I think one of the greatest lessons in life is learning to get past ourselves . By this I mean that we must not trust in our ability, our faith, our training, our strength, but FULLY RELY ON GOD. FROG!
Throughout the Bible God gives example after example of those brave, faithful souls who were fully persuaded and received the promises. In Romans 4, the Amplified version, we see an account of Abraham, the father of our faith. In verses 16 – 21 we are given clear instruction regarding how to receive the promises.
Book of Romans
Therefore, [inheriting] the promise is the outcome of faith and depends [entirely] on faith, in order that it might be given as an act of grace (unmerited favor), to make it stable and valid and guaranteed to all his descendants–not only to the devotees and adherents of the Law, but also to those who share the faith of Abraham, who is [thus] the father of us all.
As it is written, I have made you the father of many nations. [He was appointed our father] in the sight of God in Whom he believed, Who gives life to the dead and speaks of the nonexistent things that [He has foretold and promised] as if they [already] existed.
[For Abraham, human reason for] hope being gone, hoped in faith that he should become the father of many nations, as he had been promised, So [numberless] shall your descendants be.
He did not weaken in faith when he considered the [utter] impotence of his own body, which was as good as dead because he was about a hundred years old, or [when he considered] the barrenness of Sarah’s [deadened] womb.
No unbelief or distrust made him waver (doubtingly question) concerning the promise of God, but he grew strong and was empowered by faith as he gave praise and glory to God,
Fully satisfied and assured that God was able and mighty to keep His word and to do what He had promised.
Book of Hebrews
NOW FAITH is the assurance (the confirmation, the title deed) of the things [we] hope for, being the proof of things [we] do not see and the conviction of their reality [faith perceiving as real fact what is not revealed to the senses].
How long can we work and toil in our own strength only to find that we’ve made no progress. How weak must we become before we realize He is our strength.
All we have, we have because of Him. The breath we breathe is a gift. Hebrews 1:3 part B, “……..upholding and maintaining and guiding and propelling the universe by the mighty word of power”. God’s mercy reaches great depths and chasms even in our disobedience. I know in my own life I’ve experienced God’s great love time and time again when I least deserved it. His great protection, from what could have been utter destruction, has preserved us. His mercies, new every morning. But God…
What if we simply trusted God with that child like faith the Word speaks of? What if we stopped trying in our strength to bring things to pass and truly rested in Him? What if we “Just believed”?
Would we find ourselves the better for it? Would we find our lives transformed and changed forever? Would we find the Master waiting for us there?
I believe we will.
I’m going there and I hope you will too. There is no greater adventure than walking a life of faith with God. No greater gift than to hear Your Savior’s voice, feel His touch and to see the promise of God come to pass for the glory of our King.