“…and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised He was also able to perform.” Romans 4:21
Abraham is one of the outstanding individuals of the Old Testament. God spoke to him personally, visited him in his home and considered him a friend. Abraham was a man of unshakable faith in God and he had an unquestionable obedience to God. When God called Abraham, he went without knowing where he was going. Abraham had no reason to hope, but he hoped in faith that God’s promise would be fulfilled. Abraham continued to be steadfast. He kept praising and giving glory to God. As he did so, he grew strong in faith. He felt confident that God would keep His Word. Because Abraham had faith in God and was obedient to God, his faith was counted as righteousness (Romans 4:22).
The Bible outlines an abundance of privileges given to us as believers. They were paid for by Jesus. When we spend time in God’s Word and discover the privileges we have, righteousness becomes an active, powerful force in our life. We acknowledge we are in Christ Jesus and we have received an inheritance. We have the right to walk in all the blessings and promises of God’s Word through our thoughts, emotions, actions and words. Believe we will see the promises become a part of our life in every area.
Persuaded is to be completely convinced, totally confident. We believe a scriptural truth and that truth has become an inner rule in our life. Truth becomes us and we become that truth. Because it is so deeply engrained in our belief system, no ifs, ands, or buts are acceptable. There is no need to practice faith in this truth because we have developed a high level of trust in God. When we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior, there is an inner knowing that when we leave this planet, we will move to our eternal home, heaven. It is settled. We are fully persuaded (convinced) it to be so. This is truth!
As stewards of the mysteries of God, we desire to renew our minds by God’s Word, spoken in a personal, present-tense way (I Corinthians 4:1, Romans 12:2). Without understanding this principle of faith, God’s Word will not be profitable (Hebrews 4:2). To renew our minds is our responsibility. No one can do it for us. We can hear convicting or motivating ideas from others, but they must be applied personally or the same pattern of thinking continues. To become emotionally, fully persuaded, the applied Word must be heard and allowed to drop into our emotions. This transforms our soul (emotions) from fear to faith. It takes time and practice to live in a high level place of trust. When we think faith, talk faith and feel faith, the restored soul attracts the already provided blessings of God that are waiting to overtake us.
The Holy Spirit is our desire, drawing, fulfilling power. He is our peace, love, joy, faith and self-control (Galatians 5:22-23). There are many things we can do to cooperate with the Holy Spirit for personal transformation. When we do our part to build God’s Word in our belief system, the unexplainable mystery that unfolds within us is done by the Holy Spirit. In the beginning, in the middle and always, transformation is the mystery of God’s free grace. There is a shift from ‘I am alone’, based on fear, to ‘I am never alone’, based on the confidence of what God’s Word says (Hebrews 13:5).
How to be Fully Persuaded
“Study to show yourself approved to God…” II Timothy 2:15.
“Meditate upon these things; give yourself wholly to them; that your profiting may appear to all.” I Timothy 4:15.
“Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show whom he is like.” Luke 6:47.
“And do not be conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind…” Romans 12:2.