Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrews 11:1 has been rinsed and repeated by a frightening number of Christians whom have no faith in the verse proclaiming the importance of faith. We lack the faith in God’s promises because our canvas gets colored by all the skepticism and cynicism of the world around us. Conversations, whether with a Christian or non-Christian, are littered with negative confessions and worries galore. I’ve been there as well, just waiting to unload everything that was going wrong in my life into my conversation with someone else. Not a few seconds later, I find myself uttering derogatory comments over the situations that I’m speaking of and subsequently feeling the sting of recognizing another bitter declaration. Proverbs 18:21 says, “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” If you enjoy gossip (which is a sanitized version of slander) and your words explode with pessimism, you will collect on what you sow. On the other hand, the tongue is only a manifestation of what is held as fact within. Matthew 12:34 tells us, “For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks.” Taming the tongue is a critical war, but we can lessen the battles if we make a concerted offensive to drench our inner man with what the Word says instead of society’s “enlightenment.”
Many Christians don’t consider the substance of making a proclamation of faith when under dire circumstances. A proclamation of faith is not boasting because they are rooted in God’s promises. Hey, it’s not my fault that our God has such an extravagant covenant that’s also true and tangible! Despite these truths, we find a way to turn our backs from cashing the check that God’s written for us. It’s done by speaking death into our obstacles that already possess the mark of death. Our trials are not sent from God and Satan will send home-grown hell into our lives. However, what God does is allow these events to happen so that all things will work for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28). That means that we don’t have to speak as if we’re headed for doom whenever a test comes. We still are guilty all the time, so what’s the hidden problem?
Plainly, we become insecure lovers and an ambivalent Bride when life gets feisty. Those that make up the church lose trust in who God is for them, and cannot grasp that God, His Son Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit are the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). Our Father in heaven is the only one who we can put our trust in and still never be put to shame for the decision. He doesn’t sit on the throne wondering if He measures up or speaks to a psychiatrist to get some anti-anxiety medication so He can find a way to regain His “inner self.” Quite the contrary, He sits in the throne room rubbing His hands together in heavenly glee whenever He sees a problem. To Him, the problem is another pathway to His provision and a restoration to His Son’s testimony. Yet we become the ones who get twisted up in knots when trouble calls our name. Shaking our fists at God, we ask Him, “Where were you when _________ happened?” All the while, the Father is whispering to our Spirit man as we run our mouths. Tunnel vision on our doubts causes us to look right past His outstretched hand, and each of those actions stems from a lack of trust. If we can’t trust in the holy nature of who God is for us, then we will struggle to even exercise faith, much less make it into substance.
These are the days to hold God’s hand in the midst of the fire. Even in the most hell-charred circumstances, we have the opportunity to cling to God and His promises, and that’s His intentions. Insecure lovers will forever be running around the walls of Jericho because they will never have the trust to raise a shout and see those walls come down. Trials are like crossing the street when you’re young. You learn that if you start walking without mom or dad, you’ll end up on the news. That remains true throughout our entire walk with God. If we begin to march forward without God behind us, we’ll end up getting crushed by the traffic (the obstacles we face). The only way we shed insecurity is by getting in His presence. It’s done a number of ways, but the main culprits are usually thanksgiving, worship, and reading the Bible with the Holy Spirit speaking to you. Without the Holy Spirit touching the pressure points of your inner man as you read the Bible, the words will most likely get past your short attention span. Once you soak in who God is for you, the insecurity falls away like the scales from Paul’s eyes. After a while, the overflow of your heart will start to escape your mouth, and those decrees will being lining up with what the Word says.