God has given us many great and precious promises. Our faith in God’s promises can be challenged when contradicting circumstances come. It is a fight to remain in faith. “God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. “ (Ephesians 6:10-13)
To remain in faith until we see our promise come, we must learn to: trust, wait, stand, & fight! Let’s take a look at these 4 steps.
1. Learn to Trust
We learn to trust God by remembering what He’s done for us in the past. He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever. If He did it before, He can do it again. In Psalm 78, it says that the Israelites’ fear, unbelief, and complaining grieved God and prevented Him from blessing them. We must conquer those giants of fear, doubt, intimidation, and complaining that keep us from walking in faith and receiving our promises.
2. Learn to Wait on God’s Perfect Timing
When a farmer plants a seed, he doesn’t expect it to sprout up immediately. He knows it’s going to require some time. Our promises are like seeds in the ground. Don’t dig up your promise in the waiting.
Galatians 6:9 says “At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up or quit.”
3. Learn to Stand Firm
“The promises of God keep you alive when men are dying all around you.” –Lou Engle
Instead of wavering in unbelief, we stand on His promises.
We need to receive the kind of faith that Abraham had. Romans 4:17 says, “Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping…He never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger…He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.”
4. Learn to Fight
We fight in prayer (applying the blood of Jesus over our circumstances), we fight in praise & worship, and we fight with the words that God has given us.
Let’s apply these “faith lessons” to our lives so that we may rise up and begin to walk in the fulfillment of His promises.