How Faith Grows
Abraham is called the father of faith because he simply believed what I said. Because he believed, I counted his faith as righteousness. His trust in My word made it possible for all future generations to also be righteous, because they believe what I said.
I changed Abram’s name to Abraham by the addition of the ha, the sound of breath as in the breath of the Holy Spirit.
The addition of My Spirit upon Abraham is what made him the father of many nations. It was the Spirit of God that changed Abraham’s life. It is this same Spirit dwelling in you today that makes you a new creation.
When Abraham reached a point in his life, where My promises seemed impossible, he again placed all of his trust in what I told him instead of the impossibility of his circumstances. I made promises to Abraham that he believed and then lived out in the actions of his life.
Although Abraham struggled with his trust in Me, making many mistakes along the way, in the end he was willing to give up his only son Isaac—just as My Father was willing to give My life for all of you.
Are you at a place where My promises seem like they are never going to happen? Do your circumstances seem as though they are not going to change or get better? Perhaps you have forgotten who it is that has made these promises to you. I do not work according to your timeline. I accomplish My will according to My foreknowledge and purpose. I have not forgotten you; hold on just a little longer.
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. ~Hebrews 11:8
…we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. ~Romans 5:3-5
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ~James 1:2-4
How incredible, Lord, that You counted Abraham’s faith in You as sufficient for salvation, even before You gave the law. It is incredible that all of the promises and blessings of heaven can be mine simply by believing what You have said.
I understand this principle, as I have had people doubt my words when I have spoken to them. It hurts and is difficult to accept the idea that people don’t trust me. In Your case, Jesus, it is immensely more difficult, because You are so trustworthy in all You say and do.
Help me to always believe everything You have written in Your word and to live these things in my life as proof that I believe You.
It is also a great comfort to know that all of us are saved in the same way. Either looking ahead to the cross or looking back, we are all saved by the payment You made for our sins on the cross.
It is by doing what You have said that my faith grows, not by talking about it. Help me to live a life of faith each day by the way I think, the things I say, and what I do with my life.