Any endeavor you determine to undertake in your life must be established on the foundation of a walk with God. The first critical element of your walk with God must be prayer. Prayer is that sweet and blessed component of worship that draws you into the spiritual presence of God. When you draw near to God, ensure that you do so with a pure conscience by confessing any sin. Enter unhindered into God’s presence. As you fellowship with God, be sure to cast all your worries upon the Lord, cry after wisdom, and commit to your way to Him. As we further examine the key elements of a walk with God according to Hebrews 10:22-25, let us notice the second important element to “hold fast!”
Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) – Hebrews 10:23
The preacher of the sermon to the Hebrews moves the audience beyond the prayer closet and emphasizes an aspect of our walk with God that takes place in any and every place we may go. Christians are admonished to “hold fast the profession of [their] faith,” that is, one’s declaration of faith must be held securely and firmly. When we enter the prayer closet, we are alone with God. When we exit the prayer closet, our life of faith is shared with others. While we wait for God’s answer to our prayer, people watch us to see how we are waiting. Even though the subject of our prayers may never be revealed, people can discern our temperaments. We can be peaceful, joyful, and assured if we are “holding fast” to our faith, or we can be stressed, anxious, and moody if we are “wavering.”
People do not waver because God is not capable of answering their prayers. As the text indicates, He is faithful that promised! It is absolutely impossible for God to lie (Hebrews 6:18) so His promises stand sure. The Word of God explains the promises which He gave to His people. When God speaks, He is bound by His Word and His character to fulfill it.
People waver in their faith because they cannot understand how an answer to prayer is possible given their circumstances. Faith is the eye with which one may see God. However, the visible world can be a great temptation to forget God. If you are going to walk with God, then your walk must be done by faith and not by sight (II Corinthians 5:7). The life of faith is demonstrative in nature because it is the evidence of things not seen (Hebrews 11:1). The proof of faith exists in real life: that the professor is a possessor of the promises of God not yet realized. Faith is the substance which compels the Christian to action. It stirs the heart and impacts the will of man to create the evidence that God’s promises are tangible and deliverable with time. For the person of faith, the carnal matters of this world pass away from the sight of his faithful eye. The pleasures and riches of the world no longer hold an appeal to him. The person of faith relinquishes his life to spiritual things. He seeks the things which are above and lays aside every weight which slows his upward journey. Such action cannot be discerned by the unbelieving man. Unbelievers scoff at the unseen world as they set their gaze upon temporal pleasures. As said the Hebrew preacher, “let us hold fast our profession of faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised)!” There is no need to swerve from the path of faith when the faithful Promiser delights to give his children the victory as they trust in Him and take Him at His Word.
How Do I Hold Fast to God’s Promises?
1. Read God’s Word every day (Psalm 119:1-2)
The Bible is a book to be treasured. It is God’s revelation of Himself to all the people of the world. It is a beautiful love-letter that unfolds the dramatic story of the redemption of mankind through the vicarious and victorious atoning death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. The wise evangelist D.L. Moody summarized the importance of the Bible when he wrote, “Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, and practice it to be Holy. It contains light to direct you, and comfort to cheer you; it is the traveler’s map, the pilgrim’s staff, the pilot’s compass, the soldier’s sword, and the Christian’s character.” Is the Bible your top priority for each day?
2. Receive God’s Word (Proverbs 10:8)
When reading the Bible, a lack of faith can cause you to reject the promises revealed in Scripture. To receive something is to make it your own. As you read the Bible, make each promise your own. To receive, you must believe. To choose to not mix your faith into the Scriptures is to reject the promises (Hebrews 4:2). Determine to trust God and to take Him at His word. If you do, the Word of God can be profitable to your Christian life in powerful ways! Are you standing on the promises of God?
3. Reside in God’s Word (John 15:7)
Receiving requires patient faith. Faithfully commit yourself to God to keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus, and He can give you a peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7). The challenge with residing in God’s word is to refrain from trusting yourself for the answers and allowing God to direct your path (Proverbs 3:5-6). If you have received the promises of God, then your faith will be demonstrated by a rest from toil and struggle (Hebrews 4:3). You will stop wrestling with the troubles in the world around you. Instead, you’ll let God fight your battles for you. You will relinquish your focus to only that which is spiritual as you wait for the promise to be fulfilled. Is your life characterized in such a way?
Sarah, Abraham’s wife, was a woman who “held fast” to the promise of God. Sarah was beyond the age of conception, yet God promised her that she would have a child. Though she initially struggled with her faith when God revealed His will (she laughed, hence why her son was named “Isaac” which means laughter – Genesis 18:12), Sarah determined to live by faith and “received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11).
Is there a situation in your life over which you have prayed, yet your faith in God is wavering? Instead of resting in the assurance that God will answer your prayer, perhaps you are still stressed and doubtful that God will respond to you. Allow the light of God’s word to cast away the darkness of doubt and despair. Read the Bible, receive its promises, and reside in patient and faithful commitment to God as you anticipate the answer to your prayer!