Ask yourself, am I making a decision based off of presumption or faith in a promise I received from God.
Let’s use an illustration:
For example, you know that having sex outside of marriage (fornication) is a sin but you do it anyway because you think God will forgive you. You reason within yourself that God knows your heart and you stand on 1 John 1:9: “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
You are in error.
Not only are you sinning presumptuously (See previous post) but you are presuming on God’s grace and forgiveness as a license to willfully sin.
In Matthew 4, Jesus is tempted by the devil to throw Himself down from the highest point of the temple. The devil said to Jesus: “If you are the Son of God, throw Yourself down. For it is written: He will command His angels concerning you, and they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.”
Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.’ “
If Jesus would have thrown Himself down, He would have acted presumptuously. He would have been testing God’s Word not exercising faith in it.
Presumption starts with an assumption. It seeks to test God and His Word.
Faith starts with a promise. It consults God and His Word beforehand, discerns what His will is, and obeys that.
Therefore, as you run your race with endurance, ask yourself: Who am I following? Whose voice am I listening to? Is it leading me to have faith in God’s Word or to test it?
Am I being presumptuous? Am I doing certain things in my life based on an assumption. Am I seeking to test God and His Word?
Am I exercising faith? Do I have a specific promise from God? Have I consulted God first and asked what His will is? Is this the promise I’m standing on? Is this promise leading me to do what I’m doing?
Be encouraged! You are loved! ❤