1 Peter 1:6 In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, 7 that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ, 8 whom having not seen[a] you love. Though now you do not see Him, yet believing, you rejoice with joy inexpressible and full of glory, 9 receiving the end of your faith—the salvation of your souls.
She suffered in silence as she watched the years go by. How she longed to hold her own little son or daughter.
She watched as others experienced this joy..yet after years of marriage and trying, it seemed as if God said no. “Why would God give me this desire for children if I can’t have any?” she lamented.
How many times do we feel this way about so many different things in our lives. We hope, we wait, we hope..yet year after year there is disappointment when we do not see the fulfillment of what we long for. After a while, some of us give up. We see it as a “no” from God and let go of hope and ultimately our faith that what we are hoping for will happen. Time and circumstances do test our faith but faith believes and believes and is willing to die believing (Heb 11:13)
Here are a few reminders of why we should always choose faith over unbelief and not let go.
– Faith is believing in a God who’s faithful.
-It is the substance and foundation of what we do not see. Heb 11:6
– It is asking God without wavering or doubting. James 1:6
-It is the only way to access God. It moves Him and without it we cannot please Him. Heb 11:6
-It activates the supernatural and is the only way to access supernatural things.
-It is our defensive weapon against the enemy- it extinguishes his fiery arrows. Eph 6:16
-It brings what we hope for into reality.
-It proves that invisible things exist.
-It is not based on our senses- what we can touch, see or feel.
-It is NOT a feeling or mental agreement, it is conviction in our hearts. We know that we will have what we ask for – by faith.
-It does not deny the facts but focuses on God’s truth, and on what God says.
-It is not based on our circumstances, age, finances, physical challenges, but on God’s word. It is word based.
-It is God’s gift to us (Eph 2:8) and very precious.
-It is must be exercised daily and grows in power.
-It transforms our lives – believing in God’s great and precious promises allows us to participate in His divine nature. 2Pet 1:4
-It must be fought for and is not passively retained. 1Tim 6:12
-It precedes receiving, believe FIRST and receive after.
So after 7 years she received her blessing – a beautiful daughter and there have been others like her who received theirs – after 10 years, 14 years.
What are you believing for today? Don’t ever give up! Keep standing in faith even though the years are passing by. God is not limited or restricted by time and neither should we be. Know that you have what you’ve asked for and it will manifest! Be determined to die believing and you will be rewarded. Don’t let go!
Have a wonderful weekend.
By Carol-angel Jackson