Don’t Move From Your Place of FaithMarch 1, 2018
CAN YOU BELIEVE IT’S ALREADY MARCH?
The days seem to literally be flying by. There’s so much to accomplish, and it’s vital that we use every bit of our resources wisely. We must not only use time wisely, but it is crucial that we know where God wants us to be and to stay in that place of faith! And, that is exactly what I want to talk to you about today: staying in a place of faith!
Hebrews 11:6 says, “But without faith it is impossible to please him….”
Today I want to do a word study with you on the word “without” in this verse. The word “without” comes from the Greek word choris, which means to be outside of some- thing, such as someone living outside the perimeters of a city. It is a comparison between being outside or inside something — for example, in the house or out of the house; in the yard or out of the yard; or in the car or out of the car. The word choris depicts someone who is out of, not in, a specific location or place.
Because this word is used in connection with faith, the writer of Hebrews lets us know that we can live in or out of the place of faith.
Are You “In” or “Out” of Faith?
This means that the realm of faith is a real place that has borders, perimeters, and boundaries. Just as you can live in the city or out of the city, you can live inside faith or outside of faith. The determining factor is your obedience to the assignment God has given you. God wants you to be located at the address of faith — for this is the location He deems the most valuable and profitable for your life. A place of faith for you is being exactly where God told you to be and then staying right there — resolutely — in that place of faith.
Hebrews 11:6 could be accurately rendered: “When you live outside of faith, living beyond its boundaries and perimeters, it is impossible to please Him….”
This is a very accurate rendering of Hebrews 11:6. Have you ever had a moment when you absolutely knew where God told you to be, what He told you to do, and you stuck with it, regardless of how difficult it was? As a result, did you see God do the impossible for you?
On the other hand, have you ever moved “out” from where God told you to be and from what God told you to do? If you’ve ever done this, you already personally know, by experience, how disastrous it is to surrender the place where God told you to be and to walk away from what God told you to do. The price for moving “out” of a place of faith is too costly.
Hang on, stay put, and do not abandon where God called you or what God specifically told you to do. It may be temporarily hard as you wait, but if you’ll stay in faith and stay put, the Bible promises that you’ll eventually see God move miraculously for you!
Questions To Help You Identify
Whether You Are In or Out of Faith
To determine if you are in or out of faith, I encourage you to ask yourself these questions:
- Am I doing what God told me to do?
- Am I fulfilling the assignment He gave for my life?
- Am I living in obedience to His Word and to the revelation He has given me?
- Am I sticking with the plan Jesus asked me to execute?
As long as you stay “in” that place where God told you to be, you are “in” faith and you therefore please God. But the day you give up and move “out” of that place of faith, you are moving to cheaper territory that God doesn’t value as highly — a location where you will experience the hardships and inconveniences of poor choices and defeat.
As you read on in Hebrews 11, you’ll see that the entire chapter is about men and women who lived in faith. They each received a word from God for their lives or for their generation. Although it was difficult to do, they held tightly to their mandate from Heaven. As a result, they changed their generations and pleased God. Faith was the location where they lived — and because they stayed in that place where God had called them, they brought great pleasure to Him.
The devil will try to discourage you from being steadfast and faithful. He’ll orchestrate situations to fill you with worry and fear. If you let the enemy’s plan work, it won’t be long before your bags will be packed and you’ll be changing locations — moving “out” of faith to low-level areas of defeat where you will not please God.
Your Persistence Will Be Rewarded
But for those who stay in faith, there is a reward. That is why Hebrews 11:6 says that God is a “Rewarder.” For those who refuse to be moved by circumstances; who adamantly reject any inclination to throw in the towel and to give up; who rebuff any temptation or pull to let go of the word God gave them — it is just a matter of time until their faith will be rewarded. They will receive the full manifestation of what they believe!
Hebrews 11:6 says God “…is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him….” You see, it takes diligence to stay in faith! It will require you to be focused, concentrated, and committed to the end. When circumstances try to knock you “out” of faith, you must have a fierce, unwavering commitment that you are not going to leave the place where God has called you.
- What has God asked you to do?
- What is that place of faith where you are supposed to be right now?
- Are you staying in that place of faith, or have you been vacillating back and forth, “in” and “out” of the place where God called you to be?
Make the decision that there is no turning back from where God has called you. God promises that if you stay “inside” faith, there is a glorious reward awaiting you in the near future. It’s only a matter of time until the full manifestation of what you believe will come into view!
So make every effort to stay at your “address” of faith. You are living in the most valuable, beneficial place for your life. You are living where God can bless you!
Writing this letter today has encouraged me afresh to stay in the place of faith where God has called me. I pray it has had the same effect on you. It’s time to dig in our heels, resist the enemy, and determine to be unmoved, until we receive the full manifestation we are waiting for from Heaven!
As you stay in your place of faith, it also helps to have others praying for you, so how can we be praying for you right now? Click here to request prayer. We have a whole team of people who pray with Denise and me for the needs of our partners. Please let us know how to specifically pray for you, and we’ll get busy immediately calling out to God on your behalf. I promise this to you!
And as I close, I want to say thank you for every gift and offering you send to our ministry. We do what we do because you do what you do. Together, we are truly partners affecting the world with the Word of God. We are ever so grateful to God for you!
We are your brother and sister, friends, and partners in Christ,
Rick and Denise Renner
along with Paul, Philip, and Joel and their families