Sep
25
2014

Fulfill what has been written (2)

Fulfill what has been written (2)

 

When I finished the last post, I felt I had to follow it up with another perspective. In this post, I want us to examine our responsibility in the fulfilment of Gods words and promises. For a long period during my Christian journey, I believed in that old saying: God said it, I believe it and that settles it’. I now realise that this is true only to an extent.

It is the middle part, ‘I believe it’ that I want to focus on in this post. We need to stop believing (if you have been) that God is going to do all the work; this is actually a lazy approach to the Christian walk.

Like many people who believed it was all Gods responsibility, I had taken my ‘doctrine’ and justification from Exodus 14:13-16 where God says “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still”. That in itself would have demonstrated a passive stance except that God then says to Moses “Why are crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on”.

Of course, I don’t want to develop a doctrine around a simple statement from scripture but there is a principle here. God has said something, therefore, we need to do something about it. There is a danger that we do not wait for Gods timing. However, as a general concept, we need to recognise that we are active participants in the fulfilment of Gods promises.

So what exactly are we meant to do? We simply need to walk out the word. God wants to walk with us whilst we take the ground inch by inch.

Let’s look at some examples. When God called Abraham and gave him and his descendants the Promised Land, they had to contend until they started to inherit the land. In another example, Joshua and the Israelites marched around Jericho 13 times (Judges 3:1-4) before they could go in and possess it.

Let’s examine another scripture. Remember that we have been given access into the throne room of God and yet we are still encouraged to draw near to God. Access without entering into Gods presence remains a promise without fulfilment.

As kingdom believers, we know that God has prepared good works for us to do (Ephesians 2:10). We are not to be a passive people, instead we need to take steps to enter into all that God has for us. Our calling is to work with Him and expand His kingdom.

If we sit back and say that God will handle everything, then we don’t understand the nature of God’s relationship with us. The scriptures state that He has given us everything we need for life and godliness and that we are to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. ‘Working something out’ is not a passive process.

Jesus said “I have come to do your will O Lord (Hebrews 10:7). He knew the will of His Father and set about doing it.

In conclusion, we need to hunger for and press into the things of God. When we draw near to Him, He promises to draw near to us and He is a rewarder of those that diligently seek Him (Hebrews 11:6).

Dare I say any more? So until appear again in your inbox with more insight from the scriptures, stay blessed

Ola

About the Author: Ola Aroyehun

Ola Aroyehun editor of The Christian Business and Professional Magazine: a magazine dedicated to helping Christians apply biblical principles to their professional lives.

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