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!” 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. Abraham never wavered in believing God’s promise. In fact, his faith grew stronger, and in this he brought glory to God. He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever he promises. Romans 4:18-21 (NLT)
I am glad that we have come to this topic. I am happy that we will now discuss my promises. Your opening has me intrigued. I am wondering what direction we will head in our discussion. Oh, I think you have a pretty good idea where will go with our discussion. I’m not so sure about that. Do you believe in my promises? What kind of question is that? Of course, I believe in your promises. I have no doubts about your promises being true. Your word is good. You are faithful. Your promises are completely reliable. Yes, that is exactly what I knew you would say. Well, it’s the truth. Yes, it is the truth. The question I want to get at is this, “Do you believe the promises I have made to you?” It is obvious that you believe the promises I have made to all believers, everywhere, for all time. Do you believe the promises I have made specifically to you? Can you read my word and say to yourself, “These promises are for all believers everywhere, for all time, and they are being made also to me, right here and right now?” That is a different and more personal question, isn’t it? Yes, it is much more personal. You don’t sound so sure and certain. You sound like you may be hesitant in your answer. It is a very thought-provoking question. Yes, it is.
What I want you to consider more deeply, is that the promises in my word are for you. Don’t think of my promises as being for everyone else, but you. Have I been doing that? Have you been apprehending the promises of my word, for your yourself? That is a very good question. I would say, not nearly enough. I want you to take my word deep into your heart and mind and life. I want you to put my word into practice. I want you to apprehend the promises of my word and make them your own. I want the power of my word working in your life. Will you take a hold of my word? Will live by my word? Yes, Heavenly Father, I will. That will be very good.
Heavenly Father, I know that your word is good. I know that you are faithful. I know that your promises are completely reliable. I know that I fully can count on you. I will patiently wait with hope and faith for your promises to be fulfilled in my life. Amen
Key Question… When have you continued to believe in God’s promises even when your situation seemed hopeless?
Living It Out… Wait with patience and hope and faith for God’s promises to be fulfilled in your life.
Seeing It Happen… Have faith that God can and will fulfill all His promises to you.
Get Ready To Share… Share with another person or your small group how God has fulfilled His promises to you.
Prayer To Bless Others… May you wait with patience, hope and faith for God to fulfill His promises to you.
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