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He Was Able Also to Perform

November 15, 2019

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He Was Able Also to Perform

People.      How well we know people.      They assuredly promise this and that.      It sounds so great  and hopeful  —  and then we find out  that they are unable  to keep their promise.      They are unable.      They don’t have the talent,  equipment,  knowledge,  strength,  quality supplies,  or heart  to complete the job rightly.      We soon learn  that we have to check out  all their credentials  to find out  if they honestly are  bona-fide experts  in their field.      It can get discouraging rather quickly.

It’s one thing  to make a promise  and a whole other thing  to be able to keep it  —  let alone gladly keep it.

It can be due  to such experiences  that we develop a distrust  of God’s promises.      We begin to question.      How can God  really forgive all of my sins?      Has God  really prepared  a place for me  in heaven  —  after all I’ve done?      Does God  honestly care for me  when I’m obviously facing  one problem after another?      We can express  all sorts of doubts  in this world of hard knocks.

Abraham,  way back in the book of Genesis,  faced all sorts of problems  during his life.      God Almighty  had promised him  that he would have a son,  who would be a blessing  to the whole world.      A descendant of Abraham’s son  would be the Savior of the world.      That’s quite the promise.      As we learn in Genesis,  years and years  went by,  while Abraham and his wife,  Sarah,  remained childless.      Finally,  when Abraham was 100 years old  and Sarah was 90,  they had the long-promised son,  Isaac.

When Paul talks about Abraham’s faith  during all those years,  he writes in Romans 4:20-25,

Yet,  with respect to  the promise of God,  he did not waver  in unbelief,  but grew strong  in faith,  giving glory to God,  and being fully assured  that what He had promised,  He was able also  to perform.

Therefore also  it was reckoned to him  as righteousness.      Now,  not for his sake only  was it written,  that  ‘it was reckoned to him,’  but  for our sake also,  to whom it will be reckoned,  as those who believe in Him  who raised Jesus our Lord  from the dead,  He who was delivered up  because of our transgressions,  and was raised  because of our justification.

Abraham’s faith got stronger and stronger  over those long years  of waiting.      His strong faith  was  “fully assured  that what He had promised,  He was able also to perform.”      Abraham’s strong faith  pleased God so much  that his faith  “was reckoned to him as righteousness”.

We should not skip over that.      It’s important for us.      God did not make Abraham wait  all those years  for nothing.      God made Abraham wait  for years  because  He had a lesson  to teach us today.      The lesson is  that God keeps  His promises.      We surely can trust  every single  little promise  that God makes  to us.

God promised a Savior  through Abraham’s descendant.      God kept that promise  about 2,000 years later  in Jesus Christ.      Patience and faithfulness…      That Savior  was to suffer,  die,  and be raised again,  so that all of our sins  could be legitimately  and totally  forgiven  —  and we would truly be justified  in God’s sight.      All of Abraham’s waiting  graphically points out to us  that we can trust God  to keep all  of His promises.

When we humbly turn our hearts to God,  the forgiveness is there  —  no matter how we feel.      Because faith in Jesus  truly justifies us,  we will enter heaven  the moment we pass  from this world.      When we abide  in the word of God  and trust it,  God will abide in us.      Our prayers are answered  in God’s wisdom  and love.      We can rest  in God’s love.

Knowing God is able  to perform all of His promises,  we say,  “Hallelujah!      Lord,  thank You  for demonstrating your trustworthiness  and faithfulness  throughout Your word.”

Love,
Margaret

 

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A Christian devotional to glorify the LORD of lords and God of gods

 

Pray for our country.

 

This is the day which the LORD has made;
Let us rejoice and be glad in it.
Psalm 118:24

 

The word of the LORD is tried;
He is a shield  to all  who take refuge  in Him.
Psalm 18:30

 

Sing for joy in the LORD,  O you righteous ones;
Praise is becoming  to the upright.
Psalm 33:1

 

How blessed are those  who dwell in Thy house!
They are ever praising Thee.
Psalm 84:4

 

Just as a father has compassion  on his children,
So the LORD has compassion on those who fear Him.
Psalm 103:13

 

Oh give thanks to the LORD,  for He is good;
For His lovingkindness is everlasting.
Psalm 107:1

 

Glory in His holy name;
Let the heart of those who seek the LORD be glad.
Psalm 105:3

 

Not that I have already obtained it, or have already become perfect, but I press on in order that
I may lay hold of that for which also I was laid hold of by Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12

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