Believe like Abraham

By Pastor Tyrell Haag

Yet [Abraham] 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 4:20-21 NIV

There are various ways with how we deal with unbelief. Every sin that is committed, is really a result of unbelief and particularly an unbelief in God's promises. All the sinful states of our hearts are owed to unbelief in God's willingness and ability to work for us in every situation of life, so that everything turns out for good - anxiety, misplaced shame, indifference, regret, covetousness, envy, lust, bitterness, impatience, despondency, pride - these all sprout from the root of unbelief in the promises of God.
 
If your goal is to glorify God, to magnify His worth, to make clear His beauty, to exalt His excellence, to portray His perfection, then Romans 4:19-21 gives very crucial insight how to go about doing this.

Abraham was promised by God that he would have a son when he was 100 years old and Sarah was old and barren.  His response, Paul said, glorified God, 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. The one thing this text teaches us is that we glorify God by believing His promises.
 
Trusting in God's promises is the most fundamental way that you can consciously glorify God. When you believe the promise of God, you honour God's ability and willingness to do what He has promised, and His wisdom to know how and when to do it. The way to battle the unbelief of anxiety is to believe God's promise in 2 Corinthians 12:9, ...My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. When you believe this promise, God's ability, wisdom, and willingness to help you are glorified. When you trust somebody you honour them at the deepest level. To put it positively, if your goal is to glorify God in all that you do, then you must make it your aim to believe God's promises, because it is when Abraham believed the promises of God that God was glorified.
 
Paul writes in 1 Timothy 6:12, Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. This is a fight.  It is a fight you are involved in every day. Without believing in God's promises, you will battle unbelief and sin every day of your life.

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