Friday, April 14, 2017

HE WAS STRONG IN FAITH

“[Abraham] 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, my italics). By his faith, Abraham “gave glory to God.” And like Abraham, we give glory to God when we fully embrace His every promise.
When all of life is going well, it is easy for us to testify, “God can do anything!” We can effortlessly assure others that God will answer their prayers and confidently declare that the Lord always keeps His Word. But when everything around us seems to conspire against God’s promises being fulfilled — when all physical evidence seems more like God’s wrath than His reward — the Holy Spirit rises up in us with true words of comfort: “Hold on. Trust Him! You are not separated from God’s love. He is at work in your situation, so don’t waver. Instead, rise up and fight the good fight of faith.”
I leave you with this powerful passage from the apostle Paul. He reminds us of God’s unending faithfulness in every circumstance, at every moment of our trial:
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, ‘For Your sake we are killed all day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.’ Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:35–39).