ll quit taking my medicine.” Then that person gets sick and dies. He wasn’t fully persuaded that he was healed. He was only partially persuaded!
How do you know when you’re fully persuaded? The answer lies in the life of Abraham. Abraham “staggered not at the promise of God.” In some versions the word “stagger” is translated waver. Abraham didn’t waver at the promise of God.
Have you ever wavered at a promise in God’s Word? When you’re standing on a promise and some friend comes and tells you how terrible things are, do you feel yourself wavering a little? If so, you’re not yet fully persuaded.
When God promised Abraham that he would become the father of many nations, Abraham didn’t consider the circumstance of his aged body, even though he was 100 years old.
Don’t Consider The Negative Circumstance
When you’re confronted with a negative situation in your job or finances, do you consider the circumstances? Or are you, like Abraham, so focused on the reality of the promise of God that you don’t even look at that impossible circumstance?
If you consider those negative circumstances—you’re not yet fully persuaded.
When human reason says there’s no way things are going to work out for you, faith still keeps hoping. If you’re not continuing to hope when all basis for hope is gone, you’re not fully persuaded.
Remember this: The only things you are going to receive from God are those things about which you are fully persuaded. I don’t care how many times you confess it.
Regardless of how badly you want to believe it, you’re not going to experience the delivering power of the Holy Ghost and receive the promises of God until you’re fully persuaded!