God-Size Success Part 7

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. Hebrews 10:35-39 (Emphasis supplied).

Last week I said that according to II Corinthians 1:19&20 we can receive a yes and amen to every prayer because God does not say no. I also said that in order to receive a yes and amen to every prayer we must be in Jesus. This brings us to what we are told in Hebrews 10: 35-39 which explains why we must be in Jesus in order to receive God’s yes to every prayer.

In verses 35 and 36 we are told that it is through faith that we receive the reward or the blessing we seek. But notice how we are told we will receive the blessing in verse 37:

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

The HE that will come and will not tarry in answer to the prayer of faith is JESUS and when He comes He will give us the substance of the things we hope and the evidence of the things we cannot see (read Hebrews 11:1). However, in order to receive that substance we must be in Him. Notice what we are told in I Corinthians 2:9-14:

2:9  But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.  2:10  But God hath revealed [them] unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.  2:14  But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know [them], because they are spiritually discerned. I Corinthians 2:9,10&14 (Emphasis supplied).

This tells us that God has many wonderful things to give to those who love and serve Him but those things are revealed by the Holy Spirit because those gifts are spiritual: Which means they are not perceived or received by the natural eye, ear or mind. In other words the hindrance to receiving the wonderful gifts of God is our flesh. Notice what we are told in Ephesians 3:20:

Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us, (Emphasis supplied).

We either walk in the power of the Holy Spirit or we walk in the power of our flesh. In order to walk in the power of the Holy Spirit we must do the work of faith. We are told what that work is in Hebrew 11:6 which reads as follows:

But without faith [it is] impossible to please [him]: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and [that] he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him. (Emphasis supplied).

First of all, true faith believes that JESUS IS the substance of all that we hope. Colossians 2:8-10 says:

2:8  Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.  2:9  For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.  2:10   And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power: (Emphasis supplied).

So when we pray the prayer of faith that believes that Jesus is the substance of all that we hope for we will never be disappointed or turned down: We will always receive a yes and amen because Jesus will come and will not tarry to give us the substance of the thing we hope for and the evidence of the thing we cannot see with our natural eye. Those who have done the work of faith and taken up their cross daily will receive because they live by the faith of Jesus (see Luke 9:23-24 & Galatians 2:20). Those who have neglected to do the work of faith will not recognize the blessing because the natural mind cannot perceive the things of God: They are spiritually discerned.

So in summary, if you want to get God’s yes to every prayer that you pray: If you want to live by the power that enables God to do exceeding abundantly more than you can ask or think to pray for: If you want to be complete in Jesus: Then do the work of faith every morning before you start your day: Come to Jesus in full surrender of your will because you believe that He Is the substance of all that you hope for and in Him you are complete. This is what it means to be patient and this is why we are told:

40:28  Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, [that] the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? [there is] no searching of his understanding.  40:29  He giveth power to the faint; and to [them that have] no might he increaseth strength.  40:30  Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall:  40:31  But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew [their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.

Next week I am going to show how the 3 principles of the ministry mindset look in real life as I deal with the story of Joseph. Until then I leave you with a God inspired quote that shows how do the work of faith and surrender all to Jesus daily in a practical way. It is taken from page 70 of the book entitled: Steps to Christ and it read as follows:

Consecrate yourself to God in the morning; make this your very first work. Let your prayer be, “Take me, O Lord, as wholly Thine. I lay all my plans at Thy feet. Use me today in Thy service. Abide with me, and let all my work be wrought in Thee.” This is a daily matter. Each morning consecrate yourself to God for that day. Surrender all your plans to Him, to be carried out or given up as His providence shall indicate. Thus day by day you may be giving your life into the hands of God, and thus your life will be molded more and more after the life of Christ.  {SC 70.1