Saturday, June 15, 2013
“We desire that each one of you show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises” ~ Hebrews 6:11-12.
When problems arise or things get tough, many people slip into survival mode or give up hope. But you don’t see Jesus recommending that anywhere in the Bible.
You were not made to just “break even” in life – you were designed to break through! When Jesus said, “I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly” (John 10:10), He wasn’t talking about barely getting by. He was talking about thriving or, as the Living Bible puts it, having “life in all its fullness.”
This week’s passage encourages us to “show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope until the end, that you do not become sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.”
Sluggish, lethargic, listless, half-hearted…these are not words that should ever describe you. God has so much better for you! He wants you to live in the reality that every promise in His Word is yes and amen to you. It is through faith and patience that His promises are inherited.
Think about Abraham and Sarah. They were long past the “normal” age of conceiving children…yet they had a son.
When Lazarus had been dead for four days, Jesus told Mary, “Did I not say to you that if you would believe you would see the glory of God?” (John 11:40).
When we believe God’s Word, it has the power to sustain us through every situation until His promise comes to pass. It will take faith and patience, but you can do it with God’s help!