Elijah was able to believe God’s revelation to him even though it took three years so see the end of it and even when he is surrounded by adverse conditions. He remained faithful; he remained believing because he was fully persuaded that God’s Word was His will. What about us?
There is a Greek word “plerophoro” that is used five times in the New Testament, twice as “fully persuaded.” It is made up of two words “pleres” and “phoreo.” “Pleres” is related to the word “pleroo” meaning “to fill to capacity.” The word “phoreo” means “to bear or carry continuously.” Literally “plerophoro” means “to be fully carried by what we have heard” hence, fully persuaded.
And being fully persuaded [plerophoro] that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform. Romans 4:21
Abraham had to get to the point that he was fully persuaded of the promise of God. It didn’t happen right away. It took several years before Abraham and Sarah were fully persuaded–filled to capacity with the promise of God–to the point of receiving the promise.
Receive one who is weak in the faith, but not to disputes over doubtful things. For one believes he may eat all things, but he who is weak eats only vegetables. Let not him who eats despise him who does not eat, and let not him who does not eat judge him who eats; for God has received him. Who are you to judge another’s servant? To his own master he stands or falls. Indeed, he will be made to stand, for God is able to make him stand. One person esteems one day above another; another esteems every day alike. Let each be fully persuaded in his own mind. Romans 14:1-5
“Let every man be fully persuaded [plerophoro] in his own mind.” Until we are fully persuaded we will be weak in areas. It is no sin, it is not something to condemn ones self over. God is the one who takes care of us in our growth enabling us to stand. God also tells us to take care of those that are less spiritually mature (chapter 15). The whole truth is that God is working in us so that we are fully persuaded, fully carried by the Word of God.
How are we to be fully persuaded? Elijah was fully persuaded. He listened to God, obeyed and saw His Word brought to pass.
That their hearts might be comforted, being knit together in love, and unto all riches of the full assurance [plerophoria] of understanding, to the acknowledgement of the mystery of God, and of the Father, and of Christ; In whom are hid all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.
We are to be fully persuaded in our understanding of the Mystery of God.
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory Colossians 1:27
We are to be fully persuaded that it is Christ in us the hope of glory.
As you have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him: rooted and built up in him, and established in the faith, as you have been taught, abounding with thanksgiving. Colossians 2:6-7
We become fully persuaded, rooted and grounded, standing steadfast by putting on the Word, and reading it, and hearing it, and thinking it, and speaking it. Paul said, “It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak,” (2 Corinthians 4:13)
God’s Word works in us until we are fully carried by and only continuous of his Word to the end that there is no doubt remaining in our minds. He works is us to receive Christ which is believing the Word of God which makes known Christ. He works in us to walk in Christ, putting on the mind of Christ. And he works in us so that we abound with thanksgiving.
The Gospel of God’s grace has come to us with full persuasion by the proof of the power of God and gift of the holy spirit–Christ in us:
For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; [plerophoria-with full persuasion] as you know what manner of men we were among you for your sake. 1 Thessalonians 1:5
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which you have showed toward his name, in that you have ministered to the saints, and do minister. And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance [plerophoria] of hope unto the end: Hebrews 6:9-11
Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance [plerophoria] of faith, [pistis – believing] having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience, and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he is faithful that promised;) [faithful-pistos form of pistis – one that can be believed, relied on] Hebrews 10: 22-23
Just as Elijah was confident–fully persuaded–in the promises of God we can be also. He is working in us to fully persuade us of his love, grace, and goodness.