How many of you have ever played football? If you have, then you know that the coaches train the players to hold the ball very tightly up under their arm because at some point they’re going to get hit while running down the field and they want them to be holding on tight to that ball when they do. Now let me take you over to Hebrews 4:14, “Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus th…e Son of God, let us hold fast our confession.” The word hold fast there means to hold tight, just like the football player has to hold tight to that ball, we have to hold on tight to our confession and don’t let it go because folks, sooner or later, all of us are going to get hit with problems, no one is exempt from them. It’s not a matter of if you’re going to get hit with problems, it’s a matter of are you still going to be holding on tight to your confession when they come?
Do you remember the story of David when he came back home after a battle? David and his friend’s homes had been burned, all their families had been kidnapped, and then David’s friends turn on him and they were going to stone him to death. You talk about going from bad to worse; David had already been running for his life because Saul and the army of Israel had been chasing him and now this goes wrong and his friends are wanting to stone him. David could have easily gotten in agreement with the circumstances and said: “Oh dear God, this doesn’t work! Everything is going wrong! I’m going to quit!” But David didn’t do that, the Word of God says that, “he strengthened himself in God.” I believe he got a hold of the promises of God, began to praise God, confess what God said, and when he did God said, “Go and take it all back son, I am with you.”
It’s really easy for us to hold on to our confession when things are going good, but when the attacks come a lot of us get our eyes on the problem, get in agreement with it, and then lose sight of the promises. The reason that happens is that most people don’t really have it down in their hearts. Jesus said, what we really believe in our heart is eventually going to come out of our mouth and the way the promises get down in our hearts is by meditating on them. Folks, this is not something that is just going to happen on its own. It’s up to you to find out what the promises are, meditate on them (get them down in your heart), speak them out, and when the attacks come you’ll still be holding fast to your confession.