From now on we will look at how you can put your new singleness of heart and mind into learning and accessing new levels of trust in God’s unfailing love and character. You’ll learn how to stand firm in your faith and win life’s battles with your words, worship, and weapons with the expectation of victory. These tools, and others, will help you on your journey to leading a powerful, peaceful, and God–inspired adventure. Now that you have dealt with your noisy and nattering “second-head”, you will be free to know and believe God, take the next steps, and do great exploits. This is where the adventure begins!
What You Stand on Affects Your Stability
You can have the best of intentions in remaining steadfast in the Lord, but whether you are able to stand firm or not depends on what you are standing on and its stability. Standing on a surfboard in the middle of the Pacific Ocean with waves swelling up and down will make standing firm more difficult. Conversely, standing on the Great Wall of China in a windstorm will not be a problem. What is the difference? The stability of what you are standing on. This determines your personal stability. Of course, the Great Wall of China is more reliable than a surfboard and can be trusted as a firm foundation that will not fail.
It is the same with God’s character. As you stand on His character, you take on His stability. Although God has made a promise that is to be believed, it is to be believed based on His character.
Reinhard Bonnke, an evangelist who has led 78 million people to The Lord, says, “People will trust those they believe will not fail them.” Recall the Hebrew word for “believe,” aman, discussed in Chapter 2. Aman is the act of considering someone or something trustworthy. It is the act of fully trusting or believing. Aman is also used in Deuteronomy 7:9 where Moses described the Lord as, “the faithful (aman) God, which keeps His covenant and mercy.” This is the same word Jehoshaphat used when commissioning his soldiers before battle: “Believe (aman) in the Lord your God and you will be able to stand firm.” God is the “God of the amen,” or the God who will always accomplish what He says He will do. The word “amen” is more than a word that means, “let it be so.” It is an oath given in a covenant, which is a promise made between two parties. God’s character is the collateral on the promise:
I will worship toward Your holy temple, And praise Your name, For Your lovingkindness and Your truth;
For You have magnified Your word above all Your name.— Psalm 138:2, NKJV
The New Living Translation phrases this same verse beautifully:
I bow before your holy Temple as I worship. I praise your name for your unfailing love and faithfulness; for your promises are backed by all the honor of your name.— Psalm 138:2, NLT
This sounds like the well-known phrase, “A man is only as good as his word.” God exalts His words or promises even above His name so that His name is kept pure and spotless in its’ integrity. Think of someone you know whose words cannot be trusted, versus a person whose words can. It’s likely easier to believe the trustworthy person, not because of what he or she promises, but because of the person’s character.
The Beauty of Covenant
Stick with me here. We are going to head into some teaching so that you will know why you can believe God. It will be foundational to fulfilling your destiny with peacefulness of mind and be worth every moment.
You and I are in a covenant with God. It is the basis of our wonderful relationship with God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. The word “covenant” in Hebrew is beriyth (Strong’s H1285). Beriyth means, “to cut.” Therefore, a covenant is “a cutting.” Cutting covenant refers to the ancient custom of covenant-making, a way of making a contract and was commonly used in land deals. The two parties making the covenant, or the contract, would divide or cut an animal in two and walk between the bloody pieces. They would pronounce a vow/curse: “May I be torn apart like these animals if I fail to uphold my part of the covenant.” This imagery is seen in Genesis 15 when God made a covenant with Abraham, who cut an animal in two pieces; in a sleep-induced dream, God alone passed through the slain animals as a “smoking firepot.” This indicated the covenant was a promise by God to Abraham; God alone passed through the carcasses, for He was the Promiser. God was making a profound statement—His very life was the guarantee the promise would be kept.
Don’t miss this powerful message: The Eternal God who is life and cannot die promised Abraham He would make good on His promise, and if He did not, He would be torn apart like the animals and die, ceasing to exist. God would be willing to lay down own His life to keep His word. Centuries after this covenant was made, the author of Hebrews wrote:
When God made his promise to Abraham since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.” And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged.— Hebrews 6:13–18, NIV
The covenant and the “amen” declared God’s faithfulness and to what length He was willing to go to be faithful to Abraham. When covenant partners finished making an oath, the one speaking it would say “amen” meaning, “let it be so.” The result in Genesis was that “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him as righteousness” (Gen. 15:6 NIV). “Righteousness” is an incredible word. It means “to render innocent or just.” If there were a sentence and condemnation to be handed down, a righteous person would be found just and rendered innocent. Because Abraham believed God, God considered him to be righteous which cast aside any argument, objection, or doubt in Abraham, and caused him to be quiet, still, firm, certain, and faithful, and believe God’s trustworthiness. This gives a whole new perspective to every single promise God has ever made in His Word or to you personally!
God wanted Abraham to trust Him. When Abraham believed God, He came into and took on the same righteous standing and stability as God, taking on God’s good character and righteousness. He became like a man standing on the Great Wall of China, steady and immovable, on an unshakable, firm foundation.
Reflect with the Holy Spirit
- What have You promised me? Can I rest more now in those promises, knowing the price You have paid to keep them?
- How does this affect my faith and ability to stand firm?
- Where am like a surfer on a surfboard?
- In what area of my life do I want to stand firm and have stability, peace, and rest as though I were enjoying the scenery walking on the Wall of China?
This teaching devotional is part of a series based on Tyrelle Smith's book: From Double-Minded To Destiny. Each week we will publish more on how you can remove doubts, insecurities and fulfill God's plan for your life in a greater way.