"Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful." (Hebrews 10:23)
Are you holding onto the hope that Christ purchased for us? Are you serenely strolling the path of peace, or is your cool composure dangling by a thread? Are you feeling tired, or maybe even burnt out? Does hope seem like an hoax to you? Don't let these negative thoughts put you in captivity. These thoughts do not come from God, but rather come from the one who longs for destruction.
"The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly." (John 10:10)
Our enemy aims to steal away any enjoyment and abundance that God gifts. He wants to kill our confident, trusting faith by bombarding our minds with questions and doubts. Lastly, he savagely seeks to destroy the divine destiny God has determined for each one of us. The only way he can accomplish these malicious plans is if we give in to believing the assaults with which he attacks us.
On the other hand, the Lord has come so that we may no longer live in fear and doubt. He has given us the blessing and the right to live an abundant life.
In Hebrews 10:23, we're exhorted to steadfastly hold onto the hope we've received in Jesus. This means that even when the accusations fly at us like fiery arrows, we can boldly lift up our faith shield and offer our allegiance to Christ the Lord.
"above all, taking the shield of faith with which you will be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked one." (Ephesians 6:16)
Now I know what you may be thinking. How do I know that this shield will truly protect me? How can I believe all this? It's because He who promised is faithful!
In Hebrews 10:23, the word faithful is the Greek word πιστός (pistos). This is an adjective used to describe something/someone faithful. It can often be used of people who have proven to be reliable and trustworthy coworkers, friends, family members, etc. These people are considered to deserve the trust and confidence of those around them.
Now if we take a look back up at the verse, we see that it states, "he who promised is faithful". Who is this faithful one? Though I'm pretty certain we can all see Who He is, this verse in 1 Corinthians sums it up in the most perfect way possible.
"God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful." (1 Corinthians 1:9)
In the verse above, the word "faithful" is also πιστός (pistos) in Greek. So now we can fully conclude that the anchor of our unswervingly secured hope and trust is God. Through every battle He remains faithful. When waters rise and waves rage, turn to the Lord and find a trustworthy hiding place of tranquility and comfort.
He has promised us abundant life and peace that surpasses all understanding. When we lift our eyes up to Him and receive all He has for us, He opens up the floodgates of faithfulness, and graciously pours out His goodness upon us.
Say these words over and over until it becomes habit, "God is faithful. God is good. The Lord will never leave me. He is always before me, and He is always protecting me."
"He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty." (Psalms 91:1)
Though we may not be able to see the whole entire path ahead of us, we need only to gaze into the eyes of the Leader. He will guide graciously, continually covering us in His compassion. It is written that we're called to fellowship with Jesus Himself, so we can know full well that He is a safe place for us to dwell.
In His Presence, it's completely safe to KEEP GOING FORWARD on the path on which He's leading you. Hold securely to the hope that knows no end, and remember that the Lord is our anchor of assurance. He is with us every single step.
-The Introverted Evangelist
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