How many times have you made a decision and then second guessed that decision. “I think the Lord is saying…….” , only to ask yourself a short time later, I am not sure that was the Lord. Maybe I was just thinking this makes sense in the natural but I am not sure that I really believe it.
This is especially true when we are dealing with the Word of God. Some of it, we fully believe, “Acts 2:21 And it shall come to pass That whoever calls on the name of the Lord Shall be saved.” Other parts, not so much. Col 3:13-14 “ bearing with one another, and forgiving one another, if anyone has a complaint against another; even as Christ forgave you, so you also must do.” NKJV Well we rationalize, we can forgive if it wasn’t too painful, if he really didn’t mean it maliciously, if it didn’t cost me anything, or if I see that they are trying to change. But what if they did mean it, it did cost me something, it was painful’ and I don’t see change? Then what?
Or how about Gal 3:13-14 Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree”), 14 that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the Gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. NKJV . No trouble with 13 but 14 is more challenging for some.
Here is the key, we need to be “Fully Persuaded”. Paul in writing about Abraham waiting for Sarah to get pregnant, states that Abraham had this much needed frame of mind. Rom 4:20-22 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. NKJV (emphasis mine)
We need to read and apply the word of God to our lives being “fully persuaded” that what He has said, He is able to bring about. And as time goes on, if we do not see it taking shape, our faith should never waiver in unbelief but grow all the stronger.
Fully Persuaded, i.e. totally convinced, without question, unchangeable, unwilling to compromise, in the word and the promises of the Lord. May you be fully persuaded in whatever it is that you are praying and believing for today. And may your faith continue to grow in seeing it become a reality.