“Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be” (Romans 4:18).
To understand and appreciate why the Bible describes Abraham as the father of faith, you’ll first have to carefully consider the challenges he faced and how he overcame them. God had already told him he would have a seed through whom all the nations of the earth would be blessed and the seed would come from his wife, Sarah. But on two occasions, he had problems with two kings who wanted his beautiful wife, who wasn’t only barren at the time but had also passed menopause.
Though these negative situations came up to attack the initial word God spoke to him, Abraham nevertheless did one thing; he stood his ground. Instead of crying about the seemingly impossible conditions, he refused to be moved and continually gave glory to God. The Bible says, “And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; And being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform” (Romans 4:19-21). No wonder he had miracles at the end of the day!
Remember Jesus, and how He stood at the entrance of the grave of a man who had been dead for four days, surrounded by a multitude who wanted to see whether or not a miracle would happen. This was enough to challenge His faith, but Jesus didn’t panic; instead He gave thanks to the Father and a miracle ensued!
Don’t ever give up on the Word, for the Word never fails. Like Abraham, against hope, believe in hope knowing that what God has said concerning you will surely come to pass. When your faith is challenged, don’t cry or cower; just keep releasing faith-filled words! Keep unleashing your stubborn faith proclamations in the face of contrary situations.
My faith is strong and alive as I journey on today in life with confidence, knowing that the one who lives in me is greater than he who lives in the world. I’m strong in faith, giving glory to God, being fully persuaded that His word concerning me is the absolute reality. Hallelujah.
1 John 5:4: “for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world and faith is the victory that overcometh this is the victory that overcometh the world even our faith.”
(Taken by permission from Christ Embassy Church , aka Believer’s LoveWorld Ministries , Lagos, Nigeria. www.ChristEmbassy.org )