The Light Washed Path

What To Do Between Believing & Receiving-3

Rom. 4:16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants—not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.

Rom. 4:17 As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.

Rom. 4:18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, believed on in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.

Rom. 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.

Rom. 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

Rom. 4:21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

Rom. 4:22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,

Yesterday I shared the second of three principles that you have to apply yourself to if you’’re going to receive from God the things for which you pray. That first principle is to base your faith on what God has said; on His revealed will, and not simply upon your needs and wants. Faith springs from God’’s Word and not from human necessity. The second is to pray and let God make His Words real to you, because the faith with which you believe and receive is not that which your own mind and emotions produces. It’’s a shared faith, which proceeds from God into your heart and when you act upon it, it moves both you and God at the same time. Plus I shared the fact that God lays His Word before you in the form of promises, in order that you will vigorously pursue them, and in the process, become what He has destined you to be. Your becoming is then determined by your believing.

Now let me share with you the third step in what to do between believing and receiving.

#3 – Commit Your Confession To The Truth

Jesus is the Apostle (Sent One) and High Priest of your confession. It is your profession of faith in Him, and the life you live in pursuit of Him, that causes you to be a recipient of Christ’’s ministry to you. In short, your profession of faith is the Truth of the Gospel you have believed, your vocal testimony of it’s Truth, and the life you life in pursuit of His will.  All this together constitutes your profession (or confession) of faith. Now add to that definition the action that Jesus is sent to be the High Priest of your profession. He advocates on your behalf based, not upon anything less than your profession of faith. So if you do not produce an ongoing profession of faith, there is little for Him to work from in ministering to you on a day-to-day basis. This explains why there are many Christians who are saved and believe in Jesus, but who show little involvement from God in their daily lives. There is little confirmation of God’’s favor towards them. The Lord works through us from our profession of faith.

Now it is vitally important to point out the difference between a sterile confession of theological belief, as opposed to the vibrant confession of true faith in God’’s Word. Abraham’’s confession of faith concerning his coming son, was spoken from a deeply convinced heart. And by his unwavering confession of faith God was able to bring fulfillment to him. God was the High Priest of Abraham’’s confession of faith, just as He is ours.

Heb. 3:1 Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of a heavenly calling, consider Jesus, the Apostle and High Priest of our confession. …(“confession” is Homologia=to say the same thing as God).

Although simply running around parroting scriptures does not constitute a confession of faith, but simply a confession of knowledge; the fact is that you do not have a confession of faith until it begins to come out of your mouth. The entire third chapter of the Epistle of St. James, is devoted to emphasizing the importance that God places upon the proper use of your tongue. Proverbs says that your tongue will influence your heart:

Prov. 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and they who indulge in it shall eat the fruit of it [for death or life].

So the third thing you must do to go from believing to receiving is to maintain your profession of faith. This isn’’t a blab-it-and-grab-it technology of Believer’ism. But this is what is necessary on your part if the Lord is going to be able to preside over your faith.

Secondly, you are His covenant partner. As you praise God for the promise He has made to you, the faith you share with Him, empowers you. In short YOU are energized by your use of faith. Look at what Paul wrote about Abraham:

Rom. 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God.

Abraham wasn’t magically made “strong” in order to stand for the promise of God those 25 years. He “GREW strong”! And he did so, being “empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God”. Abraham surely experienced growing temptations to express fear, aggravation and doubt, as the years between God’’s promise and His fulfillment grew longer. But he fought off the urge to complain by continuously professing what God had said to him. And God (“Who speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.”), helped Abraham discipline his confession, by changing his name. For 75 years Abraham’’s name was Abram, meaning Exalted Father. But when God made covenant with Abram He told him he needed to upgrade his name to fit his new identity. God told him that he would be Abraham,– Father Of A Multitude – from that day forward. Imagine Abraham’’s next trip to the neighborhood deli. It was bad enough being called “Exalted Father” for 75 years of childlessness. But now Abraham would introduce himself to the butcher as “Father Of A Multitude”, for the next 25 years of childlessness. No doubt the butcher at the deli, and everyone else, must have thought the poor old guy had gone around the bend in his old age.

Standing in faith for the things God has said is not easy if you want to remain in harmony with the world.  Because the world flows contrary to faith in God. It’s fashionable to complain, doubt and fuss about living a futile life.  The world loves to rail against God with charges of hopelessness and abandonment. But when God has spoken to you and about you, YOU cannot remain neutral. You will become an anomaly to the world of reason as you become a Confesser of what God has said. And go ahead and let the world build up a good case against you. Let them bring it on. You will be the one laughing on the day God’’s package arrives at your door. No one who has ever endured in faith, to see the fulfillment of God’’s Word, has ever escaped the ridicule of a cynical world of unbelief. But stand fast and use your own mouth to say the same things God has said. For in so doing you exercise covenant partnership with Him. You activate His High Priestly ministry on the behalf of His Word to you.

Finally, here is an often-neglected reality of faith. God’’s fulfillment of His Word to you depends upon your remaining in a position of righteousness. That position of righteousness is not maintained by your moral perfection but by your refusal to allow doubt to move you from your stand of faith.

Rom. 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,

Rom. 4:21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.

Rom. 4:22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).

Stay On The Path!