Unwavering faith (without doubting)
Unwavering – without confusion or doubt; fixed and steady at all times. Unwavering may not be a word you use. Still, when applied to faith and hope in God, it means solid. It is the faith and hope that things cannot weaken. Problems and negative situations will not destroy. Let us learn to have firm faith and hope in our Lord.
Matthew 21:20-22 When the disciples saw it they exclaimed in astonishment, “How instantaneously the fig-tree has withered away!” 21 “I solemnly tell you,” said Jesus, “that if you have an unwavering faith, you shall not only perform such a miracle as this of the fig-tree, but that even if you say to this mountain, `Be thou lifted up and hurled into the sea,’ it shall be done; 22 and everything, whatever it be, that you ask for in your prayers, if you have faith, you shall obtain.” (WNT)
- NOTE: verse 21, ‘unwavering faith’ commonly translated ‘faith without doubt’ G1252 διακρίνω diakrino (dee-ak-ree’-no) 2. (literally and reflexively) to withdraw from 6. (reflexively) hesitate. Normally translated as doubting, but James 1:6 uses ‘wavering’ and in James 1:8 is referred to as being double-minded.
- Matthew 21:21 “And Jesus answering, said to them, Verily I say to you, if you have faith, without wavering, you may do not only as much as is done to this fig tree; but if you should even say to that mountain, Be thou lifted up and thrown into the sea, it shall be done.” (CTET)
Unwavering faith is a very important part of the foundation of who we are as children of God; Hebrews 6:1 “Therefore, let us leave behind the elementary teaching about the Christ and press on to perfection, not always laying over again a foundation of repentance for a lifeless formality, of faith in God. (OEB)
♦ Isaiah 28:16-17 This, now, is what the Sovereign Lord says: “I am placing in Zion a foundation that is firm and strong. In it I am putting a solid cornerstone on which are written the words, ‘Faith that is firm is also patient‘ (GNT)
♦ 1 Corinthians 15:58 “So, then, brothers and sisters, don’t let anyone move you off the foundation of your faith. Always excel in the work you do for the Lord. You know that the hard work you do for the Lord is not pointless. (GW)
Always trust the Lord
Psalms 26:1-7 Vindicate me, O Lord, for I have walked in my integrity; And I have trusted in the Lord without wavering. 2 Examine me, O Lord, and try me; Test my mind and my heart. 3 For Thy lovingkindness is before my eyes, And I have walked in Thy truth. 4 I do not sit with deceitful men, Nor will I go with pretenders.
5 I hate the assembly of evildoers, And I will not sit with the wicked. 6 I shall wash my hands in innocence, And I will go about Thine altar, O Lord, 7 That I may proclaim with the voice of thanksgiving, And declare all Thy wonders. (NASB)
Psalms 26:1 [from three translations] Judge me, O LORD, for I have walked in mine integrity, and I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. (JPS)
Rule me rightly, O יהוה, For I have walked in my integrity. And I have trusted in יהוה, without wavering. (ISR) [יָהּ Yahh (yaw) 1. Jah, the sacred name]
Judge me, O Jehovah, for I have walked in mine integrity: I have trusted also in Jehovah without wavering. (ASV)
Build each other up
Jude 20-23 But you, dear friends, must build each other up in your most holy faith, pray in the power of the Holy Spirit, 21 and await the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ, who will bring you eternal life. In this way, you will keep yourselves safe in God’s love.
22 And you must show mercy to those whose faith is wavering. 23 Rescue others by snatching them from the flames of judgment. Show mercy to still others, but do so with great caution, hating the sins that contaminate their lives. (NLT)
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God is faithful, let your hope be unwavering / firm
Hebrews 10:19-25 Therefore, brethren, having boldness to enter the most holy place by the blood of Jesus, 20 By a new and living way which he has opened for us through the veil, that is to say, his flesh; 21 And since we have a 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 clean from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water.
23 Let us hold fast the profession of our hope, without wavering; (for he who promised is faithful;) 24 And let us consider how to arouse one another to love and to good works: 25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some; but exhorting one another: and so much the more, as you see the day approaching. (RKJNT)
- NOTE: verse 23 the phrase ‘without wavering’ (used only once in the KJV Bible) is from the Greek ἀκλινής aklines (ak-lee-nace’) adj. 1. not leaning; steadfast 2. (figuratively) firm; unmoved; unwavering. 3. Never doubted; always steady and on course. Other translations of verse 23: “And let us hold unwaveringly to the hope that we confess…“. (NET)
- ♦ “and washed as to our body with purifying water: let us hold fast the testimony of hope steadfast…” (Godbey) ♦ “Hold down the profession of our hope unwaveringly; for he who pre-evangelized is trustworthy.” (ECB)
Why should you have unwavering, unmovable, solid or doubtless hope in Jesus—the faithful ‘He who promised’? Hebrews 10:10 God wanted us to be made holy. We have been made holy by Jesus Christ. He made us holy by once making his body a sacrifice. (WE)
♦ Hebrews 10:14 “Because by one offering he has made complete for ever those who are made holy.” (BBE) ♦ Hebrews 10:16-17 [Jerermiah 31:33f], “The Lord says, this is the Agreement I will make with them [i.e., with my people] after those days. I will put my laws in their hearts and I will write them on their minds.” Then He said, 17 “And I will not remember their sins or their wickedness anymore.” (AUV)
Jesus will return for you (us)
1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 We continually give thanks to God because of you all, while we make mention of you in our prayers. 3 For we never fail to remember your works of faith and labours of love and your persistent and unwavering hope in our Lord Jesus Christ in the presence of our God and Father; 4 knowing as we do, brethren, that you are beloved by God and that He has chosen you. 5 The Good News that we brought you did not come to you in words only, but also with power and with the Holy Spirit and with much certainty, for you know the sort of men we became among you, as examples for your sakes.
6 And you followed the pattern set you by us and by the Master, after you had received the Message amid severe persecution, and yet with the joy which the Holy Spirit gives, 7 so that you became a pattern to all the believers throughout Macedonia and Greece. 8 For it was not only from you that the Master’s Message sounded forth throughout Macedonia and Greece; but everywhere your faith in God has become known, so that it is unnecessary for us to say anything about it.
9 For when others speak of us they report the reception we had from you, and how you turned from your idols to God, to be bondservants of the 1 true and ever-living God, 10 and to await the return from Heaven of His Son, whom He raised from among the dead–even Jesus, our Deliverer from God’s coming anger. (WNT)
Unwavering hope of ‘full salvation’
Hebrews 6:19-20, 7:28, 9:28 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, which enters within the veil; 20 Where Jesus, the forerunner, has entered for us, having become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek. 7:28 For the law appoints men, who are frail, to be high priests; but the word of the oath, which came after the law, appoints the Son, who has been made perfect forever. 9:28 So Christ, having been offered once to bear the sins of many; shall appear a second time, not to bear sin, but to bring full salvation to those who eagerly await him. (RKJNT)
- Faith: Matthew 21:20-22 [(key verse: 21) compare Mark 11:20-24 (key verse: 22); James 1:2-8 (key verses: 5-6); Hebrews 6: 1-8 (key verses: 1-2)
- Solid foundation: Isaiah 28:16-22 (key verse: 16); 1 Corinthians 15:50-58 (key verse: 58)
- Trust the Lord: Psalms 26:1-7 (key verse: 1)
- Build each other up: Jude 1:17-23 (key verses: 20-23)
- Hope: Hebrews 10:19-25 (key verse: 23)
- Why hope? Hebrews 10:5-10 (key verse: 10) and 10:11-17 (key verses: 14, 16-17)
- Jesus will return: 1 Thessalonians 1:2-10 (key verse: 10)
- Conclusion: Colossians 1:19-23 (focus verses: 21-23; key verse 23)
- Abraham’s example: Romans 4:13-25 (focus verses: 18-25; key verse: 20)
- Be sure, solid, & firm: 1 Peter 5:5-11 (key verses: 8-9); Psalms 57:7-8 (key verse: 7); Ephesians 4:7-16 (focus verses: 11-16; key verses: 13-14)
Colossians 1:19-23 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.
21 You, being in past times alienated and enemies in your mind in your evil works, 22 yet now he has reconciled in the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy and without blemish and blameless before him, 23 if it is so that you continue in the faith, grounded and steadfast, and not moved away from the hope of the Good News which you heard, which is being proclaimed in all creation under heaven; of which I, Paul, was made a servant. (WEB)
Abraham’s unwavering hope and faith
Romans 4:18-25 Who in hope believed against hope, to the end that he might become a father of many nations, according to that which had been spoken, “So will your seed be.” 19 Without being weakened in faith, he didn’t consider his own body, already having been worn out, (he being about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. 20 Yet, looking to the promise of God, he didn’t waver through unbelief, but grew strong through faith, giving glory to God,
21 and being fully assured that what he had promised, he was able also to perform. 22 Therefore it also was “reckoned to him for righteousness.” 23 Now it was not written that it was accounted to him for his sake alone, 24 but for our sake also, to whom it will be accounted, who believe in him who raised Jesus, our Lord, from the dead, 25 who was delivered up for our trespasses, and was raised for our justification. (WEB)
Be sure, absolutely solid, and firm
The word unwavering is one of the not-so-familiar words. But is helpful when understood as it means to not feel or show doubt, or uncertainty; not be wishy-washy or hesitant. When it comes to faith and hope in God do not waver. Ephesians 4:14 “So then, we may no longer be children, tossed [like ships] to and fro between chance gusts of teaching and wavering with every changing wind of doctrine…“ (AMP)
♦ 1 Peter 5:8-11 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 9 Whom resist steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, establish, strengthen, settle you. 11 To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.” (NWR)
Psalm 57:7 “My heart is unwavering, God—my heart is unwavering. I will sing and make music.” (CEB)
Be unwavering (absolutely solid) in hope and faith in the Lord (Ephesians 4:13-14) and be blessed my friends-♥ Tim.
♥ Question for “Unwavering Hope Unwavering Faith”: Is your hope and faith unwavering / steadfast and solid?
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