God-Size Success Part 6

10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise. (Emphasis supplied).

The third principle of the ministry mindset is: Be patient. Now we all know that this principle is easy to say but is hard to do because God’s timing and our timing are not in sync most of the time. When we pray for something we want the answer to that prayer right away or even yesterday and sometimes it happens that way. But more often than not the answer that we long for may take years or may not come at all. This is why we say that God answers prayer 3 ways. God says yes, that way and right now. He says yes, that way but wait and He says no.

This may surprise you but I do not agree with that analysis of how God answers our prayers. I do agree that God answers prayer 3 ways but I do not agree with the 3rd way that most people think that God answers prayer and that is: God says NO. I do not agree because that does not agree with what we are told in II Corinthians 1:19&20 which reads as follows:

1:19 For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us, [even] by me and Silvanus and Timotheus, was not yea and nay, but in him was yea.  1:20 For all the promises of God in him [are] yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us. (Emphasis supplied).

This makes it clear that God does not say no when we pray because all the promises of God are not only yes but also amen (let it be so). However, the key to receiving the yes and amen is to be in him (Jesus). It says this because of what we are told in Hebrews 10:33 where we are told that we have need of patience. Notice what we are told in Hebrews 10:35-37:

10:35 Cast not away therefore your confidence, which hath great recompense of reward.  10:36 For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise.  10:37 For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.  10:38 Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him.  10:39 But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul. (Emphasis supplied).

Immediately after Paul tells us that we have need of patience he says: that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise (v.36). The question now is; what is the will of God because after we have done God’s will we shall receive the promise which has great recompense of reward (v.35). Paul supplies the answer to that question in verses 38&39 which in summary says that the just will live by faith and not draw back when they cannot see the answer to their prayers but will continue to believe that somehow, someway God will answer their prayer in a way that will satisfy the desires of their hearts and they are willing to accept it anyway God chooses to answer their prayer. This is the will of God and when we refuse to draw but will believe unto the saving of the soul then we will receive the promise. However, notice how we are told how we will receive the promise in verse 37 which reads as follows:

For yet a little while, and he that shall come will come, and will not tarry.

Next week I am going to delve further into the 3rd principle of the ministry mindset as I discuss how through faith we can receive a yes and amen to all the promises of God. Until then I leave you with this God inspired quote taken from the 1st and 2nd paragraphs of page 96 of the book entitled, Steps to Christ:

Another element of prevailing prayer is faith. “He that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” Hebrews 11:6. Jesus said to His disciples, “What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.” Mark 11:24. Do we take Him at His word?  {SC 96.1}.  The assurance is broad and unlimited, and He is faithful who has promised. When we do not receive the very things we asked for, at the time we ask, we are still to believe that the Lord hears and that He will answer our prayers. We are so erring and short-sighted that we sometimes ask for things that would not be a blessing to us, and our heavenly Father in love answers our prayers by giving us that which will be for our highest good—that which we ourselves would desire if with vision divinely enlightened we could see all things as they really are. When our prayers seem not to be answered, we are to cling to the promise; for the time of answering will surely come, and we shall receive the blessing we need most. But to claim that prayer will always be answered in the very way and for the particular thing that we desire, is presumption. God is too wise to err, and too good to withhold any good thing from them that walk uprightly. Then do not fear to trust Him, even though you do not see the immediate answer to your prayers. Rely upon His sure promise, “Ask, and it shall be given you.”  {SC 96.2}.