God made made some important promises to Abraham in Genesis 12, and he had to wait many years to see those promises fulfilled. He needed faith and hope to continue on believing the promises. (Gen. 12:3; cf. Gen. 15:5; 18:18; 22:18)
While I doubt any of us have been promised something so enormous by God in this life, we all as believers in the gospel of Jesus Christ have put our hope in something we cannot see.
For in hope we have been saved, but hope that is seen is not hope; for who hopes for what he already sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, with perseverance we wait eagerly for it. Romans 8:24-25
We are waiting for our homecoming, our entrance into heaven and God’s glorious presence. Our admission into glory is fully dependant upon our relationship with Christ. Our hopes are pinned to the hem of His royal robe. It takes great faith to believe these things.
I once heard a pastor say, “The fight for faith begins in the mind.” That is so important to understand! Your mind has to be continuously focused on truth, and the gospel and preaching to myself or you will be knocked off the path into the thorns of doubt and confusion.
Your mind has to be renewed by His Word and my thoughts have to be centered on how your actions and words can bring Him glory. Otherwise you will find you are living for yourself and living as a functional idolater.
You must never, ever try to move beyond Jesus. He is the promise, He is all there is, He is complete, He is sufficient, He is enough!
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