PRAYER: Father, in the Name of Jesus, as we discuss Your Word, grant us a heart of flesh that is willing to learn and to be corrected. May Your Holy Spirit alone grant us the right interpretation and understanding. Above all, Lord let Your word transform us from the inside out that we may not only be hearers, but also doers. Be glorified in this In Jesus’ name. Amen.
Day 4, Romans 4
Lesson: It’s all about FAITH! (Romans 4:20-21)
What is faith, and while we are at it, what/who is our faith in? According to Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of thing not seen”. That Scripture reveals that faith does not involve our physical eyes (the things that are here now that we can physically see and touch), but rather faith makes use of our spiritual eyes. The spiritual eye is made to function like the eyes of the Lord. It is made to see the things that are not thereby employing the mouth the speak those things that are not, and allowing the tongue to breathe life into them so that they can be. We learn in Romans 4 that God calls the things that are not as though they are (Romans 4:17) and it is not a coincidence that that attribute of the Lord is revealed in the section of faith. God wants us to function at that level of faith that causes us to speak, live, move, and act as though something has already occurred even though it has not yet manifested in the physical realm. We are to take an example from Abraham. The Word of God says, ” He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.” (Romans 4:20-21). It is important to note certain words in the above Scripture.For starters, Abraham did not waver through unbelief. The Bible tells us that a double-minded man is unstable in all his ways (James 1:8) therefore Abraham had a solid foundation. He was not moved by the fact that he and his wife were beyond childbearing age, he did not let the doubts of other people discourage him, he did not let science explain away his hope. He stood firm on the promise of God! In addition, Abraham’s praise of God preceded his miracle. To be able to glorify the Lord while still waiting for your blessing signifies that of a truth you know that the blessing is as good as here! He was fully convinced that because God promised, it was a settled matter. Why is it that Abraham could have this type of unshakeable faith? The answer to that lies at the end of verse 21. Abraham was sure of two things:
- God promised
- The God that promised is able to do exactly what He promised.
Abraham was confident in the nature of God. The Book of Numbers says, ” God is not a man, that He should lie, nor a son of man, that He should repent. Has He said, and will He not do? Or has He spoken, and will He not make it good?” (Numbers 23:19). Because God is God, we know that He has the power to bring anything to past. God is not like men that will promise you something that is outside of their capabilities and then when the time comes to fulfill the promise, will restlessly start looking for ways to do it. Then, if they are not able to do it, you simply get an apology backed by another promise outside of their power. There’s nothing that the Lord promises us that is outside of His power! Even if what He promised us did not exist, according the verse 17 of this chapter, all He has to do is speak it and it is done! That same Romans 4:17 ends by saying that God gives life to the dead so even if it once existed but is no longer functioning, God can revive it! He is able! Let Abraham’s faith challenge you! What are the things that look impossible right now? What are those things you want God to breathe life into? Have faith in the One who Promised, Who also will do it! It may seem like this level of faith is unattainable, but God is here to help. The way the father of the child with a mute spirit cried out to Jesus, ” Lord I believe; help my unbelief!” (Mark 9:24) when Jesus asked if he believed, is the same way we can cry out to God! We can ask the Lord to help us believe and to increase our little faith when we struggle. What has God promised you? Do you believe that He is able to do just what He said? Trust God even when your physical eyes have yet to see. He’s faithful.
- Lord remind me again of Your promises to me and help my unbelief.
- Lord give me grace to know Your nature that I will not doubt Your power.
- Lord help me to have faith that is unmovable. Help me be to FULLY CONVINCED.
- Father I thank You and glorify You in advance for doing exactly what You said you will do.