POSSESSING THE PROMISES
“… through trusting …, received what was promised,”
Messianic Jews 11:33
The Bible is full of promises, but how are they obtained? Can we purchase them like items in the store? Can we earn them like wages in a job? Can we win them like dollars in a lottery? If you have a perplexity in your life presently, there is surely a promise in the Bible that would meet your need. If you’re worried about the future, there is a word from God to give you confidence. But how do you occupy that promise?
Through trusting! Through faith! It’s like Salvation. Messiah has already purchased what we need and it’s available by grace. Our job is to receive it by faith, which means trusting Him to do just as He has said. God has given us the gift of faith that we can take what’s unseen and make it a part of who we are.
Messianic Jews 11 gives a lot of examples of that.
“What more should I say? There isn’t time to tell about Gid’on, Barak, Shimshon, Yiftach, David, Sh’mu’el and the prophets; who, through trusting, conquered kingdoms, worked righteousness, received what was promised, shut the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, had their weakness turned to strength, grew mighty in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead resurrected; other people were stretched on the rack and beaten to death, refusing to be ransomed, so that they would gain a better resurrection. Others underwent the trials of being mocked and whipped, then chained and imprisoned. They were stoned, sawed in two, murdered by the sword; they went about clothed in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted, mistreated, wandering about in deserts and mountains, living in caves and holes in the ground! The world was not worthy of them! All of these had their merit attested because of their trusting. Nevertheless, they did not receive what had been promised, because God had planned something better that would involve us, so that only with us would they be brought to the goal. Messianic Jews: 11:32-40
Abraham didn’t know where he was going, or how to find the land promised him, but he took every forward footstep with the assurance that God could and would unerringly guide him. We can do the same and through trust obtain the promises. But you must move, when He says move.