Yesterday, as I was contemplating somethings that I am believing God for, the thought came to me “am I believing or bearing?” In other words, am I standing in faith believing that I received when I prayed or am I just holding out and bearing the situation hoping that it one day by some chance might change?
I thought about Abraham how for twenty-five years he believed that his situation would change, that one day he would have a son just as God had promised. I thought about how Abraham didn’t just bear with his situation, but how he believed God during those twenty-five years of waiting. Even when Abraham went into Hagar, it wasn’t that he didn’t believe. I believe it actually showed that he did believe God, it’s just that he and Sarah tried to obtain what God had promised through their own efforts, but he believed nonetheless.
Paul said in 2 Corinthians 13:5, “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates.” This lets me know it’s possible to move out of the faith. So how do we stay in the faith?
I thought about faith and how faith is living and active. How faith is not past or future but how faith is now. Faith like mercy is new every morning. Romans 1:17 says, “…The just shall live by faith.” Just as I can’t live off of yesterday’s bread, I can’t live off of yesterday’s faith. Faith is not past or future faith is now. So how do we stay in the faith? We stay in the faith by hearing, speaking and practicing what we believe every day.
God gave Abraham this principle when He changed his name from Abram (high father) to Abraham (father of many nations). By changing Abraham’s name Abraham would be able to hear every day what he believe, and by speaking his name he would be practicing what he believed every day. If you’re not hearing, speaking and practicing what you believe, it could be you do not believe at all. It could be you’re only bearing with your situation hoping that one day by some chance it might change.
Today, I admonish you to examine yourself and see if you be in the faith concerning those things in your life that you believe to see. Then stay in the faith by hearing and speaking the promises of God concerning those things fresh every day. For whatever Christ has bore there is no need for us to bear.