Devotions for March 8, 2017

ROMANS 4:16-25

So the promise is received by faith. It is given as a free gift. And we are all certain to receive it, whether or not we live according to the law of Moses, if we have faith like Abraham’s. For Abraham is the father of all who believe. 17 That is what the Scriptures mean when God told him, “I have made you the father of many nations.”[a] This happened because Abraham believed in the God who brings the dead back to life and who creates new things out of nothing.

18 Even when there was no reason for hope, Abraham kept hoping—believing that he would become the father of many nations. For God had said to him, “That’s how many descendants you will have!”[b] 19 And Abraham’s faith did not weaken, even though, at about 100 years of age, he figured his body was as good as dead—and so was Sarah’s womb.

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 fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. 22 And because of Abraham’s faith, God counted him as righteous. 23 And when God counted him as righteous, it wasn’t just for Abraham’s benefit. It was recorded 24 for our benefit, too, assuring us that God will also count us as righteous if we believe in him, the one who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was handed over to die because of our sins, and he was raised to life to make us right with God.

THE TIME FOR TRUST

Paul defines faith quite clearly: not wavering in unbelief; trusting; being strengthened in faith; being fully convinced. Thankfully, our trust is not built on our faithfulness but on the promises of God and Christ’s faithfulness. This is the faith which drove Abraham to abandon comfort in order to obey God.

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: Like Abraham, how is righteousness credited to you?

Q: Why is this level of faith in God and His promises important to you living victoriously in Jesus?

Q: Abraham lived amongst people who did not fully worship the God of Israel, yet God called him to a life of faith in Him. Do you view your normal work week as a mission-field, or do you see Sunday as the only time for faith?

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