“Now the just shall live by faith…” (Hebrews 10:38 NKJV)
Just as both diet and exercise are key towards having and maintaining a healthy body, so too is faith and patience key towards receiving the promised inheritance of God, our heavenly Father.
Ephesians 5:14-21, “Wherefore he saith, Awake thou that sleepest, and arise from the dead, and Christ shall give thee light. See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise, Redeeming the time, because the days are evil. Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is. And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.”
Having a healthy body requires diligence and sacrifice. Denying yourself the immediate pleasure of certain foods and beverages that do not promote health and well-being in favor of those that sustain and improve it requires daily perseverance. Even more so, in the realm of the spirit, we need to feed daily on the truth of God’s Word and drink deep draughts of His Holy Spirit as He leads and guides us in the paths of His righteousness.
Hebrews 6:9-15, “But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.”
Muscles and mouths can ache and groan but the reward comes in continuing to do what is necessary to have and maintain optimal health.
Especially vital in the realm of the spirit, consistency in saying “no” to the negative thoughts and words which lead into wrong, sinful living which degrades and drags us down from where God desires us to be.
James 1:12, “Blessed is the man that endureth temptation: for when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of life, which the Lord hath promised to them that love him.”
God has already give us everything that we need for a life of godliness which comes from knowing Him as not just our Savior but submitting to Him as our Lord. Our greatest aim is to our utmost for His Highest (courtesy of Oswald Chambers). A life of faith makes hearing from God top priority and continuing to go on is the spiritual exercise, the disciplined training we need to grow up in Him.
Revelation 2:10, “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer: behold, the devil shall cast some of you into prison, that ye may be tried; and ye shall have tribulation ten days: be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life.”
All of God’s promises are “Yes AND Amen to the glory of God, the Father, through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior”. What He wills, He is willing to do as we trust and obey Him. He planted a Seed of His very substance, Faith, in our hearts while we were yet growing within our mother’s womb and He, like a farmer, understands seasons and conditions and waits with expectant longing – even as a mother pregnant with child – for the day we spring forth in His righteousness.
We are created for His glory and our growing up brings the longed for words, “well done” to a precious life that testifies to the Faithful and Truthfulness of His Everlasting Word.
What does God say? That is all that matters and we apply patience to the Seed of Faith and it grows into an abundant fruitful life that brings blessing and honor to our Father and fruit unto righteousness.
Revelation 3:11, “I am coming soon; hold fast what you have, so that no one may seize your crown.”