“He was fully convinced that God is able to do whatever He promises.” (Romans 4:21 NLT)
Are you fully convinced that God is able to do what He’s promised to do in your life as He did in Abraham’s life?
It’s not uncommon for a parent to hear their child say in varying contexts: “I can’t!” And, depending on what it is, they may be exactly right. For example, ask a small child to do a “pull up” or solve a math problem or write an essay and their answer will likely be “I can’t!” But the truth is, as their parent, we’d never expect them to be able to do those things on their own when they haven’t learned how to do them. So, we can step in and help.
Even as a child of God there are circumstances that overwhelm and discourage us to the point of saying even to God: “I can’t!” But unlike an earthly parent, God has no limitations, so when we’re willing to admit we’re not able to do something, God steps up and says: “I can!”
Paul reminds us in 2 Corinthians 1:20: “For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding ‘Yes!’ And through Christ, our ‘Amen’ (which means ‘Yes’) ascends to God for His glory.”
What has the Lord promised to do in and through us? Whatever it is, He is able! Paul wrote in Ephesians 3:20: “Now all glory to God, who is able, through His mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think.”
Think about some of the things God asks of us. He desires a relationship with us, so He asks us to come to Him. He asks us, as His children, to love Him and others; to worship only Him; to obey Him; to serve Him by serving others; to be holy as He is holy; to live lives that are set apart for His sacred service. There are others, but let’s start with these.
None of the above things can be accomplished effectively in and of our own strength. In Philippians 1:6 Paul wrote: “And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue His work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.” Jesus told us in John 15:5 that without Him we can do nothing, but when we remain in Him, we have no limitations. That’s why Jesus gave us His Holy Spirit – to empower and enable us to do and be everything He desires for us to do and be.
That’s how we bring glory to the Father. Jesus asks us to remain in Him, but how do we do that? By obeying His commandments. He asks us to bear much fruit, but how? By allowing His Holy presence to fill us and change us from the inside out. Whatever He asks of us, He provides whatever we need to fulfill it, but we must remain in Him. What does that mean?
If you’re married, what does it mean to remain in that relationship? It essentially means to continue to do whatever is required of you to keep the marriage vibrant, alive, healthy, fulfilling. If you’re employed, what does it mean to remain in that job? Do your job! Continue to do what you were hired to do to the best of your ability.
In the verse at the top of the page, Abraham, often referred to as the father of our faith, was completely confident that God would do exactly what He promised Abraham He would do. What did He promise Abraham? That He would make him the father of many nations. Okay, no big deal, right? Until you realize that Abraham was an old man, and his wife was well beyond the years she could bear a child.
God promised him that his offspring would have their own land and become their own nation. So, when God told him to go to the land He’s going to give him, Abraham didn’t blink, he just started packing.
We want to complicate things by demanding all the answers before we move. That’s not faith, that’s sight. And as God’s children we don’t walk by sight. We walk by faith. That’s when God works in our lives in miraculous ways.
Let’s believe, not only that God is able to keep His promises, but that He desires to give us far more than we could possibly imagine – not of the trinkets of this world, but of the abundance of the Treasure of Himself!
Blessings, Ed 😊