I am the (self-proclaimed) queen of confirmation. I have probably asked God to confirm everything He’s ever said to me. It’s lowkey a wonder that he’s still dealing with me (lol). (*cue…you* “why Valencia?) Well, have you ever heard the phrase ‘if God said it, I believe it, & that settles it’? That if has caused me great concern throughout my life. Because….what if He didn’t? What if my grand imagination just sounds like something I wish God would allow to happen? I don't want to walk around putting faith in the great stories I create in my head; those could fail any day of the week. I want to put my faith in what God actually said. Thankfully, He’s gone to great lengths to show me that He is speaking & that Im not making up a fabulous story. One of those ‘lengths’ is Hebrews 10:23….
Hebrews 10:23 (NKJV) - Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
I’ve learned that it’s impossible to trust God without knowing and trusting His character. It’s how we work with each other as humans, and it definitely impacts how we interact with God. If I know you have a…pattern…of mess, or gossip, or lying all the time, I’m not going to put a lot of weight on your words. However, if I can look back & see that you do what you say you’re going to do, or I know you well enough to know that you won’t say something to tear me down, I’m more likely to depend on your promises. The writer of Hebrews is essentially telling us that in God, we have a faithful and trustworthy source. In Him, we have consistency. You can rest in & on what He said, not because the text of the promise was trustworthy, but because Source of the promise is faithful, and will surely perform it.
Sources can have a major impact on results. Think about the water crisis. Think about pregnancy, and the impacts that drugs and alcohol can have on a child. Think about you, and the power of what you speak over yourself and others. Many things that happen (or dont happen) to us are a result of what we say, or more importantly, what we believe. If you speak from a place of doubt or negativity, negativity will manifest itself. If you speak from a place of fear, fear will magnify itself. If you speak from a place of power, power will magnify itself. If you speak from a place of hope, hope will manifest itself. When God speaks, He speaks from a place of eternal and complete authority. He speaks from a place of sovereignty. He speaks from a faithful core. He speaks from a core filled with absolute truth. He speaks from a place of healing. He speaks from a place of everlasting hope. He is a faithful Source, and He’s yet to speak a promise that returned to Him incomplete.
….so….so….why is it so hard to just…trust God? Why isn’t it always as easy as the phrases we throw out? Why do we even ask for confirmation if He’s so big & bad & consistent? Sometimes, it’s because we don’t have an established view of who God is. That’s just a matter of reading God’s word, walking with Him, and really beginning to know who He is. If you don’t know who He is, you don’t know who He’s not. Therefore, you don’t know His voice, or what He ‘sounds like’. If I really know you, I know what you sound like. I have an idea of what you would or would not say. There are certain things that cross my mind that I KNOW God had no part of (oh that’s just B.C. Valencia, she needs to go sit in a corner somewhere lol). There have also been moments when I know God said it, because everything in me didn’t want to do something, and of course, He still required it. Other times it’s hard to trust God, because we haven’t fully accepted the fact that God is for us. There have been moments in my life that I didn’t question His capability, but His sovereignty. I know He can….but will He? There’s also the internal struggle that happens in the waiting period, when God takes longer than you anticipated when you shouted about your promise. Did He actually say it? Did I make it up? Was it Him? Or just my extravagant hope?
The answer to each of those struggles is found in the final portion of this verse: He who promised is faithful. Therefore, we can and we should get a good grip on our hope and continue to consistently speak what He has already spoken. For He never has, and never will fail. We all have a promise from God. It may not have come from a preacher, profit, or super spiritual moment, but you have a promise. He’s promised to fight for you (Ex. 14:14). He’s promised to give you strength and power (Is. 40:29, 31). He’s promised to stick with you through each catastrophe, and give you continual peace (Is. 54:10; Deut. 31:8). He’s promised that every weapon formed against you will fail (Is. 54:17). He’s promised to give you hope and a victorious end (Jer. 29:11). He’s promised to give you ridiculous peace (Phil. 4:6-7). Most importantly, He’s promised to save you, and give you eternal life (Romans 10:9-10; John 3:16). These are documented, and He who promised is yet faithful to perform it. Today, I challenge you to put your super strong logic, your doubt, and your worry to the side. Instead, try increasing your expectation for what He’s already promised you. Start claiming and preparing for what He’s spoken. Pray what He’s spoken. Give Him those words back (lol), and watch the life you speak become the life you live. Don’t only rely on the words trust the Source. He’s still capable and faithful enough to handle it.
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