How do you proclaim what God has promised in your life? What do you do once you have received the promise? Did you know there is a part that you play in the promises of God?
Faith is a word that we all have heard and there are so many sermons and books on this subject. I do believe the entire bible is written out of faith and obedience by God’s children to speak the word of God and write it down. So when I sit here and think to myself what to write about and faith keeps coming to my mind, I myself am clueless on what to say about Faith that the word of God has not already covered, or that someone has not already covered in a book or blog themselves, but I must obey and see where God leads me!
What is faith to me? What is faith to you? Faith to me is the moment when you begin to act out in obedience in your life to what you know God has planted in your heart. What I mean by this is that when God plants a seed in your heart (promise) or as some would call a desire of your heart, and he begins to show you things about that seed that are springing forth in growth, we are to stand on that promise and declare it’s existence and out of faith speak its existence to life.
Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17
So what that means is that faith comes by “hearing” so when you hear yourself proclaiming God’s promises (seed) out of your own mouth, you begin to build faith for that promise because you hear it daily and you begin to speak those things which are not as though they were. Here is a scripture below that God just gave me:
Romans 4:17-22 (as it is written, “I have made you a father of many nations”) in the presence of Him whom he believed- God, who gives life to the dead and calls those things which do not exist as though they did; who, contrary to hope, in hope believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what was spoken, “So shall your descendants be.” And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old) and the deadness of Sarah’s womb. He did not waver at the pomise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, and being fully conviced that what He had promised He was able to perform.
And therefore “it was accounted to him for righteousness.”
I love what God is referring to here in scripture when it is said “things which do not exist as though they did” See most would think it was referring to Isaac, because God was promising Isaac descendants as many as the stars, so of course, you would think Isaac as well. But God’s plans are much bigger then what we feel we need or see at this moment to see our promises come to pass.
What God was referring to here is me and you -God’s children, see at the time this was written we were not God’s children because he had not yet sent his son to receive us as children of God. But God knew that through Abraham would come the answer to not just Abrahams heart’s desire but also the answer for all mankind so that we could be called children of God. God called in existence his children- out of his own mouth, his promise flowed, and out of His mouth Abraham believed on the Lord and His words, even though Abraham surely could not understand with is mortal mind what God truly had in store.
Even God himself SPOKE things which do not exist as though they did. (Need we go back to the very beginning when God SPOKE and the creation was formed from NOTHING!!!) God knew his children did not exist yet (are you following me?), and even though He did know because God knows all things so He knew what was to come, but He still chose to speak it out of His own mouth, because what we speak we believe. I feel that God was using this as an example to us all.
In verse 18: It reads “who, contrary to hope, in hope believed…” See Abraham hoped, and in his hope, he believed. What are we hoping for, that we have been hoping for so long, but yet have not turned that hope into belief?
Now as it says in verse 19 -Abraham not being weak in faith, “nor did he consider his own body.” I love this because Abraham had a chance to look at his own body which was old and way past his prime when it came to making babies, and his wife Sarah was 90 years old at this time (see Genesis 17:17) And Abraham had a choice here, and it was not a choice he made once and everything went great for him. No, he had to make a choice “every day” he woke up. Abraham was not blind to the fact that his body was very old, and that he himself felt old and felt his body aging with the aches and pains that come with an aging body. He also saw his wife Sarah and how she was aging right along with him. These were obstacles in his course of faith and belief, obstacles that I feel he had to overcome daily in his life to fulfill Gods promise of the seed planted which is Gods word in his life.
He was not weak in his faith, he was strong and believed the things which are not as though they were. Even to the point of seeing daily and feeling what some would say is the truth, but Abraham knew that what God says is the truth and not his circumstances. He chose daily to rise and seek the Lord and look at God’s promises and not at his own circumstances or even his own aging body!
Verse 20 states that “Abraham did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God.” This is huge here and I love this part, okay well I love it all actually! He did not waver, which is to: waver between two opinions or course of action. Abraham did not do this, instead, he stood on Gods promise and was not shaken nor moved, he was firmly grounded and rooted in the promises of God and despite his circumstances, he did not doubt nor have any unbelief. And through doing this is where his faith grew, therefore giving him strength in his faith even more. This last part is so awesome “giving glory to God, and fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform”
Abraham gave glory to God even when his promises had not yet come, yet he still gave glory to God. This means that in all things Abraham endured throughout his days, like waking up and feeling old, or hurting and seeing Sarah as well aging, he still in those moments gave Glory to God and in doing so was so convinced that God would come through for him.
I know that it would seem easier to understand it if it were mentioned in this order “Abraham was fully convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform, then he gave glory to God.” But that is not how it works, see my dear friends in life when you begin to give glory to God for the promises in your life that he has spoken over you, even when you do not see the promise, in doing that you begin to receive hope and are strengthened in your faith when you begin to give God glory for those things which do not exist but are in faith and giving glory to God “proclaiming” those things as though they do exist.
And guess what, it is in these moments that we are giving God glory and not wavering in unbelief that God not only strengthens us in our faith but also that we are accounted to him in righteousness (verse 22).
No matter what we are having faith and hope for, I urge you dear friends to give God glory in your promise, to speak your promises daily that God has given you, tell yourself (mind) to be quiet, and allow your ears to hear the promises of God come out of your mouth daily despite your circumstances. And in all things giving glory to God!
Begin to pour out God’s promises out of your mouth and build your faith in the belief by speaking that which does not exist in your life, as though it does exist in your life at this moment. And do not cease doing this daily, even if you have to write your promises down and speak them each day to set your focus each day on the promises of God in your life. Because it is very important that we do this daily as I believe Abraham did as well each day, to keep us focus minded on what God says and not our circumstances each day.
Thank you my friends for reading, I did not know what this was going to be about today until now and I know it was God who led me to all this for my own heart and this has given me hope and reassurance once again in many things in my life that my family and I are going through, and I hope this touches your heart as it did give mine!
Praise God, to Him be all the glory and honor forever- amen