The Lord made His word known to us at the beginning of this month from the book of;
Isaiah 51:1-3, “Listen to me you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you. For I called him alone and blessed him and increased him.”
The bible is God’s word, breath, and plan for our lives. It contains God’s plan/desire for the life of every believer. The word revealed to you is what finds expression in your life.
From our main scripture text, the Lord points believers to Abraham, the Father of Faith as a symbol of his faithfulness to all who will seek to follow after Him and walk in righteousness. When God called Abraham, he was alone and childless. He was not a nation. But the call of God on him made him a Father of nations.
And the bible declares in Hebrews 13:8, “Jesus Christ, is the same yesterday, today and forever”. Meaning, what God did with Abraham, He can do with you today.
There is no promise from God’s word that does not come with responsibilities. The reason why the plan of God in most cases does not come to pass in the life of a believer is that once we secure the plan of God, we have an expectation that it will happen by chance and therefore do nothing about it. This ought not to be so.
God desires to bless every believer, but we have a responsibility to see to it that it comes to pass. Being passive about the promises of God would bring about a limitation in the life of the believer. The bible tells us that, “The just shall live by Faith”. Without faith, you cannot receive from God, all He has provided for you in His word.
In the book of Eph 3:11-12 it says:
“according to the eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord, in whom we have boldness and access with confidence through faith in Him.”
This scripture makes it clear that when we have faith in the Lord, it gives us boldness and access to God with confidence. It is important to recognize that without confidence, faith is incomplete. Some of us have people in our lives that we place confidence in because we know that they can never disappoint us. Do you realize that, the confidence is built upon our faith in them? How much more when we exercise our confidence in God? In order for us to live the lifestyle of faith that Abraham had that moved God, we must grow to have confidence in Him.
Heb 10:35 says;
“Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward.”
Understand this: the only thing that moves God is our CONFIDENCE and TRUST in Him. If you don’t trust God, He is not compelled to move on your behalf. If you show God how confident you are in Him, He will always move. The Bible is replete with examples of people on whose behalf God moved because of their show of confidence in Him.
An example of this is the story of Abraham who, even though was well advanced in age, waited on GOD until he received the promise of a child. However, soon after God asked him to sacrifice that child as an offering. Abraham was willing to obey GOD.
Try to imagine this: In the days of Abraham, most offerings required shedding of blood. How would your response be if God made a similar demand of you? Most of us will denounce God forever. Abraham, never the less, departed the next day to make the sacrifice with everything needed: wood, gas, lighter and Isaac, the sacrifice. The bible also records that the journey to the place of sacrifice was for three days; this gave Abraham enough time to change his mind along the way. His willingness to obey God in this difficult circumstance proved his confidence in God. For the bible says, that Abraham concluded that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead if he killed Isaac (Hebrews 11:19).
What a great display of confidence that was. No wonder God came through for him.
Every time you reason yourself out of obeying the Lord, it proves a lack of trust in Him. If you trust God, you will obey Him. if you trust Him, you will have confidence in Him.
“For we are the circumcision, who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh,”
The challenges that you have as a believer is that you have more trust in the arms of flesh and in people than you have in God. When you run into trouble, the first instinct is a revelation of where your confidence lies. A demonstration of confidence in God’s ability, is what is termed faith.
In the face of challenges, it is the lack of confidence in the Lord, that makes you establish alternative and backup plans in the event things don’t work out. Faith has no backup plan. To exercise your confidence in God, your attitude must be, “God or nothing else. No plan B”.
“Thus says the Lord:
“Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart departs from the Lord. For he shall be like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see when good comes, but shall inhabit the parched places in the wilderness, in a salt land which is not inhabited. “Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, and whose hope is the Lord.”
Once your confidence is in man or yourself, it means your heart has departed from the Lord. You cannot be confident in two things at the same time because you have only one soul and one emotion. It is either you are confident in man or in God. When you put your trust in the Lord, you will not feel anxious, instead, you will experience peace. There is no dry season to those that trust in the Lord.