Romans 4:16-21 – Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring—not only to those who are of the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham. He is the father of us all. 17 As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.” 17 He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not as though they were. 18 Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 19 Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. 20 Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.
This morning as I was reading through Romans 4, the passage above leapt off the written page and came alive in my heart! The word is absolutely alive and active (Heb. 4:12). If you know his journey with God; you see Abraham’s faith was not in his obedience to God. Although, that was important. His faith was not even in the promise! Albeit he knew God would bring it to pass.
Abraham’s faith was in “the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not as though they were.”
WOW! You see, he was 100 years old and he knew his body was as good as dead. Sara was old too, her womb was dead! DEAD! No possibility for life to form in a dead womb! It’s impossible!
But, isn’t that what our God does?
He takes what seems utterly ridiculous and makes it an absolute reality!
I really think it gives God great joy to blow His kids minds! The word says, “Abraham believed without weakening in his faith. He did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God!”
But y’all know when Issac was born from a womb that should have been dead; Abraham and Sarah were completely blown away!
These incredible truths made me do some soul-searching. The Holy Spirit began activating the word in my heart with these questions:
1. Do I have the faith of Abraham?
2. Is my faith in the promises of God or in the Promise Keeper?
3. Do I believe like my father Abraham in the God who not only gives life to the dead but on top of that… calls into being things that are not as though they are?
4. Am I fully persuaded that God has the power to do what He has promised me?
SO, can I ask you a few questions to give you something to ponder and mull over this week?
What things in your life are as good as dead? Or maybe are definitely dead.
Maybe there are dead relationships and your heart is broken.
A dead marriage? Financial hardship? Your health?
Maybe a lost loved one who is dead in trespasses and sins?
Could it be a dead God-given dream or vision for your life?
I have some things in my life that appear as good as dead. Some truly break my heart. But you know what they say, “Things aren’t always what they seem.”
So let’s agree to ask The Lord Almighty to forgive us for our unbelief and let’s be honest we all have times of unbelief.
Repent & Believe!
We love and serve a God who was true to His promise to Abraham and Sarah!
He raised Jesus Christ from the DEAD!
A God who transferred us from darkness to light.
Who has spoken promises to us through His Word!
Let’s believe BIG in the GOD of the Promise! Let’s take our “dead” things to His throne room and lay them down at His beautiful feet. Knowing He can and will call those things in our lives that are dead to life!
Let’s not waver in our belief regarding His promises but let the waiting strengthen our faith so we too can give God glory!
Let’s be fully persuaded that God will do what He says He will do! He will call things that are not as though they are!
Let’s ask God to give us the faith of Abraham!
“Do You Have the Faith of Abraham?” has got to be one of your best, Renee. Of course, where we are at any moment colors how we receive a piece. So someone else might select a different piece of yours as what they consider your “best.” But I like all the questions you raise in this. I certainly had always thought his obedience and trust in God’s promises were what got Abraham in the faith hall of fame. Thank you for digging deep and sharing it with me and others. I’m going to try to copy this so I can keep it handy to refer to and reflect and think more about.
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