19 And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: 20 He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; 21 And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform.–Romans 4:19-21
This is the first installment of a multi-part series on Faith that Produces.
It should be stated here that faith, real Bible faith, is a living active part of the Believer’s life—which produces tangible results. Although faith is spiritual in nature, it is the channel through which spiritual realities are brought forth in our natural world. Understanding the previous statement is vital to our being able to appropriate the promises of God into our lives.
If a parent promises their child something for doing their chores or doing well in school, is it right for the child to expect it although they did not do what was expected of them? I do not intend to insult your intelligence with this scenario but I am attempting to paint a picture of the uncomplicatedness of our spiritual walk—if we would only take a moment to think and then act on what we know to be true.
What I am getting at is this: it is our responsibility to receive God’s promises to us in faith and act on them…regardless of the circumstances. In other words, we are to “consider not” the conditions that stand in the way of our trust in God. It is these situations that tell us how “impossible” it is for this thing (whatever it is), to be and just how stupid it is to believe it.
Often we are faced with situations that look impossible. But if we would only take a moment and pick up our Bible to see what did the Lord say about it, with the intention to respond to His Word with an obedient heart, our lives would be very different.
The Bible, in 2 Peter 1:3, tells us: “…the Lord has given us everything we need for life and godliness…through His…precious promises.” This is important to note because it is through those promises that we discover the will of God. It is through our faithful attention to the Word of God that enlightens us to His promises to the point of faith in them.
Therefore, in order to experience the fullness of God’s promises in our lives, we must exercise real, working faith. In other words, faith that produces.
Please check back as we probe deeper into this topic….
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