Graham Cooke: pgs. 42-46
INHERITING THE PROMISE
And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence
so as to realize the full assurance of hope until the end, so
that you will not be sluggish, but imitators of those who
through faith and patience inherit the promises. For when
God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by
no one greater, He swore by Himself, saying, “I WILL SURELY
BLESS YOU, AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” And so, having
patiently waited, he obtained the promise.
For men swear by one greater than themselves, and with
them an oath given as confirmation is an end of every dispute.
“IF YOU CONCENTRATE ON
FINDING WHATEVER IS GOOD
IN EVERY SITUATION, YOU WILL
DISCOVER THAT YOUR LIFE
WILL SUDDENLY BE FILLED
WITH GRATITUDE, A FEELING
THAT NURTURES THE SOUL.”
RABBI HAROLD KUSHNER
In the same way God, desiring even more to
show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness
of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two
unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to
lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement
to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope
we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and
steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where
Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a
high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.
(Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB)
At the heart of all God’s dealings with us, is the issue of
our inheritance in Christ. We are the Beloved of the Father, the
Bride of Christ, People of the Spirit.
Not returning evil for evil or insult for insult, but giving a
blessing instead; for you were called for the very purpose
that you might inherit a blessing.
(1 Peter 3:9 NASB)
We are called to inherit. It is what we demonstrate to the
Earth. We are people of promise. We have hope, an inheritance
and a language in which we communicate our confidence in the
Father. That language we learn from Heaven. The Holy Spirit
communicates the heart of the Father in such a powerful way
that we are radically changed by the conversation and the content.
We then communicate to others in exactly the way that
it was delivered to our heart.
To inherit we need two priceless things which we receive
from God in the process of our circumstances. These are faith
and patience. This is a wonderful contrast that is only learned
through process. Process is a series of steps designed to achieve
a particular goal or learning objective.
Faith speaks about immediacy and patience refers to eventuality.
Most Christians want the magic Midas touch of instantaneous
receiving from the Lord. Faith is a gift to be received but
also a disciplined confidence that must be learned. We cannot
go through life always requiring a gift of faith. God gives those
as He wills. He wants us to learn how to grow faith, increase in
it and walk by it. For this to occur we must attach patience to
our faith so that we walk on the path that God has provided.
Circumstances are often so intense that they seem to last for
ages. Primarily this is because we face them in our emotion
rather than our will. The will is the vehicle for faith to attain
the will of God.
The promise is secure. God does not lie. The issue is always
process. The path of God (process) is always about increasing
our confidence, enlarging expectation, learning to stand in
peace, being stretched in faith and being schooled in how to
see God and hold onto Him. His word is the anchor point for
process to be attained.
What is the gap between the promise and the provision
for you in your current situation? What is the process that is
designed to fit that space? What is the pathway that God has
chosen for you to develop greater confidence as well as receive
the provision? Meditate on these things and activate your will
towards the Lord. Learn what your current process is all about
and how you can cooperate with the Spirit. This is walking by
Faith is confident expectation, patience is calmness and
composure. The two combined produce a fortitude and consistency.
There is a serene persistence that allows us to keep God
in our sights and rejoice in Him. Serene persistence is anathema
to doubt, fear and unbelief.
God is unchanging and trustworthy, so is His word. When
promising Abraham a son, the Father took an oath in His own
name. The oath and God’s name are the same. God’s name and
His nature are equally the same. Because of Who He is, our
confident expectation (hope) is anchored in His personality.
His promises emanate from behind the curtain i.e. the division
that separates the Holy Place from the Most Holy Place.
This is the place Jesus occupies as our High Priest. He is in God’s
Presence at all times, continuously interceding for us to be all
that the Father intends.
The promise may be fulfilled immediately because the Lord
may be showing you how to handle a gift of faith. The promise
will always be fulfilled eventually through the process of faith.
Give yourself to the Father of lights, from whom every gift
is given (James 1:17). He is the Unchanging One. We see Him
best when we are single minded (focused) about His goodness.
Double-minded people are always disappointed and eventually
Process is the key to walking by faith. Actively combining
your faith with patience gives a guarantee of inheritance. Serene
persistence…there is nothing more precious in a faith lifestyle.
In the same way God, desiring even more to show to the heirs of the promise the unchangeableness of His purpose, interposed with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have taken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, a hope both sure and steadfast and one which enters within the veil, where Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a high priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek. (Hebrews 6:11-20 NASB) My Comment: There is so much more to the Christian lifestyle that develops after we find salvation and forgiveness. It is our beginning as a new creation, meaning the old sinner is gone and the heir of the promise is before us. Our journey begins with the Holy Spirit as our guide. Each step of faith measures our spiritual growth and maturity. Something beautiful begins as we watch God developing our story in a Christ Centered Faith. We read in scripture God desires for each believer to be heirs with His Son, Jesus. What a comfort to know we have Jesus as our high priest interceding on our behalf. These are the treasures of our inheritance; hope that anchors our soul, the promise of purpose, strong encouragement and God’s oath which is steadfast and sure. When we are instant in prayer, focused on his word– we are engaged and He is present with us. His Holy Spirit will comfort, guide in truth and speak the language of Heaven to our hearts, so in turn, we may speak the same to someone who needs to hear of the promise of His unchangeable Love.
This section speaks on a topic that is very dear to my heart – inheriting the promise. If I could slow down the speed of this section like a phonograph, in order to absorb the rich keys of wisdom, it would be to 33 1/3RPM, which (as I realize) is ironically the age of Jesus when his life came to the fullness of inheriting the promise from His Father. ~