Through Faith and Patience We Inherit the PromisesFrom The Heart
Publish date: 10/30/2016
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10 For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: 12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises. 13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec. Hebrews 6:9-20 KJV
Therefore it is of faith, that it might be by grace; to the end the promise might be sure to all the seed; not to that only which is of the law, but to that also which is of the faith of Abraham; who is the father of us all, 17 (As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. 18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. 19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sara’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone, that it was imputed to him; 24 But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead; 25 Who was delivered for our offences, and was raised again for our justification. Romans 4:16-25 KJV
1. The Faith of Abraham.
a. God’s Word says that it’s through faith and patience that you inherit the promises.
b. From the time you pray and ask God, until the manifestation of the thing for which you are believing, you will need to exercise patience and keep your eyes on Him.
c. Abraham waited for 25 years, from the first time God promised, until the birth of Isaac, who was the manifestation and fulfillment of the promise.
d. By the time Isaac came along, Abraham and Sarah were physically incapable of producing a child – he was 99 and she was 90 and barren.
e. By that time, Abraham’s faith in God was so strong that he was fully persuaded that what God had promised, He was also able to perform.
f. He did not consider his body or Sarah’s body; he was not weak in faith; he did not stagger at the promise of God through unbelief; he was strong in faith, giving Glory to God.
g. It is impossible for God to lie! (Hebrews 6:18)
2. Faith comes by Hearing.
a. Romans 10:17 KJV – “So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”
3. Patience is a Fruit of the Spirit.
a. Galatians 5:22-23 KJV – “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, 23 Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.”
b. Longsuffering is patience; an even temper; forbearance.
4. We are People of Faith.
a. We receive everything from God by faith.
b. Hebrews 11:6 KJV – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
c. Believe that He is!
d. Believe in Him and in His Word – believe He is who He says He is.
e. Believe that He is a rewarder of those (you) who diligently seek Him.
f. Romans 10:8-10.
g. Salvation is by faith; Baptism is by faith; Healing is by faith; Provision is by faith.
h. When you pray – receive it by faith – as if it is already done.
i. You have to believe it, in order to receive it.
j. In your spirit, see it as done – continue to praise and thank Him for the answer.
5. Do Not be Weary in Well Doing, for You will Reap in Due Time.
a. Galatians 6:6-10
b. Verse 9 KJV - “And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.”
c. Verse 9 AMP – “And let us not lose heart and grow weary and faint in acting nobly and doing right, for in due time and at the appointed season we shall reap, if we do not loosen and relax our courage and faint.”
d. Do not lose heart, or grow weary, or faint.
e. In due time, and at the appointed season, you shall reap.
f. Do not loosen, or relax your courage, or faint.
6. Now is the Time!