Are You The Exception Or The Rule?
Exodus 23 27 “I will send my terror ahead of you and throw into confusion every nation you encounter. I will make all your enemies turn their backs and run. 28 I will send the hornet ahead of you to drive the Hivites, Canaanites and Hittites out of your way. 29 But I will not drive them out in a single year, because the land would become desolate and the wild animals too numerous for you. 30 Little by little I will drive them out before you, until you have increased enough to take possession of the land.
Everyone wants Gods best stuff right now. No waiting, just forgive all my sins fix everything in my life and all my relatives, give a better job with double the pay and a nice retirement fund, last but not least, I don’t to be sick anymore…ever. Everyone wants these things and they are attainable but mostly not in one day or even one year. All of these are the product of walking out our faith, which is faith that has been tested but it is also about growth. We grow into our beliefs and our faith little by little.
Matthew 17:20 He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
The original Hebrew for faithfulness means steady faith.
Hebrews 10:35-36 New American Standard Bible (NASB) 35 Therefore, do not throw away your confidence, which has a great reward. 36 For you have need of endurance, so that when you have done the will of God, you may receive what was promised.
Lamentations 3:25-26 The Message (MSG) 25-27God proves to be good to the man who passionately waits, to the woman who diligently seeks. It's a good thing to quietly hope for help from God. It's a good thing when you're young to stick it out through the hard times. Galatians 6:9
Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Hebrews 12:3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart
Cult groups and questionable churches raise money by convincing you that you are the exception and if you don’t get it, it’s your fault. Everyone has heard of someone who got a lot of money because of sowing the right seed or in the right place. Their job is to convince you it’s you and they are the place you need to sow in faith>>>ha James 1 2 Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4 Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5 If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him
Perseverance Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief, or a purpose; steadfastness.
Everyone wants to believe they are the exception. The victory is in just doing the word and believing. Being Christian is not just about learning the rules and principles of God. The goal of God in Christianity is Allow man to realize that God is and thru the Holy Spirit we can get to know God and develop a relationship with Him. All of this is possible because Jesus endured the cross for us. Without Jesus the opportunity to have God in our lives would happen. The cross is a bridge to the Kingdom of God and it is the only way in.
Matthew 6 NIV 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.