So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (Hebrews 6:17-19 ESV)
Scripture instructs us to be unwavering, to endure and to hold fast to the hope set before us. That says to me that hope is something that I can lose sight of, that can elude my grip. Hope is something that we all desperately need, but it can slip through our fingers if we’re not careful.
This time of fasting is an opportunity to take seriously the exhortation to hold fast. The language of “holding fast” means that we consistently prioritize what God has promised in our lives, and that we persist in going after them even when things are hard.
One of the most powerful benefits of fasting is that our souls are acutely awakened to the realities of God’s promises and we protect ourselves from becoming sluggish. Ask God in this season to develop patient endurance and courage. You’ll need both to walk steadfastly in the confidence we have.
Fasting often reveals the ways in which we actually hold fast to ourselves and our own ability to bear fruit in God. This will always lead to a place of uncertainty. Jesus is the One who embodies hope and the anchor for our souls for every moment of wavering, for every question, every doubt, and everything that would attempt to shake us. We hold fast to our confidence and our only confidence is in Jesus.
Scripture teaches that the way we walk steadfast is through remembering the character of God. We cultivate friendship with Him and it creates resiliency in us. When we create a history with God, we grow in our ability to stand firm and it builds the faith for every circumstance that comes our way. We don’t have to live from a place of striving because we’ve created a history with Him to draw from. Maturity in God looks like remaining unshaken, not wavering to and fro to adjust our theology to match our circumstances. In a time of waiting, we call to mind every time we’ve seen God breakthrough and stand steadfast knowing that He always keeps His promises.
In other words, we hold fast by continuing to declare the confession of our faith and trusting that He who promises is faithful. When we have done all, we continue standing!
Hebrews chapter three tells us to avoid having our hearts hardened by holding fast to our confidence to the end, boasting in the hope that we have. So often disappointments, bitterness and a lack of honesty before the Lord creep in and harden our hearts. When we make a decision to hold fast to Jesus we are shaking off every disappointment, every doubt and resting in the full assurance that we have in Jesus. We grow in patience and endurance to inherit the promises of God. We do not labor in vain and every time we cling to the word of life we are celebrating with God that we will not grow weary and we do not run an aimless race (Phil 2:16).
The reward of holding fast to Jesus is more of Jesus Himself. Jesus, the forerunner into the inner place, tears down every barrier that keeps us from knowing Him. This is a season to press in to know more of the heart of God and allow the deep places of God to call out to the deepest places of our hearts. I love the breakthroughs that come in seasons of fasting. We contend to see an increase of the supernatural, healings, financial breakthroughs, relational restoration and the list continues.
But we must always value the presence of God even greater than the gifts that he offers. In these final days of fasting may we continue to grow in our commitment to the secret place, truly believing that the treasure is knowing him. The greatest breakthrough in our lives void of friendship will never satisfy. Deeper friendship with the Lord will always produce deeper resolve in our hearts. I pray that this is a season that marks us, grows our history in God and builds maturity in us to hold fast to what we have until he comes.
Prayer: God I thank you that you are worthy of my life poured out at your feet. You are faithful to the end and you always keep your promises. Draw me into the deep places of your heart so that I can walk steadfast with you. Thank you for this season of growing in friendship.