Courage is the bridge between the promise
and it’s fulfilment.
“Don’t underestimate what God is doing during this season of waiting.”
By Pastor George Lehman
When you receive a promise from God through His word, a sermon, a prophetic word, or from wherever; what do you do in between these times?
I have seen in 44years of serving Jesus; this is where many Christians begin to stagnate, fall apart, become lukewarm backslide and even stop serving God.
What a stand strong verse this is:
Romans 4:20-21 (NIV) – 20Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
What a testimony of Courage from the promise to its fulfilment - 40 years.
- Noah took 120 years to build the Ark before the promise was fulfilled
- Joseph had a promise and it took 23 years before it was fulfilled
Psalm 105:19 (NLT) – Until the time came to fulfil his dreams the Lord tested Joseph’s character.
- David anointed and promised to be king 20 years later the promise was fulfilled.
2 Samuel 5:4 (NIV) – David was thirty years old when he became king, and he reined forty years.
- Joshua and Caleb – 45 years after the promise they entered the Promised Land.
Joshua 14:10-11 (NIV) – 10”Now then, just as the Lord promised, he has kept me alive for forty-five years since the time he said this to Moses, while Israel moved about in the wilderness. So here I am today, eighty-five years old! 11I am still as strong today as the day Moses sent me out; I’m just as vigorous to go out to battle now as I was then.”
Joshua 1:9 (NIV) – “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; d o not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
- Paul - from the time he met with Jesus on the road, it took 18 years of preparation before the fulfilment of his Calling.
Acts 9:15 (NIV) – But the Lord said to Ananias, “Go! This man is my chosen instrument to proclaim my name to the Gentiles and their kings and to the people of Israel.”
Growing deep through struggles, tests and suffering
Mr A. Bailey was an apple farmer – one of the best. During a season of prolonged drought, all the orchards in the valley dried up for lack of moisture. Their crops were doomed for disaster.
Mr Bailey was called in to find out why his orchards were so green while everyone else’s was so dry.
My trees can go at least another 2 weeks without a drop of water.
“How’d you do that”, all the farmers asked.
When my trees were young, I frequently withheld water from them. Because of that they had to send their roots deeper into the soil to find water. So while other trees are dying, mine are drinking moisture at a deeper level.
James 1:2-4 (NIV) – 2Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters whenever you face trails of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Perseverance: Is a LONG Obedience in the same direction – staying on course no matter what.
The key factor that built courage into these great giants of the faith = “Perseverance” - which is really courage in action.
“Perseverance is the hard work you do after you get tired of doing the hear work you did.” We need to hold on and be strong.
2 Thessalonians 3:13 (Amp) – And as for [the rest of] you, believers, do not grow tired or lose heart in doing good [but continue doing what is right without weakening].
An art of spiritual warfare so few Christians master. Not only learning to fight the good fight of the faith but, how to keep going in the fight until God brings the breakthrough.
Luke 8:15 (NIV) – But the seed on good soil stands for those with a noble and good heart, who hear the word, retain it, and by persevering produce a crop
True disciple “bear fruit” with perseverance. (No perseverance = No fruit)
The book of Revelation mentions the word perseverance 7 times for a good reason. It talks about those who persevered and overcame.
There is no place for lukewarm, compromiser, worldly, uncommitted cowards in God’s kingdom.
Hebrews 10:36 (Amp) – For you have need of patient endurance [to bear up under difficult circumstances without compromising], so that when you have carried out the will of God, you may receive and enjoy to the full what is promised.
Acts 14:22 (NIV) – Strengthening the disciples and encouraging them to remain true to the faith. “We must go through many hardships to enter the kingdom of God,” they said.
After all Jesus said:
Matthew 24:13 (NIV) – But the one who stands firm to the end will be saved
We all have experienced when the daily routine of life wears us down and we lose focus. This is when the courage to persevere must rise up and keep going.
Perseverance: To persist in a state or undertaking in spite of counter influences, opposition or discouragement.
Paul encourages us with this:
2 Corinthians 4:17 (Amp) – For our momentary, light distress [this passing trouble] is producing for us an eternal weight of glory [a fullness] beyond all measure [surpassing all comparisons, a transcendent splendour and an endless blessedness]!
1 Corinthians 1:9 (LB) – God will surely do this for you, for he always does just what he says, and he is the one who invited you into this wonderful friendship with his Son, even Christ our Lord.
1 Thessalonians 5:24 (LB) – God who called you to become his child, will do all this for you, just as he promised.
James 1:4 (NIV) – Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
MY NEVER AGAIN LIST
FIRST Never again will I confess, “I can’t, for I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil 4:13).
SECOND Never again will I confess lack, for my God shall supply all of my needs
according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus (Phil 4:19)
THIRD Never again will I confess fear, for God hath not given me the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind (2 Tim 1:7).
FOURTH Never again will I confess weakness, for the Lord is the strength of my l
life (Ps 27:1) and the people that know their God shall be strong and
do great exploits (Dan 11:32)
FIFTH Never again will I confess supremacy of Satan over my life; for greater is He that is within me than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4).