You Gotta Have Faith!

Romans 4 v 13-25 says: Clearly, God’s promise to give the whole earth to Abraham and his descendants was based not on his obedience to God’s law, but on a right relationship with God that comes by faith. If God’s promise is only for those who obey the law, then faith is not necessary and the promise is pointless. For the law always brings punishment on those who try to obey it. (The only way to avoid breaking the law is to have no law to break!)

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God

Yes, I have shown this scripture because I really want people to understand that it is all about faith in God. Does that mean that we don’t need to do works? No definitely not! The purpose of this article is to show the importance of believing on God and what He has promised. We can do all of the works we can handle, but if we do not have faith in God, it is useless. This passage shows clearly that we need to find out what God has done for us and promised us, and we need to hold onto those promises, however long they take to happen!

There are words from God for individuals, and there are also general words in The Bible that God promises all believers. We need to be clear about both of these categories. Once we know what God has promised us, we need to believe (and keep believing) that God will be faithful and provide. There are sometimes occasions where we are required to do works in order to receive God’s blessings, but the point that I am trying to make is to believe God for them, don’t try and force the issue with works. It is our human nature to try and earn blessings, but God says that He has already provided, we just need to trust Him! I heard a sermon today saying that miracles can be found in the mundane. Jesus sent Peter to catch a fish (as a fisherman) in order to get the coin to pay the temple tax. Back to the mundane to see the miracle.

What has God promised you? Do you believe that He will provide? Do you trust Him? If you can (honestly) answer yes to all of these questions, get your actions in line with what you believe and watch God work!

Keep the faith!

Richard

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3 thoughts on “You Gotta Have Faith!

  1. Thanks for this post Richard… very insightful and encouraging. Faith is hardest when we are most human… which is always. I find that I have to work hard to ensure that my faith in in Him, not always in what He does… does that make sense?

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    1. I think I understand.. His ways are not our ways, and sometimes it confuses me a little as I am not sure what He is up to.. But I know that He is good and He has my best interest at heart.. Besides, He’s far more clever than I am, so I try and leave the decisions to Him, although being human I interfere far too often 🙂 Thanks for the post!

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  2. Thank you Richard. Great words..It clear to me now why the Bible says seek ye first the kingdom of God and all things shall be added unto you. Bless you Richard.

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