Monday, May 23, 2011

Don't Tiptoe Around God's Promises!

by Diana Kriesel

Monday, 5/23/11 – 2 Chronicles 6,7; Psalm 135; Romans 4 – “Don’t Tiptoe Around God’s Promises!

S– Romans 4:20-21 – “He 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.”

O – In spite of the humanly impossible situation, Abraham was full of confidence that the truth of God carried promise for his life. He was not moved, or agitated, he steadily and firmly believed that God was able to perform that which He promised. God responded to Abraham’s faith, and empowered him and Sarah to physically have the child of promise.

A – What confidence in God, our forefather Abraham possessed! He was not weak in faith despite the odds, and he was not divided in his thinking by unbelief. He was fully persuaded that Go had the ability to do what He had said. Abraham teaches us to not only believe that God is faithful, but that He is able to perform what He has promised. Last night at church our guest speaker, Jason Cooper called the people to a higher level of belief; and urged us not to put a question mark where God has placed a period. This just settles the issue. God said it. We believe it. Period. End of discussion. The Message Bible puts it this way: “Abraham didn't focus on his own impotence and say, "It's hopeless. This hundred-year-old body could never father a child." Nor did he survey Sarah's decades of infertility and give up. He didn't tiptoe around God's promise asking cautiously skeptical questions. He plunged into the promise and came up strong, ready for God, sure that God would make good on what he had said. That's why it is said, "Abraham was declared fit before God by trusting God to set him right." But it's not just Abraham; it's also us! The same thing gets said about us when we embrace and believe the One who brought Jesus to life when the conditions were equally hopeless. The sacrificed Jesus made us fit for God, set us right with God.”

P – Lord, teach us not to tiptoe around Your promises, but rather to stand firm, with both feet fully positioned to believe and receive all that You have for us! We refuse to put a question mark where You have placed a period. Amen… Period!

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