Hello [user:firstname | default:Beloved],
According to the biblical definition found in Hebrews 11: 1, … faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. The French version translates “the substance of things” as “Steadfast Assurance”. And Today, I would like to focus on the notion of STEADFASTNESS.
What is STEADFASTNESS? It refers to that which is unshakeable, that does not weaken. In expectation of a divine intervention, you must not tremble, you must not weaken in your hope. That’s steadfastness is all about!
A few years ago, I paid the price for a lack of steadfastness in my experience as an evangelist. During my evangelism campaigns, when sick people were brought forward so that I could pray for them, I was more at ease praying about certain sickness. Such as headaches, eyes or hearing aches, muscular or nerve pains etc. And I saw the Lord healing many diseases. But one day, a paralyzed young man was brought to me, his legs were completely twisted. Let me be blunt: I was afraid. I was hoping he would heal and walk but my faith crashed when I saw how bent out of shape of his legs were. I did not know how God was going to straighten such legs! I prayed for him but he was not healed. When I asked the Lord why, He simply replied, “My son, you doubted, you lacked steadfastness.”
The Bible recounts a similar situation in Matthew 14: 25-31. The Lord had authorized Peter to join him on the water. Peter had faith in the Word of the Master and began to walk on the sea. But when he was faced with the strength of the wind, the Bible said he was frightened and began to sink. What happened? Peter focused on the sea and took his focus off Christ’s word. In so doing, he lacked steadfastness. He focused his attention on the wind and not on Christ! Result: he sank and his miracle was not manifested!
What’s the often cause of wavering?
First, it is the fear of “what if it doesn’t work? “. And it is also the anxiety of not knowing “how will this happen? “. There are also the contrary circumstances. For example, you are looking forward to having a child but the doctor informs you and declares that you are barren and you wonder “how will you be able to bear children? “Or maybe you need a large sum of money, but neither your salary nor your acquaintances nor your friends are able to help you. You ask yourself” how will this be? “.
I tell you: God always has a solution that goes beyond your understanding, your reasoning. It is not because you do not know “how” it will happen that you will entertain lack of faith or make room for doubt. Do not limit God! Be steadfast in your feelings.
There might be lack of steadfastness when the response is delayed and when circumstances and realities flash “impossible”.
In Romans 4: 19-25, the Bible says that Abraham hoped against all hope. Despite the time and contrary circumstances, Abraham was steadfast in his hope. He continued to wait on God. Verse 19 says exactly: “… He did not weaken in faith when he considered his own body, which was as good as dead (since he was about a hundred years old), or when he considered the barrenness of Sarah’s womb.”
How can we them develop steadfastness?
The Bible gives us the solution in the book of Lamentations 3:19. The Prophet Jeremiah, drowning in disgruntlement, understood that he could only recover his steadfastness by meditating over and over again within his heart what will give him hope: to remember the goodness and faithfulness of God. Search in your memory and you will find many memories where God showed you his faithfulness and goodness. Remember these things, not just once, nor twice but do so constantly, and you will see your faith grow steadfastly, until it becomes unshakeable. Above all, meditate on the word of truth of Christ, in your heart: meditate on the Word day and night as recommended by Joshua 1: 8.
John 15: 7 says ” If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you.” Jesus said that we must abide in the Word. It is in a state of being saturated in the Word that steadfastness is built.
The woman with the issue of blood in Matthew 9: 20-22 despite twelve years of failure, twelve years of negative doctors’ verdicts, continued to tell herself that if she touched Jesus, she would be healed. And she was healed indeed! She was steadfast! Despite of the crowd that apparently did not receive a miracle from Jesus – as she was reported to be the only one to have drawn strength out of Jesus – this woman, like I said, in spite of the crowd, told herself that if she only could touch him, she would be cured and she was cured because she was steadfast in her faith and in her feelings!
Know this, God’s promise to you is a prophecy which has already has an appointed time; it will surely come to pass and will not lie. Though it tarries, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not tarry. (Habakkuk 2:3)
Let’s pray: “Father, thank you for Your word that strengthens me on this day. I need You to be steadfast in my faith. By your Holy Spirit, help me to constantly re-examine your Word and your promises in my heart so that my faith will become unshakeable. You are faithful and good. Teach me to rely on Your faithfulness. I will then see Your glory. In the name of Jesus, amen! “.
May God bless you [user:firstname | default:Beloved]
Mark 16 : 15
” So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you “.
2 Timothy 2:2
”And the things that you have heard from me among many witnesses, commit these to faithful men who will be able to teach others also”.
” But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”.
”And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And great grace was upon them all “.
“For you will be His witness to all men of what you have seen and heard ”
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