Romans 4

I was privileged this time last year to lead a women’s Bible Study which much to my happiness has decided to meet again beginning August 31st. The material is different this time around, but I know will be just as meaningful as last year. I say this because I truly believe in God’s perfect timing… last year’s study came during a test of faith and greater spiritual maturity than He had ever expected of me. Now, I am excited beyond measure to see the truths He will teach me through this group beginning next week. If you can, join us on Thursdays mornings, post a comment here and I will be in touch.

Our main mission in the fall of 2005 was to believe God. Not just in Him but believe Him. We were asked to read Romans 4 no less than 20 times. This is sometimes a hard passage to grasp hold of but 20 times into it you will probably start seeing what God wants to reveal to you. He said so much to me, but the most prudent part keeps coming up, long after I finished my required reading. Verses 20 and 21 read like this:

20 Yet he (Abraham) did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, 21 being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.

Another version states, And being convinced that what He had promised He was able to perform… what has God promised you? He promised Abraham as many descendants as there are stars, with a barren wife, no less. If you, Christian sister, have made a commitment to Jesus who lives in and through you then the answer is all about God, his son Jesus and bringing you as close as He can to the likeness of our Savior. This verse states God has the power to do what He has promised. I would like to say His promise to Shelley includes bon bons, a big IRS tax return check and a trip to Hawaii. But I know better than that. He has promised me He has the power to take a selfish creature and turn it into the likeness of Himself. He’s not into writing checks He can’t cash. The deal is I’ve got to be willing to let it happen.

Abraham’s story begins in the Old Testament and it reads nothing like my short existence on this earth. But I do know I have one thing in common with him and that is my God is the same God who made big promises and saw to it that He pushed Abraham into believing Him. I think he still does that, look around, what part of you life is barren or fruitless and he is simply making you uncomfortable enough to honestly believe Him? If you begin to tune in He will reveal it to you. Most folks would agree it gets pretty crazy as he tries to get your attention. But when you see that God has promised to grow you into something supernatural, beyond yourself you can break free.

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