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Sometimes our Christian walk seems like an uphill battle. With so many challenges and tests of our faith, things can become sorely discouraging. Occasionally we even find ourselves in defense of what the Word of God says in contrast to what we see day to day; even amongst other believers in Christ. I have no doubt that this same struggle occurred during Biblical times. The book of Hebrews has several chapters dedicated to the subject of persevering and maintaining our faith in God (See Hebrews 10 and 11). As the writer James says, trials come to test our faith (See James 1:2-4). Clearly this subject was popular because a number of Biblical writers addressed the matter. There is definite reason for this, because during the “testing of our faith” opportunity to give up and lose hope has its greatest potential. But we cannot give up and I say to you:

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for He who promised is faithful”, (Hebrews 10:23 NIV 1984).

Here is something to consider: Have you established in your heart the faithfulness of our God? If not, don’t feel foolish, I had to ask myself this same question. However, honest consideration of the answer to this question is vital to being able to “hold unswervingly to the hope we profess”. So how can we begin to hold unswervingly?

Have you ever seen footage of someone riding a bull? That’s the picture I get when I think of holding unswervingly because the bull is aggressively trying to throw the person off its back, yet the person is hanging on for dear life! We all know why the person is holding on tightly, because if they fall off the bull might trample them. In our case, our bulls are tests or trials and we too have something to hang on to as well. What we have is the faithfulness of the One Who promised. He is the only One Who can bring the promise to reality and if we do not consider Him faithful, we lack the ability to hold on until we see through to what was promised. Think of someone that has earned your trust in a certain area. In my case, I can think of my Mom and her ability to be on time. Growing up my mom was a big stickler for time management. Consequently if she says she will “be there” at 6pm, I am thoroughly convinced that she will be there at 6pm and am greatly surprised if she isn’t. Why is that? Because she has been faithful in that area for as long as I can remember. Here is another consideration: In considering God’s promise to Abraham and Sarah for a son in their old age, the Bible says: “By faith even Sarah herself received ability to conceive, even beyond the proper time of life, since she considered Him faithful who had promised“, (Hebrews 11:11 NASB). It doesn’t stop there, an entire list of people were able to hold on unswervingly for the same reason (See Hebrews 11).

If we apply this to our faith in the Lord Who is our Promise Giver, shouldn’t the same hold true? So I will ask again: Have you established in your heart the faithfulness of our God? Because the One Who made the promise is faithful.