Topic: 1 Corinthians 9:24
Many believers are in the midst of a crisis of faith. They desperately yearn to move forward in their Christian walk but instead continually feel as if they are losing ground because of trials and setbacks. How can we move beyond the obstacles and genuinely embrace an active, moving faith?
First, we must understand the importance of assurance. This godly confidence gives us strength to look into the future and see that what the Lord has planned will produce benefit. Assurance calms our fears, reminding us God is in charge and His will shall be accomplished - no matter what challenges we face.
Second, we must live a life of anticipation. In other words, if we truly believe that the heavenly Father will answer our Spirit-led prayers, then we should act as if we believe it! We need to wait expectantly for His answer and plan accordingly.
For example, let's say that you are leaving for a wonderful vacation next week. You would no doubt be making preparations for the trip. You'd start to pack, finalize your travel plans, secure time off from work, and check travel magazines or the Internet for interesting tourist attractions. In your mind, you are already enjoying your vacation - even though you haven't left yet!
Let the same be true in your walk of faith. When you trust that God will faithfully and graciously respond to your petitions, you can rejoice, knowing that He will make a way, even before you see the results. This is the power of assurance and anticipation, and it can revolutionize your walk with Him.