Bible Study: Believing for the Promise
Written by Christi Given | April 4, 2018
Do you battle for your blessings or let them slip through your hands? Do you war for what God has promised? The ones who inherited the Promised Land had to be brave and face opposition, giants and the unknown. They even risked their reputation, looking crazy to step out into unknown territory. Joshua and Caleb were the only spies out of all 12 who had a good report. Esau couldn’t wait for his inheritance, so he forfeited it because of his fleshly appetite for a bowl of soup, and the birthright blessing went to Jacob. We see a theme of good stories of victory in the Bible when the heroes of the faith pressed toward the prize of the promise the key, when God tells us we will reap a harvest (IF) we faint not…that means “if” (precondition).
And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him. (Hebrews 11:6)
Many miss their blessing or promise from God or give up too soon and they think God isn’t faithful or good, but it’s about perseverance and taking the territory and land that Yeshua promised you! Keep the faith! I don’t know what you’re facing, but remember Noah built the ark YEARS before it rained in a desert, and was mocked—but he believed His God…and it ended up raining, just as the Lord promised. God has good in store for the upright.
Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith. (Hebrews 11:7)
Some examples of amazing people in the Bible are Hannah, who longed for a child, and Joseph—who was in prison, falsely accused and mocked—who was promoted as second in command under Pharaoh. If you are waiting on God for something, know that you are in good company. Do you believe God can move the mountains in your life? Do you believe that God can work a miracle in your circumstance? Do you know what will stop the miracle? What hinders the breakthrough is unbelief and impatience. Believe, wait and watch, and you shall reap a harvest (Galatians 6).
Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.
By faith Abel brought God a better offering than Cain did. By faith he was commended as righteous, when God spoke well of his offerings. And by faith Abel still speaks, even though he is dead. By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: He could not be found, because God had taken him away. For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God. And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.
By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that is in keeping with faith.
By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going. By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. For he was looking forward to the city with foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered him faithful who had made the promise. And so from this one man, and he as good as dead, came descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky and as countless as the sand on the seashore. (Hebrews 11:1-12)
PI Girls, comment below for prayer requests, about what you are believing for in faith and if you need a miracle turnaround in your situation!