Thursday, April 3, 2014

Believe, Trust and Obey!

“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.” 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. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised.” Romans 4:18-21

I am so inspired by the scriptures above and I hope you are too!  I don’t know what you are facing today but I do know that NOTHING is too hard for the LORD! (Genesis 18:14)

The Bible says that Abraham, against all hope, seeing that his situation was as good as dead, did not waver through unbelief but instead was strengthened in his faith!! Abraham was fully persuaded that God had the power to do what He said He would do!

For 24 years Abraham had heard  - and believed – the same promise: One day he would become the father of a son who would found the nation of promise. When Abram was 99 years old, God spoke to Abraham and made the promise plain that he had promised years earlier: “But My covenant I will establish with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time next year.” Genesis 17:21

The father and mother were named, the child was named, and the time was named! Abraham was 100 years old and his wife Sarah was 90 years old when Isaac was born!

“When Abraham was physically beyond any hope of having a child, he based his hope on God’s promises instead. He believed that his offspring would be as numerous as the stars of the heavens, because the All-Powerful God had promised it.” Commentary

“Abraham never doubted that God would fulfill his promise. Abraham’s life was marked by mistakes, sins, and failures as well as by wisdom and goodness, but he consistently trusted God. His example of faith was strengthened by the obstacles he faced, and his life was an example of faith in action. If he had looked only at his own resources, he would have given up in despair. But Abraham looked to God, obeyed Him, and waited for God to fulfill His word.” Commentary

How about us? What are we basing our hope on? Is there a situation in your life that seems as good as dead and is against all hope?

Let’s ask ourselves this question, “Am I only looking to my own resources or am I looking to God, obeying Him, and waiting for God to fulfill His Word?”

“Within God’s unconditional promises, God made demands. He commanded Abram and Sarai to leave their home and their extended family to go to a new land (Genesis 12:1). He commanded them to be a blessing to others (Genesis 12:2), to walk before Him and be blameless (Genesis 17:1), and to circumcise the males in their household as a sign of the covenant (Genesis 17:10). Although God’s promises were unconditional, Abrams’ temporal participation in God’s blessing was conditioned on his faithfulness and his obedience to God’s commands. Abram withstood the test – he believed and obeyed (Genesis 15:6; 22: 1-18).” Commentary

Let’s be encouraged! Let’s be faithful to what God has called us to do no matter how hopeless the situation may be and/or no matter how long the wait!  Let’s be fully persuaded that nothing is too difficult for God! 

May we receive the reward that comes when we are fully trusting, obedient and fully believing in the His Son Jesus Christ!

"For what does the Scripture say? Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness." Romans 4:3

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