Keep the Faith | Pursuing righteousness

The incredible feeling of finally knowing God for real is overwhelming, the joy of a new found relationship with God is beyond words can express. But with each passing day, as you realized not all journey is always smooth and full of the joys of spring. Somewhere along the way, doubts are formed and inner conflicts arose. Your faith is tested, your resistance to temptation and pleasure is challenged, your character and integrity are carefully examined. Remain firm and steadfast in your pursuit of righteousness, purity and in faith. Constantly seek God’s direction and do your fair share to keep the faith.

1. Do not be equally yoke with unbeliever

Now that you have known God, you’re no longer living under the slavery of sin, you were freed from any curses and death, you were unchain from your futile and worldly thinking. God revealed to you the things of the Spirit that unbeliever don’t fully understand, for them its foolishness and illogical but to you its life and power. Don’t be equally deceive with unbelievers with their flowery words, intellectual arguments or witty retorts. But in faithfulness stand firm and fight the good fight of faith, being confident of what is to come.

2. Touch no unclean things
Purify yourself from everything that contaminates body and spirit. Your body is the temple of God but He cant dwell in you if you’re compromising and playing with sin. “I will live with them and walk among them, and I will be their God, and they will be my people.” Therefore, “Come out from them and be separate, says the Lord. Touch no unclean thing, and I will receive you.” (2 Corinthians 6:16-17)

3. Dont do things in secret
The things that we do in secret are the things we’re not proud of. We kept it hidden in the dark, locked in the safest place we know that no one could ever find. But you cant hide it forever. Everything that is hidden will be shown, and everything that is secret will be made known. Trying to hide sin from God is like running from your shadow you can never get away. All the skeletons in your closet should be confessed because unconfessed sin can block you from God.

4. Break down the idols in your heart
Idols are anything you place above God, these are not just graven images in your house. An idol would be anything that you set up in your heart that gets in the way of your relationship with Him. Or something that distracts you from focusing on God. May it be your job, a hobby, or even relationship that occupies most of your time, energy and resources that sooner becomes a stronghold and powerful argument of the enemy in your life. Start breaking down your idols and start focusing on the future that God wants you to have. Seek the things of God and his perfect will. You are now a new creation. Your old self was gone, and the new has come.

5. Say ‘no’ to idleness
Idle minds are the devil’s playground and idle hands are the his workshop. A person who doesn’t have something particular to occupy himself with doing will be tempted to occupy himself with sin and thus can be easily distracted. The devil can give it something to do. If we are working hard, we have no time to mess around and perhaps get ourselves in trouble.

What to do while waiting for God’s promises?

In this world where making a pledge means nothing and giving a vow just cause severe damage. How can you cling to God’s promise when the world is telling you that His promises are just nonsense and non-existing? People make a promise and dont keep, in the end it leads to trust issue, misgiving and fuss. It happens because its who they are. But not with God. With Him a ‘yes’ is a ‘yes’ and a ‘no’ is a ‘no’, theres no place for ‘maybe’, ‘perhaps’ or ‘I’ll try’. With God his promises are sealed and are meant to be fulfilled.

For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. -2Corinthians 2:20

What to do while waiting for God’s promises?

1. Pursue God in prayer
Prayer is spending time with God while waiting for the fulfillment of His promises. God is a gracious and generous God, compassionate and abounding in love. He can just give everything that you need but He doesnt allow it. He wants you to see Him as ‘Panginoon’ (Lord) not just ‘pahingi-non’. Men have tendency to seek God when they are in great needs and problems or during bad days, and forget Him in good days. God wants to spend time with you in prayer. Talk to him, lay down all your concerns and worries, share the deepest desire of your heart in prayer. The joy of being with you in prayer is what matters most to Him.

2. Develop a child like faith
A child has a strong confidence in his father. Knowing that his father will do what he promised. A child like faith is crucial while waiting, it drives you to move forward and keep the faith. Put your trust and hope in the Lord for He wont surely fail you. I remembered when I was little, every time I want something from my dad, I ask him to make a promise. If he thinks what I want is good for me he will say ‘yes’. In the same way, God is a promise keeper, that’s who He is and he cant disown himself.

2. Trust his timing
A God given promise will be fulfilled, not in your desired time but on his perfect time. Learn to trust his timing for he surely knows what’s best for you at the right time under the right circumstances. He has made everything beautiful in its time.

3. Love the giver more than the gift
More than what His hands could give, or the blessings that will overflow, learn to love the giver more than just the gift. He is not just a magical genie that once your wishes are fulfilled, no strings attach and you can go on with your life. God wants to gjve you a gift that will last a lifetime and not just for a short while. Dont be so overwhelm with the gift that we neglect the giver. God sometimes put you in a waiting situation to make you realize that it is Him who gave you the gift and you’re ought to appreciate Him and not just the gift.

4. Enjoy the whole process of waiting
Maintain your enthusiasm and just enjoy the whole process. Waiting produces in you patient, endurance and faithfulness. Enjoy the whole process of waiting and dont complain and dont waver. Have a humble heart to be teachable before God. He is teaching you lessons from even the most mundane things.

5. Know your identity in God
As a child of God, your Father in heaven wants the best for you. He reserved great things for you to enjoy.  He doesnt want to see you suffer or be in deep pain because it doubles the pain that he feels. Know your identity in Christ, believing that all things work together for good for those who love Him.

6. Have a revelation of who God is
God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill? (Numbers 23:19) The level of you faith will just depend on your revalation of who God is. Do you just see Him as a powerless man hanging on the cross, a display who can’t do anything or just a mere man who just preach the gospel? Or a great God who holds the world on His hands.