Inconsistency is an enemy you never knew you had. When you read Bible verses, you build your faith in the Word. Your mind is at rest. It is very clear that the Word of GOD has delivered what it promised. It’s right at this point that inconsistency rears its ugly head. You again allow fear and doubt to creep in. Rather than hold on to your faith that GOD’s Word will never fail to deliver what it promises, you start wondering if it will work for you this time around. This is how inconsistency robs you of victory.
Inconsistency is an enemy you never knew you had. But it had all along been wreaking havoc in your life. It’s robbing you blind. It steals from you all the benefits that should rightly be yours for making Jesus Christ your Lord and your Savior.
Let me show you how dangerous to your spiritual growth this enemy is. When you get hold of a truth from the Bible, the first thing you should do is build up your faith in that Word of GOD. That way, you convince yourself that what the Word of GOD says in that passage of the Bible, is the truth; that it’s talking personally to you and that you believe it.
When you take that first step, you follow it up by doing exactly what that Word says. Let’s say, for example, you have been married for ten years and you and your wife have been desperately desiring to have your own children. But having waited for years, you seem not to be making headway. At that point you encounter the Word of GOD that says:
“No one shall suffer miscarriage or be barren in your land; I will fulfill the number of your days,” (Exodus 23:26 NKJV). This promise was repeated elsewhere in Deuteronomy 7:14: “You shall be blessed above all peoples; there shall not be a male or female barren among you or among your livestock.”
When you read those Bible verses, you build your faith in the Word. When you hear it and hear it over and over and meditate on it, faith will come into your heart as Romans 10:17 says. You’re convinced that you will surely have your own children.
You say: “My Father has assured me in His Word that my wife will not be barren. I believe the Word of GOD. The path is cleared for us to have our own children. My Father is always watching over His Word to perform it.” (Jeremiah 1:12 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition).
You begin to rejoice and give glory to GOD for His promise, knowing that He is not a liar and that He would fulfill His promise. Then your mind is at rest. You have peace in your heart. You’re confident your children are on the way. Worrying about not having them yet has gone out the of the way. Shortly afterwards, it happens. Your wife gets pregnant and gives birth to a set of twins.
With this undeniable proof, it is very clear to you that the Word of GOD that you built your faith on has delivered what it promised. There is no question about it. You have proved it to yourself. Henceforth, you should not have any problem standing on the Word of GOD that promises what you’d like to claim as yours.
It’s right at this point that inconsistency rears its ugly head. Instead of confidently increasing your faith by consistently walking in the light of GOD’s Word that promises what you want to appropriate, you again allow fear and doubt to creep in. Rather than hold on to your faith that GOD’s Word will never fail to deliver what it promises, you start wondering if it will work for you this time around.
This is how inconsistency robs you of victory. And it is a problem that many believers face. When we discover a truth in the Word of GOD that worked for us, as GOD’s Word always does, we quickly forget to continue in that Word and increase our faith by searching the Bible for other promises of GOD to build our faith on.
Consider what the Word of GOD says in Proverbs 4:20-23 (AMP): “My son, attend to my words; consent and submit to my sayings. Let them not depart from your sight; keep them in the center of your heart. For they are life to those who find them, healing and health to all their flesh. Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life”
Joshua 1:8 (NKJV) prescribes pretty much the same thing: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.”
These Bible passages make it clear that you cannot rely on occasional browsing through the Bible and expect to store GOD’s Word in your heart. And since faith comes by hearing the Word of GOD (Romans 10:17), you must persevere in studying the Word of GOD and meditating in it.
Gloria Copeland, one of my teachers, bless her soul, has a perspective on this topic that I love so much. Writing in one of her books, Don’t Give Up, Double Up, she says: “If you’re determined to persevere in the Word, you won’t do it for a while and then quit when things get hard. You won’t throw in the towel when the devil opposes you, and say, ‘Oh, I’ve tried that Word stuff and it doesn’t work. I’m just going to quit reading my Bible.’
“On the contrary, you’ll keep at it, stick with it and carry on until it becomes a way of life. You’ll refuse to be moved by the obstacles that come against you. You’ll steadily pursue God’s Word – when times are easy and when they’re tough.”
It’s clear, from the foregoing, that for any child of GOD to enjoy the good things that our Father has prepared for us in His kingdom, we must walk in obedience to His Word, go after knowledge as if our lives depended on it (because they indeed do), and we should be doing those things we discover through our Bible search consistently.
That way, we shall live victoriously and become a living wonder! I pray that becomes your reality in Jesus Name. Amen.
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