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The Daily Word of Righteousness
Israel—God's Conqueror, #5
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6—NIV)
What we are, what we say, and what we do constitute our testimony. Either we are overcoming Satan by our testimony, by our faithful confidence in what God has declared to be true, or else we are grumbling, weeping, bemoaning our fate, being filled with every kind of dread and terror.
Either we are surrendering to our fear and unbelief or else we are asserting our confidence in the Word of God.
Do we have financial trouble? God has promised in numerous passages of the Scriptures to take care of the material needs of the saints.
Do we lack wisdom? Let us ask of God. Are we having problems in our home? The Lord Jesus has promised that if we will ask anything in His name He will do it. There may be a long, hard struggle but God eventually will lead us to a solution that brings peace.
Are we having problems of health? Many passages of the Scriptures promise healing to God's people. When we are sick, or a loved one is sick or injured, we are to go to prayer and ask in faith for God's delivering power. God heals the righteous. We may have many afflictions but God delivers us out of them all. He heals all our diseases. He removes sickness from us and blesses our food and our drink, provided we are serving Him as we should.
If healing is delayed we are to keep our faith and joy strong in the Lord, for such hope and confidence are an important part of our testimony.
For we are made partakers of Christ, if we hold the beginning of our confidence stedfast unto the end; (Hebrews 3:14)
It is not enough that the Lord's ministers preach and teach His Word. We must become the message. How many times did God require the Hebrew prophets to become the message, to lay on their side and pretend to attack Jerusalem, to walk naked and barefoot, to marry a prostitute? The farmer who labors must be the first to eat from his field.
Becoming the message, the testimony of Christ, may cause us much pain, much bewilderment, as He uses us to convey His thoughts to particular people at particular times. We must be faithful to the point of death. We must through faith in Jesus, with the help of the Holy Spirit, overcome every attempt of Satan to cause us to give up in despair. We must stand faithfully, declaring that Jesus never will leave us or forsake us.
We overcome the pressures and problems of life, the tribulations of the world, the testings and dealings of God, by maintaining our testimony of God's faithfulness. We stand in unswerving faith on His written Word and also on His Word revealed to us as an individual.
We are to keep our courage and faith strong in the Lord, bearing witness of His faithfulness. His love and power will enter us increasing our hope and trust. The Holy Spirit will continue to give the strength and wisdom we need. God's Presence then will enter the circumstances that are troubling us.
The Lord Jesus through His Spirit is able to deliver us out of every difficulty no matter how impossible the solution may seem. God shall move the mountain!
To be continued.