Don’t Throw This Away!

Hebrews 10:35 says “So do not throw away your confidence, it will be richly rewarded.” In other words, your encouragement for today comes from yesterday’s victories.  Remember that time when your back was up against the wall and there was no way out? Suddenly, God, with all of his grace and mercy came and rescued you.  Or, that time when out of nowhere good things just started happening in your life that you could not explain?  Or, that time when you were very sick but God has given you more time. Take a stroll down memory lane and you will always end up on a street named GRACE! That’s why our encouragement for today comes from yesterday’s victories.

God’s Word is infallible.  In other words, it is without error and since it is without error that makes it true.  God cannot lie.  He is the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.  He is the one who can just think it and it happens, and if He said that ‘you will be richly rewarded’ you will be richly rewarded!  However, you must have patience and faith to endure. Hebrews 11:1 says “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” We have to have faith from the beginning to the very end.  Faith is continuous; we must walk by faith day by day.  The reward, the fulfillment of God’s promise, will be waiting after your faith has been tested, but if we are ever going to receive the reward, we must remain faithful to the end.  We just don’t become faithful over night; it’s a growing process.  A mark of mature faith is a faith that continues when it seems that there is no answer.

Too many people are throwing away their eternal reward because Satan is bringing doubts into their minds concerning God’s ability to fulfill His promises.  The reward of continuing to walk with God far outweighs the alternative that Satan offers, so it is imperative that you do not throw away the confidence you have in God.  Confidence is something that we either have or don’t have.   It is fully trusting in someone or something with the assurance that what you believe is true.  One of the reasons so many people lack confidence is because at the first sign of struggle they give up.  What happened to Peter’s faith while walking on water?  Little by little doubts set in. In every test we will have to make our decision as to whether we are going to trust God or not. God will not allow Satan to destroy us. He will not allow us to fall.  Just as He did with Peter, He will always reach out and pick us up.  God not only cares but He has the power to overcome anything that faces us, no matter how hopeless it may seem to us.

Confident people are not controlled by doubt and fear.  Their faith changes everything especially the way they live.  Confident people remember what God did for them yesterday and are confident that He will do it again.  So, live your life trusting God to fulfill His promises in His own time and in His own way and if you do, you will be ‘richly rewarded.’