Hebrews 10: 35-36 “Cast not away your confidence of faith which has a great recompense of reward, for you have need of patience, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise”.
Galatians 6:9 "let us not be weary of well doing for in due season we shall reap if we faint not.”
Colossians 1: 23b “…and be not moved away from the hope of the gospel, which ye have heard, and which was preached to every creature which is under heaven…”
In our journey of faith we will have occasions to want to be moved away from the word we have believed.
One of the reasons God put the scriptures together is so that he can give us encouragement. Infact, Apostle Paul talked about the encouragement of scriptures. Paul writing to the Hebrews said “For God to show the immutability of his counsel, he swore an oath to him (Abraham) saying surely in blessing, I will bless you and in multiplying, I will multiply you. And so by the things (the word and the oath) it is impossible for God to lie. So that we who have taken hold of his word can have great hope.
God put all these together so that we can have hope and not be discouraged and so move away. He want you to be encouraged, to hold on till the end, because He know what He has said will come to pass.
In Think and Grow Rich (by Napoleon Hill) there is this story of a man who had gone in search of gold during the gold rush of the south United States of America. The man found a “should have been” mine, dug and dug to no avail, so he packed up his machines and sold the land and moved on. When the new owner came, he called in experts to look at the land, the expert advised that he dug just a few feet deeper than where the former owner stopped, and there it was one of the biggest mines of the South of America.
This is usually the story of the man who lets off his walk of faith. He starts believing God and then in the face of trouble, he hands off just at the nick of the blessing. You know the adage, “The darkest time is before dawn”. It is the man who holds on to the end that wins the crown of glory.
1. Don't let doubt move you away. I recall reading one of Bro. Hagin's books where he talked about how sometimes we can faith in our hearts (Spirits) and doubt in our heads (minds, will and emotions). Sometimes we let the doubt overwhelm our faith and move us away from the hope of the promise. No. Realize that God's word will come to pass. Sometimes our hearts line up but our heads are still confused, and in these kinds of situation, we have a duty to line our heads up with our hearts. One of the ways to do this is to speak to ourselves. We begin to confess the word with our mouth and like I do at those times, consciously say to our minds, wills and emotions “this is what I Azubike Obi sign up with. I have agree with God and obey God, no, I refuse to think otherwise, This is what I think, this is what I expect and I praise God about it, and so mind, we have taken a position and this is what we are all doing”. This is how to teach your mind to obey God and bring our thoughts to line up with what we believe. Let me hint you, this will not be done once or twice, you will do it until every single fibre of your soul lines up with. You just stay there. The battle is lost and won in your mind. Infact you may realize that you may spend a lot of time speaking to yourself and affirming what you believe, and confessing with your mouth all that you believe, than what you spent believing or praying. You are not going to let go.
2. Don't let ”Not seeing the result immediately" move you away. God is not man that he should lie or the son of man that he should repent. You may not see the result immediately, but your faith is working. There was this story of Jesus when he cursed a tree, the bible says nothing changed, but by the next day, the tree was completely dead, from its roots. You may not see the change now, but God is sorting it from its roots.
3. Determine to be immovable: Refuse to be moved away. Sometime you are so tempted to let go, it is as if the "let go" is almost pleading, it is as if the fear is pleading and saying "Please try and be afraid", and you are saying to it, no, I am not going to be afraid, I am going to stay in my position. But remember, whatever side you default to will determine what results that flow to you. Hold on and refuse to be afraid.
4. Don't cast away your confidence of faith as it has great recompense or attending reward. If you don't faint you will win!
Why do people move away?
1. They forget the Lord and what he did: Remember, they overcame by the blood of the lamb and the words of their testimonies. Notice "The word of their testimonies". God told Israel to build monuments so that when their children ask, they can explain to them.
2. They stopped taking heed to the word. Sometime when people begin to prosper, they “wax” fat and become overly familiar with the word of God and start to lightly esteem the word of God. Deut 32: 15 says about Israel “But Jeshurun waxed fat, and kicked: thou art waxen fat, thou art grown thick, thou art covered with fatness; then he forsook God which made him, and lightly esteemed the Rock of his salvation”.
3. They let the word slip. Sometimes, when we stop paying attention to God’s words on certain issues, we forget them. We let them slip. We need to develop a habit of consistently paying attention to the word. It has to be our lifestyle. Hebrews 2:1 reads “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”.
4. They let the cares of this life and the deceitfulness of riches chokes the word and it dies.
How to stay strong:
1. Develop a habit of paying attention to the word of God. Never grow too old and too fat or sleek to abandon the word of God. Stay continuously filled. I admire a lot of faith fathers that have gone and those still livings– Kenneth Hagin, RW Schambach, Lester Sumrall, Oral Robert, Kenneth Copeland, the list goes on and on. They remained on the cutting edge even as they grew older in age. They remained fresh and dynamic as they grew older. Why, they never became familiar with the word of God. They kept themselves in God’s word, studying, learning, listening, humbly receiving ministry from even younger preachers and sons etc. God wants us to be followers of these people who through faith and patience inherited the promises and are still inheriting.
2. Surround yourself with the word of Faith in all possible direction. Thank God we now have technology; videos, audios, internet, mobile devices, good cars with tech gadgets, let’s use them. There has never been such a beautiful and easy time to be a Christian. Every information you require to stay in faith is at our fingertips. On line book, you don’t even have to buy, websites full of materials that will help you. We need to use these to our advantage.
3. Consciously refuse to give in and give up on the word. Paul wrote to the Colossians and said, ‘be not moved away from the hope of the gospel which you have heard” it is a conscious thing not to be moved away. You need to make a decisive dedication of yourself to God and his word. People don’t stay in faith because they drifted into it; people stay in faith because they decided to. Believing God, taking sides with God’s word is a decision. I remember going through this thought when I was in university that everyone decides the way they want to go or live their lives. Some decide to take sides with what their own thoughts and opinions, some decide to follow idols, some decide not to take side with anything or anyone, but I have decided to take sides with God. I have pitched my tent with God. It doesn’t have to be logical to someone else. I have pitched my own tenth with God and his words, to take sides with it. If God said it, I believe it and that is it. Once you make this critical decision, then your faith walk has started.
Memory Verse: Hebrews 2:1 “Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip”.