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Need Hope

Good Morning.  Here’s Today’s Nugget to chew on:

“Need Hope”

Romans 4:17-21 King James Version (KJV)

17 (As it is written, I [God] have made thee [Abram] a father of many nations,) before him whom he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were.

18 Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations, according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be.

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.

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Further Thought:  In today’s passage, we find Abram, who God later changed his name to Abraham, needing hope. He was 99 and still had not received the promised child God said he would have.  According to Hebrews 11:1, “Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.”  What God has said is the substance in which we should put our hope.  In verse 17 of today’s passage, we find that in the mind of God, when he spoke the promise to Abram, it was already done, and it’s no different with you and me today.  Now, the only thing needed was Abram’s agreement.

Another thing I want you to take from today’s passage is what God has promised is not impacted by time.  Recognize that the only limits your faith has are the limits you place on it.  Let’s remember that God had initially spoken the promise to Abram when he was 75, and now it’s 24 years later, and still no promised child.  We discover in verses 20-21 above that Abraham decided to agree with God and was not moved (intimidated or discouraged) by his or Sarah’s age. 

So, when there appears to be no reason for hope, Abraham reminds us to go back to what God said, and what He said is what we should anchor our soul [mind, will & emotions] in.  So what has God spoken to you through His Word or by His Spirit that hasn’t come to pass?  Let me encourage you to follow the example of Abraham and hold fast to your confession of faith without wavering because God, who made the promise, is faithful to ensure it manifests in your life.  

Have a great day, and keep chewing on God’s Word.

Additional references:  Isaiah 26:3 and Ephesians 2:8-10

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