Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise:
Hebrews 10:35-36 (NKJV)
As we maintain our confidence in the finished works of Jesus, we will receive the reward which is to see the promises of God come to pass in our lives. Endurance enables us to remain faithful to God’s will, which puts us in a position of receiving everything He has already made available to us in Christ.
For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it.
Hebrews 4:2 (KJV)
The gospel is the good news of God’s unmerited favor in Christ Jesus. In order for it to profit us, we must mix the Word with faith. Mixing the Word with faith means we accept the Word as true even when our situation and our circumstances contradict it. We accept that through the finished works of Jesus we were healed, delivered, redeemed, empowered and prospered. And the highest form of believing is to enter into rest, to have a peace that cannot be shaken.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Colossians 1:27 (KJV)
The word hope can also be translated confident expectation. Biblical hope is to look to the future with confidence and expectancy, always expecting God’s glory to manifest in our lives. And it is because of Christ in us—indwelling our born again spirit—that we can have this confidence that no matter what is going on in the natural, something good is happening to us today.
Keep and guard your heart with all vigilance and above all that you guard, for out of it flow the springs of life.
Proverbs 4:23 (AMP)
Nothing is more important for us than to guard our hearts, for whatever is going on in our life can ultimately be traced back to what’s in our hearts. Guarding the heart means we do not allow anything to rob us of the peace that has come to us as a result of our meditating the Word and believing the promises of scripture. We keep our hearts fixed on Jesus no matter what.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
Hebrews 6:9 (KJV)
Notice that the Word says there are things that accompany salvation. These are the things that powerfully impact and change our life right here and right now. The way we receive the full benefits of salvation is through trusting, relying and depending on Jesus for everything. This makes us receptive to the promises of God which include healing, deliverance, soundness, peace, protection and provision.
Meditate upon these things; give thyself wholly to them; that they profiting may appear to all.
1 Timothy 4:15 (KJV)
Whatever we meditate on the most will yield fruit in our lives. To meditate means to think, ponder, consider, or mull over in our minds. Worrying is a negative form of meditation, and it will yield fruit accordingly. Yet when we meditate on God’s Word, when we give ourselves wholly over to His promises and what He has said is true about us in Him, we become more receptive to seeing His goodness and glory coming to pass.