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God is faithful!

Scripture reading for November 19th: Romans 4-5

Faith always has an object and that object is God!  God alone is trustworthy and faithful to His word.  If He said it, He will do it!  He has the power to do whatever He says He will and the character of never lying!  Paul writes to us today about Abraham and Sarah and what they discovered in their journey with God.

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it has 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 the power to do what He had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.'” Romans 4:18-22

Sometimes things look impossible to the natural eye.  When Abraham and Sara left their home to go to Canaan, God told them that He would give them offspring.  (Genesis 15:4-6)  In fact, their offspring would number more than the stars in the sky!  Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness!

Time passed and they tried to produce the offspring.  Sarah gave Abraham her maid and she conceived a son, Ishmael.  They thought that perhaps this child was the promised seed, but God visited them again and told them that in their old age that they would have a son from their own bodies!  This seemed so impossible that Sarah, listening to the angelic visitor, laughed out loud!  (Genesis 18:10-15)  However, God restored their bodies and they had the child, Isaac, whose name means “laughter’!

Faith is not difficult.  It is simply coming to the point of being fully persuaded that God is faithful!  What He has promised, He will bring to pass!  Your faith is counted as righteousness!  How marvelous is the grace of our amazing God!

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Considering God faithful

Scripture reading for November 17th: Romans 4-5

Faith always has an object and that object is God!  God alone is trustworthy and faithful to His word.  If He said it, He will do it!  He has the power to do whatever He says He will and the character of never lying!  He can be counted on and His word will never fail!

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it has 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 the power to do what He had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.'” Romans 4:18-22

Sometimes things look impossible to the natural eye.  When Abraham and Sara left their home to go to Canaan, God told them that He would give them offspring.  (Genesis 15:4-6)  In fact, their offspring would number more than the stars in the sky!  Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness!

Time passed and they tried to produce the offspring.  Nothing happened and they were getting older.  Sarah gave Abraham her maid and she conceived a son, Ishmael.  They thought that perhaps this child was the promised seed, but God visited them again and told them that in their old age that they would have a son from their own bodies!  This seemed so impossible that Sarah laughed out loud!  (Genesis 18:10-15)  However, God restored their bodies and they had the child, Isaac, whose name means “laughter’!  Faith brings results that cause joy and laughter to those who believe!

Faith is not difficult.  It is simply coming to the point of being fully persuaded that God is faithful!  What He has promised, He will bring to pass!  If you have heard Him promise you a child, believe it and prepare for a child!  If He has shown you it is time to move to a new city and preach the Gospel, pack up and head out!  Your faith is counted as righteousness!  How marvelous is the grace of our amazing God!

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Justified by Faith

Scripture reading for November 19th: Romans 4-5

Man’s greatest need is righteousness.  His biggest obstacle is sin in his life that brings God’s wrath if nothing is done.  Paul had declared that all had sinned and fallen short of God’s glory.  (Romans 3:23)  Every person has a sin problem that needs attention but man himself cannot fix the problem.  No amount of good works or human effort can eliminate the problem and it’s consequences.  The gospel reveals the answer that comes to each person by faith!

Faith comes by simply trusting God.  When we trust God through Christ, our faith is credited to us as righteousness. (Romans 4:5)  This is what we call justification by faith.   The Jews thought that they could earn God’s favor by keeping the law and being circumcised.  Paul showed them that Abraham was declared righteous by God before he was circumcised.  Abraham lived about 500 years before Moses received the law.  It could not have been through keeping the law that Abraham was declared righteous.  It was by believing God when God promised to give Abraham and his wife a son in their old age.

You might say that Abraham was the first to have “resurrection faith”.   “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 4:19-21)  Abraham did not deny the physical fact of his or his wife’s body’s age and condition.  They were “dead” as far as childbirth.  But Abraham so put his trust in God’s ability to do whatever was necessary to give them a child that he considered it done.  This faith so pleased God, that they were “resurrected” to living sexual ability and conceived a child as a result of faith in God’s ability!

All who trust in Jesus Christ are made righteous by faith.  We are justified in God’s sight, and no longer under His wrath.  We have peace with God having gained access to the grace that saves us.  (Romans 5:1-5)  God’s love is poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit.  Faith makes righteousness available to all who will simply believe!

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Considering God Faithful

Scripture reading for November 19th: Romans 4-5

Faith always has an object and that object is God!  God alone is trustworthy and faithful to His word.  If He said it, He will do it!  He has the power to do whatever He says He will and the character of never lying!  Paul writes to us today about Abraham and Sarah and what they discovered in their journey with God.

“Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it has 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 the power to do what He had promised. This is why ‘it was credited to him as righteousness.'” Romans 4:18-22

Sometimes things look impossible to the natural eye.  When Abraham and Sara left their home to go to Canaan, God told them that He would give them offspring.  (Genesis 15:4-6)  In fact, their offspring would number more than the stars in the sky!  Abraham believed God and it was counted as righteousness!

Time passed and they tried to produce the offspring.  Nothing happened and they were getting older.  Sarah gave Abraham her maid and she conceived a son, Ishmael.  They thought that perhaps this child was the promised seed, but God visited them again and told them that in their old age that they would have a son from their own bodies!  This seemed so impossible that Sarah, listening to the angelic visitor, laughed out loud!  (Genesis 18:10-15)  However, God restored their bodies and they had the child, Isaac, whose name means “laughter’!  God’s word is good and He is faithful!  He has the power to do whatever He says!

What lessons can we gain from today’s Scripture reading?  Faith is not difficult.  It is simply coming to the point of being fully persuaded that God is faithful!  What He has promised, He will bring to pass!  If you have heard Him promise you a child, believe it and prepare for a child!  If He has shown you it is time to move to a new city and preach the Gospel, pack up and head out!  Your faith is counted as righteousness!  How marvelous is the grace of our amazing God!

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