A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, August 27, 2013
“Now the just shall live by faith; but if anyone draws back, My soul has no pleasure in him.” – Hebrews 10:38
At first glance, this verse seems pretty harsh; but in truth, it presents our strategy for victory. Keep in mind that our God is a loving Father Who wants what is best for His sons and daughters. If you were brought up with a harsh father, then you will tend to look at this through that lens (of being harsh), when it comes from a place of protection, love, and concern.
Many of us must allow God, by His Holy Spirit, to deliver us from harsh upbringings and circumstances, so that we can come to see how God directs us through His loving eyes. This opening paragraph was not even on my radar screen, so clearly God had me type it for a reason. Most times, as I begin to type up my notes, the Lord takes over and I begin to flow in His Words. Just now was such an event. This tells me that God is speaking to many of you regarding this matter; and for you to allow God to heal you of childhood hurts and abuses, which keeps you from receiving your Father’s best, which is His love.
The word “just” as used in this verse is dikaios (pr. dik-ah-yos), which means “innocent, holy, righteous” (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance). God’s Word tells us that none, apart from Christ, are righteous (Romans 3:10); and that “all have sinned and fall short of the Glory of God” (Romans 3:23). We are deemed just, made holy, innocent, and righteousness only through the Blood of Jesus. 2 Corinthians 5:21 testifies of this truth: “For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” The righteousness of God is revealed through faith in Jesus Christ, and is upon all who believe in and call upon the Savior (Romans 3:21-22).
The faith that we, the just, live by is pistis (pr. pis-tis) which is “moral conviction of the truthfulness of God, reliance upon Christ for salvation.” Satan will try to get you to give this up. As I stated many times in previous articles, the devil doesn’t want your job, he doesn’t want your money, and he doesn’t want your health—he wants your faith. This cowardly culprit brings about trials, tribulations, and crises; such as job loss, health issues, loss of a loved one, and other tragedies, as weapons against you, to try to get you to give up your belief in God’s truthfulness— and even worst of all: to get you to give up in believing in God all together. But the devil is a liar!
It is during these trying times, that faith must rise up in even greater measure and shout in rebuke with the Words of the Father, and backed by all of the fury of heaven: “‘No weapon that is formed against me will prosper; and every tongue that accuses me in judgment I will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants of the Lord, and our vindication is from the Lord!” (Isaiah 54:17).
When we “draw back” from our conviction in God, we hupostello (pr. hoop-os-tel-lo), meaning “to withhold under, out of sight, cover or shrink, conceal, under, of a place beneath.” God in us, through His Holy Spirit, is every believer’s life force. We carry within us God and His Word, and this is the weapon that we have against the devil. Faith is the weapon of God; whereas fear is the weapon of the devil. When we shrink back from God’s truth, we are giving into fear, which is what the enemy wants. When we shrink from our conviction in God’s Truth, we disarm ourselves and slip from where God has placed us above our circumstances, storms, and the ways of the world; to a position beneath these very places and things of defeat and captivity.
God’s soul is His psuche (pr. psoo-khay) which is the Breath of God. God’s Breath is His Holy Spirit, the breath of life itself that the Father breathed into us (Genesis 2:7). When God made us, He made us in His Image. He made us the head and not the tail, above only and not beneath, and more than conquerors (Deuteronomy 28:13, Romans 8:37).
The word for “pleasure” as used here is eudokeo (pr. eudokeo), and means “approve an act.” When God declared that His soul (breath) “has no pleasure in him,” He was saying that He does not approve of any act that we commit which is shrinking back from our God-given authority, and assures us the victory in every situation and circumstance. God is not saying He doesn’t take pleasure in us—God forbid! He is saying that He doesn’t approve of our actions when they don’t line up with His instructions.
As parents, we disapprove of things that our children do, but we do not disapprove of them as our children. As many times as I saw red (and every other color imaginable) when my son did something against my instructions, or went against my will; I never stopped approving of him, nor did I ever stop taking pleasure in him as my son. How much more does God always take pleasure in His children, even when He does not necessarily take pleasure in our thoughts, words, or actions?
What God is saying here is that He cannot go against Who He is; therefore, since He is not a God of ‘beneath’ or ‘failure,’ He can’t possibly be a part of it, because it is not a part of Him! God can no more deny Who He is than He can deny Who He is in us (2 Timothy 2:13).
My precious brother and my beautiful sister, the Lord is telling you to rise up this day! And to never forget who you are in Him, and Who He is in you. His Word is powerful, and you are made powerful because His Word lives in you. You carry all the power of heaven within you; and not even hell itself can overtake you if you just exercise your faith and don’t draw back. “I [Jesus] have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you” (Luke 10:19).
Father, thank You for breathing Your breath of life into us. We call on You now, through Your Holy Spirit, to stir us up and to cause faith to arise in us. Breathe greater conviction and larger truths into us, so that we will always stand victoriously because we stand on Your Word. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we have faith, moral conviction of Your truth, that is pleasing to You, and which causes You to move on our behalf in a mighty way. Amen and Amen!
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to always be convicted of God’s truth, and to always rely on Jesus Christ as your salvation. Choose to feed and build your conviction every day through spending time in God’s Word and with your Holy Father. And continue to fight the good fight of never drawing back on your faith; for God, your Faith Forward, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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All references to Hebrew and Greek words and meanings, unless otherwise noted, are taken from the New Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance © 1990 by Thomas Nelson Publishing. All dictionary references are taken from the Merriam-Webster online dictionary © 2013, unless otherwise noted.