And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end: That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
We should finish things like we started them… finish strong.
Biblical hope means you have a right to expect the promise because it is in God’s Word. His Word should be the source of our hope.
You can’t have discipline without vision.
Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.
Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.
(As it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.
God will always have what He says.
God does not say what He sees. He sees what He says. He declares the end from the beginning.
Declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying, My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure:
Patience is to stay disciplined, even when you don’t yet see the manifestation of the thing you are believing for.
For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.
Abraham displayed a great example of patience and faith. He hoped “against hope” (aka, what he saw in the natural) and believed that God would do what He said.
Romans 4: 18-21
Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
It’s not our job to figure out how God will do something; only to believe that He will.
And it came to pass after these things, that God did tempt Abraham, and said unto him, Abraham: and he said, Behold, here I am. And he said, Take now thy son, thine only son Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah; and offer him there for a burnt offering upon one of the mountains which I will tell thee of. And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and saddled his ass, and took two of his young men with him, and Isaac his son, and clave the wood for the burnt offering, and rose up, and went unto the place of which God had told him. Then on the third day Abraham lifted up his eyes, and saw the place afar off. And Abraham said unto his young men, Abide ye here with the ass; and I and the lad will go yonder and worship, and come again to you. And Abraham took the wood of the burnt offering, and laid it upon Isaac his son; and he took the fire in his hand, and a knife; and they went both of them together. And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they went both of them together. And they came to the place which God had told him of; and Abraham built an altar there, and laid the wood in order, and bound Isaac his son, and laid him on the altar upon the wood. And Abraham stretched forth his hand, and took the knife to slay his son. And the angel of the Lord called unto him out of heaven, and said, Abraham, Abraham: and he said, Here am I. And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God, seeing thou hast not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. And Abraham lifted up his eyes, and looked, and behold behind him a ram caught in a thicket by his horns: and Abraham went and took the ram, and offered him up for a burnt offering in the stead of his son. And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the Lord it shall be seen.
God asked Abraham to sacrifice his only son. Because of the word and promise that God had already given Abraham, he created an image or vision of God raising Isaac from the dead (…”lifted up his eyes and saw the place afar off”…/ Jesus alluded to this in John 8:56). Abraham trusted God’s word, and believed His promise to make him the father of many nations would still stand. That caused Abraham to speak in line with what he was expecting, “…my son, God will provide himself a lamb…”. God used this situation so that Abraham would develop an image of his son being raised from the dead. Only it wouldn’t be Isaac, but Jesus that would be raised from the dead 2000 years later.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, Of whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: Accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he received him in a figure.
God uses imagery. He wants us to develop a vision of His promises manifesting in our lives and to speak in accordance with that vision. We live by believing on His Word in faith, and adding patience (diligence) until it manifests!