Learn how to be free to enjoy Christ’s love while no longer basing your self-worth on your accomplishments or the opinions of others. The Search for Significance study shows readers how four false beliefs regarding performance, approval, blame, and shame, have kept you from the joy of abundant life in Christ.
As a believer you must learn how to take a stand in faith. Not everything you believe for happens instantly. Learn from this series some keys that will help you stand in faith and see God’s Word fulfilled in your life.
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
PART TWO: In part one of how to obtain the promises of God we learned that you must be walking in Bible faith. The second thing you must do is persevere. As our foundation scripture teaches, you are to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. The word patience means to persevere. You don’t change your course, you keep acting in faith, walking in obedience to what God’s Word says you are to do to obtain His promises. A great example of perseverance is the apostle Paul.
2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.
Notice Paul tells Timothy here that he “kept the faith”. Simply put, he never swayed from what the Lord had told him. It is one thing to get in faith, it is another thing to stay in faith. Often believers who begin in faith change their confession and actions, acting contrary to the Word of God. You will not obtain your inheritance unless you stay in faith.
But none of these things move me…
Paul learned that to obtain the promises of God he could not allow other things to change his belief, his confession, nor his actions. You cannot allow your reasoning, emotions, how your body feels, what others may say, etc, to cause you to stop walking in line with God’s Word. Remember faith as Hebrews 11 reveals, is acting upon what God has said, but you must never stop doing so to obtain your inheritance. Abraham did not consider his own body nor Sarah’s body, he only considered what God said and acted upon it. You must stay in faith if you are to receive God’s promises.
…imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
PART ONE: If you want to inherit the promises of God in your life we are told to imitate those who through faith and patience have inherited those promises. I want to share with you three key things you must do to inherit the promises of God. The first as revealed in the above verse is to walk in Bible faith. Many believers will tell you they are walking by faith, but when you look at Bible faith they are not.
Romans 4:19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb
Abraham, known as the father of faith, is one of our greatest examples of what it means to walk by faith and not by sight. Notice he did not consider what was true in the natural realm, but instead only considered the Word he had from God. You see to walk by faith means your words and actions fully line up with what God said and not what you see.
To do this we must have complete understanding of what God has said in His Word, and then walk in obedience to that Word or promise we have been given. This is the first step to your inheritance. If Abraham had not obeyed God to go into the desert and follow after God, he would have never obtained God’s promise. You must listen to and then walk in line with what God’s Word says. Obedience and faith go hand in hand.
Then the Lord answered me and said:
“Write the vision And make it plain on tablets, That he may run who reads it.
The Word “Vision” here means revelation, or what has been revealed. God has always emphasized writing things down. The reason we are to do so is revealed in the later part of this verse of scripture, so that you may run with it, or simply put, become a doer of what God has revealed to you. How can you be a doer of what you have not retained knowledge of? This verse if followed can make a huge impact on changing your life.
Statistics say that the average person only retains around 5% of what they hear. What is one of the primary purposes of hearing God’s Word proclaimed? It is so that you will become a doer and not a forgetful hearer of the Word as James 1:22 tells us. The doer of the Word James said will be blessed. Why are many believers not doers of the Word? One reason is because they don’t take notes on what they hear. When you take notes on key points of what you hear, your retention rate goes up to around 50%. If you review those notes within 24 hours you retention rate goes up to 70%.
Think of how many hours are wasted by people who hear God’s Word preached or even read the Bible, but because they do not make a note of key things revealed to them, they only retain about 5%. To live a transformed life you must have your mind renewed to God’s Word so that you can become a doer. Many assume what they hear they are doing. But to retain what you have heard as God has said, you need to write down what He is revealing to you when you hear or read God’s Word. Doing so will help transform you life.
One of the most vital truths we need to learn as a believer is who we are once born again. As you will see scripture teaches we are the “Breath of God” Himself. Think about that. Every born again believer is the breath of God, a part of Him. Find out how important that truth in your life as a child of God is in this series.
Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
One of the most important things to walking in victory as a believer in this life is to never quit. Our adversary knows if he can get us to stop walking by faith and give up on God He can defeat us. But if we will not grow weary in doing what we know that scripture teaches us in living a life of faith, we will be victorious in life.
In the preceding verses here in Galatians 6, scripture teaches us we will reap what we sow. If we sow to the flesh we will reap corruption, but if we sow to the spirit we reap the kind of life God has for us. Don’t spend your time consumed with fleshly things that will not build you up spiritually. Maintain a consistent walk with God by making time for His Word, His house, and the things of God. To often the devil gets believers weary by simply pulling them away from spiritual things that would bring great strength to their life. God is the strength of our life, but when we no longer put God’s things first, we will grow weary for there is no other source of sustaining strength.
So maintain your spiritual walk as a believer by seeking first the things of God, and don’t fall for the deception of looking to the world for your happiness in life. It is God who completes you, and He is the source of your strength. Don’t lose heart in doing what is good for you will reap if you do not quit. Quitters never win and winners never quit.
9 And it is my prayer that your love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment,
10 so that you may approve what is excellent, and so be pure and blameless for the day of Christ,
In theses two verses we have one of the most important truths about walking in the God-kind of love that many believers are unaware of, or do not understand. Many Christians think that walking in the love of God means we are to be everyone’s friend, and never say anything that may offend someone or hurt their feelings. Please look carefully at the above verses. We are told here that our love is to abound with knowledge and discernment, so that we may remain pure and blameless when Christ returns.
You see many believers do not understand we are to have knowledge of God’s Word about the love of God, what it looks like, and use discernment walking in God’s love. Many do not have this knowledge, nor do they use discernment when walking in the love of God. For example, Proverbs 12:26 tells us that the righteous (believers) should choose their friends carefully, for those who live sinful lives will lead you astray. If you don’t walk in the knowledge of God’s Word and discernment, and you have friends who live sinful lives, they often lead the believer down the same path.
In Galatians 6:1 we are also told if someone is overtaken by sin, we are to try and help restore them back to God. To do so you will have to confront the sin. This may offend them at first, but if they repent you have helped to restore them back to God. This is God’s love in action. We are told to speak the Truth in love. Jesus told more than one person to go and sin no more. Many think to address wrongful behavior is not walking in love, but not doing so is not waking in the knowledge of God’s love. So learn to walk in knowledge and discernment with the love of God, and you can save yourself and others from the destructive and harmful works of sin.
1 Peter 1:18-19
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers,
19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.
Six different times Jesus shed His blood for us and each time a payment was being made to redeem or deliver us. The first time blood was shed was in the garden of Gethsemane where Jesus was praying about going to the cross. He prayed not His will but the Fathers will be done, and as He prayed in agony the Bible says He sweat drops of blood. Jesus paid to deliver us from our own human will so that we could live in the Father’s will for us. Then He being arrested was scourged at the whipping post, paying the price for our healing, for by His stripes we are healed.
After this the soldiers put a crown of thorns upon His head and blood flowed out paying the price for us to have a renewed mind as scripture teaches us that we have the mind of Christ. Then He was crucified, nails driven through His hands so that we could live free from the dominion of sin, for the Bible says we are to lift up holy hands to the Lord. Then they drove a nail through His feet and He provided for us authority over evil, for Luke 10:19 tells us we can trample upon all the powers of darkness.
Finally they pierced His side near the heart and the blood that poured out delivered us from the old spirit man within and purchased for us a new spirit. The key to walking in all He has purchased is to simply agree with God that all these things are already done, for the Word of God tells us we already are redeemed. We must also act upon His Word, for faith without corresponding action is dead. May you walk in the liberty of all Christ has freed you from through His precious blood He shed for you.
43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into.
44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.
Scripture is very clear that no one but the Father knows the day that the Lord will return to catch away His church. What we do know and everyone agrees on is that He is coming back. Jesus describes this event like a thief coming in the night, and if we knew when that thief would come we would be prepared, and then He tells us to be ready for the Son of Man will come at an hour we do not expect. He describes two people in different settings right before these verses where one is taken but the other is left behind.
Recently the Lord impressed upon my heart two questions. If you knew that He would return next Sunday would you live differently this coming week? If you would live differently why? If you answer the first question yes, the second question is very important, because if you would live differently, then why are we not living that way now? The why is the issue we need to deal with that is keeping us from living the life we should be living.
Many believers are not living like a Christ follower. Many are living the life of a lukewarm believer, because God is not a priority in their life. If they knew Jesus was coming next week I think many would change the way they are living. Don’t procrastinate any longer and continue to have other things more important to you then God, for Jesus said He will come at a hour you do not expect, so be ready. Are you watching?