HAVE FAITH IN GOD
The story of childless Abraham and Sarah and their miracle
child Isaac is a story of faith in God, of trusting God against
all odds, when the "natural mind" would say that the
promised child (Isaac) was an impossibility. The vital message
that comes through to us is: Against all odds, have faith in
Romans 4:16b-22 He is the father of us all ....  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."  Without weakening in his faith, he faced
the fact that his body was as good as dead -
since he was about a hundred years old - and
that Sarah's womb was also dead.  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. 
This is why "it was credited to him as
King James Version, 20-21 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.
- 20, KJV "He staggered
not..." - against all odds, have faith in God!
- By the way (vs.
22), this kind of faith is what prompted God to "credit it
to him as righteousness" = SAVED!
- 20 "...at the promise of
"None of these things move me" (Acts
- 1 Corinthians
16:13 ...stand fast in the faith, quit you like men, be
- 20 "...through unbelief"
- The what? The
"PROMISE of GOD"! Why should we even think of
staggering?!! How simple it ought to be to have faith in God when
we consider the faithfulness of Him Who Promised!
- 2 Corinthians
1:20 For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen,
unto the glory of God by us.
- 1 Kings 8:56b
Not one word has failed of all the good promises he gave through
his servant Moses.
- 20 "...but was strong in
- Hebrews 11:6
And without faith it is impossible to please God.
17:19-20, KJV Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said,
Why could not we cast him out?  And Jesus said unto them,
Because of your unbelief.
- 20 "...giving glory to God"
- I knew a
Christian lady in Alaska who was slight in stature, but she was
"strong in faith."
- Faith: the
- Abraham faced
the bleak biological "reality" (19)
"without weakening in his faith."
- 21 "...being fully
- The desire to
glorify God is perhaps a forgotten motive in our believing God
for answered prayers and promises.
- My friend,
Pastor Tommy, made a hospital visit to a lady with a large goiter
on her neck. Pastor Tommy simply laid hands on her and prayed,
"Father, that you may be glorified, in the Name of Jesus, be
healed!" And by the next morning the goiter was
- 21 "...He had promised"
- 2 Timothy 1:12,
KJV ...I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded [NIV:
convinced] that he is able to keep that which I have committed
unto him against that day.
persuaded" - James 1:6, KJV ...let him ask in faith, nothing
- 21 "...He was able also to
- Titus 1:2
...God, who does not lie, promised... It's not difficult to
have faith in God's promises when we consider the utter
impossibility of God lying to us.
The apostle Paul
lived out this message in his own life. During a furious storm on
the sea, the Lord reassured Paul that they would be safe. Paul
then encouraged his shipmates with the confident declaration:
"So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that
it will happen just as he told me" (Acts 27:25).
- Matthew 9:28
...the blind men came to him, and he asked them, "Do you
believe that I am able to do this?" "Yes, Lord,"
- Luke 18:27
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with
- Matthew 19:26
Jesus...said, "...with God all things are
What better place to close this message than with Jesus'
straightforward exhortation in Mark 11:22: "Have faith in