Rom. 4:16 Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendantsnot only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.
Rom. 4:17 I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
Rom. 4:18 [For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, believed on in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.
Rom. 4:19 He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarahs [deadened] womb.
Rom. 4:20 No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
Rom. 4:21 Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
Rom. 4:22 That is why his faith was credited to him as righteousness (right standing with God).
Welcome To The Light-Washed Path,
Yesterday I shared the first of three principles that you have to apply yourself to if you’re going to receive from God the things you are believing Him for. That first principle is to base your faith on what God has said; on His revealed will, and not simply upon your needs and wants. Faith springs from God’s Word and not from human necessity. Now let me share with you the next step in what to do between believing and receiving.
#2 – Pray and Let God Make It Real To Your Heart
The faith with which we believe the things God has spoken, is a shared faith with God. It’s a faith that proceeds from His Word into our hearts. It’s a faith that is a product of the Holy Spirit and cannot be separated from Him. When we operate in the faith He has given us, He Himself is connected to it. Our faith moves us and God at the same time. This is a far cry from the believism which some have mistaken for real faith.
Heb. 12:2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher (developer) of our faith;
The faith with which you stand upon God’s Word, awaiting the fulfillment of His promise, is developed in your prayerful communion with the Lord, and not as a result of you straining to believe. When you pray and worship the Lord; when you acknowledge His Word as Truth, before Him in prayer, He gives His faith to you.
So your faith is not a technology of Bible legalities and verse-quoting techniques, but the power to believe, produced by your fellowship with God.
When someone has made you a promise, you base your confidence of receiving on the credibility of the Promiser. Abraham and Sarah considered Who it was that had promised them a son and a lineage to the Messiah. It was their unwavering consideration of the Promiser that gave them the confidence to dismiss their natural doubts and fears.
Rom. 4:21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.
Heb. 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering; (for he isfaithful that promised)
Heb. 11:11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised.
And finally, within this second principle lay the profound truth that your becoming is determined by your believing. God presents His Word before you in order to give you a path to become what He has destined you to be. And your becoming is governed by your believing. God announced His Word to Abraham, that He had made him a father of nations, 25 years before he had one son. Remember …
God speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
And Abraham believed that he might become what God had said:
Rom. 4:18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might becomethe father of many nations,
So remember, when you find yourself in the place between what God has said and its fulfillment in you, pray and let God make His Word real to your heart. His faith will lay hold of you if you will take hold of His Word.
Tomorrow I’ll share step three, so until then …
Stay On The Path!