Romans chapter four unveils a truth that I was destined to uncover for myself and for those of you reading today. This truth is the power of faith.
Faith is such an intangible word, full of mystery to most, yet to me I can feel it in my spirit, welling up when the enemy tries to break me down. It is becoming a close friend, a constant companion and mentor.
My faith is something that has taken me by surprise…I never saw myself as a woman of much faith. Going through my college years, I wasn’t active in the fruits of the spirit-or so I thought. As I read through my old journal entries I can see small seeds of faith peppered throughout, taking root, growing and spreading. It only takes faith the size of a mustard seed to move a mountain (matthew 17:20) and that’s what I had-plenty of mustard seeds.
Many mountains have risen in my path. Through the power of the Holy Spirit I have conquered many and am still climbing many. With each conquered mountain I leave stronger than when I started, and that Daughters, is what God wants for all of us. He wants us to leap off the mountainous perils behind us and give glory to Him for our strength.
Romans chapter four talks of the faith of Abraham, a man who believed in the promise of God. Abraham became the father of the nations, at an age impossible to conceive children-but God did it anyways.
It was not through the law that Abraham and his offspring received the promise that he would be the heir of the world, but through the righteousness that comes by faith.
The righteousness that comes by faith…such a powerful and exciting statement. Abraham believed in God-even when He was talking crazy! Who in their right mind would agree to sacrifice their only child? A miracle child given by God? Abraham did. (Genesis 22:1-19).
Abraham willingly walked in faith because He had an understanding that cannot simply be taught. His faith was formed within his spirit-nurtured and cared for, uniquely his own. If the impact of my own faith is even a fraction of Abraham’s, then I know that he felt a specific kind of knowing. An innate sense of understanding that God is in control, that He’s got it. A knowing that surpasses logic and welcomes the presence of peace.
Therefore, the promise comes by faith, so that it may be by grace and may be guaranteed to all Abraham’s offspring-not only to those who are the law but also to those who have the faith of Abraham…
Can you say you have the faith of Abraham? Romans 4:16 says it plain as day, the promise comes by faith, specifically to those who have the faith of Abraham. A completely sold out trust in the Almighty. A knowing far greater than what the eye can see, yet limited by your own walls.
Break free of your walls daughters, and sing to the Lord, speak to Him the desires of your heart and have the knowing, the faith that these will come to pass. Don’t dabble in unbelief, this is where the slaves reside. I created you to be free of doubt, look and see what I have done with my son Abraham!
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. Romans 4:20
Fully persuaded….this is the key. Not only just changing your mind, but fully persuading your spirit and mind to work together in a gift called faith. Be strengthened in your faith, don’t expect to be weakened by your efforts. Those mountains are building muscle in your spirit!
If you recognize that your mustard seeds are yearning to grow, pray this prayer with me:
I give my hope to you God, for you are the safety of my dreams-you’ll not lose a single one. You are where I place my trust, faith and hopes. You have given me the wondrous gifts of your love, and I seek to activate those gifts. I pray that my faith in you will be strengthened, empowered and infused with your peace. I say today, that I will not continue to waiver in disbelief but rather live a life fully persuaded that you have the power to fulfill your promises. Amen.
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