Our God’s Word reveals that He has standards. Hebrews 1:6 teaches us that our lives are not pleasing in the eyes of God if we do not believe who He is and that He is willing and able to keep the promises He has made to us. Romans 1:17 teaches us faith is a requirement to live a godly life, with access to God’s kingdom. It is imperative we work to develop faith that does not waver.
James 1:6-8 (KJV) But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. 7 For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. 8 A double-minded man is unstable in all his ways.
What does wavering, double-minded and unstable look like?
Some synonyms of the term waver are vacillate, fluctuate, and oscillate. Some definitions are:
(1) To be undecided between two opinions or courses of action (in thought, choice, or feeling)
(2) To be doubtful; to flip from one side to the other
(3) To shift back and forth uncertainly
(4) To retreat and advance in waves
(5) To swing backward and forward like a pendulum
(6) To move or travel back and forth between two points
(7) To vary between opposing beliefs, feelings, or theories
(8) To differ above and below a standard
Imagine trying to give a gift to someone whose hand is continually opening and closing. Imaging trying to choose a gift for someone who is constantly changing his/her mind. Consider this; our prayers, decrees and declarations go unanswered NOT because God is angry or picking and choosing who to bless. They go unanswered because WE fail to meet the standard of faith.
Each of us can develop unwavering faith in our God; the kind that overcomes the world and all that life throws at us, if we believe what the Father has done through Christ Jesus, our Lord.
1 John 5:4-5 (NLT) For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. And who can win this battle against the world? Only those who believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
Unwavering faith honors the Jesus Christ, recognizing Him as the offspring of God and man. He is the seed of our God (His Word) spoken into the flesh of a man. He is the only one qualified to represent the Father in the fulfillment of the covenant promise to contend with those who contend with us (Isaiah 49:25). He is the only sinless man qualified to be murdered, creating a debt that could not be repaid, so all that all humanity has a path of repentance and restoration to the kingdom of our Heavenly Father.
Hebrews 10:19-23 (KJV) 19 Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say, His flesh; 21 And having an high priest over the house of God; 22 Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for He is faithful that promised).
Consider Hebrews 10:19-23, wherein believers are instructed to be diligent and consistent in confessing our hope in the promises and power of God, as revealed in Jesus Christ. Our diligence and consistency must not depend upon who we are, what we possess, or what we can do. It must be rooted and birthed out of in our love and appreciation of who our God is, what He has done for humanity, and what He has promised to do for those who believe in Him.
Unwavering faith keeps its eye on Jesus.
Our faith should be dependent on God’s character, His Word (promises/instructions) and Holy Spirit. The moment we take our eyes off God, (by failing to recognize we use His wisdom, strength and authority to succeed), we struggle, stumble or fall (Philippians 2:13). This is exactly what happened to Peter:
Matthew 14:24-31 24 (NLT) Meanwhile, the disciples were in trouble far away from land, for a strong wind had risen, and they were fighting heavy waves. 25 About three o’clock in the morning Jesus came toward them, walking on the water. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the water, they were terrified. In their fear, they cried out, “It’s a ghost!” 27 But Jesus spoke to them at once. “Don’t be afraid,” he said. “Take courage. I am here!” 28 Then Peter called to him, “Lord, if it’s really you, tell me to come to you, walking on the water.” 29 “Yes, come,” Jesus said. So Peter went over the side of the boat and walked on the water toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the strong wind and the waves, he was terrified and began to sink. “Save me, Lord!” he shouted. 31 Jesus immediately reached out and grabbed him. “You have so little faith,” Jesus said. “Why did you doubt me?”
Peter’s faith in The Christ was strong enough to allow him to walk on water. The moment he considered that the power of the storm might be greater than authority and power of God, as revealed in Jesus The Christ, he began to sink. Even then, our God rescued him! We must learn from our God’s interaction with Peter; it will build and deepen our faith!
Jesus is God’s Standard of Faith Revealed He is our great example (Hebrews 12:2). His life is the pattern we must follow to have a successful faith life. God has a chosen path for each of us; we are not clones. He has promised if we give Him our lives (spirit, soul and body), and allow His Word and Spirit govern our lives, He will walk us into His “good, perfect and acceptable will” (Romans 12:1-2).
Jesus overcame the contradictions of humanity, and the threats and traps of the enemy. He took the worst satan had to offer, made an open display of God’s power and authority over sin, death, hell and the grave, and restored man’s access to Eden or heaven on earth. He did it all honoring the Father, His Word and allowing the Holy Spirit to govern His life. The Scripture tells us we will have struggles, but fear not we are in Christ. He has already overcome the world and satan. He has left us all the tools needed, so we can do the same (John 16:33). Hallelujah!
Unwavering Faith has been and will be tested.
The Apostle Mark lets us know demonic influences, tests, trials and troubles come to root up the Word in our hearts before it can produce God’s will in our lives (Mark 4: 13-19). Familiar spirits watch the lives of those who have not accepted the justification of the blood of Jesus. They watch the lives of those not hidden in Christ’s death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and seating. They work along with other demonic influences, carnal people and the circumstances of life (using abuse, neglect, affliction, cares, deceptions of life) to try to make us give up and disqualify ourselves from receiving God’s promises. Know this; however, familiar spirits and any other unclean spirit is no match for a child of God who lives a life that is pleasing to God (unwavering faith)!
What does Unwavering Faith Look Like?
Unwavering faith in a supernatural force that produces, that manifests the heart, mind, authority and power of our God and His will in the earth. This force comes by hearing and believing all that our God has said and done in the Scripture and the Person of Jesus The Christ.
Unwavering faith accepts God’s Word as the ultimate truth and allows His Word (Scripture and Jesus) and His Holy Spirit to govern our lives. Unwavering faith knows it is accepted, approved by God, and safely hidden in Jesus The Christ. Unwavering faith uses the Word of God to change circumstances, to transform the hearts and therefore, the thinking and lives of people, according to God’s will. Unwavering faith confesses and obeys the instruction of God, according to the Scripture.
Unwavering faith sets a guard at its lips and speaks in agreement with the Word of God. Unwavering faith requires we judge all thoughts and declare any thought that disagrees with the promises/instruction of God, a lie. Unwavering faith requires we judge our actions, demanding that we live, walk, and talk in agreement with the Word of our God. Unwavering faith requires we ask our God to reveal any double-mindedness, as we make conscious decisions to take Him at His Word. Unwavering faith is fruitful:
John 4:20 (NLT) 20 And the seed that fell on good soil represents those who hear and accept God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted!”
Unwavering faith stays in the fight to produce a life that subdues and takes dominion over sin, and replenishes the earth with disciples and things that reveal the character, nature, mind, and power of our God. Unwavering faith endures, even in the face of tests, trials, and struggle. No matter what must be overcome, unwavering faith keeps our hearts and minds firmly guarded and protected as it trusts in God’s love, His willingness to help us, and His power/authority and already established plan to get us up and over.
Thank You that we can be strong because of Your love and power. We thank You for the tools and weapons of the kingdom; for the gifts of the Holy Spirit, the armor of God, the knowledge of who You are and that we are in You), the fruit of the Holy Spirit, Your wisdom, power and authority. You have given us Your authority and power to subdue all evil and promised to keep us from harm. Help us to live in unwavering faith. We humble ourselves declaring, “You alone are God; all other gods are idols.” We thank you that as we respect and honor You and obey Your Word, satan and all his cohorts are forced to flee from us.
We thank You that our hearts are fixed; we choose to remember who You are, how much You love us, and what You have done for us. We do not fear bad news; we trust You. We will not fear; we will see the desire of our enemies turned upon them. We pray that they repent and give their lives to You. Save today. Thank You for allowing us to recognize temptation; thank You for giving us a way out. You fight for us against our enemies. We appreciate You. We thank You for the crown of life and authority for every test we pass. We thank You for empowering us to turn and help our brothers and sisters. We love You.
We thank You that nothing evil and hell conjures can prevail against us; they have already been defeated. Breathe on us; open our understanding even the more to this truth. Help us to know Your grace and favor is truly more than enough for us. We will not faint nor be weary; we will keep doing good because we know harvest is upon us.
We thank You for unwavering faith. We thank You that we are intimately acquainted with You, Your Word and Holy Spirit. We follow no other voice, nor yield to any other spirit. You have ordained that we be kept from stumbling; but if we stumble or fall, we do not wallow in self-pity or fret in fear. We are quick to repent, change our thoughts and ways, and return to You, knowing Your promise to forgive, cleanse and restore us. You have done it all.
We unashamedly ask for more of You in our lives. We know You delight in giving us Your mind, will, and Holy Spirit; You delight in leading and guiding our lives. We hold out the cups of our hearts to You. We lay our lives and everything good that can be said about us on the altar of Your love and grace. You have promised whatever we ask in prayer, believe that we have received it, and it will be ours. We release our unwavering faith to You, our ever-faithful God. In Jesus name, we pray, and it is so. Amen!