You Will Be Tested in Your Walk with God

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. (2 Corinthians 1:20)

Everything in God relates to bringing His promises into reality. Our lives all depend on promises, from marriage licenses, to job contracts, to mortgages, to student loans, and so on. We write up contracts so that both parties are bound to keep their side of the commitment. Our

world revolves around these promises, but the greater reality is based on one promise as well: Jesus was the fulfillment of God’s overarching promise to mankind. This was not an easy promise to fulfill; God gave His only Son as a sacrifice to fulfill His promise of restoration and eternal life. It is now up to mankind to abide by the terms of this agreement. We must choose to accept Christ’s death as atonement for our sin. This is a choice we each make on our own. God will be there all the way, but He will never interfere with our free will by forcing us to choose Him. Let us examine Abraham’s choice in the following scriptures.

The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” (Genesis 12:1-3)

God’s promise to Abraham is a promise to all of us. In order to share in the inheritance as His children, we must:

Walk in wholeness.

We need to accept His promises as truth in our lives and walk in confidence. Everything is in balance, and the Master is in control.

Have a sense of satisfaction.

You are not alone, unrepresented or marginalized. Do not worry about whether or not your income is sufficient. Be grateful for what you have, and as you walk with God, He will meet your needs.

Be fruitful.

It is the quality of your life that matters, not how much you have. Lead an impactful life, and be fruitful with what God has given to you.

Have a sense of divine destiny.

Know that you and your family are blessed. Believe that your life counts and can benefit others, and help those in need. Your life is not your own.

Adjust your mindset.

After this, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” But Abram said, “Sovereign LORD, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inherit[c] my estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.” Then the word of the LORD came to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Abram believed the LORD, and he credited it to him as righteousness. (Genesis 15:1-6)

Think as God thinks.

Spirituality alone is not enough, nor should we idolize a prophetic promise above a relationship with the Lord.

According to Genesis 15:5, God changed Abraham’s perspective and thus, his mindset was never the same.

You are the manifestation of your thought process, so it is the first thing that needs to change.

We need a glimpse of the glory of God to awaken our minds to imagine what God can do for us.

Refuse a quick fix.

Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; so she said to Abram, “The LORD has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. (Genesis 16:1-4)

Our culture constantly seeks quick and easy solutions. Be careful not to form expectations based on the quick fix mentality. This led to Ishmael’s conception. There are no shortcuts to our dreams. We need to be patient in our faith in God.

God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised. (Hebrews 6:10-12)

Only through patience can we inherit the promises of God. It is not easy to be patient when you are not in control of a situation, but we must learn to trust God and remember that things sometimes get worse before they get better.

Then one of them said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.” Now Sarah was listening at the entrance to the tent, which was behind him. Abraham and Sarah were already very old, and Sarah was past the age of childbearing. So Sarah laughed to herself as she thought, “After I am worn out and my lord is old, will I now have this pleasure?” Then the LORD said to Abraham, “Why did Sarah laugh and say, ‘Will I really have a child, now that I am old?’ Is anything too hard for the LORD? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (Genesis 18:10-14)

We can digress from our belief when we look at our circumstances. No wonder Sarah laughed.

Recalibrate your sense of timing with what God is doing in us and around you.

“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. (Genesis 16:6)

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the LORD appeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, “As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham, for I have made you a father of many nations. (Genesis 17:1-5)

But when the set time had fully come, God sent his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those under the law, that we might receive adoption to sonship. (Galatians 4:4-5)

Everything happens in the fullness of time, and all things have to be in order. We need to be in sync with God in order to discern His timing. Only by walking with Him can we be in the right place at the right time. Do not entertain the fear that you will be left out. Wait upon the Lord.

God visited Abraham and revealed Himself as El Shaddai, the God who nurtures. In this encounter, Abram’s name was changed to Abraham, and Sarai’s to Sarah. Abraham became the father of nations, and his life has become the demonstration of God’s faithfulness.

We need to change, for only then God can use us. Choose to obey and reach your destination.

Reject mental and emotional upheaval and persevere in challenging times.

Sometime later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.”

Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. So Abraham called that place The LORD Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.” (Genesis 22:1-2, 13-14)

You will be tested in your walk with God. Be courageous and obedient. Obedience is better than sacrifice. What God demands of us He will provide. Our God is Jehovah Jireh, the Lord who provides. Abraham trusted God’s provision so completely that he was willing to lay his son on an altar, believing that His good God could resurrect him from the dead. We must be willing to give our possessions to God when He asks. When we learn this concept and live by it, He will provide abundantly beyond all we can ask or imagine (see Ephesians 3:20).

You faith is as simple as, A, B, R; Ask, Believe and Receive.

“Have faith in God,” Jesus answered. “Truly I tell you, if anyone says to this mountain, ‘Go, throw yourself into the sea,’ and does not doubt in their heart but believes that what they say will happen, it will be done for them. Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. And when you stand praying, if you hold anything against anyone, forgive them, so that your Father in heaven may forgive you your sins.” (Mark 11:22-25)

We can tell mountains to move if only we believe. However, we must also submit to God’s authority.

Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it. (Matthew 11:11-12)

The least in the Kingdom of God is greater than John the Baptist.

We must pray with authority like John the Baptist.

Be a man or woman who walks in God’s authority based on His Word.

We need to pray for authority in this country.

We have authority even though we are the least in the Kingdom of God.

We are powerful.

We need to pray to aggressively to extend the Kingdom of God.

We need to have offensive faith.

Is your belief based on understanding, or do you understand as a result of faithful belief in God? When we submit to God’s authority our belief aligns with His greater understanding.