“Followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises” (Hebrews 6:12).
The Old Testament Scripture heroes of faith; Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Job, Moses and David to name a few are calling today’s believers of The New Testament Gospel of Jesus Christ from the heavenly places that they have won for us. They are telling us that what God once did God can do again. It is a sad thing for a Christian to be caught between doubt and discouragement and not hear the call. Not only are they calling to remind us of the necessity of faith, but also of that patience by which faith has its perfect work within us. The most common Christian challenge to getting good things from God is the ability to hold on for the last half-hour.
“Do as thou hast said, that thy name may be magnified forever” (I-Chronicles 17:23-24). This is a most blessed phase of true faith. Many a time we ask for things which are not absolutely promised. We are not certain whether our prayer requests are in line with God’s purpose(s) or not until we have persevered for some time. Then there are occasions, and in the life of David this was one, when we are fully persuaded that what we ask is according to God’s will. We feel led to take up and plead some promise from the pages of Scripture, under the impression that it has a special message for us. At such times, in confident faith, we say, “Do as Thou hast said.”
God is a very specific God and faith is a very specific necessity in our relationship with Him. I am not a “Name it and claim it” Preacher by any means, I believe that there is more to getting it than simply naming it, whatever it may be. I cannot imagine a single position
more inspiring, reliable, or precious than to place your finger upon a promise of God’s Divine word, and claiming it. There is no need for anguish, hesitation, or indecision; you simply present the promise and claim its fulfillment in Jesus’ name. The more specific you are in the claim the more likely you are to receive. However, I will concede that it is more beneficial to claim a few things in faith specifically than many generally.
Every promise of Scripture is a written contractual agreement (covenant) with God, which may be pleaded before Him at any time with this simple request: “Do as Thou hast said.” I do not believe God will cheat any of His creatures who depend upon His holy truth; and furthermore, I do not believe the Heavenly Father will break His holy word to one of His children. It is the everlasting faithfulness of God that makes a Bible promise “exceedingly great and precious.” Human promises are not worth the time it takes to make them. Many broken promises have left many broken hearts. But since the world was created, God has never broken a single promise made to one of His trusting children.
“Remember the word unto thy servant, on which thou hast caused me to hope,” (Psalm 119:49) is a powerful plea. Also, it is a double-argument: it is God’s Word. Will Jehovah not keep it? Why has He spoken it, if Jehovah will not make it good? You have caused me to hope in Your promises, will God disappoint the hope which He has Himself given me? “And being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform” (Romans 4:21). Every promise is built upon four pillars: (1 and 2) God’s justice and holiness, which will not suffer Him to deceive; (3) His grace or goodness, which will not suffer Him to forget; (4) His truth, which will not suffer Him to change, which makes Him able to accomplish. Faith is a necessity to receive the promises of God, any promise of God.
Grady Norman Greene, Minister of the Gospel of Jesus Our Christ
- Faith – Daily Devotion By Oswald Chambers (gospelbondservant.com)
- Continue thou in the things which thou hast learned and hast been assured of, knowing of whom thou hast learned them (dawnmarie4.wordpress.com)
- Walk in the Steps of Father Abraham (bummyla.wordpress.com)