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Fully Persuaded

Monday, September 1st, 2014

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.

Romans 4:20-21 KJV 

Abraham believed God… but his faith didn’t mature overnight!  Before he “staggered not” at God’s promise to give him a son, Abraham first went through seasons of waiting and wondering, of trying to help God’s plan along (a.k.a. Ishmael, Gen. 16), and even laughing at God’s promise (Gen. 17:17) because it looked so utterly impossible.  His faith was refined in the furnace of disappointments and broken dreams, but he came out the other side agreeing with God, and convinced that if God said it, He would make it so in Abraham’s life.  

EVER ARGUED WITH GOD?

Jonah argued with God, because He didn’t like God’s plan.  Moses argued with God at the burning bush, because he couldn’t believe that God could still use him.  Zacharias argued with God’s messenger (Gabriel), trying to help him do the math and see that he was just too doggone old to father a child.  Thomas argued with the other disciples, taking an “I’ll believe it when I see it” attitude instead of believing what Jesus had promised to do. 

You and I have likely done the same thing at times: God makes us a promise, but we “argue with Him” in our hearts, viewing His promise through the filter of our inadequacy, weakness, and faulty track record.  Rather than accepting God’s promise as a guarantee of His help, we often say with Zacharias, “How can this thing be?”  And so doubt dims our faith, and short circuits the effectual working of God’s promise in our lives (see 1 Thess. 2:13). 

CEASE ARGUING, START AGREEING

Dr. Charles Stanley made a powerful statement about seeing God’s promises effectually work in our lives:

“As with all of God’s promises, you must accept it before you can act upon it.”

God has wired us so that what we believe has tremendous impact over our attitudes, thought processes, and actions.  Believing lies reaps bitter fruit in our lives… However, believe God’s truth, and you’ll start to live like God’s truth is true in you.

Consider this:

Your Father has called you a new creation in Christ Jesus, and the very righteousness of God in Him (2 Cor. 5:17, 21).  He has said: you’re no longer a slave of sin, and sin has no dominion over you (Rom. 6:6, 14).  He has promised you victory over the flesh by His Spirit’s power within you (Rom. 8:11-13)

So the question is: DO YOU BELIEVE IT?  Because you can try and try till the day you die, but your efforts will NEVER accomplish what accepting as fact the truth of God’s Word will accomplish in and through you. 

The same is true with fear or worry, with anger or jealousy, with depression or discouragement, or any other stronghold or area of need in your life: God has promised us freedom through the immutable promises of His Word… Now the choice is ours: argue with God, or agree with God; cling to doubt, or choose to believe that what He has promised HE will bring to pass in our lives.  If the Lord is speaking to your heart on this theme, I encourage you to pray:

“Father, forgive me of arguing with You, doubting Your promise, trying to figure it out, and trying to help You bring it to pass – I lay down all my efforts, doubts, and fears, and I simply choose to agree with Your Word.  I confess that when You make a promise, it is a guarantee of Your power to make it so in my life.  I receive Your promise, power, and presence in my area of need.  Change my heart, heal my unbelief, and cause my faith to bring You glory like Abraham’s did.  Let me be fully persuaded that what You have promised, You will perform.  In Jesus’ name, Amen!”

May the Lord bless you this week, 

Pastor Matthew Casey

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