Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Romans 4:18
Looking on what is going on in many parts of the world, it is difficult for most people to have hope that things will get better.
Every day people all over the world attempt suicide, wanting to end it all, because they have no hope. Others will fight to hold on to life, hoping things will get better, but without much belief that it will.
The example of Abraham is given of that even against all hope or logic, he believed God and had hope that God would fulfill His promises. Since he believed, he was given many offspring against all hope.
In life there are many times that there does not appear to be any hope of things getting better. A doctor’s diagnosis of death coming, a loss of a job, loss of a loved one, a major injury or more appear to be unsurmountable difficulties.
Along with physical difficulties, there is the difficulty of death itself, being overshadowed by sin in one’s life. No matter how hard one works, he is unable to remove sin from his life, apart from faith.
Jesus has promised to remove all sin and give, those who believe in Him and have repented, eternal life. No one can earn that forgiveness, no matter what they have done. It is only a gift from God that is brought on and accepted by faith.
Every believer must just have hope in and believe the words of God and act upon that belief. Believe that God will bring him through every difficulty, that God will heal, that Jesus will forgive all sins and that God will give him eternal life.
Just as God had promised Abraham many sons, God has promised many things to you. Most of the promises of God appear to be impossible, but with God all things are possible.
Even though the world says that there is no hope, you have a true hope in Jesus. Hold on to and believe the words of God to you. You cannot earn the answers to those promises, but they are a gift of God to you.
At the right time, God will meet every need you have and fulfill every promise He has given you. Just believe.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the promises of God; that you have true hope in God’s promises; that you will believe God’s promises; and that you will see God fulfill His every promise.
He said to them, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken!” Luke 24:25
Belief in something that someone cannot see is often difficult for many people. There are so many different fake stories out in the media that many people struggle to know what to believe or not.
In the process of wading through what is false, many will throw out things that are true, or they will seriously doubt the truth when it is presented. Many have rejected truth no matter how clear it is shown to them to be truth.
After Jesus had risen from the dead, He talked with some men who were sad about His death. He told them that they were being foolish and slow for not believing what the prophets had spoken.
Every believer has heard some of the promises of God and the prophecies that were made in the bible by the prophets. It is one thing to hear of the promises and prophecies, but it is quite another thing to believe in them.
While many believers have heard and know the prophecies and promises of God, they are often very slow to believe in them. During times of trouble or a bad situation, many start to fear or get depressed because of what is happening. They have chosen to not remember or believe what God had said.
As one looks at all the prophecies in the Old Testament and realize how many have come true, it is not difficult to know that the rest will also come true and the God’s promises will be fulfilled.
To think or choose otherwise is being foolish. It is to call God a liar or to deny Him. Either God’s word is completely true or it is completely false.
Each and every time you are going through a struggle, you have a choice to make. You can either believe God’s word that was spoken or not believe it.
Take time to read through the bible and see all the prophecies and promises made that had come true. Now realize that if those were true then, they are still true today for you.
Do not allow yourself to be depressed when things appear to be failing. Although Jesus died, He also rose again. Although God allows troubles to occur, He will save you in the end. Don’t be foolish in not believing.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will believe God’s complete word; that you will know God will fulfill all of His promises and prophecies; that you will not be foolish in doubting God’s word; and that you will see God’s hand of salvation in your life.
So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith. Galatians 3:9
Everyone has at least some faith in something. Most people have faith in a chair, that when they sit down on it, it will hold them correctly. Very few will test the chair each and every time to determine if it will be safe to sit upon it.
The more someone uses something, the more faith he will have in it. The things someone has never tried before weakens his faith in it. He questions its reliability, until he has tried and proven it.
Paul begins talking to the Galatians about the difference of faith and works. Relying upon faith will cause one to be blessed as Abraham was.
Faith is trusting in something that cannot be directly seen. One can see a chair, but until he sits in it, he cannot know for fact that it will hold him. He has to have trust (faith) that it will hold him. If he puts extra supports on the chair prior to trying it out, he does not have faith in the chair.
Many people claim to have faith in Jesus, but then work hard to gain God’s support. They do many good works to look good to God. They focus on the do and don’t of the law, rather than the relationship and faith in what Jesus did. They immediately condemn themselves when they slip up and sin, rather than trusting Jesus and repenting.
Jesus promised forgiveness of all sins when one would repent. He promised to give the believer life, eternal life, just by believing in Him and obeying Him.
Those who rely upon their faith in Jesus and what He did will be forgiven and saved for eternity. It does not take anything else.
Ask yourself what are you relying upon for your salvation. Are you working hard to gain God’s approval? Or are you trusting in what Jesus did?
Trust in Jesus, have faith in Him and then step out in obedience to what God has said to do. Your faith will save you. Your obedience and works show that you have faith and trust Him.
One way is believing in self and works, while the other is relying on faith in what Jesus did and proving your faith. Are you being blessed as Abraham was?
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will have faith in what Jesus did and promised; that you will rely upon faith in Jesus; and that you will know the blessings of having faith in Jesus.
Therefore, since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. 2 Corinthians 7:1
People try to cleanse their body of physical contaminates for many different reasons. Some are just trying to make themselves look better. Others do it to lose weight. Some will do it for more energy.
Each person is different in what motivates them to do what they do, especially when it is something difficult to do. This works in both physical and spiritual cleansing that people attempt. Most often the reason is for selfish, personal reasons.
After telling the Corinthian church about the promises of reconciliation and a new body, Paul tells them to purify themselves of anything that contaminates the body and spirit. The reason is because of the promises of God and out of reverence for God.
It is very common for believers to flee from certain sins or bad foods to keep themselves clean. However, many will do it in order to look good to others or to make God happy with them. When it is done for these reasons, it is done for the wrong purpose.
Jesus had already paid the price for the believer to be holy before God. What one does cannot add to it any more. But it is for this very reason that the believer should strive to flee sin and anything that contaminates his body or soul. It completely for the reason that God promised forgiveness and salvation in Jesus, that one will purify himself.
Acting in this way is what shows gratefulness to Jesus for what He did and gratefulness to God for His promises. It is not about self, but about what God has done and has promised.
As a believer, think about all the promises God has promised you. Every one of those promises are for you to hold on to. Also think about what Jesus has done for you with paying the price for your sins.
Now ask yourself how you will show your gratitude for what God has done and has promised. The best way to show your gratitude is to keep yourself pure from all sin and contamination of body and soul.
Purification from these things for any other reason will be selfish and legalistic. Make your whole purpose of living a holy life because of what God has promised you.
Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will live a holy life as God has called you to live; that you will be grateful for what God has done for you; that you will live in holy reverence for God; and that God will strengthen you to flee all sin.