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Absolutely Convinced

Absolutely Convinced

30 November 2009

Scripture:

20 Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. 21 He was absolutely convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. (Romans 4:20-22 NLT)

Abraham’s real challenge comes down to one thing: Could he believe God’s promise that he would have a son, born from his wife Sarah, when he was nearly 100 years old and Sarah was 90 and had never been able to have children?

Abraham’s faith, the faith through which he was counted righteous by God, was this simple thing: “I believe and I am absolutely convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”

I don’t know if it’s harder or easier now for us to simply believe God. We have 4000 years of Bible and history and stories of God’s faithfulness that Abraham didn’t have to help us believe God. On the other hand we have more negative knowledge and we’re aware of more arguments against simple faith.

I guess it doesn’t really matter if it’s harder or easier. The real battle is still the same for each of us. There are always going to be compelling arguments and adverse circumstances to challenge our faith. The thing that overcomes the challenge I face is still the same as the thing that overcame Abraham’s challenge: “I believe and am absolutely convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises.”

Prayer:

Father, Thanks for Abraham who stood alone and believed you are able to do whatever you promised. Help me to live my life absolutely convinced that you are able to do whatever you promise. I believe. I believe you are able and faithful. Amen.

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